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My excellent Plan B!

By Marianna Cherniuk,


Hi I’m Philipp I come from Switzerland !!
I was in Tamwood for 3 months ! Before I came to Tamwood I was working in the east side from Canada for 5 months, but in this company all people there spoke Swiss German! This wasn’t good to improve my English skills! Then I had the idea to visit an English school but I wanted to visit the school in Vancouver because my friend told me about his experience in Vancouver. He told just good things about Vancouver. Okay then I had a plan how I would come to Vancouver. I found to fly there is boring. And then I knew it! My father came to visit me in Canada so I crossed Canada with him from Montreal to Vancouver!

I can remember me when I arrived Vancouver my English was bad ! And when I went out with my friends they told always jokes about my English or they laughed.  When I was in a conversation I used always the words “I don’t know” !! Hahaha

I began in the grammar Level 2 and in Speaking and Listening in Level 4.The first week in Level 4 was really difficult for me to understand the other guys in my class. And I asked my teacher if I didn’t stay in the wrong level. But they told me I can stay there – all people need time in the beginning. After 3 months in Level 2 I took the Challenge Test to move up to Level 3 and I can say I was really proud of myself. And in listening I even moved up to Level 5. It was unbelievable that in 3 months I was in the highest listening level. I improved my English a lot more then I thought. I would say thank you to all the teachers that I had. I will never forget the nice time here.

And my friends here ! I was in a homestay with other two students from different countries so it was easier to found people to contact. I had a lot of friends here and I had a really good time with them. We went always out on the weekend or in the week sometimes!  I had a lot of fun with these guys and girls.  TAMWOOD Team !!!

And now I will go to Whistler and I will visit there the Tamwood school and snowboard every day. 1 March 2016 I will go back to Switzerland. In Switzerland I will work again as a landscaper.

Thank you for the nice time I enjoyed this time really!!!! ?

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Enjoy Vancouver

By Marianna Cherniuk,


Hi, I’m Jihye (Katie) from Korea. It’s been a long time since I came in Canada. Actually, when I came here first time, I didn’t have any confidence on my English skills, especially about listening and speaking. I was on the edge of my seat all the time.

But, in Tamwood, there are a lot of students who are open-minded. In addition, most of the students are warm-hearted. That’s why I can be a best friend with international students.


I’ve tried to participate in activity of Tamwood. Because I can meet some students who take different class as me. In addition, talking in English is the best way to learn English.

This photo is when I saw the hockey game. It’s my first time to see the hockey game. The team ‘Giants’ I rooted for won the game on that day! Of cause we drank and enjoyed that time. Literally, that day was beyond description.

On top of that, I rented a car with friends and traveled to Whistler by ourselves. I couldn’t image a travel with foreign friends before that day. It was awesome! We were singing all the time and took the pics like this!

I was disappointed about food in Canada. That’s because they don’t have any local food. Only poutine? But this fact means I can eat the food of all around the world. This Greek restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Canada. Their food is out of this world! The lamb is to die for. I will go this restaurant next week!

I’ve sometimes been having a hard time studying English. However, I lost track of time getting along with my friends. In my experience, since I’ve done a wide range of activities, I can tell I had a blast in Canada. I’ve not only studied English, but I also made precious memories.

And I’m going to Korea soon in order to graduate from university. It makes me sad. I want to keep in touch with friends and I believe that we will meet again someday! My memory in Canada is so valuable that I will never forget. Thank you!

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