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.



“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!


For more information please email us at,  whatsapp us or check our website



4 Ways to Learn a Foreign Language Outside the Classroom

Enrolling in a formal online or traditional college course to learn a language is highly recommended, but if you’re a bit shy there are a few “fun” ways you can do so. For a few suggestions, continue reading below.


A. Listen to Music

One of the easiest ways to pick up a language and get a better feel for how words are supposed to be pronounced is to listen to music. After all, that’s how famous Colombian singer Shakira claims she learned English. Then you can go back and try to print out the lyrics and decipher the meaning of the song as well.



B. Watch Movies / Soap Operas.

Watching movies and soap operas in your language-of-choice is also another excellent way you can learn. Most movies and TV shows also let you see English subtitles or captions, so in case you’re really get stuck on a word or the characters speak too quickly you should be able to still understand.



C. Study Menus

Another fun way to learn a language outside of the classroom is to “study” menus in the restaurants / cafe. You should also practice ordering your food in the foreign language as well, after all practice makes perfect.


D. Change Phone Settings

Changing the language settings on your cell phone can really intensify your learning experience too. The symbols are all the same you know more or less how to answer phone calls and send text messages, but since you’re forced to see the words for the terms everyday you’ll learn how to spell and say those words faster.



E. Join Language Exchange Hong Kong.

Language Exchange Hong Kong is on every Wednesday night at 6.30pm and 9pm or every Sunday at 1pm. Kids English is on every Sunday at 10.25am. It’s free / no cost and totally fun!




Written by Maria Rainier

20 Simple & Fun Ways to Practice a Foreign Language

Recently I found this great article “No Excuses: 20 Simple and Fun ways to practice a foreign language” and wanted to share some of it with anyone who reads this blog and is wanting to improve their language skills.

No Excuses: 20 Simple & Fun Ways to Practice a Foreign Language
By Rachel Reardon On August 16, 2012


2012816– Rachel Reardon


1. Read a news article in a foreign language.

2. Write a status update or tweet in a foreign language.

3. Cook from a recipe that is written entirely in a foreign language.

4. Rent a foreign movie and watch it without the subtitles. If that’s too difficult, try turning on the closed captions so that you can see the lines written in the original language, rather than the translated version.

5. Download a trivia app for your smartphone that’s in the language you’d like to learn. Still a beginner? Try looking for a children’s version for simpler phrasing.

6. Next time you go to the store, practice writing your shopping list entirely in the language you are studying.

7. Join a foreign language Meetup in your area.










A really great foreign language event that in on every week is Language Exchange Hong Kong. Language Exchange is on every Wednesday night at 6.30pm and every Sunday at 1pm. Kids English is on every Sunday at 10.25am. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s a great place to make new international friends and practice your English and Cantonese.










Student Summer Fest is coming!!!!

Summer is here!
Make International friends , bilingual English / Cantonese, fun tribal wars, beach games, the amazing race, door prizes, life-changing messages, live music and more!


3 amazing days, August 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Friday, August 1st : 11.30AM – 8PM
Saturday, August 2nd : 11AM – 9PM
Sunday, August 3rd : 1PM – 6PM

Cost 費用:(Sunday is Free 星期日 – 費用全免)
2 full days (Friday, Saturday) : $250
兩日 (星期五及星期六):$250

1 day only (Friday only or Saturday only) : $200
一日(星期五或星期六): $200

(The cost includes two ways transportation by bus to the beach, wristband, snacks, drinks, lunch and dinner on Saturday and the opportunity to win doorprizes – iTunes gift card, movie tickets and more)
(費用包括腕帶、小食、飲品、星期六的午餐和晚餐,並有機會贏取豐富獎品 – iTunes禮品卡、戲票和更多神秘獎品)

This event is organized by Lifehouse International Church. 這活動是由香港生命堂教會舉辦

Students, this is for youuuu!!!!!!! Whether you’re in secondary school, university or recently graduated, please come along!!!!!!!! 學生們,這是為你度身而設的!!!!!!!無論你正就讀中學、大學、或是剛畢業,也歡迎你來參與!

How to register?
1. You can get a flyer at Lifehouse Hong Kong and fill out the form at the bottom of the flyer. Hand it in along with the registration money to us by Wednesday July 30th at 7PM at Lifehouse Hong Kong!

2. You can also register online! Contact us through Whatsapp at 9850 7242 or email us at for the details.
If you register online, please pay for the registration cost through Bank transfer:
ATM / Internet Transfer

Bank Name: HSBC
Bank Address: 1 Queens Road, Central, Hong Kong
Account Number: 640-087334-838
Account Name: Jesus Lifehouse Hong Kong Limited

Reference Input: Summer Fest