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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.
Have you ever thought about going abroad to volunteer? Making a difference in a country less fortunate than your own is seen by most as a really positive thing to do.
Ever since I was little I have always loved to travel. As I grew older I knew that I wanted to make sure that no matter what career I chose in the future – it would need to involve travelling!
I sometimes find that watching a film adaptation of a book helps me to understand the plot of a book. This is especially true for books from a different period or with a difficult dialect.
At the start of my second year of university, after thinking for a long time about environmental and ethical issues, I decided to stop eating meat and fish and become a vegetarian.
When was the last time you went to your local library? Last week? A month ago? A year ago?
Do the British really get together every afternoon at 4 to sit and drink several cups of tea? Ask any of my German students and they will tell you 'YES!'
If you like books by Holly Black or Cassandra Clare, you'll love Sarah Rees Brennan. Or at least I do!
It takes a lot of bravery to move house. It takes even more bravery to move abroad.
We have all been there.
“Hey, have you watched The Walking Dead series?”
“You need to watch it!”
At this time of year, summer seems like a distant memory. July and August were filled with boiling hot days, and even September was lovely and sunny.
Before coming to France one of my biggest worries was that I wouldn’t make French friends.
For two months, I have been an English teacher in Beijing. However, there has been little time to visit the sights in the city where I live.
Remember, Remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot should never be forgotten!
I have now been in Ciudad Real, Castilla La Mancha for four weeks. I am here as an English language assistant with the British Council, teaching in a primary school in Spain.
The cello isn’t the most portable of instruments. Of course, it could be worse – I can’t even imagine trying to move a double bass to another country.
Studying abroad has become somewhat of a rite of passage for many Europeans seeking to broaden their experiences, add to their language skills and explore new cultures.
Change is always hard but perhaps nothing is a bigger challenge than moving to a new place, whether it be a new school or in my case a new country.
'Languages are important', 'I know they’re hard but don’t give up!', 'they’ll help you in life'.
For three weeks this summer I decided to leave the hustle and bustle of London to experience a completely new adventure in Costa Rica.
As part of my languages degree at university, I have just moved to Santander in Spain to teach for nine months. Despite a few preparatory lectures, you never know what to expect until you arrive
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