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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.
We are all aware that practical exercises using textbooks and classroom materials are valuable when it comes to language learning.
The plane touched down in Rio de Janeiro. Until then I had been enjoying the in-flight movies, the free ice cream and the fact that no one sat next to me for the entirety of the flight.
This will sound strange to some and perhaps quite familiar to others: in my family, we only took down the Christmas tree almost halfway through the month of January.
Before my year as a language assistant, I never imagined I could enjoy teaching as much as I do.
On what was just a regular, cold Friday morning in an icy train station, I witnessed something that brought a tear to my eye.
Avocado’s recent popularity growth is hard to ignore.
In a world surrounded by bad news, it may feel like an unhappy place sometimes. However, you can make a difference.
Technology can really enhance your language learning. Here are three free apps you can try!
1. Google Translate
Like many others around the world at the start of the year, I made a New Year’s resolution. I decided to try something different from the usual ones: to do more exercise, eat more vegetables, etc.
Recently I was watching a stand-up comedy sketch by a comedian called Trevor Noah, a mixed-race comedian from South Africa who often discusses important topics such as discrimination and racism.
Idioms are one of the hardest parts of learning a language. For those of you who don’t know, an idiom is a phrase which has a meaning, but the meaning is not clear from the words themselves.
Germans have a word wanderlust which translated into English would be ‘the desire to wander’. Nowadays the opportunity to travel is endless.
Like most people I know, I love watching television. When I was little, I would always look forward to watching a children’s programme on TV when I arrived home from school.
Basel is often referred to as the cultural capital of Switzerland, but what exactly can you do in this Swiss city?
1. The Rhein
Everyone loves travelling, right? Unfortunately, depending on where you want to go, money can sometimes be a problem … but not if you’re prepared.
Language is part of our daily lives, no matter where we live in the world.
It’s currently December and Christmas is almost here. It’s a time for eating great food, giving and receiving presents, and – most importantly – spending time with your family.
Spending Christmas in a foreign country can be a truly eye-opening experience, especially since it’s easy to assume that as a worldwide festivity, most countries probably celebrate in a fairly simi
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