Happy Student – Nicol!

Nicol is 21 and comes to us from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. She started with us last October and will be studying with us until the start of February this year. After her time with us in Lexis, she is going to travel further along the East Coast with friends before she returns home.

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Nicol enjoying some east coast adventures last weekend!

1. Why did you choose to come to Australia and to Lexis Byron Bay in particular?

I chose to come to Byron because since I was a child, I always dreamed about the Australian life – the beach, the surf… and Byron is the perfect place to realise this dream!

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2. What do you remember about your first day in school?

I remember that I was so happy to start here! Everybody was so friendly and everything was so well organised. My last school was too big – here is more personal as everybody knows you and your name 🙂

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First day of school! 🙂

3. What are your English goals and how is Lexis helping you achieve them?

My goal is to reach a good level of English for work and travels. I think that Lexis is a really good school – every week we are tested to check our progress levels and the teachers really help us and push us towards these goals.

4. What do you like about your classes? 

I love the variety! We are not always in the classroom – sometimes we have lessons to do outdoors!

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5. You’ve joined many of our free activities. What has been your favourite one so far?

The school organises a lot of activities and since the beginning, I have really enjoyed doing morning yoga every week. The other activities are always loads of fun – I really loved the craft ones, especially making dream catchers. The take-home pieces are great for remembering our time in Lexis!

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6. Outside school, what is your favourite thing about Byron Bay? 

I love Byron for the lifestyle, the music on the streets, the amazing beach, the public BBQ (which I used every day when my family was visiting in January!). I love that it is a small place but there is always something to do.

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7. What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study at Lexis Byron Bay?

Absolutely come to Byron!! If you are looking for a chilled and amazing place, this is the place!! 🙂

 

Sushi Making 🙂

 

Beach games 🙂

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Salsa & Sangria 🙂

 

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Meeting a quokka at Christmas time!

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We will miss you Nicol! Have an amazing time travelling 😉

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Student – Lucas; Lexis’ most photographed student!!

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The lovely Lucas from Brazil first started with us in March this year, and after a quick break in September decided he missed us too much and wanted to extend his studies and stay in Byron Bay!

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Lucas on his first day 🙂 Him and Dana (centre) are the only two still here!

Lucas comes to many of our free activities so I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him over the past 7 months. He has a great sense of humour and is always smiling, friendly and courteous. Lucas always makes an effort to speak to new students from different countries, and this has helped him to improve his English and make friends from all over the world!

All the teachers agree that it is an absolute pleasure having Lucas here with us at Lexis Byron and it’s been wonderful watching his English grow and grow!

Being that he comes to many of the activities I now believe Lucas to be Lexis Byron’s most photographed student! For this reason, and also because of his cheery demeanor, I asked Lucas to be this month’s Happy Student! He happily obliged, so now you get to read all about his Lexis experience, along with just some of the pictures of him at our activities…

 

Why did you choose to come to Australia and to Lexis Byron Bay in particular?

I chose Australia because my brother already studied here at Lexis Byron and told me about his experience, and because here is paradise! I think I made the best choice. I also came to Australia because the climate and warm weather is similar to Brazil.

 

What are your English goals and how is Lexis helping you achieve them?

I would like to be able to speak English fluently. Here at Lexis I can improve my English a lot and I now believe fluency is possible for me.

  • Lucas started with us in Elementary and is now at an Upper Intermediate level. Go Lucas!!

 

Tell me a little bit about your teachers and classes…

All the teachers are really good. They always help us and make activities interesting. The activities are really fun and good for improving our English.

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You’ve joined in a lot of our free activities. What has been your favourite one so far?

Yes, when possible I try to join in a lot of free activities. I like to do them just to have fun, talk to people and always learn more; it could be a new word or sentence, or about another persons culture.

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Outside of school, what is your favourite thing about Byron?

I like the energy that is here. The people are really friendly and the places are beautiful. I really enjoy going to the beach.

 

You work in one of Byron’s most popular bars. What is your advice to other students looking for work in Byron?

Never give up! Before I started working in the Rails I was everyday trying and finally I got a job! So my advice is never give up and keep trying!!

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You’ve stayed with two host families during your time at Lexis. Can you please tell me a bit about these experiences?

Both experiences were really nice and I had a good time at both. First I was at Veronica’s, who has a beautiful house with swimming pool and my room was very spacious with a bath. She is a lawyer so she taught me about the Australian laws and helped me find a job. I lived there with two other students, Axel from French part of Switzerland and Yves from the German speaking part of Switzerland, so that was really fun. Next I lived with Kathy, who is very kind. I learnt a lot about Australia from her and I could tell her lots about South America too. Again I lived with two other students, Gabriela and Antonio from Spain, which was great. Both host mothers helped me to improve my English and would correct me when I said things wrong.

