Simon Mignolet has revealed how he's become settled at Sunderland following his arrival from Sint-Truiden last summer.
The Belgian international, who is fighting for the number one jersey with Craig Gordon at the Stadium of Light, feared it may take him some time to adapt to life in England after signing a five-year deal at the club.
However, the 22-year-old has fallen in love with the area, and believes the variety of nationalities within the Black Cats camp has made it easier to feel at home on Wearside.
"Settling in was easy. I spoke a little of the language, which really help," Mignolet told the official Sunderland website.
"I am not that far away from Belgium here - only an hour flight - and my family are quickly here too. I have been made to feel welcome by everyone at the club, from the players to the supporters.
"We have a number of foreign players who speak other languages I can speak. Everyone has been very good to me."
After studying a social science course at his old club, Mignolet has also revealed how he hopes to continue with his studies as part of this summer's well-deserved break.
"Maybe I will do some exams, but I'm not sure if that will be possible. Then I will go on holiday if I can and see some of my friends back home in Belgium," he continued.
"I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family because I have been away for a year."