Views #305 | Intermediate 4


Eli talks about her country.

Todd: So, Eli, can you talk a little about England and maybe about it's climate and it's weather, it's leaders, what people eat?

Eli: Well, I'm not going to talk about leaders right now because that's a bit of a sore point but England weather, hmm, that is a bit of a sore point to. It's not the greatest weather in the world, especially compared to Japan where I am now, which the weather I just love. England is always cold, almost always cold even through the summer it's quite cold I hear. This summer it's been sort of jacket weather all summer with only a few days of sunshine and it rains a lot, so it's pretty miserable as far as weather's concerned.

Todd: Now, you're from Bristol right. What's your hometown like?

Eli: Bristol's a great town. I used to live in London which is the capital of England and it's very gray and big and unfriendly but when I moved to Bristol it was just great. It is a city but it's a very small city so you can always bump into your friends, um, always meet people. It's got big green areas. It's got a place called the downs which is a big park, and it's the architecture of the city is very old. It's very near Bath, which is a very famous old Roman town, where the Roman baths were, so all the sort of architecture of the city
the houses, all of it's very pretty.

Todd: OK. What are the Downs like? You said the downs. Is that a park?

Eli: The downs. It's, it's a big area of green basically. It's not a park as in lots of trees and trees and sort of shrubbery and stuff. It's just a big wide spread of greenery where you can play football. I mean there's
football matches sort of every week. You can go fly your kites. You can take your kids there. And that joins on to the Avon-gorge, which is where the Bristol suspension bridge is, which is very famous as being I think the first ever suspension bridge built, and from standing on the bridge and looking out into the gorge, I mean you'd think you're in the middle of the mountains, not in the middle of the city. It's a really pretty area.

Todd: Sounds like a nice place.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

sore point

That's a bit of a sore point.

The phrase 'sore point' is used to describe a topic that might be uncomfortable or sensitive to discuss.

Notice the following:

  1. The lack of money was a sore point for him.
  2. I don't think I want to date him any more, but that is a sore point.


It's pretty miserable as far as weather's concerned.

'Miserable' means sad or depressing. It is not nice or comfortable.

Notice the following:

  1. When my dog died I felt very miserable.
  2. When the sun doesn't shine it makes me feel miserable.


It's very gray and big and unfriendly.

'Gray' is a color that is often used to describe uninspiring and dull things. It is the combination of black and white. Rain clouds are usually gray.

Notice the following:

  1. He was a very boring man and looked a little gray most of the time.
  2. Cities are so gray. I prefer the countryside.

bump into

It's a very small city so you can always bump into your friends.

When you 'bump into' someone it means that you see somebody that you know unexpectedly.

Notice the following:

  1. I bumped into Mary last week. She was looking well.
  2. I think I will go on Friday, I might bump into you there.


It's not a park as in lots of trees and sort of shrubbery.

'Shrubbery' is a collection of bushes and plants in a concentrated area.

Notice the following:

  1. I am redesigning my garden, I would like more shrubbery.
  2. Prune your plants to make sure that the shrubbery does not become overgrown.


Answer the following questions about the interview.


Vocabulary Quiz
sore point • miserable • gray
bump • shrubbery
  1. I have no energy on days. I need sun to be happy.
  2. It is strange to into someone I know when I am this far away from home.
  3. His shortness has always been a for him.
  4. We put along the edge of the property for more privacy.
  5. He was really for about three months after they broke up.