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November student interview

8th November 2013

This month our student services team interviewed Lanqing and Riko.

What are your names and where are you from?
Lanqing: Lanqing from China.
Riko: I'm Riko and I'm from Japan.

Which course are you doing?
Lanqing: EFL28
Riko: CAE and EFL28

So far, what do you like most about Studio?
Lanqing: The teachers, the staff, and also a lot of the activities.
Riko: Basketball! And the teachers and the staff are so supportive!

What do you think about the teaching methods that we use?
Lanqing: Good, they are really useful for me. They make it a lot easier to take it all in.
Riko: It's so useful and enjoyable for us to learn English at the same time!

Has your English improved?
Lanqing: Yes.
Riko: Yes! A lot!

What do you think about British people? Are they different from people in your country?
Lanqing: Some of them are really nice, there is a difference because of the culture and education, but as soon as you get to know them you will really get on with them.
Riko: I feel that everyone is friendly wherever I go. British people are amazing!

What do you think of the activities we have to offer? Which ones are your favourites?
Lanqing: Brilliant, I like them. Especially the cream tea!
Riko: When I came to the school for the first time, I was so surprised because there was a lot of fascinating activities here. Especially my favorite activity, which is basketball. I do this one every week. Its also a good way to make friends.

What is your favourite thing about Cambridge? (and favourite place to go) Lanqing: Visiting the colleges. Also my favorite place is the library in the city centre.
Riko: It feels like there is history all around us.

How is Cambridge similar/different to your city?
Lanqing: It's completely different. It is a historical city surrounded by old buildings and natural parks. It's a wonderful city to study in.
Riko: The buildings arent very tall. It's a bit smaller than I thought it would be.

What do you think the advantages of living in a Homestay/Residence are?
Lanqing: I live in a homestay where they are native speakers and they are very warm hearted. If you have some problems with your life or study you can go to them and ask for help or advice, and they are happy to talk with you. You also get to learn a lot more about British people.
Riko: You can learn about real British culture while staying with a host family.

What are the differences between life in the UK family and at home?
Lanqing: They are very lively, but also very relaxed.
Riko:They are very laid back, and always very friendly. It's more relaxing than at home.

What sort of food do you eat in Cambridge? Is that what you expected to eat?
Lanqing: Fish and chips, a lot of potatoes. And gravy!
Riko: I love roast dinners! British roast dinners are the best food!

How do you travel around Cambridge and why?
Lanqing: Usually on foot, but sometimes by bus if it's really far or the weather is bad. I like going by foot though because you can see all the beautiful scenery.
Riko: I have a bicycle, its really easy to get everywhere on one.

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