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Hear from some of our students talk about their experiences with communicating with people of other nationalities.
I’m from Thailand, and before I came to the UK, I make a decision that I would like to make friends with people from other nationalities, people from other countries. So that would be useful for me, for my future career, for example. And another reason is that I am interested in other cultures. I think it’s very important to have friends from other country because it really widens your circle, and your horizon about other people. And about things that you heard from the news which is not true. Then when you get friendlier, and you be friends with them, you really get to know their culture, the things that which is not true, which they can explain better to you.
If you want to make friends with international students, or British students, you have to do something actively. For example, I go to the basketball societies. Joining societies will give you a chance to talk with and make friends with students from different culture. I have a lot of group work with students of many different nationalities. I think all my classmates are friendly, and patient. I think showing respect to others is the most essential point. When communicating with them, I would try to use more common words and short sentences. And sometimes our body language and e-dictionary. When others are sharing and talking, I will listen carefully. And I will check with them when I’m not sure that I have understood correctly.
A lot of PhD students work in isolation, so a lot of them working on their own. So talking with someone else always helps us clarifying what we’re doing is in the right direction, and also helps building our confidence. When I first arrived in the UK I felt very excited about meeting people from different cultures, different backgrounds. I’m very thankful to my British friends, because they are very patient, and help me improve my English.

In this video students, Ponjan, Yasir, Junyi and Yanting, are talking about their own experiences of communicating with students of other nationalities.

One of the points they make is that to do so, you have to be active, to make an effort, in order to achieve success.

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