Love is the only language that I speak fluently. Of the many graffiti that decorate the streets of Brighton, this was one that caught my attention the most. How difficult it is to speak and master a language that is not yours, although everything can be achieved with dedication… and affection. And Brighton was one more stop on my way to learn English.
By way of a brief introduction I will tell you that in the last few months I have been doing different English courses in Malta and England, and Brighton has been one of the venues. This city in the south of England is one of the most popular destinations in the country for this practice. Its youthful and relaxed atmosphere and its enormous leisure offer in such a small space make it irresistible. There I was again with Sprachcaffe, with whom I was able to enjoy four language courses abroad. Whoever tries, repeats.
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In case you still don’t know this brand, I’ll tell you that Sprachcaffe is one of the leading companies when it comes to language courses abroad. This brand has been offering language training around the world for more than 30 years. At present, it is possible to study 7 different languages with them in dozens of countries. Do you remember the Arabic course I took in Morocco?
Although it is an organization with German roots, as could not be otherwise, Sprachcaffe has bet strongly for the teaching of English, and there are several destinations in which it is possible to be formed: Canada, United States, Malta and England. Within England, the school offers two exceptional locations: London and Brighton. I’ll talk to you about the British capital in a few days, but at the moment I’m opening my mouth with Brighton.
Learn English in Brighton
Brighton, the city with the most personality in England. Okay, I haven’t traveled much in England. Okay, maybe I came up with the nickname. But, having seen what I have seen, I would venture to say that Brighton is one of the most charismatic cities in the British country.
Needless to say, London, its capital, is a unique and inimitable city, but Brighton, although infinitely smaller than its neighbour, spends style on all four sides. Precisely its size, perfectly walkable, makes it an interesting option to learn English. As soon as you like to walk, you will realize that in less than 30 minutes you can reach any of its points of interest.
It also helps a lot the atmosphere that conforms it, a perfect mixture of people from anywhere in the world with an open mind and many desire to have a good time. You’ll find it easy to find people to practice your English with. Don’t forget that there are many who choose it for the same reason.
Sprachcaffe school in Brighton
And where will you spend your days if you choose to study English in Brighton? Between 3 and 5 hours a day could last your classes depending on the type of course you choose, except for private lessons that already adapt a little to your conditions.
To fit into the right group, the first thing you’ll do when you arrive at school (or the week before via the Internet) is a placement test, which will determine which group is right for you. That test can be written or oral, depending on the number of people you come in with.
Once “classified”, you will start your classes with up to 12 people (in my case we were only 5, it depends on the time of year in which you study), where you will be doing a weekly lesson connected to a chapter of the head book. However, although the book is a guide and the main support material, the talks, debates and various games will be interspersed in the development of the classes, so that sometimes you will learn almost without knowing it.
Depending on the level you are at (in my case it was a B2), you will finish the weeks doing a small test with which to try to settle everything you have learned. Don’t worry because the exam is more of a guide for you than for the academy. I take this point to comment that, if at any time you feel that you are not at the right level (up or down), you can talk to the team to be relocated. By the way, have you considered taking a gap year to study English?
Beyond the classrooms, Brighton’s school has a kitchen and common room, the ideal place to continue meeting your battle mates outside the classroom. Some events are organized there, such as games, watching movies or cooking classes, like the one I was able to enjoy at the hands of some Thai companions.
Where to stay in Brighton with Sprachcaffe
Although you can manage it on your own, Sprachcaffe also offers you its own accommodations ranging from local homes to the West Beach Hotel residence. The first option is perfect for continuing to improve your English skills beyond the classroom. The second option is preferable if you are looking for more privacy in your free time.
Although you can manage them on your own, both can include meal service (up to full board). The hotel doesn’t have its own restaurant outside of the summer season, so you’ll be eating at The Regency, a mythical place just a minute away. Delicious!
What to do in Brighton
As I was saying, although it’s not too big a city, Brighton is loaded with content. In fact, at the time I was there (May 2019), I was surprised to see how, week in and week out, the festivals and concerts in the streets and bars of Brighton were piling up. So you’re not going to be short of what to do when you finish school.
Visit its tourist corners
I’d be lying if I told you that Brighton is a city full of history and tourist attractions. Now, it wouldn’t be fair to say otherwise either. The Royal Pavilion, the Pier, the Marina, British Airway i360 or its museums are some of the stops you could include in any stay in Brighton. They’re all pretty, they’re all worth it, and they’re all within reach of your steps.
Soak up their culture
As I mentioned before, Brighton is a city with a lot of “stuff”, so the cultural plans are guaranteed: concerts, festivals, theatre, cinemas… If you get bored in Brighton, it’s because you want to.
In this sense, few spaces reflect the essence of Brighton as well as “Los Lanes,” Brighton’s liveliest neighborhood.
Wherever you go, I’m sure you’ll find something to do.
Let yourself be cajoled by his nights
In a city with such a good atmosphere it is not surprising that nights have a life of their own. And as such, whether you’re a party lover or not, I encourage you to give it a try. From pubs with live music to discotheques with international hits to clubs (it is the gay capital of the United Kingdom). All types of parties are picked up in Brighton and almost any day, so don’t leave without tasting it.
Swell up to eat
England may not be world-famous for its food, but I must admit that I personally enjoyed the beauty of Brighton’s vast gastronomic offer. And is that, especially in the most central area of this city, there are dozens of restaurants that you will find on either side, each offering dishes from anywhere in the world. And although local establishments predominate, you’ll see how easy it is to sample international food.
A little beach
Okay, if you’re used to the typical Spanish beach then Brighton might not meet your expectations. The sand of this place has the shape of a pebble, so it’s not so comfortable to lie down “a la bartola”. Now, the British love Brighton’s beach, so you don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy its coastline and waters either.
Come out and discover your surroundings
You’re in England! So don’t let the laziness get to you and take advantage of the fantastic (and expensive) British transport system to get to know beyond Brighton. Seven Sisters, Lewis, Rye or London itself are some of the plans that this city offers you without deviating too much.
Studying English in Brighton or London?
Although I will soon make a detailed guide of my experience in London, at the moment, if you are doubting between these two destinations, I will tell you that at academic level is very similar, so I would encourage you to make the decision under the type of cities in which you feel more comfortable. All you have to do is compare Brighton’s 200,000 inhabitants with London’s more than 8 million to see how big they are.
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Having said that, I end my experience here studying English in Brighton. As always, I put the comments at your disposal in case you need more information or any other topic that you would like to talk about. It is clear that improving our level of English is essential to perform in this modern world and cities like Brighton make this experience unforgettable. Don’t miss your chance.
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