Lesson 35: Living Abroad

Beg Lesson 35


In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Living Abroad. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about what it’s like to live in another country.

Kevin, do you like living abroad in Tokyo?
I love it, but it took me several months to adjust. to living here
I can imagine! What was the most difficult thing for you?
Culture shock was the most difficult for me.
I’m sure it took a while to get used to Tokyo. What do you think about the food?
I love Japanese cuisine. It’s delicious!
I love Japanese food also. How is the cost of living?
The cost of living is similar to San Francisco.
I see. Are the people friendly and kind?
The people are friendly. However, I can’t speak their language well so I struggle to meet new friends.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

abroad (adv) in a foreign country; away from one’s home
He lived abroad in Japan for three years.
adjust (v) to adapt or become used to a new situation
He needs to adjust to living in Japan.
imagine (v) a mental picture of a situation
Can you imagine what it’s like to live abroad?
culture shock (n) a feeling of confusion felt by someone living in another country or place they don’t know
It was a real culture shock to live in a big city.
used to (adj) to become familiar with something so it seems normal
She’s not used to driving the car.
cuisine (n) food cooked in a certain way, especially of a specific country
We spent the day tasting the local cuisine of Japan.
cost of living (n) the average price of food, clothing, and other services to live somewhere
The cost of living in London is high.
similar (adj) almost the same as someone or something else
The two houses are similar.
however (adv) to introduce a statement that is different than something said before
She needs to study. However, she doesn’t have enough time.
struggle (v) to try hard to do something that is difficult or causes problems
He struggles with learning English.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Have you ever lived abroad?
    1. Yes, I lived in London for two years.
    2. No, but sometimes I imagine about living in the USA.
    3. Your answer:
  2. What do you think is the most difficult thing about living abroad?
    1. I think getting used to a new culture is difficult.
    2. In my opinion, eating the local cuisine would be difficult.
    3. Your answer:
  3. Do you think some people struggle living abroad?
    1. I think most people struggle with missing family and friends.
    2. I think they do, especially if the cost of living is higher.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Are some countries similar to live in?
    1. In my opinion, some countries are similar.
    2. No, I think every country is different.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Could you adjust to living in another country?
    1. Yes, but it would take some time to adjust.
    2. I could adjust, but I think for others, it may take longer to adjust.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Which country would you like to live abroad in? Why?
  2. Why do people live abroad?
  3. Would you rather live in a hot or cold climate? Why?
  4. Is it easy for you to make new friends? Why or why not?
  5. What would you miss about your home country while living abroad? Why?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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