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Celine came to our school in Boston from a town near Zurich called Affoltern am Albis, which is the smallest city in Switzerland! She is studying Psychology in Switzerland and came to the US to study English.


Why did you decide to come to Boston?

I knew that I was going to go to the west coast to prepare for and take the Cambridge Proficiency Exam in January. I planned to be here for at least 6 months, so I wanted to be sure I got the most out of my experience here, and I decided to come to the east coast before I took my exam to try it out. I thought about going to New York, but I wanted to try something different. My friend in Switzerland had just come back from a trip to Boston, and she had such great things to say about the city, so I decided to come here!

Now that you’re here, what would you say is your favorite spot in Boston?

I love Modern Pastry in the North End. They say that tourists love Mike’s Pastry and local’s love Modern, so I guess that makes me a local! 😀


Other than eating cannolis, what is your favorite thing to do in the city?

I love to play soccer with the students from Linguaenglish and Janet (an Linguaenglish teacher); I guess I just love everything with Janet – she’s the best. It’s so great to be able to interact with people from all over the world. Plus, usually we get to hang out after and play trivia or have a coffee or something. It’s always fun!


How would you say your English has improved since you came here?

I have been studying English for a while, so I think the thing I learned the most about are different American expressions and idioms that I can use to sound like a native speaker. Spending time with native speakers outside of the classroom, like after school or on activities, has really helped me the most. Speaking with my host family has been helpful, too. I live with a family in Winthrop and speaking with them in English every day has really helped me to learn the kind of things you don’t learn just by sitting in a classroom.


What is the best part about the classes at Linguaenglish?

The teachers. The teachers here are more than just teachers – they are family. They’re so helpful and encouraging and really try their hardest to make sure you are learning as much as you can, whether you’re here for 4 weeks or 4 months. And, I feel like they are also learning from me! I like to share things about my home and my country, and they are able to learn just as much as I do. It’s like we’re learning together; learning from each other. They layout of the school also makes it feel like a family. Everything is on one floor so you get to see everyone all the time.

If you could give students coming to Linguaenglish one piece of advice, what would it be?

Be open! Join as many activities as you can and don’t be shy. Everyone is a student just like you who wants to make new friends, so all you have to do is try!

Maryam is 18 years old and finished high school this year. Next year she is going to study tourism and event management. In her spare time she likes spending time with friends and loves taking pictures. She often thinks about travelling and her dream is to visit Bali and she would also love to come back to Toronto.

In order to prepare herself for her study, she decided to learn English abroad. During her 12 weeks at linguaenglish in Toronto, she did an English course in the advanced level and feels now ready to start her Bachelor in tourism and event management.


Why did you decide to study English in Toronto and what made you choose linguaenglish?

I decided to learn English, first of all because the second most spoken language in the world and it is fairly useful if you travel around. Secondly, I like to study tourism and event management and English could be very useful. I chose to come to linguaenglish Toronto because one of my friends was here five years ago and she recommended I come.


How has your English level improved in the weeks or months you have been studying at our school?

First, when I came here I was rather shy and my self-confidence wasn’t very high, but after sometime, it started to change. I learnt how to use idioms, phrasal verbs or even how to have an academic conversation.


What kinds of activities at our school have helped you become more confident in your English communication skills?

We made a plethora of trips to all the sights in Toronto, and the fact that we traveled together in a group was fairly helpful. In fact we talked together and we were mostly surrounded by native speakers, for example on the subway. More information about the sights of the city you can find in the article about “Why you should visit Toronto in Canada”.


Why should students come to study English in Toronto?

I decided to come to Toronto, because the city is multicultural and you can get to know a significant number of different cultures. Moreover cities like Toronto or Melbourne are well-known for being student-friendly, so its easy to bond with other people. The city offers so many diversity as you can find lots of different people, cultures and neighborhoods, for example “Little Italy”, “Chinatown”, “Greektown”, “Little India” and many more. Toronto is located next to the sea and has great temperaturs during summer. Therefore, you can chill after class at the beach and enjoy the fun sight of the city at night.


What are some of your favorite spots in the city?

My favorite spot in Toronto is Dundas Square, because it is fairly lively and there are some performances or events most of the time and you never get bored when you are there. I also visited Kensington Market and I fell in love with it. It is such a dynamic neigbhorhood and you can choose of a huge variety of restaurants and cool places to go. Kensington is one of the finer food markets in North America. It’s a must visit if you are in Toronto. There is a myraid of food, shops, art work, and things to do. A couple of my favorite venues in the market are Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos as well as Fresco’s Fish & Chips. I urge you to come with others so that you can share the various foods.


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