 

Finally, what would you say to anyone thinking of coming to Lexis Byron Bay?

DO IT!! It’s a great place to improve your English. There are many many people who can help you, especially Claire (Activities and Student Services), and also Lisa (Campus Manager) who has helped me from day one until now. The quality of the teachers is really good and they’re all really nice. Each teacher has a different way of teaching and different accents, which helps you to improve your listening.

 

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Cheese & wine tasting – 19 October

Last week, both morning and evening students gathered together for an extra special evening activity of wine and cheese tasting! The sun was out, the wine was flowing, the cheese was disappearing fast and it was Friday – perfect!

We had a range of different cheeses to choose from – Brie, Goats cheese, Edam, Camembert, Gouda, Cheddar, Tasmanian Feta, Spring onion and chive cream cheese, apricot cream cheese… all accompanied by a range of different crackers. For wine, we had a range of reds – Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a crisp Pinot Grigio and a soft Rose.

We all had a lot of fun and it was great for all the classes to mingle together, chat about all things cheesy and get ready for the weekend ahead!

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Student – Miyu

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Miyu, from Japan, joined us at Lexis Byron back in October last year. She started in our Pre-Intermediate class but after completing our Cambridge First Course with much-loved teacher Paul she finished at an Upper Intermediate level. It has been a joy having her here at Lexis. She has been a kind, respectful, hardworking student who has made lots of friends during her time in Byron. Her teachers all say she was a pleasure to teach and I have loved getting to know her during the activities and her visits to reception!

Before she left Byron she kindly answered some questions for us…

Why did you choose Byron Bay for your studies?

I came to Byron because it is very different to my experience of living in a big city in Japan (Miyu lives in Kobe). I was really excited to try something new and experience a different way of life. I wanted to be able to live my life my way without any expectations.

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Why were you wanting to improve your English?

I had always wanted to study English, but the Japanese education system doesn’t put much emphasis on teaching it. I decided to come here and study so I could have an adventure at the same time as improving my English! I know having a higher level of English will help me find work and will also help me with travelling.

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What’s the best thing about Byron?

The people! The people are all so nice. I have been working as a massage therapist here and everyone is very friendly. Any time I’ve ever needed help there has always been someone happy to help me. I also love the nature in Byron and the amazing beauty of the ocean!

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What’s your advice for anyone coming to study English abroad?

Don’t hang out with students from your nationality. Always try to speak English. I don’t have any Japanese friends here because I wanted to speak as much English as possible. I made mostly Spanish, Brazilian and Australian friends. I’m even travelling to Spain when I leave Australia so I can meet up with the Spanish friends I made at Lexis!

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With her Lexis friends!

Tell us about your experience at Lexis…

Lexis was amazing! I really appreciate coming here and all the help I got from everyone. The teachers are always helping and finding creative ways for you to improve your English. I loved all of my teachers. They were all fun and really caring. The admin staff are all super friendly and always there for you. My English has improved so much. I started in Pre-intermediate and finished at an Upper-intermediate level.

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With her Cambridge First Class

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Her last day at Lexis!

What are your recommendations for anyone coming to study at Lexis?

Get involved in the free activities! I loved all the activities at Lexis; it was great to having them every day and encouraging students from different classes/levels to all communicate together. I really enjoyed the activities with students from other schools, like the soccer competition, as they were really useful for meeting new people.

Also, stick to the English ONLY Policy! I really loved this rule because it helped me make a lot of international friends. It was really hard at the beginning but after a while it became natural and I feel I really benefited from it. I made many friends in my time at Lexis and am really grateful for that <3

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At our Lexis Sweet Exchange Charity Bake Sale!

 

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Cheese and Wine Tasting activity!

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Student – Renata!

Renata, aged 25, is from Brazil. For most of her life she lived in São Paulo, where she completed her degree in Marketing and also worked in an advertising agency for a couple of years. Despite loving her job, she was very tired of her life always being centered around work, so she decided to accomplish an old dream of living in Australia, not only to improve her English but also to change her lifestyle. She has now been living in Byron for 6 months and says she still catches herself impressed by the beauty that surrounds her and couldn’t be more thankful.

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It has been an absolute joy having Renata study here at Lexis Byron with us; she is always smiling, positive and friendly. She is also a hard working student, who has studied for 12 weeks in our General English classes as well as a further 12 weeks completing our Cambridge First course! She took a little break to explore some more of Australia and is now back doing our Business course for the next 30 weeks!

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Renata, classmates and teacher Claudia at her General English graduation!

