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Lessons learned from living abroad

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Here are the top ten things I've learned from living in Germany and Austria this year.

1. Taking a chance will be the best thing you've ever done! I was feeling unsure about moving from Cologne (where I was in my first semester) to Vienna (where I spent my second semester) as I thought it can't get any better – but really it did.

2. The weather in England is a joke! I didn't realise how bad it was until I now have this incredible European weather to compare it to.

3. The more you do, the easier it becomes! At first I found listening to or speaking German all the time exhausting, but the more I did, the less tired I became.

4. You appreciate your home cuisine so much. The phrase, 'You don't know what you've got till it's gone', is so true. I found myself dreaming about classic English foods like Marmite, Yorkshire puddings and Cadbury's chocolate.

5. Finally hearing your native language sounds magical. Even hearing the self-checkout voice in English at the supermarket made me feel nostalgic. Never did I think 'unexpected item in the bagging area' would bring me any other emotion than annoyance!

6. Keeping up with both languages is difficult. I found myself forgetting English words. Bilingual? More like byelingual.

7. We're all the same. I've met people from all around the world and I've learned that regardless of gender or nationality, we all have kindness within us.

8. And yet we all have our quirks and traditions but we can share them with each other and spread the happiness and joy.

9. Language learning is hard. There's so much vocabulary and then comes slang and then comes dialect and add accent on top of that. But it's so worth it. It's the most satisfying feeling to understand and participate in a conversation.

10. Thanks to technology we can create a home from home. I can FaceTime my family and have them 'with me' on my adventures. My year abroad has been an amazing journey and it's taught me so much, not only about other cultures but also about myself. I would throughly recommend spending time abroad. I've only just touched on the advantages as they are endless! So do it, take that leap of faith into the unknown and start your own enriching and empowering experience.

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AlejandraArias 2 August, 2019 - 03:20

I think that living abroad is a very good opportunity of life, to have a good job, but I love my country Colombia so I prefer to stay here, obviously I want to know different countries, and learn about the culture, but my decision is stay here in Colombia

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ELBENJU12 31 July, 2019 - 03:25

ABSOLLUTELY!!! living abroad is one of my biggest dreams but in the near future is not possible so i am thinking to apply to an exchange program when i enter the college in order to discover many amazing places around the world an be a more competitive individual in my laboral aspect.

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17012003 31 July, 2019 - 02:48

Of course would like to study abroad, because is a great and amazing opportunity to learn more, learn many things about your career, learn new languages, learn about culture and many other things. Study abroad is also a way to scape from your reality if it is bad, it will relax you, you are going to visit new places and have new experiences.
IT IS THE BEST WAY TO EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS.

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17771 31 July, 2019 - 02:26

To start, I feel that this experience is very good, but at the same time it is very tedious, therefore you have to know how to handle it. This experience catches my attention especially if it's about learning new things. One of the places that interests me most to study outside the country is France because of the culture , the people , And because I would also like to learn French. Juliana D 11A

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17771 30 July, 2019 - 18:36

i think is a good experience because i learn a lot of things and i would like to go to France because is an amazing country because of the culture people and i would like to learn french.

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majito10 30 July, 2019 - 18:32

yes, i would like to abroad because i think that is a new experience and help to learn a new idiom. i want to take the abroad in France because i want to learn french.

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gabs18 30 July, 2019 - 18:31

yes, i had the dream to live in another country when i get graduated to practice my English and if it is possible why not to study?

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1091808 30 July, 2019 - 18:31

For the question. would I like to live abroad? yes i want to study abroad i see places like USA or SPAIN. i like the cultures, the diferent places, the arquitecture, the art and the design that are in the others countries. something that i dont like is the process that you have to do in some times is very dificult but live abroad is a good oportunity for your future.

