a woman speaking to a friend

Home is where the heart is ​

My name is Amina. I come from Somalia, which is a country located in East Africa. There are big differences between Somalia and here in Britain, in terms of the culture, economics and quality of infrastructure. It sometimes feels like I only came to this country yesterday, because there is still so much I need to get to know and get used to, like the weather, food and the language. The food is very different and there is less variety, and we don't have fast food shops in my country. 

As you can imagine, this country is well developed. I arrived at Heathrow Airport on the 11th of February, 2008. I’m not sure of the exact time, however I remember that it was night. My first impression was, “Wow this a beautiful country!” and I was really excited to get to see more of it. The hardest part of moving to another country is settling in. Home is where your heart is, and your heart is where you put your feet first when you are born, where you spend most of your childhood and make fond memories. As you know, we have to make compromises to adjust to a new country and a new life. To be honest with you it took me longer than I thought, because I had to adapt to living in a big city like London and get to know how to use the London transport system - especially buses and trains. 

This country is a great place, where they have a good system that supports those who want to do something for themselves and encourages people to have respect for the law and other citizens. 


Task 1 - true or false

Task 2 - matching

In this second activity you will learn language in ‘chunks’ from Amina’s story, as opposed to learning just individual words.

For example, the words ‘first’ and ‘impression’ often go together.



  • How does your story of moving to the UK compare to Amina’s?
  • Did you have similar feelings and experiences, or was your story very different?
  • Do you agree with Amina’s statement that, “This country is a great place to live”?
  • What advice would you give to someone who has just moved to the UK? You could post your responses below.

Why not find out about the experiences of other people who have moved to the UK by looking at some more of the winning stories from the learners’ competition.

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I have read the article,I agree Amina that home is where your heart is,and your heart is where you put your feet first when you are born,where you spend most of your childhood and make fond memories.I am still getting used to British's weather,food and language.Also ,I have learnt lots of new words.Now I remember them,but soon I forget them.I need to practice.This is a big problem.