I have personally loved getting to know Renata, as have her fellow students and teachers, and am always happy to see her at the out of class activities! In her time here at Lexis she has participated in many of these, including skateboarding, cooking classes, tie dye, pizza & games, and plenty of coffee clubs!

 

Being the lovely person that she is, Renata kindly agreed to take the time to answer some questions about her time studying at Lexis and living in Byron Bay!

–       Why did you choose Byron Bay?

When I decided to live abroad, I knew that I wanted to come to Australia but I would like to live in a city which could provide me a life that wasn’t possible to have in São Paulo, such as stay closer to nature, enjoy a morning life, no traffic around and, overall have a quieter and relaxing life. Here I can get around the whole town by bike, and since we are close to nature I also get motivated to be healthier and practice sports. However, the most important thing is that you don’t live under the impression that life is passing you by. Even working and studying, I still have time to enjoy my life and take care of me.

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–       What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia?

First of all, I didn’t have much practice as I only had classes twice a week, for 1 hour and 40 minutes each. I also didn’t learn any idioms and nearly nothing of phrasal verbs, which is essential for being able to speak as a native.

 

–       Tell me about your teachers and your classes…

My teacher Paul was by far the best one I’ve ever had. I did the Cambridge Course which was also the best choice that I’ve made in my program. It has helped me a lot to fix my mistakes, especially my lack on grammar. The classes were very dynamic, we worked very hard to improve all the skills: speaking, writing, use of English and reading. In spite of that, we always had time to have some fun too.

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Renata at her Cambridge graduation with teacher Paul!

 

–       What was your favourite activity?

Cooking activities were my favorite ones because it was an opportunity to taste something that you’ve never had before. At the end, we always had good food.

 

–       Tell me about your accommodation (homestay arranged by Lexis)…

I was really lucky to stay in such a good homestay. My family was made up of a couple, two kids, a dog and a cat. They were really kind and supportive, which made me feel like I was at home. The dinner was always something different, always delicious though. They had a cute daily habit to share during the dinner the best part of their day which for me was nice because we always had something to talk about, besides the beautiful practice of learning to be thankful every single day.

 

–       What are your favorite things to do in Byron?

Going to the beach (you never get sick of it), having a coffee at some cute Café (there are heaps of them), cycling around Byron, and last but not least, doing yoga. This one is definitely my favorite one. (Renata regularly attended our free yoga classes at the school on Mondays!)

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–       What is your most magical moment in Byron?

I’m not sure if I had a magical moment but lots of magical experiences. Just waking up every day and going to school and work by bike it’s already a magical moment to me. It doesn’t need to be something unique to be special. My routine is magical.

 

–       What is your advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay?

Go for it!

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Student – Shogo!

18424485_1193577764104026_1473748627_nShogo is 21 and comes from Tokyo Japan. He arrived in Byron Bay in February. While studying Law in Tokyo, he decided to take a break and come to Australia! And we are so glad that he did. Shogo has been a delight to have at school – his smiling face has brought joy to all of us. We are so impressed at how much his confidence has improved since he arrived, from a shy and quiet student to a loud and confident one who has even done a spot of modelling since has been here! He studied at Lexis for 3 months and is now staying local, working in Byron so that he can stay here for another 4 months. I decided to interview Shogo to find out a bit more about his experience here!

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Why did you choose Byron Bay?

I chose to live in Australia for the weather; it is a hot country with beautiful beaches and beautiful people. Also the working holiday visa is much more convenient than visas for the USA or the UK. I chose Byron because I wanted to learn surfing and skateboarding. I have been to Sydney and Gold Coast before, but I thought that the experience there would be similar to Tokyo, busy cities with lots of other Japanese people. I wanted to live somewhere with not so many Japanese people so that I would speak English more.

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What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia?

Pronunciation and sentence construction skills. In Japan we learn only grammar and reading, so we can read difficult sentences for studying law etc, but we can’t speak English.  I think I have really improved in those areas since I have been studying here.

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Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

In Japan we only write notes in lessons, no speaking in class at all. We don’t play games or do group work. We just sit on our own and copy down what the teacher writes on the board. Japanese teachers can’t speak English, so they can’t speak to us in English. It is much better at Lexis. I started in Elementary class and graduated in the Intermediate class. I have had 4 teachers here: Georgia, Mel, Adrienne and Michelle. In their lessons we played games, we played a darts game to learn grammar where we had to scrunch paper up and throw it at the target. Talking with a partner is really good, for example every Monday we talk to our partner about what we did at the weekend, I really enjoyed that. We usually talk about our culture, for instance we eat raw fish in Japan, Brazilians play soccer every day, the Swiss eat lots of chocolate. We got to make sushi and eat chocolate and share and learn about other cultures. There are so many students from all round the world.

