BridgeEnglish students come from all over the world to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the United States. Su Jin Lee, from South Korea, is currently a student at our downtown Denver center, where she has been taking our General English program since last August. We interviewed her to learn more about how she chose Bridge and what her experience has been like so far studying abroad in the U.S.
Can you tell us about yourself?
I am from South Korea. I came to Denver to study English to get a job after I graduated from University two years ago.
Why did you decide to study at Bridge English in Denver?
Before I came to America, I was looking for a quiet and beautiful city. My cousin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. So I just looked for surrounding cities and then came to Denver.
What do you like most about studying with Bridge – and what is most difficult?
I think the best point is that I can learn English interestingly through various learning materials. Also, teachers provide many opportunities for students to develop their English skills.
Speaking and pronunciation are the most difficult thing for me. There are big differences between English and Korean. In Korean, we don’t have strong intonation, and many Korean people can’t pronounce the difference between “R” and “L.”
What has been the best part of your course so far?
The best part of my course so far is that all my classmates are from all over the world so I can gain a lot of knowledge through sharing information with them, such as culture, food, language, behavior, and so on. It helps me a lot to broaden my knowledge.
Are you staying with a host family? What’s that like?
Yes, I stay with my host family. There are 4 people in my homestay family, so I will stay with them while I study at Bridge. They are very kind and harmonious, especially my homestay mother. She always corrects me when my pronunciation is wrong, like my second teacher. I’m very lucky to meet my homestay family. I’ll never forget them.
What do you miss about home?
I miss my grandmother’s cooking the most. I think all international students feel the same way.
How has your opinion of the U.S. changed since being here?
When I was in South Korea, I was worried about everything, but after I came to America, my life became more leisurely as I enjoyed every day rather than worry. And it was very impressive to spend a lot of time with this family in America.
What do you like to do when you are not in class?
I like to hang out with my Bridge friends, eat delicious food. Recently I went to see a basketball game with my friends. It was the first basketball game in my life and it was really fun. Denver has many activities.
Would you recommend Bridge to your friends? Why or why not?
I would definitely recommend it. There are many opportunities to learn English at Bridge. Also, people can make friends from different countries. And especially because Bridge teachers and students are very close.
What advice do you have for people considering studying English in the U.S.?
When I lived in Korea, I didn’t have the confidence to talk to foreigners. Speaking English is difficult, and I could not understand what they were saying. But now I have confidence in talking with foreigners while studying English for 6 months in America. The fact that I have no fear in conversation with foreigners is the biggest change I made during language study. So, if people have a chance to study English in America, I recommend taking the opportunity.
What are your plans after you finish your program at Bridge?
I will go back to Korea and prepare for getting a job. It may be hard to get a job soon, but my experience studying English in America will help me.
Would you like to meet another BridgeEnglish student? Read an interview with Alina, an English student from Switzerland, or browse our English programs by clicking here.