Tag Archives: Enouragement

♥ Sometimes, I feel really discouraged…without the support I usually have back home

Sometimes I feel Discouraged without the support I have back home. CELBAN. Dear Kim.Dear Kim,
How are you? I am really happy to read the content of your blog. It inspired me so much to fulfill my goals and dreams here in Canada.
Sometimes, I feel really discouraged. Life here in Canada is very different from the Philippines which I came from.  It is very lonely here, especially now that it’s winter. It’s only my fourth month here, but I still don’t have any friends. My relatives here are not the same as my relatives back home. Preparing for the exam is very challenging for me here without the support I usually have back home.
Thank you so much kim.
Sincerely, V

♥ I feel hopeless… to achieve my dreams and goals in life.

Dear Kim. I feel hopeless to achieve my dreams and goals in Life. CELBAN.pngDear Kim,

I am fully aware that i am not making my assignments and wasn’t able to do everything about my CELBANprep, I’ve been through a lot this month not physically but emotionally. I feel hopeless and no energy of doing something to achieve my dreams and goals in life.In addition, my papers that we’re sent to the immigration was delivered back to us due to lack of signatures and additional documents are needed. To be honest, I was devastated and very down knowing that it’s going to be a long wait again. I want to take my exams and go back to school but i just cant :(..Being an International Student cost a lot of money. I am really hoping to go to school next year but  i cant:(. i have no one to talk about this. I am really sorry for bothering you Kim.

Thanks,
Y

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♥ *You gave me the assistance, confidence and emotional support … I was able to pass CELBAN on my first try

Updated 2021

Hi Kim,
 
This is A. You may not remember me but I subscribe to your CELBANPrep course 2 years ago. Now, I am very happy to inform you that I will be finishing my 10 courses in the BCN program for RNs this March. Yes! I am finally done with school and I will be able to apply for a GN position and later on RN! This is all thanks to you who made this possible. You helped me prepare for CELBAN. And during that time, I was losing hope because I was frustrated that I was not able to pass the IELTS for the 3rd time. But, thank God that I did not give up. You gave me the assistance, confidence and emotion
al support during that time. And because of that I was able to pass CELBAN on my first try. I will never forget it. Thank you so much! May God continue to shower you with more blessings! A
 

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☼ *Disillusioned Dreamer: We can not do this alone, any of it. We need each other, in life, to obtain our dreams.

Updated 2021

Dear Kim,
 
I moved here with my husband and our two children. IT has been hard. Mostly because I am home alone and not being able to work. Toronto is a nice city.
 
We moved here three months ago from Sweden. I am swedish, but I have lived i the UK, for four years, but IT was ten years ago. I was working there as a nurse.
 
I did the IELTS and failed to get the score I require, which nearly broke me apart. I misunderstood the instructor on the reading part, and I know that effected my result, but I still managed to fail on the essay which I wasn’t prepared on. It felt ok when I was writing. My IELTS band is: Reading 6.0 Listening 7.5. Writing 5.5 and speaking 8.5. Overall 7,0.
 
I don’t know if I should retake the IELTS or do the Celban, but I am now looking into the Celban. Maybe you can give me some advise.
 
Best Regards,
 
M

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3G* HOPE !!♥ I just got my CELBAN test result today, I PASSED!

Updated 2021

 
Hello Kim,
 
I just got my CELBAN test result today, I PASSED!  S-10, R-10, L-10, W-8.  I am really proud of my scores and I have you to thank for that.
 
I was confident when I took the test because I know that CELBANPrep prepared me for it.  I have one thing to share to you so that you can also remind your students about it.
 
 I was excited about the writing task because I know that with all the practices that I did with CELBANPrep, nothing can go wrong.  Well, I was wrong!!  I was already home when I started to think about the exam,  I was happy with my performance until I remembered that I did not sign the incident report!  Another thing, I wrote 4 paragraphs instead of 3!  The instruction was to write an incident report with 1-3 paragraphs.  This haunted me for a week!
 
