Three things I Miss About Studying in Canada
1. Access sport facilities
Growing up, sports have always been an important part of my life. Whether it was high school or university, I’ve always had multiple golf courses, ice rinks, and sport centers within 15 minutes from my school.
2. Access to nature
It was very easy for me to take advantage of nature and study at a nearby park or a grass field on campus back in Canada. During times when I want a study break, I would take a walk at a nearby park (or even kayak at a lake for longer breaks) to clear up and refresh my mind.
There is no doubt that Hong Kong has some of the best restaurants and chefs in the world. However, the famous restaurants usually come with a very high price, which is definitely not in a student’s budget. When comparing the lower priced food in Hong Kong and in Vancouver, I find that I was able to find higher quality food in Vancouver for that price range.
Tips on Improving Your English Quickly
1. Be in an English speaking environment and make use of it
When you’re studying in an English speaking environment, such as Canada, you have the constant access and exposure to improve your English. However, I believe it is extremely important for a student to make use of it. Whether it is ordering a coffee or trying on clothes, you have tons of opportunities to practice English wherever you are in Canada. You have the choice to cut those conversations short or try to extend it longer to use them as practice for your English.
2. Have a notebook dedicated to new words
It is very beneficial to create your own notebook and write down any new or important words you encounter. Without writing it down in a notebook, many times we will forget the new words we have just learned
3. Don’t be afraid
I often see international students hesitating to speak in certain situations due to the fear of pronouncing certain words incorrectly. This type of fear will hold one back significantly from improving their English because it prevents them from speaking or practicing the language. The fear that others will laugh at you if you don’t speak perfectly is untrue as I have never seen that happen. Generally, people in Canada really do not mind if someone is unable to pronounce words perfectly.