Interview with Former Tti Student, Begonia Romero about life in London after Tti and The Language & Cultural Exchange at The Sheephaven Bay in Camden

Hi there! This is Bego. I came to London to improve my English with a view to staying here for a couple of months and here I am after more than 2 years!

I studied Advertising and PR in Spain, and English is vital in this industry. When I first arrive in London my English wasn’t good at all, but I found a job as a bartender. Then my English improved and with it my career opportunities. I started organizing events in the pub where I work and doing some internships to get experience in Marketing.

I enjoy every second in this city. There’s a big range of cultural and social activities. Places like Meet up or Couchsurfing are great sources to find them. You never stop meeting people.

 Tti : What was one of your fondest memories of your time at Tti ?

I have a lot of good memories from my time at Tti because I met really good friends over there. One of the best  was the Halloween party which was really good fun and I won a prize for my fancy dress! You can see some pictures here

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Tti : Why have you decided to stay in good old Londontown?

London is such an amazing city! I absolutely fell in love with it during my first few days. It’s a vibrant city with a lot of opportunities and social activities to join. It’s impossible to get bored here!  As it’s said “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. I couldn’t agree more

 Tti :What was something about English culture that took a long time for a Spanish girl to get used to?

Parties! The schedules here are very different from our schedules in Spain. In my country we usually go out at the same time as the average pub closes here! But you just have to get use to it and start partying earlier. It has its benefits as well (especially the next day!)

 Tti :How did the Language and Cultural Exchange get started at the Sheephaven Bay , a lovely Irish pub in Camden?

I had the idea of organizing the group because when I first arrive to London I started attending some other groups and I think they are a great way to practice languages with native speakers and to meet new people, especially when you are new in the city.

I studied events organization and working in the Sheephaven Bay I saw a good chance to create a group for practicing languages and to have social activities. The Sheephaven is a great place for these kinds of events. We have a room reserved just for us, plus the beer garden, which is lovely during the summer!

Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheephaven-language-exchange/242392669221439?fref=t

 Tti :What other events do you have going on at the Sheephaven?

We have a pub quiz every Monday, live Irish music on Fridays and then parties every now and then. We also show every major sport live. The Sheephaven is a must-see place for Saint Patrick’s Day

 Tti :Have you learnt any Irish expressions working in this Irish pub? Could you teach us some ? :)

Yeah, it took me long time to understand them! The most common ones are “What’s the crack?”, “What’s the story?”, “Yous” as the plural of you or “A pint of stout” instead of a pint Guinness

 Tti :What are your goals or objectives now for the future?

I always have so many plans in mind. My dream is to open my own pub in Camden. I know it’s difficult but… who knows?! I think everything is possible with patience and effort

You can join the Language and Cultural Exchange every Monday ! Check the Social Programme Calendar and board for more details! 

Huge thanks to Bego for taking the time to write this post for us! Are you a Tti Alumni and have a story to share? Please get in touch at info@ttischool.com . We’d love to hear from you!

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