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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.

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Nivel de idioma

Upper intermediate: B2


I am considering the structure "if -but" of this sentence: "Well I don’t know if my parents like it but I can tell you my parents support and respect my decision". Can someone help me explain it? Thanks.

Hello nguyenhao,

I wouldn't say that 'if' is part of a structure with 'but' in this sentence. Instead, I'd look at it as 'X but Y'. In this case, X is 'I don't know if ...' and Y is everything after 'but'.

Does that make sense? Please don't hesitate to ask us more if it's not clear to you.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

In Spain we have family values similar to they're presents in the audio, but in the last times it's more usual that young people move out of his parents house, usually because they go away to study or to start his first job.
I think is very good for the self-growing to move out, but It worry me a bit about if the trade-off could be a little loosing of traditional family values.
In my way the traditional family values are very useful to achieve the happiness in your whole adult life, when you make your own family and after. All members in a family has a cross responsibility about the other members, and this fact is very useful for your life, because you aren't alone in front of the troubles and you have people to share your happy moments.

Thank you for the task! It is very interesting to read all those comments, because they was written by different people from different countries with their own cultural diversity :) It is like i am a part of big internetional family. So sad that this web hasn't any chat. Meet a foreign friend is my dream ;)
About living on your own. So in my homeland we don't have reasons or traditions which could stop us in that decision. To live by your own is considered like a success for any student. Of course, if i can move out , i'll do it. But i will always keep in touch with my parents and help them if it needed.

Thanks for this lesson:)
Was very intresting to listen your audio.

Thanks for sharing the audio, I like it....
Personally, I think it's good to move out and living on your own. I'm a village girl. But I'm moving out far from my family to study, even then I was only 18 years old. but I can handle things very well coz I have experience living on my own for 2 years. Sometimes it may be troublesome, you can be miss your family, can be sad, hungry. lonely.etc.. in your room but trust me it may worth. Living on your own without family you can be independent, make your own decision, gain your personal space, solve problems by yourself.. it would be good experience... In Vietnam- my country most of people prefer to live with their parent than moving out. There are sevaral resons behind. In the city's rent is very expensive and it's difficult to find a good place to live with good price. Secondly, they affraid troublesome, they affraid can be hungry,... and they think money is a crucial factor to decide to move out or not. but with me money is just a important thing we need. it's not a crucial factor in my desicion. and if you really want living on your own there will be away.

i agree with u

in most of our country family planning i still a problem, for example we are 11 children born and we have house of 4 chambers and our land is less than 2 ha. so, a child for above 15 if he get possibility choose to begin his new life alone but girls stay at home until she get married

I am too young to live on my own so of course I live with my mom.But as soon as I am 15 I will move tj the broading school in my aunt's town to get a good education, and then I will go to university in this r another town and then I will defenitetly move in capital or even to US or Australia but of course I will come to visit my mother and take care of her.
in my city and even the whole country students, specially sucessful ones tend to leave their hometown and move to the other city and country to get a good higher education and only come on holidays.
Yes actually in my country national traditions require taking care of old parents but usualy parents take a better care and make their children move and get a better job and life.But usually good children stay in touch with their parents and help them

Thanks for sharing the audio..
I would like to live with my family rather than living alone. In India, we have a culture to live with family. The main reason behind it as my parents has done everything for my good bringing up, settled me from school to college and support me throughout my life, did everything whatever they could do just only for a reason that they want me to see successful independent Person. And When i get settled to my satisfaction, it is my prime responsibility to look after them when they grow older as i need to pay off them all the respect and value they actually deserve. So in any cost i cannot think living alone without my family, it may be for short period due to job requirement but otherwise i would always prefer to live with my family than going alone. Family also support and encourage us in our hard times than anyone else in world without any thing in return. So living without family won't be good idea.