Studying abroad is a great opportunity not only to get an outstanding degree but also to improve your language skills while having fun and meeting new people. However, sometimes it can be really tricky. As an international student I know exactly how it feels and it is not always as easy as it seems to be. Here are some difficulties that I have bumped into while living in the UK:
1. Left-handed traffic.
While everywhere else in Europe (besides Malta) cars drive on the right site, it is difficult to get used to looking the other direction when you cross the street. Hopefully it is just matter of time because sooner or later you will familiarise yourself with it.
If you think that United Kingdom has only one type of accent you are wrong. There are so many and some of them are really difficult to understand. Even British native speakers struggle with it. Talking to Scottish can be a demanding task.
3. Slang words.
Do you also wonder sometimes what are your friends talking about? If answer is yes, you are not alone, I have been there as well. Language is alive so it constantly changes and new words are being added. So the best advice is just to spend as much time as you can with natives and you soak all of new words like a sponge. But remember to not overuse them. We still want you to speak proper English.