Our blogs were written by young people from the UK. Each year we selected a new group of bloggers, from the British Council’s language assistants, who shared 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.

Please note that this project ended in 2018 so some of the blog posts are no longer up to date. 

Wednesday, 9 May, 2018 - 12:20

In reality you're sitting in an armchair but in your mind you're in the depths of a faraway forbidden forest or perhaps in a cute little café in a side street with the Eiffel Tower on the distant s

Friday, 4 May, 2018 - 21:23

Last month marked the ten-year anniversary of the death of Martiniquan politician and poet Aimé Césaire.

Thursday, 9 November, 2017 - 08:28

It can be a real struggle trying to learn a new language. I had always enjoyed learning languages in school, but only recently did I start learning German.

Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 - 14:31

Have you ever started to read a book in English, then stopped because it was too hard? Don’t worry! You’re on the right track.

Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 10:22

Understanding modern China can be a difficult task.

Wednesday, 19 April, 2017 - 09:12

The 23rd April is World Book Day, but did you know that it is also Shakespeare Day? Everybody has heard of Shakespeare, but do you know how many plays he wrote?

Monday, 20 March, 2017 - 08:47

Everyone has a favourite villain, a character you just can’t help but love to hate. In no particular order, here are my top picks for British villains who really stole the show.

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 09:31

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s interesting to delve into the history of Europe and to look at where one of the most romantic traditions surrounding Valentine’s Day came from.

Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 - 14:13

One of the worst things I find about learning a language is the fact that it is vitally important to read books in your target language.

Thursday, 2 February, 2017 - 15:44

Almost everybody is familiar with the classic image of Frankenstein's monster: a tall man with light-green skin, a big square head and metal bolts on his neck, who can't speak more than a few sim

Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 14:35

Some people aren’t interested in poetry. They say it’s boring, irrelevant, that it always talks about love and nothing else. I disagree.

Friday, 27 January, 2017 - 07:18

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a magical book about the importance of friendship and the quest for the truth.

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017 - 12:33

Elena Ferrante has recently been exposed. An Italian author, who found recent success with her quartet of books, the Neapolitan Novels, Ferrante has always shied away from the spotlight.

Monday, 19 December, 2016 - 11:03

Did you know that Harry Potter is the fifth best-selling book worldwide, with over 107 million copies sold and that it is now the best-selling children's novel?

Friday, 9 December, 2016 - 17:16

The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Owl Babies. Mog. We’re going on a Bear Hunt, Little Bear’s Trousers. Alfie!

Sunday, 27 November, 2016 - 18:09

For Christmas as a child, I always received a huge stack of books and often by Boxing Day I’d already read half of them.

Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 - 10:37

When was the last time you went to your local library?  Last week?  A month ago?  A year ago?

Thursday, 10 November, 2016 - 11:46

If you like books by Holly Black or Cassandra Clare, you'll love Sarah Rees Brennan. Or at least I do!

Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 - 13:57

My name is Alice and I am a book addict.

Monday, 31 October, 2016 - 14:07

I am a person who has always loved reading. For me, it is easy to get lost in a book and return to the world a couple of hours later having been on an adventure.