Candice, on a stay in Brighton :
Great Britain is a destination of popular choice for a language course. The English environment is more than conducive to learning the language of Shakespeare. Several schools are located in the seaside resort of Brighton, south of London. Hosted by a host family, Candice tested the Interactive English Language School with morning classes. A student in a master's degree to work with people with disabilities, the 24-year-old left the south of France to discover the bustling British nightlife.
HOLINGO: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GO ON A LANGUAGE STAY?
Candice: I decided to do a language study because I think it's a necessity to understand English and to speak it. The way I taught English at school in France had not allowed me to speak well in that language. So I chose to go on a full immersion trip to England, in Brighton, to review my knowledge of English and make me want to continue learning it once I get home.
HOLINGO: WERE YOU CONFRONTED BY A CULTURAL SHOCK ONCE YOU ARRIVED THERE?
Candice: There was no real culture shock. Brighton is a city where there are many students, it's pretty cosmopolitan! But, for example, we need an ID card to enter the pubs and sometimes they ask for it at the counter when ordering! Besides that, it's usual to see people drinking in the streets at 5pm.
HOLINGO: WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE ENGLISH?
They seemed very disciplined! For example, I did not see anyone defrauding public transport in a fortnight. While in France ... Moreover, transport operates 24/24, unthinkable in France where even in the big cities, the metros stop at one or two o'clock and do not resume until five o'clock the next day. So we can enjoy the nightlife of the city. Driving on the left is confusing. Especially in the roundabouts, is it not?
HOLINGO: WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND BRIGHTON?
Candice: I liked the sometimes crazy side of the English! The food is interesting and still very different from that of southern France. I had often been confronted with the portrayal of the English as being cold. But it's wrong ! I met great people! I liked everything !
HOLINGO: WHAT MEMORY HAS PARTICULARLY MARKED YOUR TRIP?
Candice: With girls from my school, I went to see the Seven Sisters cliffs in Eastbourne. The view of the sea was fantastic and the walk through the fields made us dream!
HOLINGO: DO YOU HAVE THE IMPRESSION OF IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH?
Candice: I think I have improved in English in understanding. At the beginning of my stay, I had a lot of difficulty understanding the "natives". At the end of the stay it was much easier even though I only stayed for a fortnight. I also expressed myself better, but it seems to me that my main progress was in understanding.
HOLINGO: HOW WILL THE LANGUAGE STAY HELP YOU FOR YOUR FUTURE?
Candice: It will help me because, thanks to this trip, I take pleasure today to read the news in English. I downloaded applications like "Breaking news" on my phone. I know that English is important in a Masters Degree. At least you have to know how to read it and understand it very well.
HOLINGO: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING LEAVING ON A LINGUISTIC STAY?
Candice: Do not make a list of things to do! We must let ourselves be carried away by the meetings, do not hesitate to stroll the streets, enjoy the nightlife, enjoy everything, do not hesitate to ask for help at school, to your host family , to other students because there is a real network of mutual aid between international students! I would advise them to forget the restaurant to eat a fish'n'chips. Ask your host family to prepare one - its way better!
HOLINGO: WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE HOLINGO SERVICE? IF YES, WHY ?
Candice: Yes I would recommend it! The Holingo service answered all my questions and reassured me for my first language trip! This is the first trip of a long series! I spent fifteen fabulous days! Thank you Holingo!
Interviewed by Anthony MASSARD.