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JohnM

Every country has a national anthem, a song which expresses national identity, recalls history and praises the people. A great form of patriotism, indeed.

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Life around the world
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JohnM

Digestives are popular biscuits in the UK – great for dunking into your tea or coffee! So, it’s easy to see why ‘chocolate digestive cakes’ are a real favourite in my family.

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Life around the world
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JohnM

Writing about French pâtisseries in my previous article has inspired me to share with you a collection of 'fridge cake' recipes.

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Life around the world
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JohnM

I lived in France for three months in a small city called Montbéliard.

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Life around the world
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JohnM

I've been learning to drive since September. So far, I've had 19 lessons and it's going well. But it's not easy.

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Life around the world
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JohnM

Last September, I went to Paris to visit some friends. We had a great time, seeing the main sites and going out for dinner.

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Entertainment
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JohnM

For the last three months of my year abroad in Seville, I lived in a new flat (in the area of Nervión) with a Spanish boy and two French girls – and we spoke to one another in Spanish. 

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Life around the world
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JohnM

I know that speaking is an important part of learning a language. But speaking and communicating are two very different things.

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Life around the world
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JohnM

Cycling was a big part of my childhood. I cycled all the time; alone, or with friends, it was always a great pastime.

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Sport
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JohnM

When you go somewhere new, it’s hard to imagine yourself living there permanently. At first, everything is different: You’re in a new place with new people and nobody knows you. It’s terrifying.

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