Living in Different Countries

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 26, 2020 and last updated on July 19, 2023

Living in Different Countries can be a transformative experience, broadening horizons and fostering cultural understanding. For English learners, it offers an invaluable opportunity to enhance language skills and gain fluency. Immersion in a foreign environment exposes learners to authentic conversations, diverse accents and everyday idioms.

By engaging with locals and navigating real-life situations, learners develop confidence, adaptability and a deeper appreciation for global perspectives, making their English proficiency soar.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Living in Different Countries

Today we live in a very connected world where it has never been easier to travel all over the globe to different countries. People often have a lot of different countries that they would like to visit, whether it be to experience a different culture or enjoy the white sand and clear blue sea on a paradise island.

However, living in a country is very different to going on holiday there. The things you need to consider change and what might seem like a great place for a holiday is actually a bad place to live permanently.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • travel (verb)
  • trip (noun)
  • holiday (noun)
  • look for (phrasal verb)
  • settle in (phrasal verb)
  • experience (verb)
  • culture (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever lived in a different country? If so, which one(s) and what was your experience like?
  • What countries would you like to visit for a holiday?
  • Could you see yourself living in any of these countries?
  • What country would you most like to live in?
  • If you could choose any country to live in for a year, which one would you choose and why?
  • Is it better to live in a different country temporarily or permanently? Why?
  • What things do you have to look for when deciding on a country to visit for a holiday?
  • What things do you have to look for when deciding on a country to live?
  • What do you think are the advantages of living in a foreign country?
  • What are some challenges you might face when living in a different country?
  • How do you think living in a different country can help you improve your language skills?
  • Should individuals be required to learn the language of the country they are living in?
  • How important is it to learn about the culture and customs of a country before moving there? Why?
  • Is it easier to adapt to living in a different country when you are younger or older?
  • Is it more beneficial to live in a country with a similar culture to your own or a completely different one?
  • Is it essential to maintain your native language and culture while living in a different country?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.