Famous (adj) + for
Such as = Like
Opportunities such as this did not come every day
For example = for instance
Popular pets, for example: cats and dogs
Huge /hjuːdʒ/ (adj) = enormous = vast # Tiny
I'm not a huge fan of the movie.
Bustling /ˈbʌslɪŋ/ (adj)
a bustling city
To be honest = honestly
To be honest (= what I really think is), it was one of the worst books I've ever read
Pretty (adv) = quite
How are you doing?
I'm pretty good
Culture (n) - Cultural (adj)
Cooking is a hugely important part of French culture.
A cultural exchange between Japan and France
Living in Phan Thiet suits me because it's really peaceful, quiet and relaxing.
There's always something interesting going on/ happening
There's always something interesting happening in my hometown.
To get to know
The young couple are getting to know each other.
Sense of community
More and more research suggests that we must raise the sense of community to achieve improvements in the quality of life
It's a great/ good place to live
I think Da Lat is a great place to live because I love the cool weather, good food and friendly people there.
There's a 24-hour Mc Donald's/ pharmacy near me
A 24-hour emergency line/hotline
To be surrounded by mountains
My hometown is surrounded by mountains
Mountainous /ˈmaʊntənəs/ (adj)
Da Lat is a beautiful mountainous city.
Neighbor /ˈneɪbər/ (n)
Our next-door neighbors are very noisy
In the neighborhood
Cost of living
Despite the high cost of living, London is a great place to live.
Stressful /ˈstresfl/ (adj)
a stressful job
Stressed /strest/ (adj)
He was feeling very stressed and tired
To struggle /ˈstrʌɡl/
Local workers were still struggling to find employment
To make ends meet = make a living
Many families struggle to make ends meet.
I really love the air quality in my hometown because it's very fresh and clean.
Exhausting /ɪɡˈzɔːstɪŋ/ (adj)
an exhausting day at work
Exhausted /ɪɡˈzɔːstɪd/ (adj)
Issue /ˈɪʃuː/ = a/ an topic/ discussion/ argument/ problem/ matter...
This is a big issue; we need more time to think about it
Particularly /pərˈtɪkjələrli/ (adv) = especially = in particular
I particularly like the color of the walls
Nightlife /ˈnaɪtlaɪf/ (n)
Our hotel was a short walk from the beach and the local nightlife.
A bit (adv) = rather
These trousers/pants are a bit tight.
They were completely cut off from the outside world
He cut himself off from all human contact
To recognize /ˈrekəɡnaɪz/
Do you recognize this tune?
Recognizable # unrecognizable (adj)
He was unrecognizable without his beard.
To compare to (similarities) # To compare with (differences)
an increase of over 11% compared to the same period last year
My own problems seem insignificant compared with other people's
a small, quiet, rural village
Hectic /ˈhektɪk/ (adj)
to lead a hectic life
Run-down /ˈrʌndaʊn/ (adj)
a run-down building
Multicultural /ˌmʌltaɪˈkʌltʃərəl/ (adj)
We live in a multicultural society.
the working/middle/upper class
Social problems/ issues
Employment is one of the biggest social problems in my hometown.
I find it boring/ exciting/ interesting/ fascinating...to Verb
I find it interesting to learn English online now
I quite/ really like living in...
I really like living in a coastal city like Phan Thiet or Nha Trang
I suppose I don't mind living in...
I suppose I don't mind living in the countryside for I love the good air quality here.
There's = there is.../ There isn't...
There's only one cinema in Phan Thiet.
There isn't any theater in my hometown.
There're = there are.../ There aren't...
There are a lot of coffee shops in Phan Thiet.
There aren't many sports centers in my hometown.
Some landmarks in Binh Thuan
Red sand dune
White sand dune
Phu Quy island
Ta Cu mountain
Mr. Dia Rock beach
Co Thach pagoda
Co Thach beach
Duc Thanh school
Van Thuy Tu shrine
Ke Ga lighthouse
Ba waterfall - ecotourism
Da Mi lake
Thanh Minh Tu temple
Hoa Binh park
Dragon fruit farm
Part 1: Introducing your hometown
I live in a/ an
Add more details:
I live in Paris. It's a capital city.
I live in Shanghai. It's a huge city.
I live in a small town. It's called Banbury.
I live in Phan Thiet, which is a small coastal city.
I live in ...., which is a small village by the mountain/ the river/ the lake/ by the sea.