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towerss 30 July, 2019 - 18:31

i want to study abroad, i would like to study in United States or Canada because i want to lear english very well in order to earn some time in the university, i think new york is an amazing city and i would like to study there

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bicepsflexionados 30 July, 2019 - 18:30

Teacher i cant do it in my email so i took this account for do my own comment.
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I think that studying abroad coud be so funny because of the differents cultures, cuisine, tradicions and people.
I would like to go Canada because of the people and education. Also because Canada is a good place to live and being a good professional in the area that i would like to specialized that is the Chemistry Engeneering.

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pez 30 July, 2019 - 18:28

yes, i want to study abroad, i Think it is great expierince to learn a lot of things, like a new culture, life-style, language and also to gain responsibility. i would like to life in Italy, Australia or Spain

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lozanito 30 July, 2019 - 18:26

i think that i would like it because its a a very interesting experience where you can know other culture and other traditions, i was thinking to study music in boston USA. but from the otherside i would miss my friends and my family

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0lemac 30 July, 2019 - 18:26

well, i think that living abroad it coulld be an amazing experience, maybe i´ll be afraid in the beggining, but i really love it go to study in another country, could it be a really gratifying experience that will help me in the future to give me a better life, also, icould learn more about differents cultures and lifestyles, this would be something really amazing, so the answer for the question is yes, i would like to living abroad

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varg711 30 July, 2019 - 18:26

I would really like to travel to learn English more, but I would not like to work outside the country as well, for the career I want to study that is law, I have to stay in my country.
but I don't rule out traveling in the future and getting to know other destinations and other cultures.

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fenixcacs 30 July, 2019 - 18:26

Yes, since I was like 5 or 6 years old I wanted lo leave Colombia to search new oportunities for me and my family.
Now the plan to study abroad is focus on Australia, I was searching a lot of information and contacts to begin my experience, I hope to study English during the next to years in Melbourne or Sydney

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Enanito 30 July, 2019 - 18:26

My dream is study abroad, so i want to do it in the future. I want to study in USA to improve my english skills and i think that we have more oportunities studying abroad because that makes in the person changes that are visibles for all te people that contract you in a job.

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vaa192002 30 July, 2019 - 18:25

Yes, I think that travel abroad is a great experience, it allows you to meet new people, new places and it give you new perspectives of the world. If I have the opportunity to travel abroad I would like to travel to Canada or Brisbane-Australia to improve my english skills and learn about their cultures or if I have the opportunity study my career there.

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jgjm2791 30 July, 2019 - 18:25

yes, i think that is a new experience that i want to life, but also i think that is most important study a magister or a doctorate in other country, is better and less expensive

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elpaspilol 30 July, 2019 - 18:25

Of course, I would want to! It's just one of the things I have always dreamed to do, I know that moving abroad it's a really difficult situation and the cultural crash it's huge, also that you're gonna miss your parents and friends, the food, everything you have always known won't be where you're gonna be, but after all these thoughts and emotions that I would experience, I'm in, I want to see everything I could, this world is so big, don't you think?

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pimientanegra 30 July, 2019 - 18:25

i want to study abroad because its such a nice experience for everyone that wants to know about new cultures and study a new language and discover and meet new people.

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Hanna3 30 July, 2019 - 18:25

yes! id like live abroad, its my dream since i was little, my sister study in Austalia and she become a totally diferent person after she came back so i wanna experience the same thing and follow "my dreams"
she said its dificult beacuse at the begining she was completelly alone. but its part of the experience to make new friends and meet a lot of new people

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Aguela3 30 July, 2019 - 18:24

I probably would like to live abroud, but only for a short period of time, i know thta that experience would help me to grow as a person an as a proffesional, but i also know that with the time i will start missing home, all the people i left and all the thinks i had to do before going away . It is a great oportunity, but there is no place like home .

