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 AAA fortune on Wed, 19/06/2024 - 05:20


For me , I have never been studied abord. Now I am trying english more fluent and one day I must go outside country and study abord. 

Submitted by aminaNBA on Mon, 09/10/2023 - 15:19


For me , ihad never studied abroad in a traditional (in-person) way, but nowadays, I have the opportunity to study online with my school.

Submitted by Ali_Ahmed on Wed, 13/09/2023 - 00:54


I never studied abroad before, but I wish I have the chance to get a Bachelor or Master's degree outside my country.

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Submitted by taha2010 on Fri, 11/08/2023 - 06:00


I have never stepped out of my country, but I wish to study at a college in Canada, probably UBC. so for now, I'm working on my English for the day I immigrate and start a new life.

Submitted by heyimplp on Tue, 04/07/2023 - 15:11


No, I haven't studied abroad. But I plan to do it someday. It's an experience that I looked for to.

 I came to UK for my higher studies and i have done my degree in nursing. iIhave had a great experience of living and studying on my own. I am looking forward this year to study further.

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.