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 SAJJAD54321 on Mon, 15/05/2023 - 04:27


Hey , I listen the audio very carefully ,she said i stayed one week in NewYork.
In the question ,
she spent a week in newyork .i tick true but the answer is false ,please any one explain to me??

Hi SAJJAD54321,

Ella is talking about York, which is a city in the UK (not New York, which is in the USA). :)


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Submitted by Verveine on Sun, 19/03/2023 - 08:03


If I were a high school or university students, I would go to study abroad. Unfortunately, I have never studied abroad for a long time. But I have experienced homestay in the UK, Australia and Singapore. The time I spent there with my host families was memorable and wonderful for me. I still keep in touch with them through SNS. A few years ago, one of the family members came to Japan. We had a chance to see each other again in Tokyo. That was amazing time. We went to a sightseeing around Tokyo and went to a restaurant to enjoy delicious Japanese food.

Submitted by daodreamer on Thu, 23/02/2023 - 17:21


Yeah, I'm studying electronics in Germany now. I speak german usually because my program is based on German, but, you know, the technology relies on English, so I have to keep my English going.

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Submitted by Sonsei on Wed, 15/02/2023 - 06:18


I moved to USA from Ukraine as an immigrant and of course I've studied at a college. As for me it was a great experience .

Submitted by Talaat2023 on Fri, 13/01/2023 - 01:02


No, I wish to do that in the future if I had a chance. I would to study English and Sound engineering.

Submitted by abbe1995 on Mon, 10/10/2022 - 02:19


I decided a short time ago to change my life, which is to immigrate to Europe. I traveled to turkey in last year and stay in Ordu, it's an amazing place because it's very quiet and beautiful nature

hello abbe, My name is Ayse. I am from Turkey in istanbul. I agree to you. ordu city is very beautiful and green. ordu hazelnut is famous. ı advice you, you may visit in istanbul

Submitted by meknini on Tue, 12/07/2022 - 05:16


A few decades ago, I studied at two universities abroad. The years I spent at those two prestigious universities are the highlights of my life and I still reminisce about them to those who would listen or when I got together with my university buddies and we would swap tales and laugh our hearts out recalling our foolishness in our youths. Those memories do keep us young at heart and lighten our moods when things don't go as we hope.

Submitted by LBPLATAS on Sun, 12/06/2022 - 12:32


Yes, I've studied abroad the last two years of my university degree.I was studying in La Sorobona located in Paris (France) for three years. It was a great experience because I
improved my french level and met a lot of interesting mates. I think that studying abroad is one the best decissions that somebody can take in his life.