Student Testimonials – Meet Kevin!

In this week’s edition of Testimonial Wednesdays, we would like to introduce Mingu, or known as Kevin to us and his mates! 🙂

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Kevin is one of our lovely students from South Korea who studied General English with us for over 6-months! :O

He has big dreams and wants to live in and see as much of Australia as possible, so he decided to pack up and continue his studies in Lexis Noosa. On the 19th of June, he will commence the Cambridge First Preparation (FCE) course. Go Kevin!! 🎉 🎈

We had a chat with Kevin about his time in Brisbane and about his plans for the future. Here’s what he had to say…:

Why did you choose to come to Brisbane and are you happy with your choice?
I chose Brisbane because I heard that the weather was nice. I had a good experience living here and enjoyed it a lot.

What did you think of your teachers and classes?
All of my teachers were very kind. They always helped me when I didn’t understand something. I learned a lot because of them.

Did you live alone or with friends during your stay?
I came to Brisbane alone, so I lived alone at first. But then I moved to a share house.

Did you participate in the Lexis Homestay Program/Student Accommodation?
No I didn’t, but I think living in student house is better than living by yourself. You get to meet a lot of new people and it will be easier to make friends.

What do you like most about Brisbane/Australia?
Everything! 🙂

What is your most memorable experience here?
Before coming here, I couldn’t speak any English. But studying at Lexis has helped me meet and practice the language with people from all over the world.

Did you have a job while you were studying? Was it difficult to find a job?
Yes, but only a casual job. It is impossible to find a full-time job while you are a student. There are a lot of Korean people and shops in Brisbane, so for me it was easy. I had many jobs – food delivery, cleaner, even working at a golf club picking up golf balls! 🙂

Do you have any advice for your classmates or new students studying English?
DO YOUR BEST!! Even though I am guilty of not doing this… 😛

What is your plan for the future, and will you continue learning and using your English?
After I return home, I will apply for another visa and come back to Australia to live and save my money! English is a very important skill to have, especially when finding a job, so I will continue to use it.

We are so proud of your efforts, Kevin, and we look forward to hearing about your adventures up north in Noosa! Please come and say hi to us if you are ever back in Brisbane. From all of us here at Lexis Brisbane – DO YOUR BEST!!! ❤ ❤

Student Testimonial – Let’s meet Asumi!

Everyone, meet the lovely Asumi! 🙂 Asumi has been with us here at Lexis Brisbane for 8 weeks, and unfortunately we have to say goodbye to her tomorrow! 😦 Asumi brought such positive energy to her classes and everyone admired her hard work!

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Asumi (pictured right) with her fellow volunteer helper.

During her stay here in Brisbane, Asumi accomplished many things. Her most treasured memory was when she volunteered at this year’s Ekka. Asumi applied through the Queensland Cancer Council’s recruitment agency, and was accepted to lend a helping hand at the show. “I helped for 2 days from 8:30am until 12:30pm. My job was to hand out Ekka show maps, and sell fundraising badges”. Asumi really enjoyed her time helping the public and raising money for a good cause. “I was often asked for directions, and it felt good to show them around. I felt so lucky to share this experience with my team members”.

We sat down with Asumi today and asked her some other questions about Brisbane and her experience at Lexis. Take a look below at what she had to say.

What course did you study at Lexis?
I was in the Pre-Intermediate General English course.

What do you think of your classes and teachers?
I think the classes are good! Both my classmates and teachers are very kind.

Why did you choose Brisbane? Are you happy with your choice?
I heard that Brisbane was a very comfortable place to live. I’m really happy with my choice.

Do you live close to the city?
Yes, I live close to the city. I share a house with other students.

Did you ever participate in our homestay program? What did you think about it?
Yes, I lived in homestay for about 6 weeks. It was very interesting, and my host family were very kind. 🙂

What do you like most about Brisbane?
The people here are very kind! Everyone is always so friendly! 😀

What are your plans for when you return to Japan?
I would like to work with foreign people.