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What was your favourite activity?

My favourite activity was the slack lining. I had never tried this sport before, but the instructor says it’s good for your health and your mind because you walk along the rope and you need good form to walk and keep your balance.

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Tell me about your accommodation.

I lived in homestay with Yvonne for 3 months while I studied at Lexis. I really enjoyed it; she has 3 children, who are 1, 10 and 17. The youngest girl is a tomboy so every day she is running around the house and riding her bicycle. She always used to ask me to lift her up and she would jump on me, it was so cute. Living with an Australian family really helped me to improve my English, Yvonne really helped me and taught me how to speak English and now I can understand her even when she speaks fast. She taught me lots of slang and native language.

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Afterwards I moved into the onsite accommodation. It is very good because there are so many students in the accommodation who come from different countries and we cook every day together. I can try food from Brazil, Switzerland, and Spain. I want to work in a food company in Japan because I love food culture. Yesterday we made tempura and sushi for everyone and Bruno said he would cook Brazilian food for me too.

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What are your favourite things to do in Byron?

There are so many good beaches in Byron so we can go surfing every day, long boards and short boards. Byron is a small town so we can go anywhere by foot. In a bigger city we would have to be using train or bus but in Byron Bay everything is walking distance. It has good clubs and pubs and then you can walk home. There are so many hippies and tourists; life here is slow and relaxed. Quality of life here is very high I think.

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How difficult is it to get a job in Byron?

I think it is good to get a job, because every restaurant is so busy with tourists and they need lots of help. I have a job at the moment as a dish washer in a local restaurant. I did not want to work in a Japanese restaurant because maybe we would talk in Japanese. I came here to study English so I decided to only apply to local restaurants so that I would speak English all the time and continue to improve. In Lexis we have an English only policy, which is good for learning English. I wanted to continue this outside of school. I handed my resume out in Byron Bay and after 3 days I had a job offer!

What is your most magical moment in Byron?

When I go surfing I sometimes see dolphins, especially in Broken Head and sometimes at the pass. I really enjoyed the Sunday markets and the Easter markets too. I take pictures of Byron and send to my friends back in Japan, they are very jealous because when it is summer here it is winter Japan.

What is your advice for people who have enrolled/ are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay?

You should come to Australia if you want to speak English more because in Japan you talk only Japanese. If you want to learn English in Japan it is very hard because we don’t talk English every day. When you study English every day for 2 hours, we talk English every day in Australia 12 or 13 hours with native speakers. I think Australia is a very good country, very good weather, kind people. If you want a vacation or a break you should go to Byron Bay!

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Shopping in the Rain

The pre-intermediate class went to the market on a rainy Thursday, last week.

They had lots of fun, especially at the exotic fruit stand where Kristy blew her budget on fruit, buying New Zealand Fejoa, persimmon and South American Abiu.  Yum!

Everyone enjoyed talking to the stall holders and the nice people at the market and agreed that they’d like to go again, but next time on a sunny day 🙂sdr

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Student – Raphael!

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Raphael is from Bayonne in the South-West of France, he is 18 years old and he headed straight to Australia after finishing high school in France. He arrived in Byron Bay in November 2016 and stayed until March. He’s now headed to Bundaberg to do his farm work, so that he can save up for more travelling around Australia.  Raphael joined us an an intermediate speaker and on leaving he achieved an overall A in his Upper Intermediate class. Raphael is sorely missed here at Lexis. Who will DJ for our parties and BBQs now? I’m sure Cheeky Monkeys is missing its most regular customer too.

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Raphael has answered some questions for us about his time at Lexis.

 Why did you choose Byron Bay?

I remember the evening I spent with my mother in France, choosing the destination for my gap year. Originally, I decided the USA, but then I found a video about surfing in Australia – which made me fall in love with Byron Bay: the best place to surf in Australia! For me Byron is the perfect place for me: small, peaceful, joyful, good waves, no big buildings, but lots of bars to party all week!

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Raphael on his very first day of school

What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia?

My major weakness in English when I arrived here were – everything! English was my weakness. But more seriously – it was my ability to understand the first time what someone told me. I had to make them repeat 3 or 4 times. Now I can see how far my English has come. Now I can understand films without subtitles easily!

Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

All of the teachers I had at Lexis were lovely. They were truly knowledgeable and made learning fun. In intermediate I had Iruka, I spent many funny times in her class. Then I moved into Upper Intermediate with the lovely Elyse, who was awesome and then I had Kathleen and her amazing games! My most memorable lesson was with Elyse when we had to dress with newspapers (yes yes newspapers!) when we were learning vocabulary about fashion and clothing design. That was ridiculous but so funny! 😂

 What is it like living in our onsite Accommodation?

