Language Campus attracts students from all four corners of the globe. Planet Earth, we’ve got you covered. In the first of a new series introducing you to our international language learners, meet Oksana Danylych.
1.) Hola, Oksana. Where in the world were you born and raised?
I was born in Ukraine, close to the border with Hungary, and raised in Canada.
2.) Where are you based now?
I still live in Canada, in Toronto.
3.) What is your job?
I’m a Real Estate Broker with Remax.
4.) What made you want to learn Spanish?
In my early 20s, I worked in tourism and developed a love of learning languages.
5.) Why Gran Canaria?
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a vibrant city and the weather is great.
6.) How well known are the Canary Islands in Canada?
Most Canadians have no idea the Canary Islands exist.
7.) So, what was the reaction of your friends and family when you told them you were visiting the islands?
Most thought I was visiting the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. Now that I educated them a bit, they would love to come for a visit.
8.) What attracted you to Language Campus?
Language Campus has a very flexible schedule with many classes. The teaching staff are so friendly and it’s a genuine pleasure to attend lessons. It enjoys a great location close to everything, including Playa de Las Canteras, one of the world’s greatest beaches, and Zona Mesa y López, one of the Gran Canaria capital’s premier areas to eat out and shop in.
9.) During your classes, what is the favourite word you have learned?
Remolacha. I like the sound of these beets.
10.) How about your favourite phrase/s?
Vamos a la playa. Who wouldn’t want to go to the beach on the Canary Islands?
11.) Out of lessons, what has been your most memorable discovery on the island and why?
Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria has dunes that transport you to the Sahara.
12.) What do you like to eat and drink in bars and restaurants?
I love the dry white wines of Lanzarote and chipirones a la plancha, grilled squid, with freshly baked bread for dipping.
13.) Which souvenirs do you have in mind to buy for the folks back home?
My mementos won’t last long as they are all edible. I will bring back Canarian cheeses and turrón (nougat) for everyone to try.
14.) What will be your most abiding memory?
The party-loving people. The energy on the streets during carnival is electric.
We look forward to welcoming you as a student at Language Campus. Contact us for further details. And who knows? Perhaps you will feature in a future installment of Student Stories.