Our Magazine is written by young people from the UK. Each year we select a new group of bloggers, from the British Council’s language assistants, who share their experiences of learning languages and living abroad. The views and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the LearnEnglish Teens team.

Monday, 9 May, 2016 - 08:22
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by LouiseH

A lot of the time when I reveal to my French friends that I am a vegetarian, a look of horror comes over their faces! ‘What do you eat?’ they ask me.

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016 - 15:04
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One of the hardest parts of living abroad is being away from your loved ones, especially your family.

Saturday, 9 April, 2016 - 23:21
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Oddly, when you’re on your year abroad, keeping up with essential language learning tasks like grammar practice or memorising vocabulary can fall by the wayside.

Saturday, 9 April, 2016 - 17:44
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What to say about Naples? After having been living in Italy for a couple of months, I felt like I had got the hang of living here.

Tuesday, 29 March, 2016 - 09:49
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by CleaG

Ever since arriving in South America, I have been constantly comparing their esteemed empanada to the British version that I am so familiar with: the Cornish pasty.

Tuesday, 29 March, 2016 - 09:45
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The other day I was talking to an American friend about how I wanted to make flapjacks.

Tuesday, 15 March, 2016 - 06:33
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I’m a big fan of trying to save the environment, and this month is the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) annual Earth Hour.

Tuesday, 15 March, 2016 - 06:32
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by ZarahK

Saint Patrick's Day is a national Irish holiday that is celebrated on 17 March every year. It is a celebration of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, who died on that date.

Monday, 14 March, 2016 - 11:36
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by LouiseH

A couple of weeks ago my parents came out to visit me in the South West of France for a holiday over my February break.

Monday, 14 March, 2016 - 11:31
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I have just returned from a weekend away with my friends and on the journey back home I took some time to reflect back on the past couple of months since I arrived in France in September.

Monday, 14 March, 2016 - 09:41
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You just have to try this recipe!

Monday, 14 March, 2016 - 09:37
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Veganism. What does it mean? To some of you it might be a completely new word and it’s certainly a word I have only become familiar with in recent years.

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016 - 16:54
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I have just arrived back in France after a short trip to England to spend a few days with my family and to meet my niece Elsie who was born a few weeks (she is tiny and adorable).

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016 - 16:51
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Last year, I went WWOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) at a beautiful organic farm in the south of La Réunion. With WWOOFing, volunteers exchange their time and work for food and board.

Wednesday, 17 February, 2016 - 08:16
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by TashaD

Most weekends, my friends and I cook something all together and have a fun themed party. So far, we have had traditional Spanish, Mexican and Italian themed evenings which have been a lot of fun!

Wednesday, 17 February, 2016 - 08:16
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by LouiseH

The area where I live at the moment in the south-west of France is predominantly Catholic so the celebration of Mardi Gras (known in the United Kingdom as Shrove Tuesday) and the beginnin

Wednesday, 10 February, 2016 - 09:07
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I'm really enjoying life in a foreign country, however there is always the odd home comfort I really miss (usually food).

Wednesday, 3 February, 2016 - 10:52
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by LauraB

One of the best things about moving to a new country is learning and experiencing its traditions.

Monday, 1 February, 2016 - 12:16
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by TashaD

As part of my university course, it is compulsory that we spend a year studying or working abroad which is why I am in the beautiful Spanish region of La Rioja for the year.

Thursday, 28 January, 2016 - 13:36
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This 2015/16 New Year my mum was visiting my husband and I in southern Italy. We’d decided to stay in Calabria to experience what it'd be like to spend New Year away from home.

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