BBSA is now like my home. I met people from all around the world and I learnt about lots of different cultures. The best moments spent were the Christmas dinner, when we cooked Hamburgers, the sushi parties with the Japaneses people, the dinner tortillas with the Spanish guys, the spaghetti party with the Swiss people.Yes you’ve understood, all the best moments are around food! 😂

What were your favourite things to do in Byron? 

The best times were all the parties with my bro Tito [See last week’s happy student blog!]  and all the others who are like my international family, the days of hangovers when we were all regretting going out the night before. But the best activity was surfing by far. All the surf sessions spent with Hiro, Nil, Pol, Tito and all the others were the time of my life.

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What is your most magical moment in Byron?

I remember a time I was surfing at the Pass during sunset, catching one of the best waves I ever caught. The sun was going down in front of me, the reflection of the sun making the water yellow and orange, I’ll remember this all my life I think. I understood how peaceful life can be; in front of me, it was like the most beautiful painting I’ve ever seen: a colorful sunset on the beach. At my right there were people taking pictures and I had a strange feeling that made me understand you have to enjoy the moment with your eyes rather through your phone.  Yes I know it sounds very philosophical, but for me happiness is about little things like this.

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What is your advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay?

My advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay is: Go for it!!! I am 100% sure you’ll not regret it, you will make so much progress with your English, furthermore, there are good activities everyday and lovely people to spend time with.

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Raphael graduating – how far he has come!

What does the future hold for you now? 

My plans after my farm work are to keep traveling around Australia, then Bali and maybe New Zealand, before coming back to France and going to university😭. Australia gave me the taste of travel, so I’d like to go in each country in Europe to keep discovering new cultures and people. I also want to go to Kenya and South America too! I want a life of adventure and travel, my nightmare is to be trapped in a routine with my job, Byron Bay has given me a taste of paradise and now I want to keep exploring.

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Raphael of to explore the world!

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Student – Yran!

Yran is from Brazil and arrived in Australia for his first trip abroad just one month ago. After spending his first week in the country in the lovely city of Brisbane, he then made his way south to start at Lexis Byron Bay. When choosing where in the world to go to learn English, he decided on Australia for the great weather, the more affordable living costs and for being able to study and work at the same time. Yran has now been in Byron Bay for just over three weeks and is absolutely loving it! He said there are so many great things about this town and area, such as the friendly people, the beaches and, his favourite thing above all, the Byron lifestyle.

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For his first month here, Yran is living in a homestay with a local family. He said the family are great and he would have booked to stay longer with them if he had known how wonderful they are. Unfortunately for him, the family have another student booked in with them so he couldn’t extend his homestay, but he knows the next student will be very happy with them! Instead, he is moving into a rental share-house with other locals and tourists living in Byron Bay for the Summer.

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Yran with his fellow students on their first day at Lexis Byron Bay

Within a week of arriving in Byron Bay, Yran was very proactive about getting his resume ready and scouring the town for some work. He lined up three interviews within the first week and landed himself a job at The Roadhouse, a popular bar cafe in Byron Bay. He has worked there for just over a week now and is really enjoying his job as a Dishwasher (or ‘dishie’ as Australians call it!). The people he works with are all locals, are patient with teaching the new skills and explaining English words, and they all have a great time together. Yran is learning a lot, not only about how the kitchen works, but also about Australian English and some of the slang we use. For example, one of his co-workers refers to  good things as ‘sweet’ and ‘sick’ (“the waves were sick!”, “that’s a sweet surfboard!”) all the time! Yran thinks it is a really  good idea to work as well as study, as it has helped him to integrate with locals and learn more English.

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Yran and Swiss student Thomas, enjoying coffee, Tim Tams and conversation at the Coffee Lounge activity

Despite improving his English by speaking with locals, he believes that most of the improvement has come through his classes at Lexis Byron Bay. He is learning a lot from both the teachers and practicing with other students at school. At school there is a wide variety of students from all over the world, so Yran has found that most of his friends speak different languages and they need to speak in English to communicate. This has helped him gain confidence and learn quickly in his first few weeks here.

Yran has five more months of studying at Lexis Byron Bay  and is looking forward to spending the Summer here. After graduating, he plans to head to Melbourne for a new experience, living in a big city with different weather and a different culture to both Brazil and Byron Bay. He hope to do more study there, possibly doing a short course in Permaculture, but he hasn’t decided yet.

