Listening questions - opinions on your local area - Foundation

You may want to talk about where your town is located:

está lejos/cerca de ...it's near to/far from ...
está en el norte/el sur/el este/el oesteit's in the north/south/east/west
está situada/se encuentra ...it's situated ...

Or you may also want to give an opinion of your local area:

aburrido/aboring
agradablepleasant
antiguo/aold
encantador/acharming
grandebig
hermoso/alovely
histórico/ahistoric
limpio/aclean
moderno/amodern
pequeño/asmall
ruidoso/anoisy
sucio/adirty
tranquilo/aquiet/peaceful

Remember to make adjectives agree with the nouns they are describing, for example el pueblo es tranquilo (the village is quiet) but la ciudad es tranquila (the city is quiet).

Aerial view of houses in London

Santi and Nieves are talking about where they live.

Question

Listen to Santi describe where he lives.

Choose the two correct statements.

AHe lives in a village in the north of England
BHis village is quite small and quiet
CLots of young people live there
DHis parents think it's boring
EHis parents think it's charming

The correct answers are B and E.

A is incorrect because the village is in the south west of England.

B is correct because Santi says vivo en un pueblo bastante pequeño (I live in quite a small village) and es muy tranquilo (it's very quiet).

C is incorrect because he says no hay nada para los jóvenes (there is nothing for young people), he does not mention how many young people live there.

D is incorrect because Santi thinks it's boring, not his parents.

E is correct because he says mis padres piensan que es un lugar muy encantador (my parents think it's a very charming place).

Transcript:

Vivo en un pueblo bastante pequeño en el suroeste de Inglaterra. Es muy tranquilo y no hay nada para los jóvenes. Mis padres piensan que es un lugar muy encantador, pero yo creo que es aburrido.

Translation:

I live in quite a small village in the south west of England. It's very quiet and there's nothing for young people. My parents think it's a very charming place, but I think it's boring.

Question

Listen to Nieves describe where she lives.

Choose the two correct statements.

AShe lives on the outskirts of the city
BShe lives in a big and modern flat
CThere aren't many shops and restaurants
DThe street is noisy
EThe area is very clean

The correct answers are A and D.

A is correct because she says vivimos en las afueras de una ciudad muy grande y moderna (we live on the outskirts of a very big and modern city).

B is incorrect because she says that she lives in a big and modern city, not flat.

C is incorrect because she says there are lots of shops and restaurants.

D is correct because she says la calle donde vivo es muy ruidosa porque hay mucho tráfico (the street where I live is very noisy because there is a lot of traffic).

E is incorrect because she says hay mucha basura (there is a lot of rubbish).

Transcript:

Vivimos en las afueras de una ciudad muy grande y moderna. Me encanta vivir aquí porque hay muchos restaurantes y tiendas, pero la calle es muy ruidosa porque hay mucho tráfico. También hay mucha basura.

Translation:

We live on the outskirts of a very big and modern city. I love living here because there are many restaurants and shops, but the street where I live is very noisy because there is a lot of traffic. Also, there is a lot of rubbish.