We’re so happy for what you’ve achieved during your stay, Asumi! We hope you continue to make more wonderful memories in the future! ❤ ❤

We love hearing about our Lexis Family success stories, so if you would like to feature in one of our Student Testimonials, just come and see Tara at Reception! 🙂

Testimonial Wednesday – Santiago

We’re back with another student testimonial – let’s meet Santiago!
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Santiago arrived in Australia from Colombia and joined Lexis Brisbane at the beginning of 2015. He has spent the last year learning not only English but also about Australia, a new way of life and most importantly himself. Santiago had big dreams before arriving to Australia, and has worked very hard every day since.
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Santiago was a big believer in the English Only rule at Lexis, and always encouraged his friends and classmates to use English. He studied English back home in Colombia where he also completed the FCE exam, but said he regretted not coming here sooner! Just last week he completed the IELTS test and is now eagerly awaiting the results to arrive next week. “I’m feeling confident with the reading part, but I was a little nervous with the speaking part. Once I started though, I felt much better”. We’re confident you did well! 🙂

Before Santiago parted ways, we asked him a few questions regarding his time here and his thoughts about Brisbane. Here’s what he had to say…:

What courses did you do at Lexis English?
I did CAE, CPE and IELTS.

What do you think about your classes and teachers?
The classes are full of content and the teachers always try to find the way to transmit their knowledge to the students.

Why did you choose Brisbane? Are you happy with your choice?
Brisbane is a nice cosmopolitan city. I could meet people from all over the world. I find the Brisbane weather easier to cope with as well. I’d never regret choosing this city.

Where are you currently living in Brisbane? 
I’m currently sharing a house with 3 people close to the city.

What is your most memorable experience here in Brisbane/Australia?
There are heaps of memorable experiences. I can’t choose just one!

What are your plans for when you return to your home country?
I’m not actually returning to my country just yet. At least not for another 3 years.

Although his journey with us at Lexis Brisbane is over, another journey has begun. Santiago will be enrolled at QUT this July where he will be completing a degree in Business – how cool is that?!

Congratulations for achieving your goals, Santiago. We wish you the best of luck with your new journey! You are always welcome back to Lexis Brisbane any time. 🙂 Be sure to keep in touch!

If you would also like to write a testimonial about your time here at Lexis/Australia, see Tara at Reception and grab a questionnaire. We love hearing from you guys! 🙂

Lexis English Brisbane is a quality English language school in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, offering General English, Cambridge and IELTS Preparation courses, along with Cambridge CELTA.

Student Testimonial – Meet Marlena!

This time on Student Testimonials, we met with the lovely Marlena from Poland. Marlena has been with us here at Lexis English since the end of September, and she has made great progress since then! We asked her to answer a few of our questions, so this is what she had to say!

What course are you currently studying here at Lexis?
I started in Upper Intermediate, and now I am in the Advanced class. I am here until January 8th next year.

What do you think of your classes/teachers?
I have the best teacher! He’s very organised and his classes are not boring at all. He always explains everything perfectly, and I understand a lot more grammar thanks to him!

Why did you choose Brisbane? Are you happy with your choice?
I enjoy spending time in Brisbane very much and I’m very happy with my choice. Before coming here, I heard that Brisbane is very friendly – and that’s true! Plus, I really like that it is really close to the most beautiful beaches! The weather is also perfect for me.

Where are you currently living? Are you living alone or in a shared house?
I’m living in my own house by myself.

What do you like most about Brisbane/Australia?
People’s attitude to life, the weather, amazing landscapes and the unusual flora and fauna!

What is your most memorable experience here in Brisbane/Australia?
My first day in Lexis of course!

What are your plans for when you return to your home country?
After what I have experienced here? I’m not gonna return! 🙂

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Marlena! 🙂 We hope you continue to enjoy your time here and make plenty more memories!

If you would like to do your own Student Testimonial, just ask Tara at reception for a question sheet! 🙂