Views #24 | Intermediate 5


David explains why no one calls him David and how he got his nickname.

Todd: Hello?

David: Hello, Seattle!

Todd: Hello, Seattle. OK. Well, how about could you introduce yourself to the listener?

David: Oh, hi! I'm David. I'm from Tennessee. The home of Jack Daniel's whiskey and Elvis Presley.

Todd: Do you like Elvis?

David: He's OK.

Todd: Yeah? Cool!

David: Never met the guy, but..

Todd: Your name is David

David: Yes, that is correct.

Todd: But what does everyone call you here?

David: Tennessee

Todd: OK. Why does everyone call you Tennessee?

David: Two reasons. One, I'm from Tennessee, the most obvious reason and the third is because usually there is two to three. One time there was four Davids here.

Todd: Oh, I see.

David: And to keep us from getting confused they just started calling me Tennessee.

Todd: Oh, nice. Great. Well it was nice to meet you, David.

David: Nice to meet you too, Todd.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

home of

I'm from Tennessee, the home of Jack Daniel's whiskey and Elvis Presley.

If you are talking about the 'home of' something or someone you are referring to where it was first made or born.  We usually use this phrase only to talk about famous people or products.  Notice the following:

  1. Where is the home of jazz music?
  2. Did you visit the home of Bob Dylan?

most obvious

The most obvious reason is that I'm from Tennessee.

If a reason is the 'most obvious' it is the easiest to see or recognize.  Notice the following:

  1. That is the most obvious decision ever.
  2. This is the most obvious solution to the problem.

I see

Now, I see why they gave you that name.

We can use the phrase 'I see' to show that we understand why something was done.  Notice the following:

  1. I don't think I see where you're coming from.
  2. I see why she likes him.

get confused

Because there were four Davids here, we were getting confused.

If you 'get confused' it means that it is difficult to keep things in order in your head or you don't exactly understand something.  Notice the following:

  1. She always gets confused without a GPS.
  2. Do you get confused when you try to construct things?

keep from

So, to keep us all from getting confused, they just called me Tennessee.

If you 'keep someone from doing something' you prevent them from doing this action or activity.  Notice the following:

  1. How do you keep from falling asleep in class?
  2. To keep myself from eating chips I don't buy them.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
home of • most obvious • I see
get confused • keep from
  1. why you want to travel to Italy.
  2. How do you getting wrinkles?
  3. Make sure to visit the Einstein while you're there.
  4. Sometimes the answer is not the best one.
  5. Do you easily?