862 Livable Locations

Mari and Mike talk about the places they would like to live later in life.


Mari: Hey, Mike, so we live in the countryside, and we go to school up on a mountain. Could you see yourself living here?

Mike: Well, I do really like living in the country, but I don't think I could stay here for a long period of time, even though I do like staying here for the period that we are here now.

Mari: Where do you want to live?

Mike: Well, I've never lived in a big city, so I think that I would like to try to live in a big city.

Mari: Like which one?

Mike: Possibly one like New York or London. I think, I've always seen it on TV and I've always wanted to try to live there but I've never, so I thing that would probably be really interesting.

Mari: What attracts you to those cities?

Mike: I guess just the diversity that you might find or just the fact that so much stuff is going on in the city. I might like to see how that lifestyle is.

Mari: Sounds cool.

Mike: What about you?

Mari: I couldn't see myself living here in the long-term. I grew up in two really big cities so... and I've moved around a lot and... so in the future, I think I just want to stay in one place.

Mike: What types of cities?

Mari: I guess a big city in Japan. My parents live here, so I feel like I'm more inclined to live here. My brother lives in the States and so if we both lived in the United States, I think my parents would feel a little bit lonely so I feel more inclined to live in Japan.

Mike: Which city in Japan would you like?

Mari: My parents live near Osaka. I grew up in Tokyo. I'm thinking maybe like Kobe. I think that... I like Kobe a lot because it's like an international port city, or originally it was. We have the ocean, the water, and the mountain and it just seems like a very cosmopolitan city to me in Japan.

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possibly one


Mike wants to live in a big city, possibly one like London.

Here, the word 'possibly' is similar in meaning to 'maybe'.  Notice the following:

  1. I'll finish the project in possibly one or two days.
  2. We are possibly going to buy a new house next year.

What attracts you


What attracts you to those cities?

What 'attracts' us to something is what makes us interested.  Notice the following:

  1. What attracts you about living abroad?
  2. What attracted you to teaching?

stuff is going on


So much stuff is going on.

We use the phrase 'so much stuff going on' to talk about things that are happening in our lives or in a situation. It's an uncountable noun.  Notice the following:

  1. There's so much negative stuff going on in the world today.
  2. I've got a lot of stuff going on at work.

more inclined


My parents live here, so I feel I'm more inclined to live here.

When we are 'inclined' to do something, that means we think it's the correct thing to do, but we may not be sure about it.  If we are inclined to do something we are emotionally pulled in that direction.  Notice the following:

  1. On global warming, I'm more inclined to agree with environmentalists.
  2. Great party, but I'm inclined to leave early.



It seems like a cosmopolitan city.

A 'cosmopolitan' city has people from many different countries and cultures.  Notice the following:

  1. Los Angeles is a very cosmopolitan city.
  2. I prefer large cosmopolitan cities.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
possibly • attracts • going on
inclined • cosmopolitan
  1. He has so much stuff in his life right now that he never remembers to call me back.
  2. I am to believe you, but your story is a bit confusing.
  3. We could be there on Thursday, but Friday is more likely.
  4. The city is so that you can almost any kind of restaurant you want.
  5. That part of the city a lot of musicians.