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Living on my own

Listen to Jocelyn talking about her experience of moving out of her family home and living on her own in Hong Kong.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hi socolachanh,

I'd recommend you try something a little easier like the Elementary Podcast Series 3 Episode 1. First, listen to the recording a couple of times. Then download the Transcript (in pdf format under Instructions & downloads) and read the Transcript while you listen. Use the dictionary to learn new words. Then try the exercises. If you learn from it, continue with Series 3 Episode 2, and so on.

And please ask us if you need some help.

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I prefer living on my own because I'm married and I have childrens. But if I can, I'd live with my parents too. Big families are interesting.
So, money is a crucial factor of course but not only. It's mostly need freedom.
Why in some cultures do young people tend to live with their parents before they get married and others not? To what extent is this affected by traditional family values?
In some cultures, it's considered inappropriate to leave parents when do not married. i'ts because of traditionnal values but also cost of living.

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In my opinion having your own apartment requires more responsibility because management is important to prevent future problems, but above all learn to take care of yourself. "The law of life"

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Hi everyone.
I've been in UK five times but I remember best the last one nearly two months ago. It was January and It was freezing cold but we wore loads of clothes (coats, gloves, scarves, warm boots...). We stayed in Nuneaton (Warwickshire) with a british friends for 5 days and we also visited Birmingham. The previous time we was there, we visited London but it was summer and there was loads of peolple everywhere.... anyway, I'm afraid London is always a busy city. I'm going to come back to UK very soon because We are going to move out there in five months. I hope to improve my english level, above all my listening and comprehension... I
cross my fingers.

Hello everyone, I am from Honduras and I have been living by myself since I was child to be more specifit since I was 12 so for me it doesn't matter to be or not near to my family.. sometimes we need to challenge our future by ourself...

Hi everyone !
I am form Viet Nam.I am just learn Enghlish,I hope I was friends with everybody

i live with my parent, i love that, cause everyday i can see them, can hug and love them as much as i want.

hello.every one .in here (china ),lots of young people still choose to live wiht their parents until they get married. this is a tradion costum.but now,mang changes.have young person move out to live on own.but in china ,house price is expensive ,so if you plan to own ,you have to be responsible for all the expenses. i like this topic.i gain a lot of information from diffrent country.

In my society young people don’t live on their own before they get married, they prefer stay with their parents and help them . Sometimes they still live with them after getting married because of the housing crisis, the ability of parents to do the homework .
For me I prefer to live with my parents or near to them , I want to stay with them all my life , so the money is not a goal I’m trying to earn it , I want to live in love and peace .

Moving out to live on your own is common in Western countries, but it's not very popular in Eastern. I am living in Eastern culture, I don't have any experience of it because I liked living with my parent when I was young. I think that your life will be boring if you are alone. Parent give you their unlimited love and they always want to hug and kiss you eventually when you become adults. Why don't you live with them when you still have a chance? My children are growing up, may be they will go out for studying after several years. I will try to be with them until I can do because it will be impossible when they have their own families.