Everyday conversations are an important part of life in the UK. Do you talk to the other people in your neighbourhood? Watch the video, which focuses on people living in a typical neighbourhood in the UK. Practise your speaking skills as you complete the activities.

Tasks

Task 1 - comprehension

Task 2 - word stress

In natural, spoken English, we don’t say each word with the same word stress.

For example:

neighbourhood     Ooo

weather                Oo

thirteen                 oO

Listen to the words from the video and match them to the correct word stress pattern.

Task 3 - talking with your neighbour

Task 4 - your turn

Practise saying these things you could say to your neighbour:

  • Lovely sunny day today!
  • I’m going on holiday soon. Please could you put my bins out for me?
  • Did you hear about the lady from the shop?
  • Hello, would you like a cup of tea and a biscuit?
  • We are going away for a few days. Please could you take care of our pets?
  • I’m working late tonight. Would you mind babysitting for me?
You can use your phone to record yourself speaking. Listen and record it again until you are happy.

Transcript

I live at number 15, Main Street. I have lots of lovely neighbours. They are friendly and helpful. I have three next-door neighbours – Aisha lives at number 13 and Claire and Helen live at number 17. Every morning, Claire and I leave for work at the same time, and we always have a quick chat - we usually talk about the weather. If I go on holiday, Aisha puts my bins out for me. When Helen and Claire go away, I feed their goldfish and look after their cats. Piotr lives opposite me at number 16. He has two small children and sometimes I babysit them for him when he works late. Pat lives at number 20. She is quite nosey and likes to know everything about everyone – she loves to gossip! Irene lives at number 19 - she is quite old and doesn’t go out much. She loves it when people drop in to see her for a cup of tea and a biscuit. She likes to talk about the old days when she was young – she can remember what Main Street was like 50 years ago. It’s a friendly neighbourhood!

Comments

  • Do you speak to your neighbours?
  • What do you talk about?
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I live at  Room number 5 at building number 26 at Camp Faouar, my neighboring rooms is number 6 were Sarkis lives in, he is a quiet man, he works at communication section. At number 7 my best friend Basem lives in, he works at central registry unit, we do almost everything together, we spent the evening at the HQ baar wher we play table football.
At my next door Mohmaed lives he works at engineering section, he is a smart man i have a great respect for him.
At room number 10 the religious man Wael lives, he likes to talk about religion and focusing on what we do if it is right or wrong.
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Only I talk sometimes with three neighbours, two women, I don't know her names and one men, neither I know his name. When I dog out for a walk I see my neighbours because they are only have pets. Our few conversations we have always talked about pets. 

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My house is very crowded! I'm living with fifteen people coming from all over the world! :-) I like speaking with some of them. We talk about weather, work, hobbies, politics. Some of them are not very friendly. So, I avoid them! 

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I don't think  neighbouring is the same like old days. Today people works hard and can't see each other properly. For instance we look at our mobile phones even while  we wait a bus on the bus stop so it shows  why we can't have neighbours .Because today's people just look at their mobile phones instead of faces...

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Hello everyone!
I am from Azerbaijan and have been learning English for several years, but here I don't have any foreign friend to speak to :( My English speaking level is good, but I am trying to improve it and reach the level which I want. Now I am working on my British accent, and do want to make some British friends :) Is there any female learner or teacher who I could share opinions and make everyday conversations with? We are very hospitable and kind people, I am sure that person who accept my friend request would never regret, I am very sociable and 25 years old. I like speaking about different countries' culture, meal, place of interests, etc.
Looking forward to hearing you soon ;)

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I am from Uzbekistan.I've been learning English for 10 years but i have lack of speaking. We have no atmosphere to speak. I work at school and teachers there don't speak English.and I want to make a friend with native English or who got IELTS.Maybe if you have "what's up'telegram'viber" I will be glad to speak about something.

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I rarely talk to my neighbors because I rarely go out, I just go out for hanging laundry and throwing out garbage.