Vocabulary With News: Studying Abroad

Learn Vocabulary With News

Vocabulary with news will mention and reference different news articles regarding a specific topic. For this blog post, the topic is studying abroad. As you read, you will come across bolded words which their meaning will follow.

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Studying abroad is an attractive idea for many students as it’s an exciting opportunity to travel, live, and immerse yourself in a different culture. However, many face financial obstacles (an object that makes it difficult for you to go where you want to go) such as tuition fees, books, health insurance (arrangement where you pay money to a company and they pay you if something unpleasant happens), housing, and meals that deter students from taking that step.

While schools vary in terms of tuition, insurance, and accommodation fees, the ultimate question students and parents ask is “is it worth the investment?” According to Reuters, Brown University students “must pay $24,136 for a semester in such locations as London and Kyoto, Japan, excluding health insurance, travel, housing, meals, books, and miscellaneous (different things that are difficult to categorize) expenses.”

So, is it worthwhile to invest in studying abroad when local schools are just as good or prestigious (respected and admired by people) as others?

Studying Abroad – Yay Or Nay?

According to the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE)’s World of Learning: Canadian Post-Secondary Students and the Study Abroad Experience report, 91% of employers believe studying abroad reap numerous benefits such as understanding cultural differences in the workplace.

An online survey, reported by universitystudy.ca also revealed 93% of students who have studied abroad felt more comfortable to work in a culturally diverse (made up of a wide variety) environment “and had increased their knowledge of international affairs”. A news report by the South China Morning Post also detailed the salary (money someone earns each year) benefits to return Chinese students.

While there are numerous blog posts and news articles detailing how great it is to study abroad, how can you evaluate the costs of studying abroad? In 2015, Reuters published an interview with Stacie Berdan, author of “A Parent Guide to Study Abroad” to clear up some complexities and financial difficulties of studying abroad.

Where Would You Want To Study?

Did you know that the United Kingdom has the most international students in their schools? According to The World University Rankings, United Kingdom dominates in the most international students. Let us know where you would like to study!

[Sharing] Are You A Dog Person Or Cat Person?

There is a cultural belief that the pet you own explains your personality. While there are technically an infinite amount of pets you can own, the most common household animals are a dog or cat.

Therefore, some people tend to describe themselves as either a dog person or cat person, each group having its distinguished set of characteristics.

dog person cat person

While numerous studies have been done on the personalities of people who own pets, a study conducted by Psychology Today distributed a personality test and a test of preference for cats or dogs to 418 undergraduates.

The personality test they used–the 16 Personality Factors Questionnaire, or 16PF–provided a more in-depth analysis of personality types than previous research. Their findings turn out to be consistent with previous research.

So, what are the differences between a dog person and a cat person?

Dog People

Dog people are extroverted and outgoing. They also have a richer social life. The study also found that dog people are more tough-minded. In other words, they focus more on situations rather than emotions.

dog people cat people

Here are the following adjectives to describe dog people:

Definition: well balanced and sensible

Definition: dealing with things realistically

Definition: fulfills one’s duty

Definition: effectively conveys thoughts or feelings

group oriented
Definition: works well in a group

Definition: friendly and socially confident

Definition: kindness

Cat People

Cat people love to stay indoors and are often responsive to everything regardless of how small. They also think strategically. According to CNN, studies have shown that cat owners are likely to have higher blood pressure.

cat people vs dog people

Here are the following adjectives to describe cat people:

Definition: nervous or timid in front of other people

Definition: not influenced by personal feelings

Definition: careful consideration

Definition: does not follow the rules

Definition: Prompted by feelings of sadness or tenderness

Definition: involving the use of imagination to create something

Definition: free from outside control

Which One Are You?

Which do you think you are? A cat person or a dog person? Let us know which group you are! Or, take the quiz at BuzzFeed. 😉

How To: Stay Motivated In Language Learning

Language Learning Motivation

In the early stages, it’s easy to get fired up on learning a second language. But then it slowly begins to fade and it becomes a downward spiral. Eventually, it becomes a tedious chore. So, how can you stay motivated in language learning?

