English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“I am really enjoying my experience here. Teachers are very friendly and there is a young atmosphere. I like having friends from different countries and learning about different cultures. Joining the activities is also a great way to learn outside the classroom – it is also an opportunity to make friends!”

Soo-An Cho, South Korea.Dec ’17

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Soo-An Cho, South Korea

Hi Soo-An! Where are you from?

I am originally from Pohang in South Korea, but I moved to Seoul to study a couple of years ago. Life in Seoul is very busy – the capital is huge, much bigger than Dublin, and is rather overcrowded.

Why did you come to Ireland?

I needed a break from university and Ireland seemed like the perfect place. I watched Leap Year and Sing Street – two films shot in Ireland – and they really inspired me! I watched them and thought “this is where I want to be!”. I already spoke some English, as it is an essential subject from Elementary school in South Korea, but I wanted to improve my speaking skills, so I decided to come here.

What do you like most about Ireland and Dublin?

The scenery, the live music, and the Guinness! The Irish landscape is lovely – just as I saw in Leap Year before coming here. I’ve always loved live music and it is all over Dublin – I can go to Grafton Street anytime and there will always be someone playing. Finally, I didn’t like Guinness back home but I fell in love with it in Dublin – it tastes so different in Ireland!

Have you travelled outside of Dublin at all? Anywhere you would recommend to other students?

Yes! I joined Atlas on the Belfast and on the Galway trip, which was by far my favourite one! I would highly recommend it. Also, my Atlas friends and I rented a car and drove down to Killarney for a weekend. This is another great piece of advice – exploring Ireland by car is great!

What do you like most about Atlas?

I am really enjoying my experience here. Teachers are very friendly and there is a young atmosphere. I like having friends from different countries and learning about different cultures. Joining the activities is also a great way to learn outside the classroom – it is also an opportunity to make friends!

Thanks Soo-An!

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“I like that it has a busy atmosphere but never stressful. Everyone is very nice and you can ask anything at any time. Also, as there are so many people from all over the world, they all speak different languages and have been to many places. It is a really cool environment!”

Eva Legovic, Croatia.November ’18

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Eva Legovic, Croatia

Hi Eva! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Eva and I work as an academic intern here at Atlas. I’m originally from Poreč (Croatia), a small seaside town that’s very busy with tourists over the summer months but rather quiet during the rest of the year. I went to university in Ljubljana (Slovenia), a city much bigger than my hometown, so this is not my first time living abroad. I have also lived in Brest (France) for a couple of months.

Why did you decide to come to Dublin?

I was looking for an internship abroad and I’ve always wanted to live in an English-speaking country so when I saw this job at Atlas I thought it was the perfect opportunity! I’ve been to Dublin before as a tourist and I liked it so I decided to give it a try.

What do you like most about Dublin and Ireland so far?

I really like the people – they are all very open and chatty -, the Irish culture, and also the fact that Dublin is a very multicultural city. I haven’t travelled much around Ireland yet but I’m planning to! I’m looking forward to joining the Atlas trips and discovering the Irish countryside. One thing that surprised me here, because it is different from all the places I have lived in, is the left-hand traffic!

What do you think about Atlas?

It’s great! I like that it has a busy atmosphere but never stressful. Everyone is very nice and you can ask anything at any time. Also, as there are so many people from all over the world, they all speak different languages and have been to many places. It is a really cool environment!
Atlas is not only about work: there are also trips, many activities, and the host family! The communication before arrival was very good. They answered all my questions very quickly and helped me with everything! Atlas really take care of you as a staff member.

Thanks Eva!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“I always try to join the extra activities. The elective English Through Music is always fun and the Catch Up Clinic is very important for me, but the Atlas Witch Hunt was the one I liked most! The classes here at Atlas are very nice and the teachers and all the people are very friendly. I also like having friends from all over the world!.”

