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 Suraj paliwal on Mon, 29/11/2021 - 10:42


I was born in a district in India. I don't like this place. People are not very good . Security of people is very dangerous in this place. I don't want to live in ever more.

Submitted by Anwar68 on Sat, 27/11/2021 - 16:32


what's the difference between these phrases
I've never been to Glasgow.
I don't ever go to Glasgow.

Hello Anwar68,

'I've never been to Glasgow' describes all of the speaker's life up to the moment in speaking. It doesn't tell us anything about the present or the future. You could even say this when you are in Glasgow with the sense of '...until now'. The verb form here is present perfect.

'I don't ever go to Glasgow' is a general statement which tells us about the speaker's behaviour without reference to time. This is something which is generally true and which we can assume will remain true in the future. The verb form here is present simple.

The LearnEnglish Team

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I was born in Ecuador and lived during 20 years in Spain but I live in London now. I like this place is wonderful.

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I am from Peru, it is a wonderful place and the food is really good

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I'm from San Juan, Argentina. This is a small and beautiful city, one of twenty three provinces of Argentina. San Juan is a city situated in a valley in a east of Andes mountains, is a beatiful city. There are a lot of mountains, valleys and a lot of plantations a oliv , grapes and other products famous of this region.

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I am from Arequipa, in Peru, it's wonderful and quiet, the food is really delicious.

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Hi, I'm from Morocco, I love my country and specially my city laayoune where I was born, we have so many places to visit in Morocco, you are very welcome to visit it...

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I’m from Tokyo in Japan. I love Tokyo because there’s always something interesting to do and usually I can meet various people. Unfortunately we cannot go out, go abroad freely at the moment due to COVID-19, l’m happy to be here, and meet new people.

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Hello TalhaÖzkan,

It sounds as if there is some technical problem with our registration process. I'll ask our technical team to have a look at it, but I'm afraid it's going to be another week or two before they will be able to do that.

In the meantime, I'm sorry for the inconvenience. And thanks very much for pointing this out to us!

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello TalhaÖzkan,

We are currently unable to process payments in Turkey, which means that subscriptions are not available there. This is reason why 'Turkey' is not available as an option at the moment, and is also the reason the system chooses another option.

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All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Thair Theint T… on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 04:56

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