Everyday English – How to talk about your home town

Are you ever in a situation where you want to say something in English but you don’t have the right words and phrases? My ‘How to’ lessons will help you to become more confident speaking in different real-life situations. Follow my instructions and practise the phrases, then see if you feel more confident! Today’s lesson focuses on how to talk about your home town.

There are some questions that people will always ask you when you first meet. One of the most common is ‘Where are you from?’. It’s a safe, fairly impersonal question so it’s a good way to start a conversation and to lead to other conversations. Therefore my tip is memorise some phrases to talk about your home town.

I’m going to show you the type of phrases I would use to talk about where I’m from and then you can try to apply this to your own city or town. There are three simple things you can describe: Location, landmarks, things to do. 

1) Location – Whereabouts*?
I’m from Portsmouth, which is a city on the south coast of England. It’s an island actually and I live two minutes walk from the beach.

2) Landmarks & Highlights
Portsmouth is known for its naval base and historic dockyard. You might have heard of the spinnaker tower. It’s an observation tower where you can see the whole of Portsmouth. The view is amazing!

3) Things to do
It’s great for kids because it has lots of parks and space but there’s not much to do for teenagers.
It’s great for couples and friends because there are lots of restaurants and night clubs but there’s not much to do in the winter.

Look at my underlined phrases in each section. You can use these phrases and apply them to your own town or city, just change the other information. Try writing your own sentences using my template below:

“I’m from _______________ which is _______________. I live _______________.
_______________ is known for _______________ You might have heard of _______________. The _______________ is amazing!
It’s great for _______________ because it has _______________ but there’s not much to do _______________.”

How was that? See if you can do it again without looking at my template.
Now try to memorise it and, when you are ready, try saying it to a mirror or record yourself on your mobile phone. Does it sound natural? Don’t forget to vary your tone and use some body language 🙂 As your English improves, you can add more information and more complicated structures.

So, next time somebody asks you where you are from, try to remember your sentences and then ask them about their home town and keep that conversation going!!

* Whereabouts is commonly used to ask for a more precise location, e.g. “I live in Portsmouth.” “Oh really. Whereabouts?” “Near the dockyard.”

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

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