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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.
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
Halloween is a big deal in many parts of the world. Little children love to dress up and go trick or treating, filling up their bags with chocolatey goodies and delicious sweets.
You may have heard of Guy Fawkes Night, a festival celebrated in the UK on the fifth of November. People celebrate with fireworks and bonfires.
When people think about British music, for the most part they think about the 60s or 70s with the likes of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones or more modern artists like Adele or Ed Sheeran.
I have been teaching in a middle school in China now for about 2 months.
I really love breakfast. It’s my favourite meal of the day! I think it is so important to eat a big healthy breakfast so you have enough energy for the rest of the day (or at least until lunch!).
My name is Alice and I am a book addict.
I love chocolate. In fact, if I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would definitely be chocolate.
‘Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent’ – Victor Hugo
On average, we only regularly wear a third of the clothes that we own.
Earlier this year I visited Europe with two of my friends from university. We stopped in four cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and Cologne.
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.
Everyone needs time out to recharge their battery every now and then, whether it’s reading before bed, doodling in your book whilst trying to study or simply watching TV.
I moved to the Spanish capital, Madrid, nearly two months ago. I am here for a year teaching English in a secondary school as a language assistant.
‘Half of me wants to hit you with something metal.’ She sounds serious. ‘So does the other half.’
Exposure to different cultures is one of the main reasons I enjoy visiting other countries.
The most interesting thing about teaching English abroad is that you gain an understanding of it as a foreign language that you have to learn.
London: England’s regal capital, where everyone speaks like the Queen. Or is there more to it than that?
Ever since I was a young girl my favourite style of music has been jazz and blues. The first ever CD that I bought was Chuck Berry’s Greatest Hits when I was 11 years old.
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