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British Council, Japan


Munkhchimeg Ganbat

Which country are you from?

I am from Mongolia

What is your first language?


Why did you decide to study English at the British Council in Japan?

There are two main reasons why I decided to study English at the British Council.

The first reason is, everyone knows that the UK is the perfect destination to learn English. In Japan, the closest thing is to learn English at the British Council – it’s like being in the UK, learning from native speakers with various accents.

The second reason is, when I was in London on business, the variety of cultures I saw there really interested me. After I returned home, I wanted to find a way to learn English quickly. I found an amazing place, the British Council in Japan. Here you can improve your English through discussing a wide variety of interesting topics.

What prompted you to start studying?

Well, there are several reasons that pushed me to learn English.

First, English is a universal language. With good English we can understand the world; English is a bridge between people to communicate with others without any language barriers. Nowadays, young people can accelerate their education and knowledge through the English language. Obviously, I don’t want to be left behind. 

The other reason I wanted to improve my English is that I recently joined an international company and my job involves communicating with people in English. I have a great team and I am surrounded by skilful people in my work place. However, I really need to improve my English quickly in order to learn from them and obtain new skills and knowledge.

What are the best things about studying with the British Council?

Well, I think one of the best things is the choice of topic. I highly recommend it to anyone interested improving their general business English, such as learning how to negotiate or how to express opinions well.

The British Council also has:

  • Great teachers
  • A good location
  •  A comfortable study environment

Do you feel you have made progress in developing your English skills?

Yes, I feel that my English has improved. I have become more confident in myself when I use English. 

Where do you see the most difference?

  1. The range of vocabulary and pronunciation.
  2. Free style to study
  3. The assessment process is helpful and honest.

Did you know about the British Council when you were in your home country?

No. I know about the British Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, but I have never been there.

What is your favourite food from your country?

Are there any interesting traditions or superstitions in your country?

We have a lot of customs and superstitions in Mongolia, although I am not really superstitious. Some customs actually made sense at that time, but some are not relevant or true anymore. Here are some examples:

  • Shake hands if you have stepped on someone`s foot. You have invaded their social space and you may become enemies.
  • Don’t whistle inside the home. Mongolians believe this may bring a natural disaster such as a very strong wind or heavy rain.
  • Also, we don’t start to think about baby names until after a baby is born. We don’t prepare much for the baby beforehand either.
  • We don’t hold a baby shower until a baby is at least a month old.

I would also like to mention one of our interesting customs here. An important feature of traditional Mongolian culture is the national costume, which called the deel. The deel is a long gown made of brightly coloured (usually patterned) silk that buttons up to the neck on the right side. The deel is worn by both men and women. 


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