106 Best Place to Live


Six people talk about what they think is the best place to live in their home country.

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Samir, Sweden
speakerIn my country, in Sweden, of course, I'd have to say my home country, my home city Gothenburg. It's the West Coast, and it has the best beaches, and I think it's the best city because the people are all so polite, and they're not like the capital city we have, because the people there is more busy and don't talk to people, and in my city Gothenburg, yeah, that's the best city to live in.

Liz, Sweden
speakerThe best place to live in Sweden is definitely the West Coast because the people. They are friendlier and more open and during the summer in Sweden it's beautiful, the West Coast.

Mike, United States
speakerWell, I'm from California, and I really love my home state. It's got big cities. It's got great beaches. It's got mountains, snow, hot weather, cold weather, everything you want is there. Sure the East Coast is beautiful, down south is very interesting, but I'm happy with California.

Nydja, United States
speakerI actually happen to live in the best place to live in the country which is Northern Virginia outside of D.C. It's very diverse and there's great universities there, and there are a lot of different kind of people to meet, and a million things to do for whoever, whatever interest happens to be.

Demelza, Australia
speakerI think the best place to live if you want to have a cultural experience and meet lots of people is Melbourne, but if you like beaches and the sun, I would say my home town, Perth.

Nick, Australia
speakerThe best place to live in my country - easy - Tasmania. Tasmania is where I am from, is a beautiful island with many mountains, so it has very good hiking. It's a nice city with really nice views of the ocean.

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West Coast

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The West Coast has the best beaches.

People often name regions by what coast they live on. A coast, or coastline, is where land meets the ocean or sea. Notice the following:

  1. I grew up on the West Coast of the United States, California.
  2. In winter, the East Coast is much colder than the West Coast.

open

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The people are more open.

Here, open means friendly, talkative, and interested in new ideas. Notice the following sample sentences.

  1. Last summer, I studied French at The University Bordeaux. The students were open and friendly.
  2. Older people are generally less open to new ideas than younger people.

happen to

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I actually happen to live in the best place

We use this phrase to talk about something that occurs by chance but connects two situations or ideas. For example: If you need help with English (situation 1), I happen to know (lucky for you) a good private teacher (situation 2). Here are two more examples.

  1. My new roommate is cool. We both happen to enjoy the same kinds of books, music and movies!
  2. Yesterday, while shopping, I happened to see my old friend from primary school.

D.C.

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It's just outside of D.C.

D.C. means District of Colombia. It’s on the East Coast of the United States. Most people know it as Washington D.C. It is not one of the 50 States, but a special area. The White House, home of The President, is located there. Notice the following.

  1. Many politicians have an apartment or second home in D.C.
  2. Washington D.C. is the center of American government.

a million things to do

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There are a million things to do in the city.

When we say a million things, we mean many, many things. Here are a couple of examples.

  1. I can’t meet you tomorrow. I have a million things to do.
  2. There are a million things to consider before choosing a college or university abroad.
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Complete the sentences with the words below.
West Coast • open • happen to
D.C. • million things
  1. There are a to do and see in my city.
  2. The people on the tend to be friendlier.
  3. The people in San Francisco are very to other cultures.
  4. Washington is the capitol of the United States.
  5. Did you see my wallet?