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Living abroad


Embassy – посольство
Retirement – уход на пенсию
Bill – счёт
Property – имущество, собственность
Long-term – долгосрочный, длительный, долговременный
Short-term – краткосрочный
Temporary – временный
Ex-patriate (ex-pat) – эмигрант, беженец, экспатриант
Confused – смущённый, озадаченный, поставленный в тупик, сбитый с толку
Superficially – поверхностно
Oversea(s) – за границей

To volunteer – вызваться добровольно (сделать что-л.), добровольно взять на себя (что-л.)
To reside – проживать, жить
To withdraw – покидать, уезжать
To banish – высылать, прогонять, ссылать
To confirm – подтверждать
Red tape – бюрократизм, волокита, канцелярщина
Culture shock – культурный шок
Culture vulture – человек, увлеченный искусством
Mi casa es su casa (Spanish). – Мой дом – ваш дом.
Globe-trotter – человек, много путешествующий по свету

1. Globe-trotter – a person who travels widely.
2. Bill – an amount of money owed for goods supplied or services rendered, set out in a printed or written statement of charges.
3. Culture vulture – someone who’s very keen or excited to see and experience the arts.(theater, literature, music, etc.)
4. Red tape – excessive bureaucracy or adherence to rules and formalities, esp. in public business.
5. Long-term – long-dated.
6. I was confused to learn of his latest decision.
7. How many young men in the World War I volunteered for the army?
8. When you have resided in the country for five years, you may become a citizen.
9. A common punishment in Roman times was banish a criminal from Rome.
10. She went into retirement last year.

Living abroad

Hi. This is Cari from the online English school, EnglishDom.com. This week, I’m going to talk with you about living abroad. Living abroad means living in a different country from where you were born or raised. For example, I was born and raised in the United States, but I’m currently living in Mexico. So, we say I’m living abroad.

People live abroad for many reasons. Some people do it to study abroad for a little while (a semester or a year of university). Some people live abroad for their jobs (they’ve been transferred or they work for a government agency that has an embassy in another country). Some people live abroad as a retirement option. Maybe retirement is too expensive in their own country and they retire to another country that’s less expensive or even warmer! Another reason to live abroad is to volunteer. Many people, in the Peace Corp for example, live abroad for a year or more as they’re volunteering building villages in Africa or building schools in the Middle East for example.

There are many reasons to live abroad. For me, it was just to experience a new culture, to learn a language, to find out how people live in another country (rather than just being a tourist). But, there’s also some differences. (uh) There’s different ways of thinking, different ways of doing things, different educational systems, different ways of managing how you pay your bills or how to rent an apartment or buy property, buy a car. There’s many different experiences awaiting you if you choose to live abroad.

Some things that are involving "red tape" between countries or between governments have to deal with passports, visas, permission to travel back and forth between countries…um, if you get married or decide to have children, you have to deal with a lot of red tape with that.

Some phrases that you can use when you’re talking about living abroad are long-term or short-term. You have to decide whether your plans are long-term (Will it be for a year or more?) or short-term (for a temporary situation).

Another term that’s often used with people who live abroad is ex-pats, meaning ex-patriates, (people who no longer are residing in the country from which they’re from. Technically, the word means you’ve withdrawn from your country or even been banished from your country; but casually, it just means you’re living in another country. That’s a little bit different than the word patriot which is someone who feels a strong connection or a strong love for their country.

Culture shock is one thing that many people experience when they live abroad. If you’re visiting a place for more than a few weeks, you tend to experience culture shock; that’s feelings of being confused or surprised when you’re in a place where where people do things differently than what you’re used to.

Another term (that was new for me) is a culture vulture, someone who’s very keen or excited to see and experience the arts (theater, literature, music, etc.).

And a saying that we have in Spanish that we also use in the United States: "Mi casa es su casa." This means that you’re welcome in my home any time; my house is your house or my home is your home. And, in the United States we use that kind of superficially. It’s a welcome for people to visit you at your home. But, of course, by making plans first and confirming plans. In Mexico, if you say it, someone just might take you up on it. They might show up on your doorstep and stay for a while. You never know what’s going to happen down here!

So, have you ever lived abroad, or studied abroad, or considered working abroad for a while? Have you actually done it? Please join us in one of our discussion groups or in the forum on our Facebook page to share your experiences. We hope to hear from you soon. Feel English and feel free! Bye for now. 




It is always better to be somewhere else but not where you are.


Saint abroad, and a devil at home.


We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.


A man living abroad wrote to his wife, "Honey I am sending you 100 kisses instead of salary cheque." The wife replied, "Oh thank you honey, for your kindness. I got them cashed from the manager of my bank. In fact, it made my work easier when I went to pay off my bills. I did not have to stand in long queues to pay my bills. In fact I was given the fastest service ever! Here is how I utilized them. 15 kisses to the milkman. 10 kisses to gardener but he took 5 extra. 20 kisses to the landlord + some other "stuff" too!! 10 kisses each to electricity, phone and gas people. It is 18 and I am left with 30 more kisses which I think will last till the end of the month!"

List of questions for discussion

1. What comes to mind when you hear about living abroad?
2. Why do a lot of people prefer to move abroad than living in native country?
3. What do you hope to gain from living abroad?
4. Would you find the daily problems of living and working overseas frustrating – or a refreshing challenge?
5. Have you ever traveled or lived overseas before? Did you enjoy it?
6. Is it easy to find a job abroad? What do you think?
7. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living abroad?
8. Is the standard of life better abroad than here? Why?
9. If you had an opportunity to move abroad where would you move?
10. What difficulties can you have living abroad?
11. What opportunities can you obtain living abroad?
12. Is it difficult for you to get used to another culture, another country?
13. Would you like to spend the rest of your life abroad?
14. If you had an opportunity to move abroad would you stay at home or leave for another country?
15. What profession is the most valuable abroad?

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