Lesson 4: Your Hometown

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Your Hometown. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about her hometown.

Kevin: Dorothy, where is your hometown?
Dorothy: I am from Los Angeles, but I live in San Francisco now. Have you been to LA?
Kevin: Of course. Why did you move from LA to SF?
Dorothy: I moved because I got a job in SF.
Kevin: I see. What is your hometown like?
Dorothy: It is in the suburbs just outside of LA. It’s a small town but it is famous for its beach.
Kevin: That sounds very nice!
Dorothy: Let me know when you visit LA. You can stay at my place.
Kevin: Thanks! That’s very kind of you.
Dorothy: There isn’t much to show you around, but it will be fun to hang out with you in a different city!

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition Example
hometown the town where you grew up I was born on the west coast, but Detroit is my hometown.
be from ~ to name one’s hometown or country Kevin is from New York. 
have been to (city) visited (=a way to form the perfect tense of verbs) I have been to Rome, and it was very beautiful.
move from A to B to go to a different place to live I moved from Chicago to LA last year.
suburb a town or other area where people live in houses near a larger city I grew up in a suburb of New York.
be famous for ~ well-known for San Francisco is famous for the Golden Gate Bridge. 
someone’s place someone’s home I went to my parents’ place this weekend. 
that’s very kind of you I didn’t expect a farewell party; that’s very kind of you to organize the event!
show someone around give someone a quick tour of a place Dorothy showed me around the office.
hang out with someone spend time with someone Come hang out with my friends on Saturday!

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Where are you from?
    1. I am from San Francisco.
    2. My hometown is about a 30-minute drive from the city of Chicago.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  2. Where do you live now?
    1. I live in San Francisco.
    2. I live in Orange County, a suburb of LA.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  3. Why did you move? 
    1. I moved to SF because I got a new job here.
    2. I have stayed in the same town for my entire life.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  4. Describe your hometown.
    1. My hometown is a small town outside of Paris.
    2. Tokyo is a big city with many people. It is very metropolitan.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  5. What is it famous for?
    1. New York is well-known for Statue of Liberty, among many other things.
    2. Shanghai is famous for Oriental Pearl and the Bund.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you visit your  hometown  often?
  2. Do you live in the same place where you were born?
  3. Is your hometown a good place to live and work?
  4. What do you like about your hometown the most?
  5. Which places would you recommend for someone who’s visiting your hometown?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

 

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