Are you a city or country person?

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Jonathan: Looking at this nice view behind me you'll probably guess that I'm a city person, and you would be right. I was born in a city and I've lived most of my life in a city, I live in a city now, so it's what I know. But having said that, I think I am kind of curious about living in the countryside. I've never done it, but especially when I get stressed or tired of traffic and pollution and crowded places and stuff like that, I often wonder what it would be like to live in the countryside. Yeah, I'm kind of curious.

Jo B: I've lived in cities before, but now I live in the country and I think I'm more of a country person. I like to see lots of sky, I like to be able to have a view of lots of sky. That's what I missed when I was living in the city. And I love the fact I can hang my washing up right, right here, and it just dries in the breeze and in the sunshine.

Jo G: Errr, I'm a city person, definitely. I like the activity, people walking past, beautiful buildings. I like to watch the world go by.

Joanne: So I think I'm more of a countryside person, really. When I was younger, I used to prefer the city, but now I've been living in the countryside about ten years, and I love the peace and quiet here.

Kirk: I usually think of myself as a country person because I like going to the country, I grew up in the country in a small town in a rural place.

Jonathan: So, I think I am a city person but maybe want to be a countryside person.

Kirk: I'd say I'm either a peri-urban person or a country person at heart.

City or country living: which is right for you? In this video, members of the LearnEnglish team tell us whether they prefer living in the city or the country, and why. 

There are many differences between city and country life, but what's good for one person might not be so important for another. What's more, we don't always have a choice about where we live, and what's good for you today might not be what you need tomorrow. What do you think?

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Submitted by Anny Lavínia N… on Wed, 26/04/2023 - 19:13


I'm lavinia , i'm from brazil and i'm a city person but i love the countryside because it's a peaceful place

Submitted by JaniKe on Tue, 25/04/2023 - 14:54


Hi, I live in Pilsen, Czech, but I am as volunter in Croatia now. Pilsen is city I love it, but now I am in countryside and I love it too :)
Have a nice day.

Submitted by LeonardoF on Sun, 23/04/2023 - 22:46


Hi Iam Leonardo
Iam from Brazilian.
I live in a city called Montes Claros.
Iam student English letters and my hobby is urban photography.

Submitted by pablinho09 on Sat, 22/04/2023 - 20:03


Hey guys. I'm from a city in the interior of Minas Gerais, but I'm an urban person. I like the urban and living in the city.

Submitted by Cayca09 on Thu, 20/04/2023 - 19:58


I am from Cartagena-Colombia, but I live in Cadiz-Spain to 14 years ago, I´m a city person, because I like the life of the city, I like the seaside walk by teh boardwalk everyday and watch the sunsets, It is amazing.

Submitted by toanphuc on Mon, 17/04/2023 - 17:22


Hi I’m a city person I live in Ho Chi Minh city since I was born but as soon as possible I like going to countryside or seaside because I love nature, especicaly, I really like countryside!

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Submitted by alessandraluciani on Sun, 16/04/2023 - 10:51


Hi I’m a city person I live in Rome since I was born but as soon as possible I like going to countryside or seaside because I love nature

Submitted by rodrigoalkmim on Sat, 15/04/2023 - 21:52


Hi guys,

I'm Rodrigo, I live in Brazil in a medium sized city called Montes Claros.

I consider myself a city person, I like having the opportunity to choose new places to go and have fun, in addition to the amenities and a certain ease to grow in my career.

But if I could choose, I would choose a big city that has an extensive green area nearby, with mountains, trees and the beach. That once in a while I could go to relax and slow down from the pace of the city.

Submitted by Andre12luiz on Sat, 15/04/2023 - 21:02


Hi my name is André i’m city person because i grew up in a city and i like to live with my Family, with my friends and i prefer to stay here playing vedeo games,going to the gym and I've been studying here since I started school and I think that the city has more opportunities than the country

Submitted by lilesfonseca on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 21:33


HI guys!
I'm Lisandra from Montes Claros - BR and I think I'm a little bit of both. I love the quiet of countryside but I also love the craziness, all the lights and noises from big cities. Rio de Janeiro is my favorite place in the world (right after my hometown) but I don't think I would live there permanently.

Submitted by cecilia.soares on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 03:05


I'm Maria Cecília, I'm from Brazil. I've always been a city person, but I've always liked the countryside, the calm and peace I feel when I'm in contact with nature is wonderful. I intend, in the future, to have the experience of living in the countryside.

Submitted by aldaeliene on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 02:48


Hey guys!
I'm from the city, but I lived in the countryside for many years.
I came to the city to study and work.
My parents are from the countryside, and whenever I can I go visit them.

