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ELC Los Angeles Student Spotlight: Elodie Goldberg Jacquemain October 28th, 2015
Where are you from?

Brussels. I’ve lived in Brussels my whole life.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I had cereal. It is not a very common breakfast for me.  I think it’s very American. At home I usually have bread with coffee.

Why are you studying English?

Because I love English. I’ve been wanting to come here for a long time. I knew I’d come here as soon as I was done with high school.  I chose Los Angeles because you have everything here! It is very international.

Tell me about your host family, what is your favorite thing to do with them on the weekends?

I’m living in Culver City with a host family, Gillian and Jeff. They have a boy, Hunter, who is six years old…he’s so cute! I play soccer with him sometimes. On Saturdays we go watch Hunter play soccer… In Belgium, girls don’t really play soccer unless they are tomboys. I think I will play when I go back.

What is the best home-cooked American meal you’ve had so far?

My host family is Jamaican. The best meal I had was at their friend’s barbeque. They made rice and beans, and salmon on the BBQ grill.

If you could have ANY meal right now, what would you have?

I love food in general, but if I had to pick right now…. In-N-Out.  I also love chocolate.  Belgium chocolate!

What were you most surprised to learn about American life?

You guys talk a lot. It’s very easy to make a conversation.  Even with strangers, sometimes too much. Like in the bus.

What do you do for fun? Where might we find you when you are not in class?

I like music and street art. And I love hanging out in West Hollywood. That’s my favorite place here.

What’s your favorite decade for music? Your favorite song of the moment?

My favorite decade for music is now because I love Justin Bieber (laughs). People are always surprised when I say that because I like rock and hardcore too. But I like everything. And we still have Metallica. I also like Johnny Cash. My favorite song right now is “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. Also Adele’s new song.

What is your dream job?

None…I don’t know yet! I have some time to think about it. I will go to university next September.

Do you have any tips for people who want to learn English?

Watch TV shows in English and listen to music in English. Also, keep talking, it helps to practice over and over again.

Favorite class moment at ELC?

I have a Japanese friend in class who says it is cheating when I recognize an English word because it is similar to the French word. In class, he made a funny presentation about the Japanese toilet. The title was “The Japanese Toilet: It is Amazing.”

Elodie Student Spotlight