With the help of Kaplan’s English school in Oxford, I am delighted to share the inspirational story of an 80-year-old student who traveled across the world to learn English.
According to Mr. Samuel Malheiros, it seems like it’s never too late to start studying English. The 80 year-old lawyer from Vitoria, Brazil, who is also the president of Vitoria’s Alliance Francaise, decided to pack his bags and fly all the way across the Atlantic to study at Kaplan International Colleges’ English language school in Oxford.
Mr. Malheiros, who already speaks a number of languages including French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, realized that it was about time for him to speak the world’s most widely understood language – English. Samuel said that he had studied English in the past but never got the chance to “do it for real” and practice speaking continuously. He said that he has always been interested in “analytical philosophy, which is very appreciated in Anglo-Saxon countries and I wanted to have the ability to be part of that as well.”
Of course, the news that he was going back to school at 80 years of age surprised his family, but they admired and supported his initiative to travel abroad and learn a new language.
When asked about his experience in Oxford he said, “During my studying and while participating in the school’s social activities, I’ve made friends at Kaplan from all over the world. Being in the same school with students of different nationalities means we have to speak English with each other all the time. It’s challenging and I enjoy it.” According to the school principal there, Samuel became very popular around young students and was able to make lots of friends by sharing his life experience through the common language of English for the first time. In fact, Mr. Malheiros is so determined to succeed in his new life goal so he has extended his stay at Kaplan’s Oxford school for a few more weeks.
So what’s next for this octogenarian? He said that his journey isn’t finished yet. After his Kaplan course, he plans to continue traveling around the world and keep on speaking and learning English. What a heartwarming story. Are you studying English now? Never think you are too old. You can do it!
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