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 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

Submitted by BabyD on Tue, 26/10/2021 - 13:07


Hello every, my name is BabyD, I was born Viet Nam, I live in Buon Ma Thuot City. In my opinion, it is a nice place to live, people here are friendly, traffic is not bad and it has many beautiful spots, too.