Submitted by Bell Veloso on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 01:52


Hello everyone, I'm from Brazil and I'm a city person but always with a little bit of my heart in the countryside, the city brings me routine and personal and professional growth but the countryside and nature recharge me from all the rush of routine in the city.

Submitted by biancamartins2002 on Wed, 12/04/2023 - 00:11


i'm a city person because I have more facility in living here in my small town but i like the country side to relax in the weekends.

Submitted by michaelduraes on Tue, 11/04/2023 - 16:44


I'm a city person, because I'm used to the routine and hectic daily life of the city. And also the fact that I've never spent enough time in the field to say I've had a comparable experience.

Submitted by giuliacandido on Tue, 11/04/2023 - 14:50


Hi guys!
I'm Giulia from Brazil, and I'm a city person, but I used to be a country person when I was little. I really love the both experiences, but in my heart I'll always be a country person, having contact with nature and living free like a bird.

Submitted by mariaoli on Tue, 11/04/2023 - 14:41


Hi guys,
I definitely a city person, because I love the restaurants, pubs, and differents places to know and these are a lot of opportunity.

Submitted by estefane._. on Mon, 10/04/2023 - 12:52


Hey, guys
I'm definitely a city person. I really like the big buildings around the city. But I also like the calm that the countryside allows us to have.

Submitted by mavi21 on Mon, 10/04/2023 - 11:23


Hi, my name is maria victoria and I'm from Brasil. I am a city person because there are many options for entertainment, like pubs, museums, concerts,many restaurants, more job and study oportunities. Big cities look beautiful at night, all it up.

Submitted by jull3a on Mon, 10/04/2023 - 00:35


Hello everybody! I'm from Brazil, I've always lived in the city, I've never lived in the countryside. I like the hectic style of the big city and the way there's always something new to do. it never gets boring. (I apologize for the English, I'm using a translation app!)

Submitted by alicewonder on Sun, 09/04/2023 - 09:05


I think I am a city person. I grew up in small town and I really like it, because of silence and calmness. My house is near to forest so I could hear the sound of birds and just breath that amazing fresh air. So I really like my small town, but now I prefer big city. There are more possibilities in the city, you can get better job, you can join different clubs and community, you can grow like a person and like a professional. Sometimes you don't have this opportunity in a town.

Submitted by Flavia Andrade on Sun, 09/04/2023 - 04:52


Hello everyone, I'm from a small city in Minas Gerais, so I think that I'm a country person, i really like of a calm, and security of small villas, I like the appearance of contructions, colors, flowers, nature, I really guess that this can be produce an interior peace in people. But it not means that i don't like of big citties. I like São Paulo, becouse it's one of the biggest citties, you can do a lot of things in a day, places to know, different restaurants and foods, and a bigger diversity of people, and cultures in one place. Thinking
now, I'm a mix, I really like country and city!

Submitted by vitoriasaraiva on Sat, 08/04/2023 - 04:18


Hi, I'm from Montes Claros- MG in Brazil, I think I am more of a city person, but sometimes when there is to much chaos in the city I like being close to nature so usually I go to the countryside where I can enjoy fresh air and silence.

Submitted by Ana Clara on Fri, 07/04/2023 - 03:14


Hello guys! I am from Brazil and i live in Montes Claros-MG . So, i think i am more of a city person. I was born in the city and i live in a city now. I love visiting different places, i like to see the movement of people, the beautiful constructions... but i am very curious to know the peaceful and calm life of the countryside.

Submitted by abode1979 on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 22:18


H,I like small city I think it is more comfortable than big city. The people live in small city usually be friendly.Also i think in small city the everything cheaper than big city like rentals or shops e.g .

Submitted by Ana Clara on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 22:03


Hello guys! I am from Brazil and i live in Montes Claros-MG . So, i think i am more of a city person. I was born in the city and i live in a city now. I love visiting different places, i like to see the movement of people, the beautiful constructions... but i am very curious to know the peaceful and calm life of the countryside.

Submitted by sam_ffs on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 04:35


I think I'm a city person.

Submitted by sam_ffs on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 03:58


Hii! I think I'm a city person because I like to see beautiful buildings and visit different places with my friends and my family. But sometimes I'm afraid of the violence in the big cities and miss so much the calm and security town that I used to live.

Submitted by Julye on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 02:49


Hi Im from Brasil and I like the countryside because I like being close to nature. I like the tranquility of the countryside. To avoid the hustle and bustle of city life, everything is calmer in the countryside.