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Sant 30 July, 2019 - 18:24

i think that would be a fantastic experience, but i wouldn´t live abroad for all my life, probably i'll just live abroad for one or two years. Actuallly after i get graduated from highschool, i'll travel to Canada for studying english. Furthermore, I admire all those people who adventure theirself to live abroad, maybe looking for happines or even more economic possibilities.
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CharaDraemurr 30 July, 2019 - 18:23

Well

You obviously got some comments from our school

Anyway

I'd obviously like to study (and live) abroad. And I hope I will. I've got several options. (1) USSR; I mean, Russia: I'd like to know it all the way from Калининград to Камчатка. (2) Japan(ese Empire): Oh I absolutely LOVE this country, culture and 日本語 is SO COOL. (3) Europe: This needs no presentation.

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Kiara16 30 July, 2019 - 18:22

Yes, i would like it, probably because i think that it can be a great experience; you will learn about the country were you are living (the culture and language), and. also, is a good way to learn about yourself and be completely independent for this period of time, something that helps you to grow. Finally living abroad or studing abroad give you a lot of opportunities for your future.

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Nat_IMP 30 July, 2019 - 18:21

I would like a lot to study abroad, I think it could be a great opportunity to improve my language skills and get to learn about a different culture from mine.
I hope to find an economic pan of studies that fits perfectly to what I´m searching for, and be able to study in another country for a long period of time.

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kevin99 30 July, 2019 - 18:21

i want to go abroad to study in switzerland because i thnk that my carreer that is geosciences is very uncommon in colombia, so i want to go abroad to improve my qualities as a geoscientific . i think that going abroad is the best thing we can do because we can learn very good and new things to improve our skills

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DanixO 30 July, 2019 - 18:21

I want to live abroad, because it gives a lot of benefits. There are a lot of things to learn in other country, and experience and opportunities are the best. My dream is to study abroad because i think that the advantage of learning other language and besides get to know another cultures will be excellent, because there are a lot of traditions around the world.Also start living by myself will be hard but the perfect oppportunity to grow and be independent, it would be difficult live abroad because not evereything is easy but is something i have to make.

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bicepsflexionados 30 July, 2019 - 18:20

I want to study abroad for the main reason that in my country there is no job opportunity such as on United states, also i want to study abroad for learning to live alone and to meet neo people of different countries.As i have said before i want to study on the USA, there is great places to choose for studying and also a great quality of universities.

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nanai 30 July, 2019 - 18:19

I´d always dreamed of studying abroad. Since I was a little girl I daydreamed about living and studying in US and in just a few months I´ll be able to make that dream true. Being abroad is not just for travelling and having fun but mostly for learning about cultures, languages, experiences and so more. Definitely one of the best experiences anyone could have!

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ScarletCone 30 July, 2019 - 18:19

if I would like it, because it is a great opportunity to learn new things from different people, such as culture, language, gastronomy and many other things that define a certain country.

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agentek2002 30 July, 2019 - 18:19

I think that travel abroad is a great opportunity, because you can learn so much about culture and languages, you can meet other people and be more independent, have new experiences. It can be hard because you are going to be away from your family and you will be alone. We would like to travel to spain, because is an interesting country and our careers have a good specialization in this country.

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Sachi1403 30 July, 2019 - 18:12

Yes, because i love to travel but also i would like to learn about other cultures, but i will miss my family

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vmo25 30 July, 2019 - 16:32

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i would like to go abroad because i want to have that experience for my career and also i want to learn another language like english, it is good for grow in another way. i want to do to usa it is like a dream

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ASABS 30 July, 2019 - 16:28

yes, i want tyo go abroad and study in Edimburgo for a time, it is going to be a big opportunity, is going to be a way to see with other perspective the world

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vmo25 30 July, 2019 - 16:27

This is one of the best experiences told by people who have had the opportunity to make this trip. I would like to make this exchange to meet people and have new experiences, know the language, know places and be happy

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FelipeOrtiz10 30 July, 2019 - 16:26

i think that it is important to know tips from people who has the experience, because they are based on what they had live

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Karolg 30 July, 2019 - 16:23

i think that study abroad is the best thing that my parents can give me, but unfortunately they can´t do it...i have projects in mind to the near future, consist to went a magic country that is Australia specifically in Brisbane, to study english since 6 months more or less; the tips that previous i read es so interesting because send you a message, the opportunity that have the technology to connect with nuclear family or frineds that no are nearby to you, leavce in a new country are difficult taking to account that are different culture, food, people and the relationships, but is im´portnat to do that because is your future and all those offering can they can be seen in a profession thriving in the future.