Ilse Alvarez, Mexico.November ’18

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Ilse Alvarez, Mexico

Hi Ilse! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m from Mexico City, the capital of Mexico – a densely populated city located at a very high altitude and famous for its Aztec ruins such as the Templo Mayor. What I like most about Mexico City are the bars and cantinas that are all over the city. We can get tacos pretty much anywhere and then eat them sitting outside. I used to work for a travel agency planning trips mostly around Mexico so if you need any advice about my country, I am the person you should talk to!

Why did you decide to come to Ireland?

From a very young age, I realised that my dream was to travel. We had a Norwegian student staying with us at home when I was young. I could see from him that living abroad was the best way to learn the language and get to know a different culture so I decided I wanted to have the same adventure. I chose Ireland because I heard that people here were very friendly and the landscape was magical. Dublin itself also has beautiful architecture, good nightlife, and is well connected with mainland Europe.

How is your life here in Dublin and what do you like the most about it?

I spend most of my time in Atlas – I’m in class in the mornings and in the afternoons I always try to join the extra activities. The elective English Through Music is always fun and the Catch Up Clinic is very important for me, but the Atlas Witch Hunt was the one I liked most! The classes here at Atlas are very nice and the teachers and all the people are very friendly. I also like having friends from all over the world!

Have seen much of Ireland yet and what are your favourite places so far?

I haven’t travelled much yet but I still want to go to Cork and to Belfast. I want to visit Cork because it seems smaller and older than Dublin, and Belfast because it is part of the United Kingdom. Also, both cities were part of the history of Titanic! Here in Dublin I really like the Liffey and the Temple Bar area – my favourite pub is the Bad Bobs.

Thanks Ilse!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Ireland?

“I love the architecture in Dublin, the houses, Portobello and the canal are very beautiful as well. My favourite places in Ireland so far are The Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland!”

Roberto Alarcon, Chile.November ’18

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Roberto Alarcon, Chile

Hi Roberto! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m from Santiago, the capital of Chile. Santiago is way bigger than Dublin and is a very modern city, there are skyscrapers everywhere and some people even call it Sanhattan because it looks a lot like New York. What I like the most about the city is the nightlife, we have all different types of bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

Why did you choose to study in Ireland?

A friend of mine lived here for a while and she really encouraged me to come to Dublin and recommended me Atlas as one of the best schools in Dublin. I didn’t know much about Ireland before speaking to her but I have always wanted to live abroad, so I came.

What do you like most about Ireland?

The pubs! I love live music so pubs are perfect. I have three favourites: Sin É (for the atmosphere), The Porterhouse (they craft their own beer!), and Dicey’s (the cheapest pints in town). I also love the architecture in Dublin, the houses, Portobello and the canal are very beautiful as well. My favourite places in Ireland so far are The Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland!

What are your plans after you finish your course?

I might extend my visa one more time but I am considering some other options as well. I might go travelling on my own for a while or even join some friends who live in Germany on a European tour with their band!

Thanks Roberto!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“This is my first time abroad so everything is new. Having friends from all over the world and experiencing so many different cultures is one of the best parts of this experience for me. I’m glad Atlas has such a nice mix of nationalities as this also helps me to improve my English.”

Ana Gabriela Lima, Brazil.October ’18

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Ana Gabriela Lima, Brazil

Hi Ana! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in Balneário Camboriú, a small seaside town in the south of Brazil. I moved to Curitiba to study IT in university a couple of years ago. Curitiba is a big city – its population is about 3 times of Dublin – What I like the most about the city is the huge mix of cultures, which I could not find in Balneário Camboriú.

Why did you come to Ireland?

I would like to volunteer in Africa in the future and I need a good level of English as this is one of the requirements to join the projects. I am looking into it so I decided to come to Ireland to study for a while before heading to my next adventure. The accent and the opportunity to work and study here were the main factors that made me choose Dublin as my destination.

What do you think about Ireland and your experience at Atlas so far?

This is my first time abroad so everything is new. Having friends from all over the world and experiencing so many different cultures is one of the best parts of this experience for me. I’m glad Atlas has such a nice mix of nationalities as this also helps me to improve my English.
I also find that people here are much more open-minded than back home and they are always willing to help, regardless of your level of English – and this applies not only to Atlas but to people outside the school as well.

