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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.
Starting my year abroad in Spain I have discovered that the best way to make new friends and improve your confidence in speaking Spanish is by taking part in 'language exchange events'.
Every Wednesday evening, I tutor two 14-year-old boys. Last week, the subject of reality television arose. They were surprised by my interest in the subject.
Ever since I was little, there is always one thing I have known that I wanted to do: travel the world!
I used to hate running. At secondary school I found it exhausting to run around the sports field and I was always one of the last students to cross the finish line.
Have you ever thought about going abroad to volunteer? Making a difference in a country less fortunate than your own is seen by most as a really positive thing to do.
Ever since I was little I have always loved to travel. As I grew older I knew that I wanted to make sure that no matter what career I chose in the future – it would need to involve travelling!
I sometimes find that watching a film adaptation of a book helps me to understand the plot of a book. This is especially true for books from a different period or with a difficult dialect.
At the start of my second year of university, after thinking for a long time about environmental and ethical issues, I decided to stop eating meat and fish and become a vegetarian.
When was the last time you went to your local library? Last week? A month ago? A year ago?
Do the British really get together every afternoon at 4 to sit and drink several cups of tea? Ask any of my German students and they will tell you 'YES!'
If you like books by Holly Black or Cassandra Clare, you'll love Sarah Rees Brennan. Or at least I do!
It takes a lot of bravery to move house. It takes even more bravery to move abroad.
We have all been there.
“Hey, have you watched The Walking Dead series?”
“You need to watch it!”
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.
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