Submitted by Virginia44 on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 01:30


Hi, guys!
I think I'm more a city person, because in the cities there are more opportunities of being close to art, science and culture productions, but I don't like much the rush of the big cities.

Submitted by Quesia on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 01:27


I believe I am more of a country person, because I personally like the quiet, the smell of fresh air, the smell of grass. When is dark outside we can see the stars and the moon more clearly than we would if we were in the City.

Submitted by fakerosies on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 01:19


i am a city person, i love the chaotic air, movement and lots of people together

Submitted by raquel2004 on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 00:41


Hello! My name is Raquel, I have been living in Montes Claros - MG since I was born, so I never lived in the countryside but I really curious about it. I consider myself a city person but I also not a fan of living in big city’s like New York and a lot of those capitals, I’m happy whit a median city, but I also like going on the countryside to relax. However my dream is to live in the beach.

Submitted by nathaliaduraes on Thu, 06/04/2023 - 00:40


I am a person of the city, despite living in a small town in the interior of the state of Minas Gerais, I used to visit my grandmother in the capital and spent a few days at her house so I like big cities. However, I like to be in contact with nature from time to time, so at these times I like to be in the countryside too.

Submitted by MirnaS on Mon, 03/04/2023 - 10:02


I used to live in the countryside. I was born and raised up in a small village. But I moved to the city at the age of seventeen. So I have been living in the city for around sixteen years. When I was a child, I wondered about living in the city. After having experienced living in the city, I prefer going back to the countryside, which is a calm, sedate, fresh place. Living in the city sometimes makes me feel stressed due to the crowded people, traffic jams, pollution, and hurly-burly city of life. Honestly, I love nature places having green trees, farmlands, rivers, mountains, and beautiful landscapes of villages.

I grew up in the city of Lagos, here in Nigeria. My primary and secondary education was done in the city but I have never liked it here because of the noise and pollution. I am a calm person and enjoy peace and quiet. I enjoy the country side for its vegetations and serenity.

Submitted by debapriyachakraborty on Fri, 31/03/2023 - 03:41


I like country side because I like being close to nature. I enjoy the serenity of country side. To avoid the hustle and bustle of city life I often visit my village. I enjoy gardening, spending time with birds which can only be rejoiced in the country side.

Submitted by Alecastellano on Tue, 28/03/2023 - 22:20


I'm definitely an urban person. I was brought up in Seville, which is a beautiful city (I know it's not so kind telling this), because it's so monumental and cultural place, but its streets also have a traditional soul.
However I love the countryside! Everytime I want to escape I figure out myself doing nothing but watching endless fields

Hi Alecastellano 😊
I've never been to Seville but would love to go there. What time of year would you suggest is the best time to go? And what would you recommend that I try and see when I'm there?
I've been very fortunate and have lived in London and in a very rural area in Italy, and am now living by the seaside! I love them all! I'm really enjoying being by the coast and it is also very accessible to a lively and busy seaside town as well as a short bus ride away to some beautiful walks in the hills.
The only annoying thing is the noise from the seagulls!
Below I've shared a recent photo that I took along the seafront.

~ Tinaツ
LearnEnglish team

Hi Tina,
Beautiful photo of the seafront. Thanks for sharing it.
Having lived in different places, do you prefer the seaside, the countryside or the city?

Submitted by beauty_Yin on Thu, 23/03/2023 - 08:55


I'm a country person. I like the countryside because it has a natural fresh air, magnificent sunset, and wonderful mountains which difficult to get to see in the busy city life. Actually, I was born and spend most of my childhood in the countryside but now I'm staying in the city which I don't like very much. But no choice because of my work and I needed to stay here. But I always try to get a country vibe by hiking near the town once a month and running near the lake or in the park. I work hard and try to save money so that when I old, I hope to move to the countryside doing nothing but harvesting the plants and having some cattle.

Hi beauty_Yin 😊

What an amazing photo with all the layers of colours. Would you mind if I asked where it is?
I now live by the seaside and am able to walk daily along the seashore. It gives you such a wonderful feeling. And the sunsets and sunrises are incredible.

It's great that you are able to hike and do some running around the lake or at your nearby park. I do hope your wish comes true and you get to return and live in the countryside again.

~ Tinaッ
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by WinMyint Phyo on Thu, 23/03/2023 - 08:54


I am a city person from developing country and my city looks like a country side and as for me I am very pleased for my native the reason are I can keep in touch with natural beauty of my environment, my city has hills, sea, rivers and many beautiful things. What's more, I can fully access to health and education. That why, no matter how poor my country is, it can give me pleasure a lot.