Attending college in London​

Hello everybody! I'm Hoa. I came to England seven months ago. My first impression when I arrived was about the airport and how huge it was. I was also surprised by the big supermarkets and the buses which were everywhere. 

At first, everything was very hard for me because my English was not good and I did not have any friends in London. I could not go to the supermarket alone and I could not catch the bus. I could not talk with my nephew or my niece. My sister-in-law had to help me when I wanted to go the hospital or go shopping while my husband was at work. 

Almost everything was very strange and new to me at that time and I didn’t feel confident in myself. But after about two months, when I went to college, everything became better. I learnt a lot of things in my class and my English became better too. I will continue to learn English until it is like my first language. 

Now I feel happy and satisfied with my life. I have a wonderful family and a stable job, and I attend a good college in London, which is a city I love. That is really fortunate for someone new to the UK like me. 


Task 1 - true or false

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Task 2 - ordering words to make sentences

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First time I came to the UK was for fight in a MMA event in 2009. I stayed 3 days only. My friend who lived here helped me a lot with travel and other things. In 2010 I gone to Portugal to fight in Lisbon and from there I came straight away to London with my friend. From 2010 I started to live in London. In the beginning it was hard because I did not speak any English and I learned bad English from people at work. Now I 'm going to study proper English and I'II never stop learning.