What I’m trying to point out here is that students should have presence of mind during the test.
 
It was good that I learned from you how to mind map so that information is organized [from CELBANPrep Writing Level One]. I also kept in mind your reminder to be conscious of the tenses [CELBAN or IELTS: Grammar Essentials].  I think this probably is the reason why I got an 8 in writing.
 
Thank you Kim and more power!  Keep on empowering IENs to achieve our goals.
 
J
 


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3G* CELBAN Speaking Compare and Contrast Example

Updated 2021

Dear Friend, 

Although the Compare and Contrast task on CELBAN Speaking is used more rarely now that the CELBAN exam has become more sophisticated, learning how to compare and contrast is a valuable skill to have when it comes to both:

  • CELBAN Writing Task 1, and
  • CELBAN Speaking Tasks for “Getting Things Done” and “Giving Instructions.”

For this reason, the following is being shared with you. The piece is called Shopping in Dubai versus Canada  It was written by an IEN, like you, preparing for the CELBAN. 

Note the introduction, the conclusion, the comparison of things, and contrasting things in Canada and Dubai.

Kim

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Thank you miss Kim for the words of encouragement. May God bless you all the time

Updated 2021

Dear Kim,

How are you? I just want to say thank you for your updates in regards to Celban. I am overwhelmed that you choose me to be an example on your page. 
 
I would like to tell you something who I am… I am currently residing in Canada for 4 months now. I had been working in Saudi Arabia as a Staff Nurse since 2011 up to 2017. I came to Canada in order to find a greener pasture and to pursue my career if God’s permit.
 
I am currently working as a caregiver. I believed that this is just a stepping stone to come to Canada.
 
I had taken my IELTS twice under General Training but I never met the required score of 7. I’d never attempted to do the Academic IELTS too.I am lacking of self confidence in my English. The reason why is because I have difficulty in hearing… English is my second language.
 
Do you recommend something to do in order to solve my problem? Thank you so much for your kind help.
 
May God bless you.
 
 
Warm Wishes,
 
S
 

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Keepsake !! After 3x failing the IELTS, I finally passed my CELBAN exam in the first attempt!

Updated 2021

Dear Kim

I passed. Can you believe it? After three times failing the IELTS exam, I finally passed my CELBAN exam in the first attempt. I do not know how can I appreciate you. In fact, your great teaching method made my future bright in this country. Nobody knows my feeling now, it is like a flying. Finally my dreams come true with the help of God, your great teaching and my stamina.
 
My dearest friend.
 
 It was six months ago that I did not have any hope to pursue my job in this country. As I had passed the NCLEX exam before, the only barrier for me to become a registered nurse was the language proficiency exam; however, IELTS totally depleted my energy and I decided to quit my dream. My husband encouraged me to join the CELBANPrep course, but I had no trust to your course. Finally I joined the CELBANPrep course without any hope, I told my husband,” I attend this course because of you, but I know that it is useless!” I feel confident in stating that joining CELBANPrep course was the best gift that I have got in my life. When I was under a huge pressure,and I felt hopeless and helpless in this country, you act like a lighthouse to show me a right way in the stormy sea. You are in my heart and my mind for ever.
 
God Bless You
R

4G* Which Engish test: IELTS or CELBAN?

Updated 2021

Dear Miss Kim

…the only thing missing to complete my requirements is the english test. thats my priority now to take the english test, im scared coz my english is not good enough, especially my diction, i need to study and practice, i dont know which test will i take. thats my concern for now.  – H

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Ducks Quack. Eagles Soar. Be an Eagle not a Duck.

Updated 2021

Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar
 
I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport in Dubai. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me.
 
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He handed me a laminated card and said, â€˜I’m Abdul, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’
 
Taken aback, I read the card. It said: Abdul’s Mission Statement:
 
 
To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.
 
This blew me away. Especially when I noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!
 

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