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Yran and fellow students enjoying the free BBQ at Lexis Byron Bay

For other students coming to study at Lexis Byron Bay, Yran’s advice is to try hard with whatever it is you are doing here! Whether it is learning English, finding a job or somewhere to live, making friends and having new experiences, work on it everyday! He also recommends to be open to try everything while you are here and don’t be shy, as you will learn and experience more that way.

 

 

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Students! Vanessa & Richard

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Richard and Vanessa

Richard and Vanessa are from Brazil and travelled to Australia together to study at Lexis Byron Bay. They have been here for nine weeks now and are enrolled to study with us for a total of 24 weeks. They then hope to extend their stay by continuing their studies at Lexis with a Business course later in the year.

Richard has always dreamt of living in a different country and experiencing a different culture. When the two of them realised the importance of learning English to further their careers, they decided to study English in Australia. In Brazil, having a higher level of English often means better opportunities for jobs.

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First day at school – Richard and Vanessa starting with five other new students

Both Vanessa and Richard are enjoying their time in Byron Bay. For Vanessa, one of her favourite parts of living here are the beautiful beaches. She said that even if you go to the same beach every day, each day is completely different – whether it be the water, the sky, or the sunset, it is a different place every day. She finds the beaches here very peaceful. She also loves the night sky in Byron Bay, with so many stars that can be seen so clearly, it is a beautiful night view. Richard is a big fan of the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse. He enjoys the walk through the National Park area, which always delivers close encounters with the local wildlife including wallabies, rabbits, whales, dolphins, parrots, bush turkeys, lizards and turtles.  Richard has been impressed by the respect that Australians show for wildlife in this country, which he feels is a huge cultural difference between here and Brazil.

Having been studying for nine weeks already, both Richard and Vanessa feel that their English has greatly improved already. They both agreed that studying at Lexis has really helped them improve their grammar skills, and that meeting other students and people in Byron Bay has helped them improve their speaking skills as they use English in all their social situations. Vanessa has found all the people in Byron Bay to be very friendly and believes we live in a little piece of paradise. Richard would recommend others to study here as it is a unique experience and life is short! Both said that the staff at Lexis, both in the office and all the teachers, are all gentle, kind, helpful and friendly too. They have both learnt a lot from their teachers and find that each teacher helps them to understand English in new ways.

When they first arrived, Richard and Vanessa lived with a Homestay family for the first two months. They thoroughly enjoyed this experience, as they felt very at home with their host family who were very friendly and great cooks! Initially they found it a bit difficult to adapt to the cultural differences and different house rules compared to Brazil, but before long they had settled in and quickly felt as though they were part of the family. They have just moved into a rental property – right next door to their host family. They have been lucky enough to share their property with an Australia local too – a friendly koala who is living in a tree in their garden!

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Vanessa and Richard enjoyed Coffee, TimTams and conversation at Coffee Club

After completing their current English course, Vanessa and Richard hope to continue studying here for an extra six months before travelling around Australia. They would like to visit Tasmania, Cairns, the Outback, Sydney, Melbourne and many other places across the country before returning to Brazil and to work.

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We are very happy to have you both in the Lexis Family at Byron Bay and hope you continue to enjoy your time here at school, in Byron Bay and wherever your travels eventually take you! 🙂

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Student – Paola!

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Paola is from Brazil and is in her ninth week of studying General English at Lexis Byron Bay. After completing 14 weeks in this course, she plans to study both the Business and Cambridge courses at Lexis before returning to Brazil around mid next year.

Paola had always been interested in visiting Australia for the beautiful weather, people, beaches and places, as well as the proximity to New Zealand, a country she would also like to visit. Back in Brazil, Paola completed a Masters in Forestry and is planning to continue her research with a Doctorate in Forestry when she returns. In order to undertake the Doctorate, Paola needed to study English and she took the opportunity to combine this with a trip to Australia!

Paola feels that her English has definitely improved during her time here, through a combination of learning at school and practicing with friends and locals outside of school. She has been enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of Byron Bay, including the beaches and the people, as well as the healthy lifestyle and organic foods available in the area. She says that Byron Bay is an amazing place to study, live and experience!

Poala would recommend studying at Lexis Byron Bay, and says that it is a good school with great teachers. She likes the diversity of nationalities among the students, allowing them to not only learn English, but also to learn about other customs, foods and behaviours from across the world. She enjoys the activities available for the students each afternoon, with her favourites including Coffee Lounge, Surfing, Table Tennis and Skateboarding. Paola also believes having the onsite accommodation attached is a big plus too, as there are often Australian people living there which enables students to speak with and learn from the locals.

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We hope you continue to enjoy your time in Byron Bay and Australia, and are very happy to have you as part of the Lexis Family in Byron Bay! 🙂

 

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Student – Jeannine!

