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 Nemontes on Fri, 28/10/2022 - 02:35


I was traveling from Dublin to Caracas and made a stop at Instanbul. Flying at night time was amazing.

Submitted by Hosen on Sun, 25/09/2022 - 15:25


I am hussein , I was born in Draa city in syria , but I live in jordan .
both country are very nice and there are many ancient places that are visited.

Submitted by patipatka34 on Wed, 14/09/2022 - 13:22


I'm from Poland and you know, is it what is it. Poland frequently is confused with Russia and sometimes it is very annoying but I can't blame people, each of us makes mistakes. Poland is a nice place to live, really is! We have a lot of green parks and mountains and maybe people are not the nicest (you know, polish people don't like very much to smile at strangers) but yeah, above all that, Poland is a nice place.

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I was born in Budapest, but Il live in Grenoble. This is a city in the Alps. The mountains are very beautiful, we often take a walk.

Submitted by famousmaz on Tue, 02/08/2022 - 14:19


I am from Pakistan. It is a beautiful place. Many people visit Pakistan.
It is famous for its beautiful valleys, high mountains, rivers, fertile lands, sea and beaches, and brave and amazing people.

Welcome to Pakistan.

Submitted by zo_fia on Thu, 14/07/2022 - 02:50


I'm from Myanmar. It is a beautiful country. There are many interesting places to visit and wonderful pagodas.And the people are so kindly.I really love it.

Submitted by kenza_mahoui on Mon, 20/06/2022 - 22:39


i'am glad to be here
i'am kenza from Algeria , i live in constantine it's a beautiful city
peopel here are very nice

Submitted by Waleed kasem on Tue, 31/05/2022 - 05:58


I was born in Aleppo.
What's it like? It's amazing, but there is war now. It isn't a nice place to live now.

Submitted by GeddiAw on Sun, 29/05/2022 - 12:11


I`m from Somalia, it`s wonderful place to live and it`s interesting clear beach, fresh air without pollution, mostly people friendly and sociable.

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Sat, 28/05/2022 - 12:41


Where are you from? What's it like?
I am from Delhi and currently, I'm in Himachal for the purpose of a job. in Delhi people love to eat ras malai and it is my favorite.