95 Ireland

Shane talks about his home country in Ireland and the city is his from.


Todd: OK, Shane, you're from Ireland.

Shane: I am, indeed, yeah.

Todd: Where are you from in Ireland?

Shane: I'm from a small town about 30 miles away from Dublin called Anfield, where there is plenty of cows and farmers and those type of things, so it's a good place. Lots of green fields. No mountians. Very small town you know. I'd say there is about maybe 2,000 people living there, but I actually live outside the town so I live, a sort of bungalow house and it's sort of far away from the town so, that where I'm living, or that's where I was living, I was living in Dublin though, the capital but I originally from about, a sort of rural town you might say.

Todd: OK. What is the best thing about your town?

Shane: It's a very close-knit community, so if you go into a bar or a pub everyone seems to know each other. You know so whether, you have young people who interact with people who are 50 or 60 years of age, and there's people playing football and all that stuff, there is lots of interaction between people, so everyone seems to know each other.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

bungalow house

I live in a bungalow house outside the town.

A 'bungalow house' is a small, one story house which was inspired by houses in India. We can also simply say 'bungalow'. Notice the following:

  1. Are you interested in buying a bungalow house?
  2. They are building a small bungalow on the property.

rural town

I'm from a very small town; it's like a rural town.

A 'rural town' is a very small town in a rural setting.  It is surrounded by open spaces like farms and fields.  Notice the following:

  1. There is a rural town about 15 minutes from the cabin.
  2. She's from the city and could never live in a rural town.

close-knit community

My town is a close-knit community.

A group of people is 'close-knit' if they are very emotionally close and active in each other's lives. A community is a group of people living close to one another in an area. Notice the following:

  1. The employees at my job are a very close-knit community.
  2. I had a very close-knit community of friends in my hometown.

interact with

You'll see young people who interact with older people.

When you 'interact with' people you talk with them or come in contact with them. Notice the following:

  1. How often do you interact with your bosses?
  2. His favorite part of traveling is interacting with the local people.

everyone seems to know each other

There is lots of interaction between people, and everyone seems to know each other.

'Everyone seems to know each other' in small towns or communities where people recognize each other and interact with each other everyday.  Everyone knows what happens in the lives of the other people in the community.  Notice the following:

  1. He comes from a place where everyone seems to know each other.
  2. It was strange to go from a big city to a place where everybody seems to know each other.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
bungalow • rural towns • close-knit
interact • seems to know
  1. Do you have a group of friends?
  2. Everyone all the answers, but I don't.
  3. You will pass through three before you get to ours.
  4. We rented a little by the ocean for our honeymoon.
  5. He is nervous to with the customers.