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  • I work in the leisure centre:

  • we're providing physical activities

  • for people of all ages.

  • So we're trying to reach them;

  • trying to improve their mood,

  • to get out of

  • the house more,

  • to be more social.

  • People are saying

  • the class really helps them

  • that's really really good reward.

  • I came from Poland

  • about ten years ago:

  • now I live in Scottish town.

  • I'm a father,

  • I'm a partner,

  • I'm a student,

  • full-time worker.

  • I usually start at five a.m.,

  • up and then studying

  • up to seven a.m.

  • That's the only time

  • when I can find quiet.

  • At the moment I'm studying

  • for my degree

  • in business management.

  • When you see

  • audio-visual material,

  • you can see for yourself,

  • you can listen for yourself.

  • Usually there's like

  • a short video clip,

  • with some interviews.

  • It's closer to the

  • real-life experience.

  • Sometimes

  • I've got a problem with

  • understanding of spoken language.

  • Fortunately there's always transcripts

  • of that material.

  • Sometimes, yeah, the voice

  • can be distorted by

  • the internet connection

  • or some people

  • they have strange, different accents,

  • so yes, so that could

  • be challenging

  • for non-native speaker.

  • I've got my phone

  • always at hand, so

  • any, any word I don't understand,

  • I can always check it.

  • I like to know

  • exact the meaning of the word

  • even if I know

  • more or less the meaning

  • of the word from the context.

  • I don't have to talk to people

  • as a part of my studies.

  • But there is such an option, there

  • is possibility.

  • As a part of my university programme,

  • we've got chat rooms available

  • where we can meet

  • face to face live,

  • so you can just meet

  • at a certain day and certain hour

  • and with a tutor and

  • then all the students in the group

  • and we're just having a conversation

  • via skype or other similar app.

  • Usually there are like

  • five, six peopleit's not like

  • a big group but

  • the software is very good

  • you can see the names,

  • who's attending

  • the chat rooms, who's not.

  • It's moderated by the tutor,

  • so it works very, very well.

  • And it's always very good

  • to share the opinions with others

  • and communicate face to face directly,

  • not just through the emails

  • or written words.

  • At the moment I feel like I -

  • yeah, I'm getting somewhere.

  • I've always said that learning

  • is the key to, to

  • achieve something in life.

  • The main motivator is future.

  • My ultimate goal

  • is to go to South America.

  • When you learn a language,

  • you're getting closer to the culture,

  • different way of thinking.

  • Mostly I'm learning Spanish

  • on the go.

  • If I'm walking, I just

  • put my headphones on

  • and instead of listening to music,

  • I'm listening to Spanish.

  • My partner,

  • who is from Ghana originally,

  • there was a time at

  • the beginning especially

  • when we started dating,

  • I was preparing some Polish food,

  • and she was preparing Ghanaian

  • food, very exotic dish.

  • I've got two kids:

  • the kids are very, very rewarding.

  • It's great, it's great being a father.

  • The message I would like

  • to send to my kids is

  • "Learn as much as you can

  • and try to enjoy that."

  • Go the distance.

I work in the leisure centre:

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/01
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