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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.
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
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.
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