I arrived in Ireland on March 14th, 2014, in order to study general
english for six months.
As soon as I left the airport the first contact I had was with a
taxi driver who drove me to my host family. I could barely
understand what he said because of his strong accent, which made me
feel a little uncomfortable and insecure about my English.
Fortunately, a few weeks later I noticed that not every Irish
person spoke that way. When talking to my host family and my
teachers from school, for example, it was easy to understand what
However, a few months after my arrival I had to make a phone
interview for about 15 minutes. I was nervous and scared, only
thinking things like "What if the interviewer doesn't understand
me?" or "What if I don't understand him?". Well, what really
happened was that we could talk to each other very well and at the
end of the interview he complimented my English. I was glad.
Some weeks later I had a personal interview with a family who was
doing interviews to hire an au pair (baby-sitter) to look after
their 8 month-old son. They were very welcoming and made me feel
comfortable. As a result, we talked for almost an hour and it was
great. In the end, they told me my English was really good, which
made me feel very happy.
Not only I have felt a huge improvement in my speaking since I
arrived, but I have also noticed how better my listening skills
are, especially when I watch American and British series or
That being said, I feel truly satisfied with my current level of
English. But in fact what really has been happening here is just an
improvement of everything I had studied in Brazil. I know that if I
hadn't studied English for so many years before coming to Ireland,
I would certainly feel like a fish out of the water, just like a
lot of Brazilians who live here do.
Of course I still have a lot of things to learn and I will always
have. And this is the beauty of the English language.