A study trip to the UK

A study trip to the UK

Listen to Ella talking about some of the most memorable moments from a study trip to the UK.

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I want to talk about my life in (the) UK. I went to study in the UK a few years ago. The most exciting experience is that I went to a host family for my Christmas holiday in December. I went there alone … on a train. It took me about one or two hours to get there, to York, and then I stayed there for one week. This was the first time that I spent time with a UK family, which I learned a lot from them. They treat (treated) me like a family member, they took me out to eat, to play and to see all the different interesting culture of their region. On Christmas Day, they even bought me some presents to celebrate the Christmas (celebrate Christmas). 

When I went back to Oxford, which was the place that I stayed for that year, I had the chance to teach in a Chinese school every Sunday. The kids are (were) about 14 years old and I taught them Chinese. They were very cute but they all speak (spoke) in English. I spent lots of time to encourage (encouraging) them to speak in Cantonese. 

During my study (studies) in the UK, I lived with (a) few other students from different countries. They are very nice and we used to cook on our own, just like a big family. Every day we will go to … every day we went to supermarkets to buy food and drinks and desserts. We cooked every day. I was not a good cook – normally I just put everything into (the) oven. And I've tried (I tried) to bake a cake before but failed and they all laughed at me. And every time when I bake(d) a cake, they never taste(d) it. We share(d) a flat together – we share(d) kitchen, bathrooms but we do (did) have our own sink and bedroom. The life (Life) in the UK is quite relaxing besides study because you can explore more and do different activities at school or even some other extracurricular activities. 

After I come (came) back (to) Hong Kong, I still keep in touch with all my friends in the UK, from different countries like Italy, Malaysia, Japan, UK and other countries. Sometimes we even send email(s) to each other, sometimes they may come to Hong Kong to visit and we will meet each other again. 

I really enjoy (enjoyed) the time in the UK. I hope you will also have the chance to explore more in other different countries in the future.


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Submitted by Lan Vo on Thu, 21/10/2021 - 04:37


I haven't opportunity to study abroad. I think that's a great time to spent in yourlife, you can study a lot of knowledge and develop your skill, adap new inviroment and enjoy everything. I'll try my best in the future for my children have a chance to study abroad if they really like this.

Submitted by Zamira on Fri, 01/10/2021 - 17:11


I have never studied abroad. However if I get a visa I will study in the UK. I am sure I will be a good experience for me. It will help me to improve my English. I would like to meet new people from different countries, to see the sights.

Submitted by KR on Sat, 06/03/2021 - 14:27

Sadly, I haven't studied abroad yet, altough I belive it's a great idea to do such a thing because 1. doing it can improve your language skills (of course this one depends on the country you chose and attitude towards others) and 2. it broadens your expierences with different cultures and can make you a more tolerant person. On the other hand you may feel lost there but from what I know it doesn't happen very often.
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Submitted by danisep on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 03:15

No, I haven't. I would like to get a job abroad and improve my english skills by the way. I think that travel makes us think differently about our own culture and country and sometimes later we appreciate more when we come from. learn about different cultures, taste different and weird food, make friends around the world is something that I would like to do and I will.

Submitted by senes19 on Fri, 18/09/2020 - 10:10

Now, i am studying in abroad. It is totally different experience. New cities, new people, new ideas, new religons, new cultures. When you see like this new things, your concience of another world is getting larger. I mean, you can improve your worldview. You notice that there are many different events and humans in the world. You are not alone :). This differences make you a 'world people'.

Submitted by mcambindo22 on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 20:48

No, I still haven't studyed abroad but I'll hope to do it soon. Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to do new friends, learning about new culture, maybe having professional experiences, etc.

Submitted by Xu haozhe on Mon, 04/05/2020 - 13:42

Hello everyone, my name is Xu Haozhe. I am from China and now studying in Russia. This is my third year in Russia. I am very happy here. My Russian level has improved a lot. I like the Russian people. Although they seem indifferent, they are actually very enthusiastic. I like this country.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Wed, 05/02/2020 - 18:15

I never have studied abroad and I'm sorry for it. Indeed I think that, if I had gained this experience, I would have increased my skills and known many people from around the world.

Submitted by parisaach on Mon, 01/07/2019 - 05:42

I've never studied abroad I wish I did. I know in some European countries people send their children to other countries when they are young, but in my country people are so conservative and reserved they keep their children near themselve when they are at school and even after that. You can learn many things in other countries, I like that. It helps you to be more independent, ready to live everywhere and know how people are different in other countries. Now I'm thinking of living in other countries . I know it is difficult for me because I'm not young anymore.I wish I had some experience before. I traveled to other countries but never stay for a long time. People are different in each country . Maybe it is so hard to live alone in a foreign country at the beginning , but soon you will fall into the habit people can forget easily.