This book is written by Helene Ramazani and is called ‘Achieving Against the Odds’. These activities are based on the Our Lives Press series of books. The books are written by people from different cultures and are about their experiences of living in the UK. 


Task 1 - matching

Task 2 - comprehension

Task 3 - gap fill


I was hungry, tired and so cold that my feet had become completely numb. I had been given a coat by the Congolese charity but had no socks and only light shoes. There was no one who spoke French at the bed and breakfast, and I felt completely alone. I wished I had never come to England. 

I was taken to my room and given some cereal, bread, milk, tea, drinking chocolate and coffee. There was a kettle in my room but I had never seen a kettle before in my life because in Congo we boil water on the fire. I did not know what to do with it. First I tried sprinkling some powdered chocolate on the cold water but the powder stayed at the top and I couldn’t drink it, so I just had some cold milk. I didn’t like the taste because in Congo we never have fresh milk – it is always powdered so the fresh milk tasted strange to me. I had never seen cereal before and just ate it on its own without the milk. It was sugary and crunchy and I ate it all up because I was so hungry. Even today I like to eat cereal without milk. 



Helene had never seen a kettle before coming to the UK and she thought that British milk was strange.

  • Did you find anything strange or different when you first came to the UK?

If you would like to read this book or any others in the series you can order them from your local library or by following this link.