My name is Veronica and I am from Spain.

I was thinking about learning English for many years. I’m a Radiographer Technician. I lost my job in Spain so I decided to take this opportunity to learn English abroad.

A friend of mine who is a teacher recommended I come to Ireland. Also, a little detail… last summer I was in my parents’ house. We were watching a TV programme which showed Cork and I liked the city so much I decided to move here.

Cork is very safe and easy to get around. In my case I’m lucky Irish people love Spanish people. I meet lots of people everyday and they always help me.

In my opinion the most beautiful part of Ireland is South West Cork e.g Baltimore, Clonakilty, Kinsale. I have also been to Killarney, Kerry, Dublin & Belfast.  It is easy to travel around Ireland from Cork.

I have never spoken in English before. I know more than I can speak! My grammar is better than other parts of my learning. I find trying to have a conversation and making myself understood is most challenging but I am improving every day.

I started in A1 level in September 2017 and after 10 months I am now in a Cambridge First (FCE) preparation class.

I hope the exam results and experience of studying abroad for nearly a year help me develop a new career in Spain when I go back.

I am Raimundo but everybody knows me as Raymond and I am from Spain.

When I finished my degree at university, I decided to study English because nowadays it is extremely useful if you want to find a job and it is faster learning abroad than in your country.

 


Raymond (2nd from left) with friends at the beach. 

Why did you choose afternoon studies in particular?

I chose afternoon because I adore sleeping and I like taking my time for taking a shower and having my breakfast in the morning. Furthermore it is the cheapest option.

Can you tell us a little bit about your course and teachers?

When I decided to study in Cork I booked 8 weeks but after 4 weeks I realized I was improving my English skills a lot in a little time. At the same time, I felt really comfortable in Cork with my classmates and teachers. I needed more time because my English was awful in this period so, I extended my course by 13 weeks. Teachers are always in class correcting you and giving you good tips to improve your English.

What aspect of English language learning are you improving in the most since you started in Cork English Academy?

To be honest, I think that 99% of Spanish people come here to improve their speaking. Obviously, my speaking was improved a lot because I could speak English all day, in class and outside, with native speakers.

What aspect of English language learning are you finding the most challenging?

It is very important that you do not translate of your own language. Sometimes do not make sense and it is impossible, like idioms or expressions typical of your country.

How did you achieve your current B2 level?

I think it is very important to attend class every day because teachers help you, they know your weaknesses. You have to take advantage of the most of the time studying at home and speaking with people in English, it is worth it. If you do that you will improve your English quickly, like me.

Is it easy to make friends in Cork?

I made a lot of friends from a lot of different countries. Also people in Cork are very friendly and when I went to the pub, I often spoke with native speakers about football and sometimes I joked with them, they have good sense of humor.

What is your favourite thing about Cork?

I can say that this is an amazing city. It has a lot of places that you can visit and enjoy such as parks, churches or pubs. Also the people are very friendly. Every week we have an hour of culture class in the academy, I could learn about Irish culture, history and traditions. I enjoyed learning each culture class. I recommend visiting Cork because it is a city for all members of the family and multicultural.

Hi! My name is Anna, I’m 26 years old and this is the story of how I ended up in Cork.

Don’t worry, it won’t take too long – actually, that part of the story is quite simple. I am studying English to become a teacher in my home and native country, which is Germany. So I thought, well, improving my language skills works best in an English-speaking country. And here I am!

Why Ireland you might ask? And why Cork? Well, Ireland is part of the EU, which makes travelling, living and working here super easy for me as an EU-citizen. What’s more is that I don’t have to worry about currencies, visa and all that stuff. Now you may think I’m a lazy person, but there is more to it.

Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to, and there are a few on my list. People always told me that before, so I kind of wanted to check if it’s true. And I can tell you now: it is! It is so green, so wild, so rough and so beautiful. I absolutely love the weather here (well ok, those of the southern hemisphere might find that strange, but I don’t mind temperatures below 25 degrees). You can do and see a lot of stuff on this island – and the beer! Oh my. But most of all, the people of Ireland are really fantastic. They’re always kind and polite, helpful and friendly. They might not like to cuddle and hug it out a lot, but they have a warm heart.

Why Cork? Simple: it’s not Dublin. Dublin, for me, is more of a vacation hot spot. But living there does seem a bit exhausting. Cork, on the other hand, is just so cute. And you can have a great time here, too! Every second house you pass by is a restaurant or a pub. And the food here is absolutely fabulous. Plus, you just feel safe in the streets and after one day or two, you have basic knowledge of what to find where. And if you still should manage to get lost somehow, the friendly people in this town will surely help you find your way back.