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Jeannine has been a student at Lexis for the past 12 weeks. She has loved Byron Bay, with her favourite thing being the Lighthouse because it is such a relaxing place to look out at the expansive ocean. While studying, she said her favourite thing about Lexis was the afternoon activities and, in particular, Coffee Club. She has also improved her grammar a lot in her time here, which she is very happy with.

While in Byron Bay, Jeannine lived in a Homestay with her Host-Dad and 4-year-old Host-Sister. She loved becoming part of their little family and developed a special relationship with her Host-Sister who constantly tells Jeannine how much she loves her! They will all keep in contact and the little girl hopes to one day visit Jeannine in Switzerland.

After graduating this Friday, Jeannine has an exciting month of travel planned up the east coast and then down to Melbourne and Sydney. She is most excited about visiting Melbourne for the art, culture and cafes the city has to offer, plus some side trips to the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. She also has a friend-of-a-friend there who is going to take her to an AFL match!

Jeannine is looking forward to returning home to see her family, especially her mum and grandfather, who are both meeting her at the airport in Switzerland. She plans to return to her old job as a Dental Assistant and save some money for more travel plans – to visit a friend in Canada next year, and then on to South America too!

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It has been a pleasure having you at Lexis and I personally enjoyed our chats together and Coffee Club antics – your Lexis Jenga skills are very impressive! We wish you all the best for your travels in Australia and around the world! 🙂

 

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

 

Happy Student – Lulu!

Our lovely French student Lulu will graduate this week and we’re all going to miss her! Lulu first came to Lexis Byron Bay last September. Then in December she spent a few weeks at Lexis Perth, before returning to Byron in January to do the FCE course (Cambridge First Certificate of English).

Lulu is a friendly, sociable and hard-working student who has embraced all aspects of Byron life. She has been a regular at our Cheeky Monkey’s student party nights as well as a fierce competitor in our table tennis tournaments!

I had a chat with Lulu this morning to find out more about her time in Australia…

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Where are you from?

Paris, France.

Why did you come to Australia?

First I was choosing between Canada and Australia. In the end I chose Australia because of the weather and because the people are so open-minded and friendly. Also if I was going somewhere I wanted it to be really far away!

What is your favourite thing about Byron Bay?

I think the atmosphere at night. Even if we go out to the same places every week it is a good routine. There is a nice group of people and there is a global feeling.

What were your weaknesses with English when you first arrived in Australia?

Speaking! I was ashamed of my accent and for the first few weeks I could only speak with people for 2 minutes because I was embarrassed by my accent. Then my confidence grew and I realized it didn’t matter, so my speaking improved a lot. I studied English in high school for 6 years so for me things like grammar were just a review.

How is your class/teacher?

At the moment I’m in the Cambridge FCE class with Josie. I like the class, there is a good relation between all the students and our teacher Josie is always smiling and patient, even when she has to repeat something many times.

Is your English improving?

Now I am not so shy, I speak naturally and I realise mistakes are normal. I think I also really improved my writing, for example things like word order, prepositions, verb patterns.

You studied at Lexis Byron Bay first, then Lexis Perth, then back to Byron Bay! How was that experience?

First I spent 12 weeks in Byron Bay and then I transferred to Perth because I also wanted to see the west coast of Australia. I really loved my Upper-Intermediate class there because we studied in the evening and all the students were really nice. Byron Bay and Perth are very different, near Perth there is good scenery but for me the city was too big. So I came back to study in Byron Bay because it suits me better.

Would you recommend studying at Lexis Byron Bay?

For sure! My advice would be to stay for more than 3 months if you can because for me, I felt like just 12 weeks was not enough. You need time to settle in, get to know people and get to know the place.

What are your plans after you finish studying?

I will go back to France because I have to do some exams in March. Then in September I hope to study a Masters degree in Illustration, maybe in Paris or maybe in Canada – although the climate will be so different from Australia, I’ll have to get used to the cold!

Thanks for chatting with me Lulu, good luck for the future! 🙂

Happy Student – Eleonora!

Eleonora is from Italy and she has been studying at Lexis Byron Bay for 12 weeks. During that time Eleonora has been a smiley, kind and hard-working student and her English has improved significantly. I chatted to Eleonora about her experiences in Byron Bay…

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Hi Eleonora! Where are you from?

I’m from Italy, near Genoa

Why did you come to Australia?

Firstly I wanted to go to South Africa but I wanted a small city. So I started to look at Australia and I chose Byron Bay because it’s a small place.

I was going to spend half my time in Byron Bay and half in Noosa, but then I decided I needed more time to understand Byron and I was lucky because I found a good share house here and also a job.

