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Meet the international students from South America who have come to Australia to learn English. Listen to them talk about what they find most challenging about living away from home and learn how to use words like 'abroad', 'homesick' and 'adapt'.

To live 'abroad' means to live overseas and away from home. 'Abroad' is an adverb.

You can say:

"There are many challenges when it comes to living abroad."

One of the things you experience living away from home is 'homesickness'. 'Homesickness' is a noun and the adjective form is 'homesick'.

To be 'homesick' means to feel sad or upset because you are missing your home.

"When I am homesick, I focus on my goals to motivate myself."

"The hardest thing about living abroad is that you kind of get homesick. I really miss my family. I really miss my cat."

Note the use of the adverb 'really' to emphasise how much you miss something.

If you want to talk about how much you miss home, you can say you are 'really' homesick, which means you miss home very much.

Or you can say you are 'kind of' homesick, which can mean you miss home a little bit.

Notice how the adverb 'even' is used here to indicate something surprising or extreme like missing your mum's nagging - something you thought you would never miss.

"I miss a hug. I miss a kiss you know. I even miss the nagging of my mum."

When you're in a new country, you may need to 'adapt'.

To 'adapt' means to get used to a new situation and change oneself. 'Adapt' is the verb and 'adapting' is the -ing form.

"Sometimes I miss buying food in the streets but you just need to adapt."

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