Have you got any advice for students who are new at Atlas?

Do not only come to class, join the extra activities as well! The activities in the afternoon are very important and that is when you will meet most of your Atlas friends. Making friends is very important when you are so far from home, they will support you and make your experience even better. Also, the activities are great opportunities to keep practising your English skills!

Thanks Ana!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“I really like Atlas because it is nice to be surrounded by so many international people and share a similar experience of coming from a foreign country to Ireland. I like that everyone is so open-minded, friendly and supportive.”

Sarah Kiesgen, Germany.September ’17

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Sarah Kiesgen, Germany

Hi Sarah! Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Sarah, I am 23 years old and I am from Muenster, Germany. Muenster is a young city with a lot of students and nice architecture. I study Biology and English in order to become a teacher. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking and doing yoga. I am an intern at Atlas for 4 months.

Why did you come to Ireland?

I came to Ireland because I am interested in the Irish culture and the country’s history. As I love hiking, Ireland seemed ideal. Furthermore, I wanted to live in an English-speaking country and I like the Irish accent.

What do you think about Ireland and your experience at Atlas so far?

I really like Atlas because it is nice to be surrounded by so many international people and share a similar experience of coming from a foreign country to Ireland. I like that everyone is so open-minded, friendly and supportive. I have the feeling that the students really enjoy their stay here and improve their English.

Have you got any advice for students who are new at Atlas?

Enjoy the challenge of being in a foreign country and get to know the Irish culture as much as possible. (I don’t mean just drinking pints of Guinness ) I think it is a great opportunity to improve your English and to further yourself personally. I would recommend you to join the social programme and the study club to get to know more people and to practice your English outside of the classroom.

Thanks Sarah!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“I really like the atmosphere in the school, because it is a mixture of so many different cultures from all over the world. Furthermore, I like the fact that the classes are quite small, so everyone gets the chance to make a statement.”

Celina Mäser, Germany.August ’17

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Celina Mäser, Germany

Hi Celina! Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Celina Mäser. I was born in Frankfurt, Germany and I am studying “Industrial Engineering in Agribusiness, Marketing and Management” in Freising, close to Munich in Bavaria. I am 21 years old. My family runs a farm back home, which I might take over later with my brother. I am a real winter person, I love everything about this season. Mostly the fact that I can go skiing. I love the sports events that take place, such as ski jumping. I travelled to Norway recently and that experience was just magical, I can recommend everyone to go and explore that country.

What do you think about Ireland and your experience at Atlas so far?

I really like the atmosphere in the school, because it is a mixture of so many different cultures from all over the world. Furthermore, I like the fact that the classes are quite small, so everyone gets the chance to make a statement.

Was there anything surprising about Dublin when you first arrived?

I noticed that the Irish population is very friendly. I am living in a host family, which consists of a retired couple. They are really kind, caring and talkative. I really like staying with them because it makes my stay here in Ireland even more authentic.

Thanks Celina!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

Would you recommend Atlas to other students?

“Absolutely! Being a student at this school is not just about learning English, it is a lot more than that. It is about cultural experiences and understanding your attitude to different cultures, mentalities and politics.
My friend recommended Atlas to me, she was studying here as well 6 years ago. She said that Atlas offers a really high level of English classes. She also took English classes in Canada and Australia but in the end, Atlas was the best experience for her so far. Therefore, I decided to follow her suggestion. I also like the fact, that there are no Russians in my class, that makes me feel very unique and I am not tempted to speak Russian.”

Olga Zalomova, Russia.July ’17

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Olga Zalomova, Russia

Hi Olga! Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Olga Zalomova, I am 18 years old and I am originally from Moscow, Russian Federation. I just finished my first year of Economics at the International University “MGJMO”. I decided to do a 3-week course to improve my English level.

Why did you choose Atlas?

