Talking about where you're from

In this video, Emir and Vanya learn more about each other. Listen to the language they use for talking about where they're from and practise saying the useful phrases.

Do the preparation exercise first. Then watch the video and do the exercises to check your understanding and practise the language.


Ana: Hi! I'm Ana. Welcome to What to Say

Do you know what to say when you talk about where you're from? Listen out for useful language for talking about where you're from. Then, we'll practise saying the new phrases – after this.


Emir: So where are you from, Vanya? 

Vanya: I was born in Cambridge, but I live in Glasgow.

Emir: I've never been to Glasgow. What's it like? 

Vanya: Oh, it's wonderful. There's always something interesting to do and the people are really friendly.

Emir: It sounds like a nice place to live. 

Vanya: It is. I love it. What about you? Where are you from in Turkey?

Emir: I'm from Istanbul. 

Vanya: Oh, I love Istanbul! I went once, but a long time ago. My favourite thing was baklava. I really, really love baklava!

Emir: Today's your lucky day, Vanya. I made it myself!

Vanya: Oh! These look delicious.

Yuna: Hi.

Vanya: Hi, Yuna!

Yuna: Can I?

Emir: Of course!

Yuna: Emir's baklava is the best. Thank you!

Emir: You're welcome. 

Vanya: I love this place!


Ana: Hello again! Mmm, that baklava looks delicious! So, did you notice the useful phrases used for talking about where you're from? Listen to me and then repeat. 


Where are you from?

I was born in London.

I live in Glasgow now.

What's it like?

It sounds like a nice place to live.

What about you?

I'm from Istanbul.

I love Istanbul.


Ana: Try and use some of these phrases the next time you talk about where you're from in English. Bye for now! 


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Submitted by Asni on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 22:05

I was born in Casablanca in Morocco, but I live in Seville. Seville is a beautiful city with lots of green parks. The people are nice and friendly. You can't be bored because there is always something interesting to do or to see.. Events, parties, holidays, people are joyful and enjoy life to the fullest. They don't live to work, they work to live and that is what I like most about them.

Submitted by thihazaw on Thu, 16/07/2020 - 07:09

I'm from Myanmar.It's wonderful.There's always sometimes interesting to do and people are really friendly.

Submitted by fatfat on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 13:18

I was born in istanbul. It is a big and crowded city the same time very beautiful.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 17:05

I'm from Kyiv (Ukraine). I live here since I was born. It's the capital of our country, the largest and one of the oldest cities in Ukraine. It has a long and colorful history. So many things have happened here through the years. In recent centuries we were occupied but Russia but now we're finally free. Honestly, I can't tell you that my city looks like I want it. We have plenty of problems here: old buildings and infrastructure, a lot of garbage and ugly billboards on the streets. But still, Kyiv is a beautiful place with lots of parks and garden squares, friendly people (not all though), superb Dnipro river and numerous of the beauties of the city.

Submitted by ANNAZIRI on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 05:21

I'm from Indonesia. It's a big country and consist of billion island.

Submitted by abudo93 on Thu, 25/06/2020 - 16:29

I live in Iraq, exactly is in Habbaniyah city. It's wonderful and there are lot's of interesting things to do, the people are really nice or friendly and it's sounds like a nice place to live in it.
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Submitted by lsrafael on Thu, 25/06/2020 - 02:24

I was born in Brazil, but I want to live in Canada.
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Submitted by Ivanox76 on Wed, 24/06/2020 - 09:05

I was born in Huaraz, it is in Peru. It's a wonderful place with a lot of mountains and lakes. I love living here.