Three biggest challenges facing an English learner. 學習英文的三大挑戰

Do you think that English is difficult? Don’t give up! Because everyone is facing the same challenges. You are not alone, let’s learn English together and get better at doing it!


1. Developing a passion for learning English

All English learners would like to speak English well but don’t like to enjoy the process of learning English. This is the first and biggest problem facing an English learner, because a person who doesn’t like to learn English will not learn it well. If you don’t love English, English won’t love you back!

If you want to become a successful learner, you need to like the learning process itself. You need to treat time spent on English as time for pleasure and relaxation. For example, you need to enjoy:

  • reading English books
  • learning new words from a dictionary
  • watching movies in English
  • practising the pronunciation of English sounds and words





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2. Making the first change to one’s life

The decision to learn English requires changes in your life. For example, deciding that one will read a book in English for 30 minutes every day and keeping to that decision. It’s very difficult to make a small, but permanent change to your life, especially if learning English doesn’t seem “fun”. However, learners should remember that studying English for 15 minutes every day gives you much better results than studying for a whole day once a month.




3. Making further changes to one’s life

A good learner will have a set of activities (reading, watching TV, practising pronunciation, going to Language Exchange events,  and choose from that set according to his or her mood. One activity is not good enough, because (1) you get bored more quickly. For example, reading in English can’t improve your pronunciation, although it can improve your grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills.)




One way to improve your English skill is by coming to Language Exchange Hong Kong! Why? Because it’s fun, not boring and will boost your motivation!





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World series Part 3 – Megan from South Africa 環球系列第三集 -來自南非的梅根


My name is Megan! I’m from South Africa. I have been living in Hong Kong for one month now.

你好! 我的名字是MEGAN (梅根). 我來自南非. 我已在香港居住了一個月

About South Africa:
South Africa is nick-named the ‘Rainbow Nation’ because our population is made up of people from all around the world. We have many different cultures influencing the development of the nation … which means the food is awesome!

南非的花名是彩虹國度因為我國的人民是由世界各地而來. 我們有不同的文化影響國家的發展… 這代表有美食不斷!

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South Africa is home to some of the worlds most unique animals. The largest bird – the ostrich, the largest mammal – the elephant, the tallest creature – the giraffe, the largest fish – the whale shark, the fastest land animal – the cheetah and the largest reptile – the leatherback turtle.

南非是世界上最特別動物的家, 如:世界上最大的鳥–駝鳥; 最大的哺乳動物–大象;  最高的動物– 長頸鹿; 最大的魚– 鯨鯊; 陸上最快的動物–獵豹; 最大的爬蟲類–梭龜.

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Something else interesting about South Africa is that Appletiser fruit juice was first squeezed there in 1965

有一個有趣的南非冷知識. 在1965 年, 南非生產了第一枝 Appletiser 汽水..

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I love Hong Kong because of the energy of Hong Kong.The people are loud and honest and are always very ambitious.

我愛香港因為香港有無盡的精力. 香港人的熱鬧, 誠實和雄心勃勃最為我欣賞.

I joined Language Exchange when I first moved to Hong Kong on recommendation by my friends.
Apart from every lesson being different and extremely fun, I love Language Exchange because it has given me more confidence. I have also made many new friends and my Hong Kong network has grown so much.

在朋友推薦下, 當我移居到香港後就立即參力了語言交換. 除了在每節課都有不同而有趣的討論題目外, 我愛參加語言交換是因為我在這裡能提升自信心. 我亦在這裡認識了不同的朋友及令我的社交圈子擴大.

If you would like to have fun, make new international friends and practice languages, come along to Language Exchange Hong Kong! It’s fun, free and there is no sign up or registration required.
To find out more about Language Exchange, please check our social media or email us a

如果你想玩得開心, 認識外國朋友, 和練習你的語言技巧, 你就應該參加語言交換. 想知多點語言交換的資料, 請查詢我們的社交謀體.




Japanese/English Language Exchange Fun!

On Sunday 21st September we had Japanese/ English Language Exchange and it was great! We had many people join! And our leader (volunteer) is a beautiful Japanese girl coming from Tokyo.

