244 Life in England

Sarah talks about life back in her home country of England.


Todd: OK, hello!

Sarah: Hello!

Todd: Hi, what's your name?

Sarah: My name is Sarah.

Todd: OK, and Sarah where are you from?

Sarah: I'm from the north of England, Newcastle.

Todd: OK, so Newcastle, how far is that from London?

Sarah: Um, it's about 300 miles.

Todd: Uh-huh, do you go to London a lot or have you been to London before?

Sarah: I live in London. I've lived in London for the past seven years.

Todd: Oh, really?

Sarah: Almost seven years, yeah.

Todd: OK. Which do you prefer, London or Newcastle?

Sarah: Um, like them both. I prefer Newcastle because it's smaller, so it's easier to get around and it's also cheaper. London is very expensive.

Todd: So all your family is in Newcastle?

Sarah: Um, pretty much yeah.

Todd: So are they always trying to get you to go back and move back to Newcastle?

Sarah: Ah, no, no, because most of the jobs are in the south, anyway for younger people so it's quite difficult to get a job in the north in teaching.

Todd: OK. Um, what do you like about London?

Sarah: Ah, it's a very busy place, there's lots of things going on all the time. There's also lots of things I don't like about London, but all my friends live there lots of job opportunities.

Todd: OK, what were you doing before you came to Japan in London?

Sarah: Ah, I was in Austria for a year. I was teaching in Austria, and then I was in London teaching, in London for a few years.

Todd: What were you teaching in London?

Sarah: I was teaching primary school. I was a primary school teacher.

Todd: Kids!

Sarah: Yeah.

Todd: So what's it like teaching kids?

Sarah: Um, tiring. Very tiring. I prefer teaching adults. That's my preference. I've mainly taught adults in TEFL, but in the state system in England it's only been children. It's fun. It's just very tiring.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

get around

It's easier to get around in Newcastle, because it's smaller.

To 'get around' means to transport yourself the places you want to go. Notice the following:

  1. You can get around a lot faster on a bicycle.
  2. It's very easy to get around by bus in the city.

job opportunities

There are lots of job opportunities in London.

'Job opportunities' are jobs that are available. Notice the following:

  1. Do you have any job opportunities at the moment.
  2. There are a lot of job opportunities for graphic designers in this area.

primary school

I was a primary school teacher.

'Primary school' is the first school that you go to, usually from the time you are 5 until 11 years old.  Notice the following:

  1. Did you go to primary to school near here?
  2. I remember that primary school was a lot of fun.


Teaching children is just very tiring.

If something is 'tiring' it is a lot of work and makes you feel tired.  Things can be both mentally or physically tiring. Notice the following:

  1. Working in a restaurant is very tiring work.
  2. For me, traveling is really tiring.


My preference is teaching adults.

Your 'preference' is what you like the best or prefer to do. Notice the following:

  1. His preference is to walk everywhere that he can.
  2. It is my preference not to work on the weekend.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
get around • opportunities • primary
tiring • preference
  1. His job is very and he never has much energy when he gets home.
  2. I still have a lot of art projects that I did in school.
  3. Do you have a between chocolate and vanilla ice cream?
  4. I usually by walking when I travel because you can see more of the city.
  5. We always have a lot of job for clerical work.