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.




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.



Extended Language Exchange on Sunday!

Good News! We will be starting an “Extended” session of Language Exchange on Sundays. The Extended session will start from September 7th, and it will run from 1PM – 2:15PM (75 minutes), starting on Sunday 7th September. It means that we will have the chance to have more fun longer, make international friends longer and learn Cantonese / English even longer!


What are you waiting for? Please join us on Sunday 7th for the first session of “Extended Talk Time”.

It’s free, there is no sign up or registration required and it’s always fun and you will have the opportunity to make new international friends.

For more information please check our social media or contact us on Whatsapp 9850 7242


Guinness World Record Holder at Language Exchange Hong Kong!

This week at Language Exchange Hong Kong we had a special guest all the way from the USA, Jon Pritikin.


Jon Pritikin is known all around the world for his feats of strength that include his Guinness World Record. Jon travels everywhere performing his incredible feats of strength and sharing his life story!


Everyone at Language Exchange had a great time listening to Jon tell us about his trips all over the world, sharing his no violence and anti bullying message to school students of all ages.  We also had the opportunity to ask him some questions.


If you would like to join more international events like this and make new international friends, please join us at Language Exchange Hong Kong or check our social media.


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World Series – Part 1 世界系列—第一部分

Hi my name is Elicia!

你好我的名字是 Elicia!

I am from Australia and I moved to Hong Kong about 3 months ago. Before that I was living in Japan. I am currently working as an English teacher in Hong Kong.



Most people know that I am from the land of the cute and cuddly kangaroos and koalas – Australia.
Something else that is unique about Australia is the way that people speak. Many words that are very common in the english language become something else in Australia. For example….

barbeque – barby
flip flops – thongs
excited – stoked
afternoon – arvo
toilet – dunny

If you ever meet someone from Australia, try out your new “Aussie slang”!!

大多數人都知道,澳洲—可愛的袋鼠和樹熊之地 ,是我的家鄉。


barbeque (燒烤) – barby
flip flops (人字拖) – thongs
excited (興奮) – stoked
afternoon (下午) – arvo
toilet (廁所) – dunny



I really enjoy living in Hong Kong. I love living in the city, everything is so close and Hong Kong people are so friendly! I have met so many great people in only 6 weeks! One place where I made heaps of friends was Language Exchange Hong Kong!! I went for the first time on April 20th. I had so much fun! Even though I didn’t know any Cantonese at all, I enjoyed meeting people from different countries and making friends and trying some Cantonese words! Now I go to Language Exchange every week! I am learning more Cantonese and making new friends all the time! It’s great!


Language Exchange Career Seminar was great!

Language Exchange Hong Kong had it’s first ever Career Seminar on June 14th. It was great! We had business man Alex Worsteling come from Tokyo, Japan.

Alex spoke in 3 sessions and talked about how we can identify our dream job , building our perfect resume and the last session was for young entrepreneurs and professionals who want to start something new in business.


It was really great to hear from someone who has had so much experience in the business world, and to be encouraged by Alex in a strong, positive way.

Many people came to the seminar, some were business people, others  were recent graduates who are just beginning their career and also some students joined to  get some good advice for building their careers after they graduate. Alex encouraged everyone  that by broadening  and strengthening your skill set, you can be an even greater asset to your boss. One way to do this is to come along to Language Exchange Hong Kong. Not only  will you have the opportunity to practice different languages, but you can also improve your people skills and cross cultural communication.


This Wednesday June 25th, we have 2 sessions of Language Exchange: 6.30PM session and 9PM session (for those who have OT /overtime at work). Come and join us, no cost (free), no registration, 45 minutes full of FUN! At 6:30pm Language Exchange we will learn Japanese and English and at 9pm Language Exchange we will practice Cantonese and English.
To find out more about Language Exchange, please check out our social media.