It was so much fun to practice Japanese and English with new friends.
We even  learnt some interesting facts about Japan! We discovered that sumo and baseball are the 2 most popular sports in Japan and the first geisha in Japan were actually men, not women!


It was great to have a Japanese teacher help us learn and practice Japanese together! We learnt how to introduce ourselves  and also how to find out about  someone’s likes and dislikes.  We love learning different languages and making new friends.


Stay in tune for the next Japanese Language Exchange!

If you would like to learn and practice different languages and make new international friends, please come and join one of our Language Exchange events.



Japanese and English Language Exchange!

At Language Exchange Hong Kong we have been building great friendships while practising English, Cantonese and at times Mandarin. But we are not limited to only these 3 languages!!


On  Sunday 21st of September, we  will have a special Language Exchange where we will have the opportunity to learn English and Japanese for free!!

One of our Japanese volunteers from Tokyo will lead this event. She is also a Japanese lecturer in one of the famous schools in Hong Kong.


It is gonna be so much fun! It is a great opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, meet many international people, to learn and practice beginner Japanese as well as connecting with people using our native languages too!

There is actually lots of Japanese influence in Hong Kong. There are many snacks, drinks and of course Japanese characters available for people to buy. There are even people who can speak and read some Japanese living in Hong Kong.







“Extended Talk Time” Success at Language Exchange!

We had our first ever “Extended Talk Time” at Language Exchange Hong Kong last Sunday 7th September and it was great!

We had many people join Language Exchange for the first time and were very excited to have more time learning English and Cantonese and making new international friends!


Usually most sessions at Language Exchange run for 45 minutes. This new ‘Sundays extended session’ runs for 75 minutes!!!!  And it will happen every Sunday! It’s gonna be full of fun!

Come join us this Sunday. Language Exchange Hong Kong is always free, there is no sign up or registration required. You can bring your friends along and you can also make new international friends at Language Exchange Hong Kong.


Japanese Language Exchange is back! It’s free / no cost / fun & casual! Sunday, September 21st at 12.50PM!


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Mid Autumn Festival in Hong Kong !

Summer is almost over – the” Mid – Autumn Festival” is coming next week!

If you are living in Hong Kong and wondering what the Mid – Autumn Festival is all about, there are 3 main things!
1. The moon
It is the season of the year when the moon is at it’s roundest and fullest. People go out to celebrate the full moon as it has cultural significance to many Hong Kong people.
2. Lanterns
The lanterns are a big part of this festival as they are hung in the streets and traditionally candles are placed inside them. Children play with them and lanterns of all shapes and sizes can be bought from many toy stores in Hong Kong.
3. The Moon Cake
The moon cake is bought and given to friends and family during the Mid – Autumn Festival. Moon cakes are filled with different kinds of sweet fillings, often lotus seed paste or red bean. Make sure you try one!
If you would like to learn more about the Mid – Autumn Festival or other cultural events in Hong Kong, come along and join us at Language Exchange Hong Kong. Language Exchange is a great place to learn not just different languages but also about different cultures. It is a great place to make new international friends.





4 Keys to Great Nonverbal Communication

Do you know that much of what you communicate doesn’t come out of your mouth? What does come out of your mouth is very much affected and influenced by your outward appearance, posture and facial expressions.


Check out some helpful tips below!
1. Eye contact.  Make eye contact with the person or people you are talking to.  This shows people you are interested in what they are saying and you are listening well.

2. Voice fluctuation.  No one enjoys listening to someone who speaks in a monotone, it gets boring very quickly. Your tone of voice communicates to others about how you feel about what you are saying.


3. Facial expressions.  Are you interested in what you are saying? Use a variety of enthusiastic facial expressions when you speak.

4. Hand gestures. Have open hands, this shows you are open and honest.


Written by Dustin York

If you would like to work on improving your communication skills and have fun with new international friends,  why don’t you come and join us at Language Exchange Hong Kong. Language Exchange is on every Wednesday night at 6.30pm and every Sunday at 1pm.