My friend recommended Atlas to me, she was studying here as well 6 years ago. She said that Atlas offers a really high level of English classes. She also took English classes in Canada and Australia but in the end, Atlas was the best experience for her so far. Therefore, I decided to follow her suggestion. I also like the fact, that there are no Russians in my class, that makes me feel very unique and I am not tempted to speak Russian.

What do you like about Dublin?

Irish people always try to make your life easier, they are friendly and helpful. I once got lost in Dublin and I couldn’t find my bus, but people on the street always walk up to you to ask if everything is okay. Dublin is a cosy city, it is pretty small compared to Moscow. I call Dublin a “Big Village” because there are not even skyscrapers here. The people are very international, if you walk around the city or you are sitting on the bus, you hear every kind of language, which is really cool. Furthermore, I love the nature in Ireland, I went to Cliffs of Moher, Powerscourt Waterfall and Bray, which was just a stunning experience. I also took part at Ceili, I love the Irish music because it brings me back into medieval times like in the movies with magical creatures.

Would you recommend Atlas to other students?

Absolutely! Being a student at this school is not just about learning English, it is a lot more than that. It is about cultural experiences and understanding your attitude to different cultures, mentalities and politics.

Thanks Olga!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“I love Atlas!! My agent back home in Brazil showed me different schools in Ireland, Atlas was so outstandingly different. I love that the school offers different afternoon classes, for example, drama or English through music. Of course we students have a wonderful view overlooking the Grand Canal. The school’s building is very special and just gorgeous! My teachers are all very kind, they take a lot of time and are always take care.”

Joyce Neves Machado, Brazil.July ’17

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Joyce Neves Machado, Brazil

Hi Joyce! Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Joyce and I am 32 years old. In my free time I love to relax and listen to music. I play the violin in an orchestra back home, I play classical music, and I love Beethoven, Bach and Mozart.

Why did you choose Ireland?

Actually, my first choice was Canada, but you cannot work and study there. I read about the Celtic culture and started to be very interested in Ireland. I love that this country is so different, I feel like something called me here and life wanted me to go to Ireland. Of course, I wanted to improve my English skills and Ireland is so open-minded about foreign people.

What do you like about Atlas?

I love Atlas!! My agent back home in Brazil showed me different schools in Ireland, Atlas was so outstandingly different. I love that the school offers different afternoon classes, for example, drama or English through music. Of course we students have a wonderful view overlooking the Grand Canal. The school’s building is very special and just gorgeous! My teachers are all very kind, they take a lot of time and are always take care.

Would you like to travel while you are here?

Yes! I would love to visit different places in Ireland, such as the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Cork.
I prefer visiting countries, which are not so popular among other tourists. My top destination in Europe would be Romania, I love the Romanian history and the landscape.
I have a friend in Switzerland and I already went there two years ago, but I definitely want to go back. Also, I want to visit Austria, since I am a huge fan of the component Mozart, who is from Salzburg.

Thanks Joyce!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“I love that Atlas is a place where you can meet people from all around the world. In Japan, I never had the chance to meet people from Brazil or Mexico for example, but here, in the school, everyone is so international. I didn’t only find new friends from different countries, I also got to meet Japanese people, which helped me settle in especially in my first few weeks here. My best experience so far definitely was being a student at Atlas. I haven’t only had the possibility to improve my English, I also learned about other cultures and this changed my way of thinking and it opened my horizon.”

Mariko Kobayashi, Japan.July ’17

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Mariko Kobayashi, Japan

Hi Mariko! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi, my name is Mariko Kobayashi and I am from Osaka, Japan. My hometown is the second biggest city in Japan an especially famous for its delicious food, my favourite dish is octopus bowl. In Osaka you can find a beautiful Japanese castle with gardens around it. My favourite time to visit it is during spring, when all the flowers are blooming.

Why did you choose Ireland?

I wanted to go to an English-speaking country in Europe and my choice came to Ireland since I did not know much about it and I wanted to explore this country. Ireland is gorgeous, but the only thing that was disappointing to me was the weather. I still have to get used to the windy and chilly climate. Also, Dublin is not as busy as my hometown and there are so many parks in the city.

