Abdullah is an ELC student born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has been here for several weeks and really enjoys living and traveling within the United States. He chose to study English in Los Angeles because he is planning to begin studying at UCLA in the fall semester of 2016. We sat down with Abdullah to ask him some questions about his time here in Los Angeles so far.
Is this your first time in the US?
No, I have been here several times before and have traveled to many different places.
What were you surprised to learn about the US or LA? Did you experience culture shock?
No, I didn’t experience culture shock. It’s interesting to see how different the people in the US are from the people in Saudi Arabia. This is what I like so much about studying in the US.
What do you miss about your country?
I really miss my family and my friends but I have a ton of friends here so it’s not a big problem.
What do you do for fun? Hobbies?
My passion is soccer! I love to play. But I also love to write. I am a published author of four books about sports in Arabic. I also work as a soccer photographer in the Saudi and Asian Champions League. I’m a globetrotter and I love to travel all over the world.
What is your favorite phone application?
I love Instagram!
Do you have any tips for people who want to learn English?
I think the most important thing is to be confident. Try to speak as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Also practice writing because it’s important but also different from speaking!
What is your favorite place in LA?
My favorite place so far is Hollywood Boulevard, but it might change when I visit more places.
What is your favorite restaurant in Westwood?
My favorite is Nap Cafe! They have great barbecue. My favorite is the barbecue chicken and rice.
What is your favorite type of food?
I love Saudi food. My favorite is chicken and rice.
What are your favorite moments in class at ELC?
My favorites were conversation classes with Jonathan and the reading and writing classes with Chanel. The classes are a lot of fun!
What are your plans after ELC?
I’m planning to study at UCLA in the fall semester of 2016. After I am finished studying, I will travel around the world before I go back home to Saudi Arabia.