30-year-old Maysa from San Paulo in Brazil has been living in Ireland for almost three years. Maysa renewed with us on three occasions and we were delighted to have her as one of our students at City Language School. We recently sat down with her to find out more about her time with us at our city centre campus and why she has decided to stay a little longer in Ireland.
“I wasn’t really thinking about Ireland at the beginning,” says Maysa. “To be honest I had always wanted to go to canada. But a friend of mine told me about Ireland and I decided to give it a try. I soon realised that it is quite similar to Brazil actually. You are so friendly, kind and you like parties. You like these kinds of things like brazilians. So I fell in love so I want to be here for a little longer.”
Maysa started studying at City Language School in February 2020 just as lockdowns due to COVID19 were on the horizon.
“I started and all the lockdowns started,” I renewed three times
“At the beginning it was difficult because everything was online,” says Maysa. “But they kept it going very well and adapted. During the pandemic I was working in a health store and so my English really improved because I was doing the course and using my English all the time. After my first term, Róisín suggested I sign up for the Business English class. At that time, it was the only school that offered this type of course. That class was very very good. The way Barry explains things and uses things from outside the classroom was great. It not just from the book or just focussing on Business vocabulary, it’s much broader than that.”
Maysa also benefited from a little extra help.
“Barry helped me with my CV,” she says. “So I applied for a job at the VIP Lounge in the Airport and got the job. I started as a receptionist there and now I’m training to be a supervisor.”
So far she has met a famous golfer, a TV personality and the US Ambassador to Ireland. Maysa lives close to Dublin Airport Maysa with an Irish family. Even though the location would be considered far out by Irish standards, Maysa says the commute to town is nothing compared to her city.
“Dublin is easy,” she says. “It’s one of the things I like about the city; everything is close. It’s twenty-five minutes from the city centre to my home when the traffic isn’t heavy.”
“There are lots of people from other countries here” she continues. “I have Italian friends and Spanish Friends. It is very multicultural. So even though there are lots of Brazilains here, it is still easy to meet people from other countries.”
Maysa plans on staying in Ireland for a few more years. Having worked in Finance in Brazil, she has now decided to study in the same field in Dublin.
She will always remember her time with us at City Language School and says that one aspect of the school stands out above all else.
“The teachers are very kind, lovely and professional and I learnt a lot from them,” she says. “The Business Class is a unique selling point. But one thing that really made the difference for me is the fact that the students are very close to the managers. I had a straight line with Aoife, with Roisin, with Vedrana. It was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed studying there.”
City Language School Dublin
City Language School is right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Dublin is the proud and vibrant capital of Ireland and with its cosmopolitan and modern feel, it has repeatedly been voted Europe’s friendliest city by Trip Advisor. Dublin boasts strong links with literature, music, dance and storytelling. As you walk through the streets of Temple Bar, you can absorb the musical tradition which spills onto the streets from the many bars and restaurants; truly a city of enormous beauty! Dublin is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery that will leave you with lifelong memories. It is perfectly located on the eastern coastline of Ireland and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Europe.
We are conveniently located in the heart of Dublin on Dame Street, giving you easy access to the whole city of Dublin as well as bus and tram lines for you to get around.