Speaking (Hometowns / Friendship)


Idioms & Expressions:

home sweet home / home is where the heart is (both expressions that mean the things you value are at home)


fair-weather friend (noun; a friend who only sees you when they want something)

He is a fair-weather friend who only visits me when he wants to borrow money.


like family (a way to describe that someone is so close to you, you treat them like part of your family)

My best friend Joe is like family to me.


social butterfly (noun; someone who like to socialize with everyone)

She is a social butterfly and talks to everyone.


shut-in / loner / homebody (nouns; that refer to someone who wants to stay at home and not socialize very often. Also known as “introverts”)

He’s sort of a loner. I always see him by himself.


crew (noun; a very casual term for your social group)

I was fortunate enough to have found a good crew of friends when I moved to Chicago.


childhood friend (noun; a friend you have known since you were a kid)


lifelong friend (noun; a friend you know for most of your life)


Part I: Group Discussion

  1. Where is your hometown?

I come from a small seaside town in New Hampshire called Hampton. There are less than 10,000 people there and it was a pretty quiet place to grow up.


  1. How long have you lived here?

I am grown up now so I don’t live there anymore. I moved away for good a few years ago. But I spent the first 21 years of my life there.


  1. What is there to see and do in your local area?

The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, right on the water, is a pretty famous venue and a lot of musical acts and comedians come through town and perform there. A lot of tourists come up from Massachusetts each summer to watch the shows.


  1. What improvements would you like to see made there?

I think Hampton has everything it needs. It’s quiet and cozy. Perhaps they need to regulate traffic a little better in the summer when the tourists come, but other than that the place is OK.


Part II: Individual Presentations

Describe a friend you spend a lot of time with. You should say:

Who the person is

Where you met

What kinds of things you do together

And explain why you like spending time with this person

One of my best friends is a guy named Steve. I met him when I was in middle school, when we were both about 12 years old. I was new to my school, and he was one of the first people I met there. We began hanging out that summer, and ended up working at the same place. After work, we’d play some video games (Halo on XBOX was popular at that time) and we’d just make fun of things and each other. We met 16 years ago, and we’re still pretty close. I hang out with him whenever I’m back at home, and two years ago he actually came to come visit me in Vietnam. It’s good to have friends for a long time, because you get to know each other so well, and always know exactly what to say to make the other person laugh.

Part III: Pair Interviews

  1. What foreign city would you like to live in?
  2. What famous person would you like to be friends with?