Brazil: Herika Maria Pimentel de Queiroz
Herika Maria Pimentel de Queiroz

Brazil: Herika Maria Pimentel de Queiroz

Herika Maria Pimentel de Queiroz is 27 years old and is a business administration graduate  from Brazil. She won a Let Your English Grow scholarship with English UK member centre, Language Studies International London Hampstead, where she improved the skills she acquired earlier at another English UK member centre.

When were you in the UK?

I was in the UK two times. The first was for six months in 2005, and I came again in April last year.

Did you know any English before coming here?

I had intermediate English, but I didn't speak very well.

Why did you choose to come to the UK?

I had a dream of studying English abroad. I always was certain about the country. Maybe because the language school that I used to study in Brazil they teach British English. Also, I have many friends who had studied in England.  

What made you choose the language school and town?

First I was planning to study in Brighton, but it was more expensive than studying in London, so I chose London because of the price.

The first school was Edwards Language School located in Ealing Broadway and I had a 4 hour lesson per day. This one I paid for myself for six months and chose through a local company in my city.

The second school was LSI London Hampstead and I had around 6 hours of lessons per day. This one was the best opportunity that I have ever had in my life. I won a scholarship in a competition through the British Council website.

Did you enjoy your time in the UK? What did you like most? Did anything surprise you?

So much! I'll never forget my experience in the UK, it was better than I was expecting. I'm planning to go back as soon as possible to continue practicing my English. I had the opportunity to know a different culture, make new friends, visit a lot of cities around London and also visit other countries around Europe.

It's very difficult to say what I liked most because everything was wonderful. You can feel safe; there are many facilities such as public transport and health care; a different culture, wonderful theatres, restaurants, shops, parks ...

I was very surprised with the culture - the monarchy, how beautiful the country is and how easy it was to travel around the UK.

Has learning English changed your life?

Yes, it's very important to get a good job in Brazil. Also, learning English helped me to gain the scholarship.

What are you doing now? Could you have done it without your English?

Nowadays, I'm studying very hard to take part in government. In Brazil, to work for the government we need to do a test and the English language is one of the subjects.

Would you recommend learning English in the UK to your friends?

For sure! One more time, I can repeat that it was the best experience that I have ever had in my life.


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