Mixer #44 | Intermediate B1

What is your best city?

Six people give their opinion about what city is the best city in their country.

Simon, Canada
speakerWhat's the best city in my country? My country is Canada, so I'd have to say my hometown, Vancouver, although previously I said that it's overrated to some of my friends, it's still a good size city, not too big, not too small. It's quite beautiful. It's got mountains. It has trees and it's got city life.

Ruth, England
speakerThe best city in my country? Well, actually, I really like London and I really like that fact that it's so cosmopolitan and I think it's amazing for shopping. One bad thing though about London is the cost of everything, so in terms of cost, I prefer Leeds because that is also very good for shopping, but it's cheaper and also I like Leeds because I have family and friends there so I have many good memories of my time in Leeds.

Tres, The United States
speakerI don't think I've been to enough American cities really to answer that question. I've enjoyed New York City. I went this year for, or last year for New Year's and had a wonderful time, but it is dirty, so I don't know.

Ruth, Ireland
speakerThe best city in my country is probably Dublin, the capitol. There's lots of shopping, lots of places to go and eat, and also there's lots of parks inside the city where you can go and relax with your friends, maybe have lunch or a picnic.

Al, England
speakerThe city in my country is probably Newcastle. I'm not going to say London because London's too big, it's too expensive and people are too rude, but Newcastle is a good size. People are friendly. There's lots of things to do. They have a big football stadium and the nightlife is great, so it's Newcastle.

Martin, The United States
speakerThe best city in my country, I'd have to say, is Seattle. Why? Because Seattle's pretty much got everthing. It's not too hot. It's not too cold. It's got lovely mountains everywhere, great ocean views, and a lot of salmon. I like to fish and I like to eat salmon a lot. It's a great place. It's really clean and it's very happy. It's a nice city.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



Previously I said that it's overrated to some of my friends.

'Previously' means a time before now. Notice the following:

  1. I previously worked in Korea before coming to Vietnam.
  2. Sorry, but the new Johnny Depp Movie is worse than anything he's previously done.

In terms of


In terms of cost, I prefer Leeds because it has good shopping.

We use the phrase 'in terms of' to make the topic very specific. Notice the following:

  1. In terms of housing, Japan is an expensive place to live.
  2. In terms of loyalty, dogs are better than cats.



It's too expensive and people are too rude.

'Rude' means not polite. Notice the following:

  1. I thought our waiter was really rude.
  2. What is rude in one culture can be OK in another.



They have a big football stadium and the nightlife is great.

'Nightlife' means fun activities we do in the evening such as dancing, movies and karaoke. Notice the following:

  1. The nightlife in Tokyo is amazing!
  2. I'm going to take a vacation on a small, quiet island with zero nightlife.



It's got lovely mountains everywhere.

'Lovely' means beautiful, nice or attractive. Notice the following:

  1. Your grandmother is a lovely woman.
  2. Paris is full of lovely little cafés.

Vocabulary Quiz

previously • in terms of • rude
nightlife • lovely
  1. It was very of you to hang up the phone when I was still talking.
  2. I learned how to do this , but I don't remember anymore.
  3. lyrics I like Bob Dylan's music, but his voice isn't that great.
  4. This music is . Who is it?
  5. is not something I consider when I think about moving to a new place.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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