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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I 've never been to Kotli Azad Kashmir Pakistan, but it sound like a nice place to like. My hometown too. I was born in countryside in VietNam. It's a peaceful place , there are a green river, many kind of flowers, and the air condition is perfect .

Submitted by MineAdam on Sat, 07/01/2023 - 11:35


Thank you indeed for free learning page.
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i am from india and it is really beautiful country and there are so many intrasting place to visit. the people are really nice and food is really good

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Submitted by katiavel on Wed, 21/12/2022 - 03:24


Im from Brazil. I live in São Luis. It's a lovely place, the wheather is hot all the time and we have friendly people and beautiful beaches.

Submitted by mariana_3291 on Fri, 28/10/2022 - 02:42


I from Colombia. When we think about biodiversity, this place is a highlighted place.
Part of Amazonas is there.
The people is very friendly. If you need help, they always will help you.
And the most important, the food is very very delicious

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

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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.