I live or I'm living
Present simple or Present continuous?
When we talk about experiences and situations in conversation, we can imply or hint that something is long-term or temporary by using either the present simple or present continuous tense.
Compare the following examples.
"I work for the government."
This implies the job is long term. (I would like to retire from this company.)
"I'm working for the government."
This implies the job is short term. (I'm not sure if I want to work here for the rest of my life.)
"I live in Australia."
This implies a sense of permanency. (This is where I call home.)
"I'm living in Australia."
This implies a temporary situation. (I'm here for a few years.)
Temporary situations - Plan or feeling?
When it comes to using the present continuous tense, the listener may not always know if the temporary situation is a plan or a feeling.
"I'm working for the government at the moment."
"I'm working for the government at the moment, but I'm moving to Japan to teach English next year."
"I'm working for the government at the moment, but I'm not sure what the future holds for me."