A coastal city
Part 2: Adding background and details
I. What's your hometown famous for?
My hometown is famous for:
1. Local foods (like duck noodle soup, grill squid teeth with satay, seafood bbq & hotpot...)
2. Local specialty/ specialties (such as dragon fruits, fish sauce...)
3. Landmarks/ Top tourist attractions
Local market/ Night market/ Flee market/ Floating market...
Farm (strawberry farm, coffee farm...)
4. Places in the city/town
Movie theater = cinema
Gas station = petrol station
II. Think of some words to describe your hometown?
Adjectives to describe your hometown:
III. How long have you live there?
I have been living there for 10 years
I have been living there since I was born...
I live in Paris, the capital city. It's famous for its landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral or the Louvre. It's also well-known for its food, of course.
I live in Shanghai. It's a huge, bustling, international city. People from all over the world live and work there.
I live in a small town called Banbury. I've been living there for about 5 years, since I finished university. It's a pretty sleepy place, to be honest.
IV. Talking about the Weather:
How's the weather in your hometown?
:( nice/ pleasant/ beautiful/ good/ amazing/ wonderful...
:) bad/ terrible/ unpleasant/ horrible/ gloomy...
And what's the weather like?
How's the sky?
It's blue/ clear/ bright
It's dark/ grey/ cloudy...
What's the temperature?
It's about 30 degree Celsius.
It's from 20 to 25 degree Celsius.
It's 24 or 25 degree Celsius.
It's minus (-) 5 degree Celsius.
V. What activities do you do in your hometown?
Go to the cinema
Explore a museum or gallery
Take a city tour
Play a sport with friends
Go to the hot springs
Go to the park
Go swimming at the beach
Relax at the spa/ beauty salon
Hit the beach
Hit the bar
Enjoy delicious food at a Western/ Japanese/ Korean/ Italian/ Thai restaurant
Host a pool party
Go to the gym/ yoga class
Book a Jeep tour to explore Mui Ne
Go hiking to Ta Cu mountain
Buy some foods or souvenirs at the local market
Try some street foods at night
Go to KTV and sing with friends/ family
Go sand surfing/ sledding at sand dunes
Ride an ATV/ quad bike at White sand dune
Buy some sea foods at Mui Ne fishing village
Throw a bbq party with friends
Learn how to cook Vietnamese dishes like Pho or Banh Xeo at some cooking classes
Learn how to go kitesurfing/ windsurfing in Mui Ne
Visit fish sauce museum/ factories and explore how local people make fish sauce
Visit a dragon fruit farm
Take a tour in Mui Ne to visit the top attractions
VI. Transportation in your hometown
Public transportation like bus
Bikes/ Electric bikes
VII. People in your hometown
Nasty # Nice
Tidy # Untidy
VIII. Jobs/ Work in your hometown
Real estate agent
Part 3: What you like about your hometown
I love living in Paris, it has such a rich culture and there's always something interesting going on.
Shanghai is a great place to live. It's a real 24-hour city and you can meet people from all over the world.
Living in Banbury suits me. It's a quiet place and it's small enough that you can get to know your neighbors and have a sense of community.
Part 4: Say what you dislike about your hometown
Cost of living
Paris is great, but the cost of living is really high. That can be quite stressful because you're always thinking about money and how to make ends meet.
Shanghai is an exciting place, but it's really crowded and it can be exhausting to live there. Air quality can be an issue, particularly in Summer.
Banbury's nice, but sometimes I find it a bit boring. There's not much nightlife and sometimes it feels a bit cut off from the wider world.
Part 5: Describe how your hometown has changed over time
___ has changed a lot in the last 20 years.
-> It's much more ___ than it used to be
-> The city has ___ so much
-> The ___ is a bit different nowadays.
___ is almost unrecognizable compared to twenty or thirty years ago.
___ hasn't changed much as a place in the last twenty years.
Paris has changed a lot in the last twenty years. It's much more international and much more expensive than it used to be. However, the soul of the city is still there. Paris will always be Paris.
Shanghai is almost unrecognizable compared to twenty or thirty years ago. The city has expanded so much, both physically and economically. It's amazing when you see the old photos of the city; things are so different now.
Banbury hasn't changed much as a place in the last twenty years, but the mix of people is a bit different nowadays. The population used to be older and mostly English, whereas there are more young people living here, including many people from other parts of Europe.
Practice questions about describing your hometown: