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Where Are You From? – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on May 13, 2015 , No comments

Where are you from? What is your country like? Listen to two people talking about where they are from in this free Oxford Online English listening lesson. This lesson is suitable for beginners.

Listen to the dialogue at normal speed here:

or listen to a slower version here:

Woman: Hello!
Man: Hi!
Woman: Your name’s Marat, aren’t1 it?
Man: Yes, that’s right.
Woman: Where are you from, Marat?
Man: I’m from Albania
Woman: Albania? Where’s this?
Man: It’s in southern Europe, near Greece
Woman: Oh, really? I didn’t meet anyone from Albania before
Man: Well, it’s a small country!
Woman: So, what’s it like? Do it have beautiful beaches?
Man: Yes, it does. It has a lovely coast.
Woman: How about the food?
Man: The food is good. It’s a bit like Greek food, a bit like Turkish food, but it has its own style.
Woman: How interesting! I like to go there some day.
Man: You should! If I’m there, I’ll take you to the best places.
Woman: That sounds nice!

1Note that there are five grammatical mistakes in the recording, shown here in red. See exercise 3.

Where Are You From? – exercise 1
Listening comprehension: true or false

Listen to the conversation and decide if the statements are true or false.

Where Are You From? – exercise 2
Vocabulary: adjectives to describe places

Can you identify five adjectives that describe places? They are all used in the dialogue.

Listen again and write one word in each gap. Click ‘Hint’ for some help, if you need to.

Where Are You From? – exercise 3
Grammar: correct the mistakes

Listen to five sentences from the conversation again. There is a grammatical mistake in each one.

Write one word in each gap so that the sentence is grammatically correct. You should not write the words that the woman says!

Click ‘Hint’ for a clue about the sort of word you need to write.

Where Are You From? – exercise 4
Listening skill: understanding elision

When we put words together in sentences, the sounds at the beginning and ends of words can change. One common example is called elision.

Elision happens when a word ends with a /t/ sound and the next word starts with a consonant. In this situation, it’s very common for the /t/ to disappear or become a lot weaker. It also happens when we add ‘s’ to a word that ends with /t/. It doesn’t usually happen when the next word starts with a vowel, but it can occur in really fast speech.

Listen again to some sentences from the dialogue and identify the word missing from each gap.

Oli RedmanWhere Are You From? – Listening Lesson