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jay1601 30 July, 2019 - 16:23

offcourse, actually im gonna live abroad the next year, my dream is to go to london for study and for make a new life, but that is a hard decison because you have to leave your country, you have to leave the people who love you, all your things that you are used to have or the things that you used to do all the time, it will change, but its a new life of opportunities and for make more things that you couldt do in your country

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ElSierrab 30 July, 2019 - 16:22

I think that it's too possible because in other places I could have better opportunities than in Colombia. I can have better projections on my career, more opportunities to get a job and to earn more money. Also, is nice to meet another culture, people, traditions, etc of another place to learn more about other kinds of perspective about living the life

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MRV1 30 July, 2019 - 16:22

Answering the question i would like to travel abroad to improve my English and maybe after this i would return to my country to finish my studies , i would like to study in England and to know a little more about this culture and to have new experiences .
It seems to me that when traveling abroad one has the possibility of having more freedom, of having more maturity and learning to use time and money in the best way, to end up being able to travel abroad is one of the best experiences that you can achieve in life.

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dani13 30 July, 2019 - 16:21

I believe, living in a new country will always give a new seen of view, of life, and it also is a little scary, for that reason, is good to see opinion of peolpe who have had the expererience of live abroado to have a small taste of it.

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diegosan16 30 July, 2019 - 16:21

From my personal point of view, student exchange trips are a great opportunity to learn more history and get a better job, achieve good studies and improve your living condition. To be able to make this trip you need several skills such as the language spoken in that country.Life projects are more interesting and you can look for solutions to improve the life conditions of this country.

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vmo25 30 July, 2019 - 16:20

I think it is a unique experience since you grow as a person, you learn to value the things you have and you learn from other cultures.
To start with an experience of this you must have looked a lot about the place where you are going and where you are going to stay.
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CADF 30 July, 2019 - 16:20

I want to study abroad for 6 months, just English and in Canada, but then when I complete 3 years of my career choose a specialization and go to Germany and study there. In my case I don´t want to live aborad for a long time , I really feel happy with my country and it´s culture. It´s a good experience for inmersing in a new culture and all of it but for a short time.

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Gugosito 30 July, 2019 - 16:19

One of my biggest dreams and plans for my future life is studing abroad, specificly in Spain, because i think that here in my country we got a lack in progress and i want to suceed in a career that is not well paid and taken in account in here. I think that all the times i get the chance to travel or studying abroad, i will take it.

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vmo25 30 July, 2019 - 16:19

I think it is a unique experience since you grow as a person, you learn to value the things you have and you learn from other cultures.
To start with an experience of this you must have looked a lot about the place where you are going and where you are going to stay

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imblue 30 July, 2019 - 16:18

I think, that the most important thing that anyone must have if that person is going to study abroad is the patience, if someone doesn´t have patience to learn the idiom, to have the patience to get used to the weather, the patience to solve the problems by him self and the patience to engage in the society. The best thing that someone can do is study abroad and having new experiences.

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r12345na 30 July, 2019 - 16:18

My dream is to study abroad. More specific in Germany, as i want to study medicine, it is really expensive to pay a Colombian college. That´s the main reason why i rather to study abroad. I love germany. the first time i was there, i was 8 years old, even if I cant remember too well all the places, i will never forget how big and clean it was. I really want to go there to become a surgeon.

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Pau_09 30 July, 2019 - 16:18

Yes, i think that is a very pleasant experience, meet new people with different culture, interests, etc ; Also that you can improve your language level, learn to be truly independent because you must have to be organized with your things, your time, etc.
With the opportunity of study abroad, we can see the differents perspectives about the jobs, see the differents "Doors" of our future.

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