What do you like about Atlas?

I love that Atlas is a place where you can meet people from all around the world. In Japan, I never had the chance to meet people from Brazil or Mexico for example, but here in school, everyone is so international. I didn’t only find new friends from different countries, I also got to meet Japanese people, which helped me settle in especially in my first few weeks here. The location of the school is perfect and I also love that it is a Poké-stop for Pokémon GO!

Have you travelled around Ireland yet?

I took part in the school trip to Cork and I travelled to Belfast with some friends. We also visited the Giant’s Causeway and I walked over the Carrick-A-Rede Rope bridge! The weather that day was perfect, it wasn’t Irish for once.

Thanks Mariko!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“The staff working here is very supportive and the teachers I study with are very informative and very experienced. The location of the school is perfect because I don’t really like crowded places and also Atlas offers a great accessibility to many facilities. I am happy to be able to teach Japanese classes here, too.”

Tsuneki Akatsu, Japan.May ’17

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Tsuneki Akatsu, Japan

Hi Tsuneki! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am 25 years old and teaching Japanese. I started learning English about 15 years ago, because of my older brother. He inspires me a lot and often listens to western music and watches movies in English. In my free time, I like outdoor sports, such as running, walking through parks and I also love hanging out with my friends.

How was your first week at Atlas?

Obviously, I was very nervous before I came here. My English wasn’t as good as it is now and I wasn’t sure if I could make friends here. BUT I ended up meeting a lot of nice people and started making friends. There are difficulties I had to overcome, like language, environment and lifestyle, but surprisingly I managed to immerse myself into the situation.

What do you like about Atlas?

There is very supportive staff working here and the teachers I study with are very informative and well experienced. The location of the school is perfect because I don’t really like crowded places and also Atlas offers a great accessibility to many facilities. I am hoping to be able to teach Japanese classes here!

Are you going to travel while you are here?

Yes, I’d love to. I really want to visit Italy, Spain France and Switzerland. I love sunny and quiet places, which also local people enjoy, I am not a big fan of touristy places. I also want to visit my friends, who I met in Atlas.

Thanks Tsuneki!

 

 

English Student | Atlas Language School

What do you like most about Atlas?

“The teachers make the lessons very interesting – we do not only learn grammar but also about Irish culture and other interesting things. I really enjoy my classes here. My friends are all very nice, I love that I get to know so many people from all around the world. The best thing here is the activities because I can travel with my friends.”

Jiyeon Lee, South Korea.April ’17

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Jiyeon Lee, South Korea

Hi Jiyeon! Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Jiyeon Lee, but you can call be Elina. In my free time, I like to get to know people. I love travelling and taking pictures of new places. At the end of March I travelled to Spain, it was my second travel and I went by myself. I don’t speak Spanish at all, and I tried to communicate in English with the local people there. Barcelona and Nerja were my favourite places, I loved the beaches and the people there were so friendly and gave me a warm welcome there.

How is Ireland different to your country?

I think the way of living is very different here. In Ireland, everyone is quite relaxed and everyone knows how to enjoy their life. Everyone has nice plans on the weekend, they meet friends, go for a pint or have a picknick.
In South Korea, everyone works very hard and people do not have a lot of free time. If they have some free time, there are more possibilities in Seoul to hang out, rather than in Dublin.

What do you like about Atlas?

I like my teachers, they practice very well with us. They make the lessons very interesting – we do not only learn grammar but also about Irish culture and other interesting things. I really enjoy my classes here. My friends are all very nice, I love that I get to know so many people from all around the world. The best thing here are the activities because I can travel with my friends and it is quite cheap.

What was your best experience in Ireland so far?

My best experience so far was the school trip to the Powerscourt Estate and Waterfalls. I went there with all my classmates and we listened to music, danced and had so much fun. That day I met so many friendly people and I had a lot of fun. The Waterfall was so beautiful, even though the weather was not the best.

Thanks Jiyeon!