Living Abroad

The “Living Abroad Blues”

It’s that time of the year. University essays are piling up, my bank account is worried about the amount of Christmas presents I still need to buy and I am missing home. My parents’ visit to England last week was absolutely amazing! But soon as they left a massive wave of homesickness crashed over me. […]

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Following a TEFL course

As you all (probably) already know, I follow an English and Creative Writing degree course at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. I’m starting my third and last year in September, hoping to get my bachelor degree in July 2018. The dream is to get a writing/editorial job straight after university, so why am I following […]

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Brexit and its impact on my future

What are your plans for after university, Nele? I get asked this question a lot. Especially now I’m back in my hometown for the summer and everybody knows I’m only one year away from graduating university. Do I want to get a job straight away? Get a master degree? Move back to the Netherlands? What […]

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University room tour ’16/’17

In July I moved out of my student hall/dorm room into a little house that I started renting with four of my best friends here in Manchester. It’s amazing to be able to live with friends instead of random people and share a bathroom, living room and kitchen with them instead. My bedroom in our […]

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Picking the right language course

Learning a foreign language is a lot of fun, but can be very difficult to practice without being able to speak to native speakers.  Also learning a new language in a classroom environment for a couple of hours every week might help with your basic knowledge, but there’s a limit to what you can learn […]

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How I improve my English

Surprise; English is my second language. Okay, maybe not a surprise. I still make mistakes and even though I speak English fluently, I still have to work hard to broaden my vocabulary and improve my language skills. During high school I followed English, French and German as foreign languages. I sucked at the, not going […]

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How I got into English university

Studying abroad for a semester or one academic year is quite a common thing nowadays. Doing your fulltime degree abroad is a different story. And yet here I am, finished my third year in England and my second year at English university doing an English and Creative Writing degree. It’s been quite difficult at times […]

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Cons of being bilingual

It is pretty damn awesome being able to speak two languages fluently! Living in a country where they don’t speak my first language can be a bit tricky though. I have improved my English a lot since I moved to England, but there are moments I struggle being bilingual. 1. I mix languages up One […]

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