Views #51 | Low-Intermediate 4

Home away from Home

Kerys talks about where she is from and all the places she has lived.

Kerys: OK. Let's go. Take two!

Todd: OK. Hello!

Kerys: Hi!

Todd: Hi! What's your name?

Kerys: Kerys.

Todd: Kerys, what's your last name?

Kerys: Williams.

Todd: Williams. OK. And how do you spell Kerys?

Kerys: K-E-R-Y-S.

Todd: Oh, OK! Oh..that's quite unique. And where are you from?

Kerys: I'm from Manchester in the North of England.

Todd: OK. What is Manchester like?

Kerys: It's quite boring, quite gray, quite rainy, not a lot of things for, to do, not a lot of things to do.

Todd: OK. And how long have you lived in Manchester?

Kerys: I don't live there.

Todd: Oh, OK. So not anymore, OK. I'm sorry!

Kerys: No. Not anymore.

Todd: OK. Um..what other places have you lived?

Kerys: I've lived in Thailand, I've lived in Spain, and France, and I now live in Japan.

Todd: OK. What's your favorite country so far?

Kerys: I love Thailand.

Todd: Yeah, Thailand's great.

Kerys: Yep!

Todd: What did you like about Thailand?

Kerys: I love the fact that people smile all the time.

Todd: That's true. The land of smiles.

Kerys: Yep.

Todd: Alright. Thanks Kerys.

Kerys: No worries.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

take two

Let's go. Take two!

The phrase 'take two' basically means to try again.  This comes from phrases used by directors making movies.  Every time there is a mistake they have to try the scene again it is a 'take.'   Notice the following:

  1. We will do take two, take three and take four if we have to.
  2. Let's try take two.

last name

What's your last name, Kerys?

Your 'last name' is your family name given to you by your parents.  In some countries, people have two last names, one from their mother's side and one from their father's side.  Notice the following:

  1. Is your last name spelled correctly?
  2. Did she change her last name after she got married?


Manchester is boring, gray and rainy.

'Gray' is a color which is a combination of white and black.  It can be like silver, or like a very light black.  Notice the following:

  1. The sky has been gray all week.
  2. Gray is my favorite color.

not anymore

I don't live there, not anymore.

We use the phrase 'not anymore' when something used to be true in the past but it isn't now.  Notice the following:

  1. We aren't together now, not anymore.
  2. I don't work there anymore.

land of smiles

Thailand is the land of smiles, because people smile all the time.

This is a phrase is used to describe Thailand.  It means the country where everyone smiles.  Notice the following:

  1. I really felt like Cambodia was the land of smiles.
  2. Is your country like the land of smiles?


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
take two • last name • gray
not anymore • land of smiles
  1. I felt like I was in the .
  2. This is .  I want more emotion.
  3. That shirt looks really good on you.
  4. I don't think he ever told me his .
  5. I don't have that phone number now, .