What’s Your Goal?

To achieve anything you’re learning, it’s important to know what your ultimate goal is. Regards to language learning, is it to get a job or promotion? To become fluent? To learn about another culture? Knowing your end goal can help you be more focused. However, did you know that the end goal of building and maintaining relationships is more effective than achieving a job or promotion?

Cross-Cultural Relationships

According to The Telegraph, “learners who study a language with the aim of better understanding a culture, language, and society are integratively more motivated.” In other words, language learning is the bridge between building effective relationships romantic or not. Language learning can also be a gesture of respect.


language learning relationshipFamily members who have roots in different cultures also serve as good motivation as it’s personally meaningful to them. In addition, if you have a positive attitude toward your target culture, you will be better at picking up their intonation and pronunciation. This also results in more communication with locals to facilitate your language learning capabilities.

Personal Accomplishment

Personal accomplishments include getting a job or promotion. It includes academic achievement as well. For example, students learning a second language may have an interest in the language or culture beforehand. However, their target goal is to obtain their academic credit and move forward in school. Students and professionals are often motivated to learn a second language to further their career or believe that a second language will benefit them in the long run. Learning a second language is a stepping stone in achieving their personal accomplishments.

language learning accomplishment

The goal of personal accomplishments is just as important as forming cross-cultural relationships. However, it is important to keep in mind that if you have a negative outlook on the culture of the language you’re learning, it will be difficult for you to grasp pronunciation and intonation even if your salary looks more pleasing.

Did You Know?

Did you know that British teenagers are the worst in Europe in languages? According to a study done by The Telegraph, they tested fourteen British teenagers to speak French, the first foreign language taught in schools. Besides understanding basic phrases and words, many were unable to grasp more complex vocabulary and sentences. The reason may be due to English being a predominant language.

Learning a second language at a young age is better if you want to achieve fluency. As you’re more likely to absorb information, language learning becomes easier. It also helps if you have a family member who speaks the language well and communicates with you on a daily basis in that language. The older you get, the more difficult it is to grasp a new language.

Need Some Fun Motivation?

Did you know that U-Dictionary’s APP provides fun and engaging daily learning for English learners? We have games, English phrases, words, and videos to help you get a better grasp of English faster than reading textbooks and doing boring quizzes and worksheets!

Talk: Sleep Deprived


男底色.png You look a bit grumpy today. 

女底色.png Do I? I think it’s because I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately.

男底色.png I see. Have you tried warm milk before bed? It usually helps me sleep better. 

女底色.png Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, I’ve tried it. I think I tried everything, and nothing has been helping me sleep better.

男底色.png You might be too stressed or have something on your mind. 

女底色.png Yes, I think you’re right. I need a day off. 

男底色.png I thought you will be going on vacation next week with your family.

女底色.png Actually, it’s not really much of a vacation. We are attending my brother’s wedding next week, and a bunch of relatives will be there.

男底色.png I take it that you are either not fond of weddings or not fond of crowds. 

女底色.png It’s both. Now I think I know the reason why I haven’t been sleeping well.


Learn English Phrases Everyday [audio]

1. A blessing in disguise
The phrase “a blessing in disguise” is a common English idiom. It means a good thing that appeared bad at first. In other words, it is used to describe something good that you initially thought was bad.
Here are three example sentences for your reference.
“Losing that job was a blessing in disguise. It made me pursue my dream of being an entrepreneur.”
“Dropping that class was a blessing in disguise. He ended up taking another class which helped in boosting his overall GPA.”
“Her injury was a blessing in disguise, for she got some much-needed rest.”

2. It’s not rocket science
Another English phrase is “it’s not rocket science.” It is often used as a standalone. In other words, you do not necessarily use it as part of a sentence. This phrase is used to say that the task at hand is not complicated.
Here are three example sentences for your reference.
“You simply file the paperwork. It’s not rocket science.”
“Changing the oil in your car is easy. Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science.”
“While fixing my broken garage door is not rocket science, I’m still having trouble with it.”