It's not easy living in a new country. Sometimes it takes time to get used to things. Watch the video of Anne talking about when she tried to get used to living in another country. Then complete the grammar tasks which focus on 'to get used to ...'


Task 1 - comprehension

Task 2 - gap fill


Hi, how long have you been living in the UK? Does it feel like home yet, or is it still strange because it can take a while to get used to a new place?

I lived in the United States for a year and a half, in Florida and although I really liked it, I never really got used to it, it never really felt like home. One thing that I couldn't get used to was the weather. It was always hot, and I used to love going to the beach every week and wearing summer clothes, but I really missed having four seasons. And I just couldn't get used to the idea of Christmas being hot. That just didn't seem right. Another thing that I couldn't get used to was the size of everything. Everything was so big: the houses, the cars, the roads, even the portions in the restaurants seemed enormous to me.

Maybe if I'd stayed a bit longer and settled down I would've got used to things, but I didn't. I came back to Britain where everything is familiar to me.

Why don't you tell us if you've got any experience of getting used to a new place or culture?



  • What things did you find difficult to get used to when you first came to the UK?
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I found difficult to get used to was weather when I first came to the UK. It was always rainy and I never like rainy weather and grey clouds. Now I've been living here for 2 years and I really got used to like even rainy weather. Because I love living London and I don't care how weather is.  Also one thing that I couldn't get used to was British  dishes.  I didn't think before came here that I wouldn't find British dishes are not enough rich for me. There are lots of restaurants from my country but I am bored out of my dishes. And another thing that is the cars. Why people drive on the right? I really don't understand and still couldn't get used to driving on the right. And please let me say one more thing before finish my complain, why does British houses have separate  two taps in the bathroom which is cold and hot. I can't get used to burning my hand in my flat bathroom and it always gets on my nerves.

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I lived in South America for 7 years, in Bolivia. I really liked it. I got used to eating the Bolivian food. It was very different than Spanish food, but it was culturally interesting for me. I too got used to the weather. When in Bolivia was winter in Europe was summer. I was living in La Paz, heart of The Andes and there the winter is very sunny. It never rains. The sky is always blue and the sun is an enormous yolk. I liked to take the sun on my face, but only for few minutes because my skin is too white and I didn´t want a burned skin. The traffic in La Paz is chaotic but I got used it. I got used to living in Bolivia and the next year I would like to be there.