Some people have the opportunity to live abroad at a young age... and some people are faced with the trial of living abroad at a young age. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, we will hear a bit of both. Listen with me as I interview a native Japanese speaker and listen to her story of moving to the US for about a year and a half and then moving back to rural Japan. Listen to what it was like for her to adjust and she also gives some tips and advice for people learning English.
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VOCABULARY and EXPRESSIONS
(The words and terms are in order of when you will hear them)
To make up your mind – (expression) to make a final decision
“He made up his mind and decided to study abroad.”
Against my will – (expression) to have to do something when you don’t want to
“It wasn’t my desire. It was against my will, actually.”
What you’re talking about – (grammar) to understand somebody
“I could finally understand what they were talking about.”
Back then – (expression) The way something was in the past
“Nowadays, Japanese children start learning English at a very early age, but back then, I was raised in a very remote, rural area…”
Quite a few – A way to say ‘many’.
“I had some very close friends, quite a few, actually.”
To miss something – (vocabulary) to wish you had something
“I missed that lifestyle, but my grandparents were waiting for me.”
(not) At all – zero of something
“I don’t drink Coke at all now.”
To some extent… – (expression) in some way; a little
“To some extent, I had some pride because I lived in the United States.”
To hinder – (vocabulary) to block something from happening
“Did that hinder your progress?”
Muscle memory – when you’ve done something so many times that your body remembers how to do it.
“Your listening came back because of muscle memory.”
Tricky – (adjective) something is difficult because it’s confusing
“So, it’s a tricky thing.”
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