What is your favourite thing about Byron Bay?

The sunset is very amazing! There are many features that I like. It’s a good size for a short period of time, you can organise everything without losing time. I also like the possibility to surf – I try but I’ll still a beginner! Another feature of Byron Bay is that you can find many people of all ages.

Where do you work? Do you find it hard to balance studying and working?

I work in an Italian restaurant in town. No it’s not hard because it’s only for a short time.

What were your weaknesses with English when you first arrived in Australia?

There were many years I didn’t practice English. I did English in high school but I didn’t do it well, it was not taught in a good way. I wanted to review things like grammar and tenses. Sometimes I didn’t understand things and I couldn’t speak fluently.

Is your English improving?

Now I can speak with everyone at school, although sometimes speaking to Australians is still difficult. I try to listen a lot. School was very important as a complete review of grammatical rules. I definitely chose the right way to start my experience in Australia.

How is your class?

I did the Intensive Intermediate class and it was very useful and important to help me progress quickly. The school is very good. The teachers, particularly Kathleen, are very patient. There is a relaxed atmosphere which is good because I’ve already been to university and now I’m here for a holiday, not for a strict experience.

What would you say to someone who is considering studying at Lexis Byron Bay?

I can recommend it as a way to start your experience in Australia.

What are your plans after you finish studying at Lexis?

I have many many ideas! First I decided to go to northern Queensland, then I changed my mind to Broome but it’s too expensive to fly there and come back again. Now, I think I would like to buy a car and go in the direction of Cairns. Maybe I’ll look for farm work so I can extend my visa for another year. I think I need two years here to really learn English well.

Thanks for chatting with me Eleonora, you should be proud of your English achievements! Enjoy the rest of your time in Australia 🙂

Graduation! February 19

This week at Lexis Byron Bay we are saying goodbye to 5 students – Igor, Claudia, Lisa, Marco and Bruno.

 

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Teacher Claudia and Igor

Igor is from Spain and he has been studying with us for 12 weeks. During this time he has also worked as a manager for our on-site accommodation, so he has kept himself busy! His teacher Claudia says he is a great and engaging student who has participated very well in class activities. We wish you all the best for the future, Igor!

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Two Claudias!

Claudia from Switzerland and she has been at Lexis for 8 weeks. Her teacher (also Claudia!) says she has been a hard-working student who has worked hard to improve her English skills. Next, Claudia will fly so Sydney with some friends before hiring a camper van and travelling back up the east coast to Cairns. Have fun, Claudia!

Lisa is also from Switzerland and she has studied here for 6 weeks. Her teacher Claudia described her as a happy person with a beautiful and positive attitude. She has put a lot of effort into her studies and this has paid off. Now Lisa will go to study at Lexis Perth, but she might come back to Byron Bay after that. Enjoy Perth, Lisa!

 

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Teacher Becky and Marco

 

Marco is another Swiss student and he graduates today from the Pre-Intermediate class. He has made many friends during his time here in Byron Bay and his teacher Becky says he has a smiley nature and is a very sociable member of the class. Marco is going travelling next – have a great time, Marco!

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Teacher Anji and Bruno

Bruno is from Switzerland too and he has been at Lexis for 10 weeks. He has participated well in some of our afternoon activities such as Coffee Club and volleyball and his teacher Anji describes him as a friendly and sociable student. We hope you will continue to use your English skills during your travels, Bruno. Good luck for the future and enjoy exploring Australia.

Happy Student – Urs!

This week, meet our student Urs from Switzerland!

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Urs has already been here for almost 2 weeks, and will stay for 1 month in total. He is a happy and friendly guy and it is always nice to see him around school. I asked him some questions about his experiences in Byron so far…

Why did you come to Australia?

It was a choice between the USA and Australia. I wanted to go somewhere sunny with surf and I had already spent 5 months in California, so I chose Australia.

What is the best thing about Byron Bay?

The beaches are really cool. The lighthouse run. Also the lifestyle – people are healthy and like to be outside and eat local produce. The size of Byron Bay is good for a 1 month stay – it is small enough to see everything.

Is your English improving?

I think so! I am definitely getting better at understanding the Australian accent.

What would you say to someone who is considering studying at Lexis Byron Bay?

Of course he/she should do it! If you like small cities and beaches it’s one of the best choices you can make.

What are your plans after you finish studying at Lexis?

I have already been to Hong Kong and after Byron Bay I plan to travel south to Sydney and Melbourne. Then I will go to Bali, before I fly home to start my new job in December.

Thanks for sharing your experiences Urs, enjoy the rest of your time here 🙂