Chatterbox # 21 – Tips on studying abroad by Rita D’Amico

Rita is back! We previously interviewed Rita at Culips but decided to do it again because it was a popular episode, and because Rita has started her own business helping out international students who are interested in coming to Montreal. In this episode Rita gives lots of advice for people moving to another country to study a language.

Expressions included in the learning materialsstudyabroad

  • Home stay
  • What are you up to these days?
  • On your mark
  • One-stop shop
  • Keep in mind
  • Hustle and bustle
  • Biased
  • To narrow down
  • Culture Shock
  • Overwhelmed
  • Bound

Sample transcript

Harp:Now Rita, with all of your experience in the English and ESL world can you give some tips on choosing a location or city to live and study in Canada?
Rita: Sure, I’d be happy to do that. First thing is to find the city that you want to live in. In order to do that, well, you need to do some research. There are three major cities in Canada. We have Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. And each of them has their unique personality…
Harp: OK, so it’s important for students to kind of decide their priorities when choosing the city.
Rita: Absolutely, you should definitely do some research about cost of living in each of the cities. You can find all of this information online as well. So look at things like taxes and accommodation, rent, you know how much does the average rent cost, as well. And of course you should always check out safety. How safe is the city you want to live in? And check out the different neighbourhoods as well.
Harp: So Rita, can you give us some advice on choosing a language school?

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips