854 Island Home


Ivan talks about his favorite island in his home country of Indonesia and a special friend.

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Todd: So, Ivan, can I ask you about Indonesia?

Ivan: Yes, sure.

Todd: Now, Indonesia has many islands.

Ivan: Yes.

Todd: So, what island is your favorite in Indonesia?

Ivan: Well, I think maybe most Indonesians will say that it’s Bali, but as for myself I think that, yeah I think the most favorite one is the island where I was born, Bangka Island because, I don’t know, it’s just that it is a nice feeling if you’ve been to the place where you were born and then you just get the feeling that… you, I mean like, you get to know the real you.

Todd: Right.

Ivan: Yeah, and that’s the most important thing that I have. And recently I went there after, like, 15 years and then, really, I felt that kind of thing. I felt that this is my roots of myself and even though I stayed in Jakarta for the past 12 years or so but really being there is really my home.

Todd: Ah, you went home for the first time in 15 years?

Ivan: Yes, that’s true. The last time I went there was like, well it’s not 15 years, but actually the last time I went there’s like in ’95 so it’s like 12 years.

Todd: That’s a long time ago.

Ivan: Yeah, it’s a really long time ago. But you know what, I have a driver over there and then when I went there in the last holiday I came to see him. And it’s just so nice to see… well, he’s getting older of course, he’s really old like 70 years or so but he still remembers me and how do I behave when I was a child and all. Like, I was hard to eat something and he had to take me around to make me finish my food. He still remembers the small things and it’s really giving me, like, a recall to my past and get to know who I am, who I was when I was small, so...

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as for myself

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As for myself, it's where I was born.

We use the phrase 'as for myself' to express an opinion.  Notice the following:

  1. As for myself, I don't like the idea.
  2. French food is famous, but as for myself, I prefer Thai.

the real you

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You get to know the real you.

The 'real you' is how we act when we are not trying to impress other people. It's just being yourself.  Notice the following:

  1. Show me the real you.
  2. I can't be the real me at work.

my roots

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These are my roots.

We use the word 'roots' to talk about a connection we feel with a place because we were born there.  Notice the following:

  1. I've got small town roots.
  2. He's American, but his cultural roots are Chinese.

in '95

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The last time I went was in '95.

'In '95' is simply a short way to talk about the year 1995.  Notice the following:

  1. I was born in '91.
  2. They played here in 2008 and '10.

the small things

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He still remembers the small things.

The phrase 'small things' can mean details or things that don't seem important.  Notice the following:

  1. It's sometimes the small things that are important.
  2. Don't worry about the small things.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
as for myself • real you • his roots
in '95 • small things
  1. He tried to change, but in the end he came back to .
  2. Let everyone see the because you are pretty great.
  3. She is good at remembering the about everybody.
  4. This song was produced .
  5. , I don't really understand why everyone likes him so much.