747 Oregon People


Tim talks about how people from where he lives differ from neighboring states.

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Jeff: So where are you from?

Tim: I'm from Oregon. It's right above California. It's on the West Coast of America.

Jeff: So the State of Oregon.

Tim: It's on the West Coast between California and Washington.

Jeff: So you're neighbor states, say California in the south, do you guys get along? Are you good neighbors?

Tim: Well, we get along a little bit with Northern California. They have similar thinking. But Souther California, they kind of have different thinking. They think a bit more about money. And also, they are moving a lot up into Oregon, and they have different thinking and they are moving into Oregon and they are kind of changing things.

Jeff: So do you get a lot.... are you patriotic towards your own state of Oregon?

Tim: A little bit. We just like to keep things the way they are just a little bit. Californians move up because they can sell their homes in California for a lot of money. They move up there and then they tend to be more conservative.

Jeff: So, if I was to meet you and call you a Californian, would you get mad at me?

Tim: I wouldn't get mad at you, no. I would think that he must think I was from Northern California.

Jeff: So do the Californians feel the same way about the people from Oregon? Is that a mutual emotion to dislike the Oregon people as well?

Tim: I don't think so because there's been a lot of them moving up. You know they move up there to retire and they move their kids up there, so I think they life Oregon and Oregonians tend to be pretty friendly.

Jeff: And how about the North, your northern neighbor? Washington?

Tim: Washington and Oregon are pretty similar as far a culturally.

Jeff: So if I call you a Washington - if I say your are from Washington you don't mind as much as being called Californian?

Tim: Ah, that's true. Yeah, that's for sure.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

get along

So your neighbor states, say California in the south, do you guys get along?

When you 'get along' with somebody, it means that you are friendly towards each other and your personalities work well together.

Notice the following:

  1. I think I get along with most people.
  2. It is good when you get along with everyone, as it means that you will make lots of friends.

good neighbors

Are you good neighbors?

When someone is a 'good neighbor,' it means that they look out for the people who live close to them and make sure that they are okay.

Notice the following:

  1. I don't think people now are good neighbors like they used to be.
  2. We are lucky as we have some very good neighbors who live close by.

different thinking

Southern California, they kind of have different thinking.

'Different thinking' means that you have thoughts that not similar to other people's.

Notice the following:

  1. She is very conservative, so she has a different thinking to me.
  2. Even though they are brothers,, they have very different thinking.

keep things

We just like to keep things the way they are just a little bit.

When you are 'keep things' the way they are, it means that you make an effort to make things stay the same.

Notice the following:

  1. I don't want to move, I want to try and keep things the way they are.
  2. She said that she was going to try and keep things the way they were.

move up there to retire

They move up there to retire and they move their kids up there.

'Move up there to retire' refers to a moving to a place, which is north of where you live, where you would like to spend your retirement years.

Notice the following:

  1. She said that she always liked northern California and that she would like to move up there to retire.
  2. I think I would also like to move up there to retire.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
get along • neighbors • thinking
keep things • retire
  1. I've always liked Maine, so I think it would be nice to move up there to .
  2. My father has very different than my mother, because he grew up in the city.
  3. She doesn't do well with change, so she always does what she can to the same.
  4. My brother and I didn't well when we were young, but now we're good friends.
  5. We are lucky enough to have very good at our new house.