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Episode 16

Adam is impressed by how much you know about London. In Newcastle, Carolina meets a horrible customer in the shop and that's just the start of a very bad day.

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If you don’t live at home or you lived away from home in the past, do you (or did you) ever feel homesick? If so, what do you do to make yourself feel better? Even if you’ve never felt homesick, what advice would you give to Carolina to make herself feel better?


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Intermediate: B1


When I moved to another city I felt homesick. But I did nothing to feel better. Later these feelings disappeared.

I work for a petroleum company in desert, so I spend lots of time away from family, sometimes I feel homesick because of some bad things even if they are small.
In such cases I try to sleep a lot and think positive thoughts to overcome this situation.
Sorry for the mistakes. I hope someone correct them.

I came to the capital of my state (province) to study, when I was eighteen, at beginning it was very dificult, stay way of my family, especially my mother. But that make me more stronger and I grown up. Now I come to visit them most that I can.

i have never been lived away from my home so, i can not give an advice for this situation, nevertheless, if i lived away from my family, i would video chat with them every week through zoom, skype o whats up.

I live away from home three years ago and I live in this moment in Italy, a beautiful country but I feel very homesick very often because I miss my family, my friends and my culture. When I'm down, I look for places where there is food and latin american music and I do not feel thar far from my country. Another thing that makes me feel better is call my parents and talk with them for a long time.

i ve never had the chance to live away from my family and city for a long i cant say how it exactly would be for me,but i think i would feel homesick in that situation,when i was i can handle it easiear.

That’s familiar for me to feel homesick. When I used to live in city of Khabarovsk and studied at the University I had to feel this feeling amid being away from home for long time when only approach to get in touch with my family was phone and internet. There’re some manners I did to overcome. First of all and in my opinion is seemed to be the best way is to have good friends you can spend your leisure time well with. Reading a book or some good film at the cinema or having some hobby matter as well. As a student I wasn’t used to put off my homework so that to face it all at the end of semester until deadline. It can bring lots of stress then. Therefore I did all my homework in time without putting off that always livened me up and helped to feel better amid homesick.
I would wish to everybody who are like Carolina to stay strong and believe in that each and every difficult make you stronger. But frankly said if I were Carolina I wouldn’t spend all my moneys given me to study to buy expensive presents to her friends in Venezuela and some cloths she bought a lot. It let her to be sick of money and low budget. If she had done with her budget wisely it wouldn’t have led her to look for a job. Otherwise she could have more time to focus on her study and to go out with friends without feeling of lack of time. As a result there’s much less stress and feeling of homesick is not so big.

I've never live in a foreign country or even other city away from my family . but whenever I go to a trip for a long time I feel homescik, and I remember the days I went to work trip alone I really felt homesick though people think I'm not much sentimental, but I totally dependent on my family and friends.
By the way, time helps people to forget everything . it is definitely difficult to leave all the people or things you have and go to other place to live but people are accoustomed to every new situation so don't wory you can adapt to any circumestances.

Dear Kirk, thanks a lot , the least I can say for your kindness and the immediate response.Please,is there any advice for the first item, (about how you do count syllables in English),or this is something complicated for foreigners students and not to important ,so let's skip it for the moment ...
All the best,

Hello nikoslado,

Syllables are based around vowel sounds: one vowel sound with any surrounding consonants equals one syllable. The problem is that English spelling and pronunciation is not entirely consistent and so it is not always obvious from the spelling of a word how it is pronounced, which can affect how many syllables it has. Familiarity is the best solution to this: as your vocabulary grows, you will assimilate more and more patterns and your feel for what sounds natural will develop.



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