Hello Emilio, welcome to Mansion
Ingles. Can you tell me Emilio, how long have you been studying English?
- Well..erm..I’ve been studying English from when I was thirteen years
old, but there…there was a great gap until I went back to studying
English again when I was twenty-eight. I took some classes again, and
from this time I’ve been studying by myself.
- I see, and how have you managed to learn by yourself? What systems
have you used?
- Mmm..I..I don’t really know. I..I like..er.. reading a lot, in fact
it’s very difficult to..to.to..find people that can speak with me,
because my life..is..erm…it’s not easy to find people, er..so I try to
read and watch English TV and..er.. things like that.
- Uh-huh. Have you taken any formal courses?
- Oh yes, yes, as I mentioned before, I..I took a short three-month
course studying English in an academy.
- It must have been very difficult learning by yourself so many years.
-Yes, that’s true. In the beginning I..I was a little bit lost because..er..
everything seemed very difficult. Erm..There were many..many stages in
my learning. But..er..well, I am very interesting in..in the English
language. I find it quite interesting for me and, well I like languages
- Uh-huh, and what do you do to keep in touch with English, to keep in
contact with the language?
- Well, first of all I..I live with my ears wide open, and..erm..I try
to pay attention to every piece of news I hear in English, and..er..every
sentence I see in newspapers, or I hear in a terrace or walking in the
street, and I try to..to watch English TV programmes as often as
possible, or..or watch DVD’s or something...this kind..well, this is my
- I see, and how do you learn vocabulary, Emilio?
- Vocabulary, in fact, for me is curiosity of life. Er…I..I always want
to..to know..er.. the way..er..some words..er.. are said in another
language, so it’s curiosity. Er..I like to read. I..I think reading is
the..the key for this..this way to..to achieve..er..vocabulary. When I
find a new expression I try to..to picture this new word, and I go to
the dictionary and look it up…or..and I try to remember it. And..er..I
write it and look at it several times, because sometimes you need to go
to the dictionary several times, not only once.
- I see, and finally Emilio, do you have and advice for people who are
studying with Mansion Ingles?
- Well, my advice is..er.. be constant,..erm.. very keen on English and
look..er.. for subjects that you are really interested in. And not to
stop! Er..not to yield, Sometimes it’s due to the topics, not..not the
English in itself, so you have to find your own subjects you’re
interested in, the subject that you..you are really interested. This is
- That’s very helpful. Thank you very much for your time.
-Thank you to you.
A great gap = un gran paréntesis
Look up (a word) = buscar algo
Several = varios
Keen on something /someone= gustarle a uno algo/alguien