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Student Spotlight – Tamara Celeste Itsurrart February 2nd, 2018

Meet Celeste from Buenos Aires, Argentina! She’s been studying with us in Los Angeles since last fall and will be here for a whole year. She’s been loving her time spent in L.A. and other places around California. She’s excited to watch her English skills develop and improve during her time spent in our courses! Learn a little bit more about her below.

Where were you born and raised? Give us a mental picture of the place(s).
I was born in Luján province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I grew up in a very familiar place, a very quiet neighborhood with many trees and small houses on dirt roads.

What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies?
When I want to have fun I usually meet with friends at home and we do fun things like playing video games or watching movies. My main hobby is singing.

What is your special talent?
My special talents are art and music.

What is your profession? What do you like about it?
Now I’m a student but I used to be a saleswoman and I really liked this job because I can meet new people! That’s great!

Tell us about your family, do you have kids? Siblings?
No, I don’t have kids. I have one brother and my mom.

Pets? Do they live close to you?
Yes! I live with my dog Mila in my apartment in LA.

Why did you choose to study English in Los Angeles?
Because I consider English a very important tool for life and I wanted to experience life in LA!

What are all the ways that LA is different than your city/town?
LA is very different than my city because here it’s safer and there are more possibilities of having a better quality of life and a better economic balance.

What were you most surprised to learn about the US or Los Angeles? Did you experience any culture shock?
I did not have a cultural shock but what surprised me was finding a lot of spicy food and that was a problem for me because I do not really like it. About the people, I think here they are more liberal than Argentina people.

What do you miss most about your country?
The food!

What are your top three favorite places in LA?
Universal Studios, Santa Monica Beach and the Natural History Museum.

Where have you found the best food from your country in LA?
Unfortunately I have not found good Argentinean food.

Favorite moment in class at ELC:
Conversation classes are my favorite!

Favorite activity at ELC: 
I really liked the Halloween event because we went to Knott’s Scary Farm!

What are some tips you have for people who want to learn English?
Do not translate all the words exactly as in your own language! Speak only English!

Celeste at the beach

Celeste at Knotts Berry Farm