When the city is getting too small for you, you have countless opportunities to see the country from here. Just hop on a bus or join a day tour to, let’s see, the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, Galway, Dublin, Dingle, even Northern Ireland. Or just take a 30-minute drive to the coast and enjoy the beach and the (admittedly) cold Irish Sea. And if you don’t feel like doing anything big, just go to a pub and enjoy Murphy’s, the locally-brewed Stout (which can easily compete with Guinness, if you ask me).

Ok, enough travel guide-like advertisement for Ireland. As I said earlier, I came here to improve my English. And I did, to make it short. You are just forced to use the language and therefore you get to learn it really fast. Even if you’re not that fluent in the beginning, I’m sure you will leave with a higher level than you started out at. Of course, this might be challenging for some in the beginning, but just give it a shot. It’s about getting used to it, really. Jump into the cold water and swim – sink is not an option!

Besides, the teachers at school will help you with anything. Do you want to improve your grammar? They’ll give you extra material to work through. Wanna talk about anything just for talking’s sake? Sure, no problem. Wanna try to understand and discuss a TED Talk? Sure thing, have it right here. There is so much variety (which, ironically, is a key feature to learn in the exam classes) in the courses that you definitely will find something to work on which you’re really into.

Ok, now the story actually took quite long, but there is just so much to tell you about Ireland, Cork and Cork English Academy. Sorry for that. But I actually just want to tell you is this: Taking a course at Cork English Academy will help you on so many levels – professionally, personally, socially… Just talk to the amazing staff and figure out what’s the best programme for you, and then hop onto the next plane and come here. And do not forget your camera!

Our General English courses are designed to give you the English language skills to live, work, study and travel in an English-speaking environment.

We offer group English language courses to international students from Elementary level (CEF A1) to Advanced level (CEF C2).

There is a maximum of 12 students per class.

10% discount on course fees for 1 to 3 week bookings

15 Hour Morning 15 Hour Afternoon 20 Hour Morning 20 Hour Afternoon
1 week €180 €162 €150 €135 €220 €198 €200 €180
2 weeks €360 €324 €300 €270 €440 €396 €400 €360
3 weeks €540 €486 €450 €405 660 €594 €600 €540

1 course week FREE for every 4 weeks booked

15 Hour Morning 15 Hour Afternoon 20 Hour Morning 20 Hour Afternoon
4 weeks €720 €540 €600 €450 €880 €660 €800 €600
5 weeks €800 €640 €650 €520 €950 €760 €875 €700
6 weeks €960 €800 €780 €650 1140 €950 €1050 €875
7 weeks €1120 €960 €910 €780 €1330 €1140 €1225 €1050
8 weeks €1280 €960 €1040 €780 €1520 €1140 €1400 €1050
9 weeks €1440 €1120 €1170 €910 €1710 €1330 €1575 €1225
10 weeks €1600 €1280 €1300 €1040 €1900 €1520 €1750 €1400
11 weeks €1760 €1440 €1430 €1170 €2090 €1710 €1925 €1575
12 weeks €1920 €1440 €1560 €1170 €2280 €1710 €2100 €1575

 

15 Hour Morning 15 Hour Afternoon 20 Hour Morning 20 Hour Afternoon
13 weeks €1820 €1400 €1495 €1150 €2210 €1700 €2080 €1600
14 weeks €1960 €1540 €1610 €1265 €2380 €1870 €2240 €1760
15 weeks €2100 €1680 €1725 €1380 2550 €2040 €2400 €1920
16 weeks €2240 €1680 €1840 €1380 €2720€2040 €2560 €1920
17 weeks €2380 €1820 €1955 €1495 €2890 €2210 €2720 €2080
18 weeks €2520 €1960 €2070 €1610 €3060 €2380 €2880 €2240
19 weeks €2660 €2100 €2185 €1725 €3230 €2550 €3040 €2400
20 weeks €2600 €1950 €2000 €1500 €3000 €2250 €2800 €2100

  15 Hour Morning 15 Hour Afternoon 20 Hour Morning 20 Hour Afternoon
21 weeks €2730 €2080 €2100 €1600 €3150 €2400 €2940 €2240
22 weeks €2860 €2210 €2200 €1700 €3300 €2550 €3080 €2380
23 weeks €2990 €2340 €2300 €1800 3450 €2700 €3220 €2520
24 weeks €3120 €2340 €2400 €1800 €3600 €2700 €3360 €2520

Extra Fees
General English Textbook Fee: €45 (covers one textbook)
School Registration Fee: €65

If you would like to make a booking please do so by registering your details with us HERE.