As the newest addition to Intrepid English, I asked the lovely Gemma to tell us a little bit about herself.
Welcome to Intrepid English, Gemma!
Thanks very much. I'm delighted to be part of the team!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sure. I'm thirty years old, and I'm originally from Edinburgh, but I grew up in a little town called Nairn. It's a beautiful coastal town in the highlands of Scotland. I moved back to Edinburgh to study a bachelor's degree in Chinese Studies at Edinburgh University and then spent a wonderful year teaching English in Taiwan. I've been living back in Edinburgh for about seven years now and I love it here.
Tell me about your experience living and teaching English in Taiwan.
It was amazing! Taiwan is a melting pot of different cultures and influences. The food comes from all over the world and it was incredible. The children in my classes were so well behaved and eager to learn. Their energy in the classroom never failed to make me smile.
What do you like most about learning languages?
It's a really great way to get to know a culture better by chatting with the locals. I am currently learning Danish, which is such a fun language to speak. Even when I only know the basics of a language, if it's enough to speak to a native speaker, it gives me such a great feeling.
What's the hardest thing about learning a language?
It depends on the language, but pronunciation can be really hard sometimes. Of course, grammar and sentence structure can be tough at the beginning and listening to native speakers can be a challenge. But I find that if I ask someone nicely to repeat themselves, they are usually more than happy to do so!
What advice would you give to English language learners?
Just relax and try to have fun! Be yourself, find a patient teacher and enjoy the process. If you can find a fun way to learn, you will enjoy your lessons more, and you will learn more.
You mentioned that you love living in Edinburgh. What do you like most about it?
There's so much to love about Edinburgh. The people, the architecture, the fact that it's nice and compact so you can walk everywhere easily. It's hard to narrow it down to just one, but I think my favourite thing to do in Edinburgh is to climb Arthur's Seat. From the top, you can see breathtaking views of the city, the coastline and the countryside. I recommend it to anyone who is visiting Edinburgh. Just make sure you bring some comfortable shoes, as parts of the climb to the top can be a little bit steep.
Is there anything else you'd like to say to our Intrepid English students?
Just that I am really looking forward to meeting you and helping you to reach your English goals in a fun and enjoyable way.
If you have any questions for Gemma, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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