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 jason2295 on Thu, 13/08/2020 - 21:15

I am from Colombia. I was born in Santa Marta but now I live in Cartagena. Both cities are really wonderful and they have many intereting places to visit.

Submitted by fariba on Mon, 10/08/2020 - 07:29

i am from Isfahan. it is really nice city.

Submitted by Mammadova on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 17:55

İ am from Azerbaijan.And i live in Ganja.(Azerbaijan's city).Ganja is a beautiful city.There people are friendly and hospitality.İ am very happy i live in there.Ganja is the second biggest city in Azerbaijan.İ love this city❤️

Submitted by M19 on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 08:27

I was born in MO but live in BG. It is mostly cool and not very hot. It doesn't rain heavily like in MO and most streets are in good condition. However, the city is quite small with lots of old buildings. The eating places and shopping malls are always overcrowded; unlike MO there isn't enough space for recreation and relaxation. Nevertheless, I love it here!

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 17:54

I'm from Viet Nam. My country has famous about nice beaches and delicious cuisines such as Vietnamese bread and Pho.

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.