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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.
‘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.
"Music is the piece of art that goes in the ears straight to the heart."
Forty-six years since its beginnings, this was Glastonbury’s rainiest year yet. And with the rain came mud, and with the mud came chaos.
There's a current fashion trend for pinafores and dungaree dresses going on at the moment. Walking around the shops I've seen them everywhere in all sorts of styles and colours.
Summertime has always been my absolute favourite time of the year.
When I was visiting Australia a few weeks ago, I knew I couldn't leave the surf capital of the world without giving it a go myself.
Australia was always a country I wanted to visit so I saved up some money and booked a flight to go travelling up the East Coast at the end of my work placement in France.
Recently my best friend came to visit me in France and we went to a concert.
So, a year ago I left the UK for the sunnier climes of the south of France, specifically Toulouse, nicknamed 'la ville en rose’ (the pink city).
I have just returned to the UK after a year living abroad in France.
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