Todd: How are you today?
Simon: Not bad! Not bad!
Todd: OK. What is your name?
Simon: My name is Simon Bentz.
Todd: Simon. How do you spell your name?
Todd: OK. Nice..nice name. Ah, Simon, where are you from?
Simon: I'm from Vancouver, Canada.
Todd: OK. What kind of place is Vancouver?
Simon: It's a nice place. It's got mountains, beaches, and lots and lots of Japanese students.
Todd: Really! OK. Ah..why does it have so many Japanese students?
Simon: Because they study English there.
Todd: OK. Is it cheap to study English is Canada?
Simon: I think it is cheaper to study English in Vancouver than the United States or England.
Todd: Oh, really! OK. Ah, what do you think about Vancouver?
Simon: I love it. You can go skiing or snowboarding in the winter, you can go windsurfing and hang out at the beach in the summer.
Simon: It's just a good place to live.
Todd: What is your favorite thing to do in Vancouver?
Simon: I like to hang out with my friends and play soccer.
Todd: Cool. Nice. All right, thanks.
How do you spell your name?
To 'spell' something to put the correct letters together to make a word. Notice the following:
- How do you spell the name of your street?
- My teacher always spells my name incorrectly.
What kind of place is Vancouver?
In the example, 'kind' can be replaced with type. Is Vancouver an exciting place? A boring place? Big? Small? All of these would be a description of a kind of place. Notice the following:
- What kind of person are you?
- This is the kind of music I like.
lots and lots
There are lots and lots of Japanese students in Vancouver.
'Lots and lots' is an informal way to say many. We can use this phrase for countable or non-countable nouns. Notice the following:
- My dog always has lots and lots of energy.
- There are lots and lots of things I don't use in my closet.
It is cheaper to study English in Vancouver than England.
If something is 'cheap' it doesn't cost a lot of money, or doesn't cost as much money as another option. Notice the following:
- She always buys cheap shampoo.
- These shoes are really comfortable and they were cheap.
You can hang out at the beach in Summer.
To 'hang out' in a place is to spend time there. Usually when you are hanging out you are relaxing. Notice the following:
- They always hang out in the coffee shop.
- I am going to hang out at a friend's house after school.
cheap • hang out