I am Peter from Hungary. Before I came to Cork I’d studied law and worked at a law firm in Budapest.

In general, my profession requires good English. My English needed some improvement, and I thought studying in an English-speaking country would be a great help for me.

Besides English being necessary for my profession, I had a million other reasons to start studying the language. One of them is to realize my childhood dream to having friends from different countries all around the world. In Cork, my dream came true.

It is known for everyone that Ireland is a beautiful country and I have also heard many stories about how friendly Irish people are. However, I did not know too much about Cork, but positive feedback from old students convinced me to go here.

Cork is a lovely city. It is not too big, and people are open and friendly here indeed. Despite its size there are uncountable number of pubs that make the city lively, even during weekdays.

I have discovered many parts of Ireland. With my friends from the academy, we organised trips of the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, Kinsale etc and I will never forget our visit to the beautiful Killarney National Park.

Cork English Academy helped me mainly to improve my speaking skills, and that is why I came here. Generally, classes focus on reading exercises which is a good way of teaching in comparison to the book-centred education in my country.

Before I came to Cork I thought speaking was the weakest point of my English., but I think here I could turn it into my strength.

I spent 13 weeks at Cork English Academy. My studies were divided into 7 weeks General English and a 6-week IELTS exam preparation course. My teachers were Phil and Pat  I can only say good things about their work. At all times I found them to be professional and extremely kind. Pat even made the ‘dry’ exam preparation classes enjoyable. He was continuously looking for ways to help us.

While in Cork I did a four-week internship at a solicitor’s office. I was helping in general office administration. It was a good place to learn about the Irish legal system and, also, a perfect opportunity to use my English in practice.

I am sure that everything that I have learned at Cork English Academy will be a great help not only for my career, but also other parts of my life.

Hey! My name is Mehmet and I’m from Istanbul, Turkey.

I have a few reasons for choosing Ireland as my study abroad destination. I watched lots of documentaries about Ireland and I love the nature. I decided to come to Cork because it is small and I wanted to stay away from crowed cities. In addition, there is a historical background between Ireland and Turkey (Ottoman Empire) during the The Great Famine of 1845 as Turkey was one of the only countries to offer Ireland aid.

Cork is a really lovely city. You can find everything you need in Cork.  There are a lot of cozy pubs in the city. Irish people are very friendly. When I first arrived people were very open to helping me. Irish people are very polite. They don’t get off the bus without saying ”thanks”.

I have taken trips around Ireland. There are so many castles and old ruins. My favourite trip was the Wild Atlantic Way. The scenery is incredible . I will never forget the views in my mind.

      

I recently graduated from University (department of Engineering). I needed to develop my English skills because I would like to apply for a postgraduate programme. I need to have a specific IELTS score for this. Also, many multinational companies now demand an applied or proficient level of English language.

I studied General English in Cork followed by 6 weeks IELTS examination preparation which was very useful for my needs. I studied lots of strategies for the exam.

The most difficult thing for me is different accents and different pronunciations.  We covered different accents and pronunciations in our school course. I feel more confident when speaking English now.

After my course I started to work in a deli in a supermarket. It was very busy and I served a lot of customers. This really helped me learn about different accents.

My teachers were very good and encouraged students to speak and be active in class.  Learning IELTS exam strategies will really help me going forward.