Talking about the pros and cons of living in a neighborhood can help someone who is interested in moving or visiting there.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.
1. Use on the bright side to say something good about a generally bad situation.
The neighborhood is noisy and expensive, but on the bright side, we have a beautiful view of the bridge.
2. Use one downside of something to say something negative about a thing or situation.
One downside of having pets is that you always have to clean up their mess.
3. Use the best thing about something to say your favorite part of a thing or situation.
The best thing about living in Okinawa is the beaches.
II. Describe your city using the expressions above.
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
/ brahyʔ sahyd /
It’s raining hard, but on the / brahyʔ sahyd /, we can relax at home.
Kelsie just moved to a new neighborhood in Tokyo. After getting settled, she left Yuko a voicemail.
Did you know that the term PET bottle is Japanese English? The proper English term is plastic bottle. The acronym PET actually comes from the chemical name polyethylene terephthalate. Many native speakers might think a PET bottle is a bottle for cats and dogs when they first come to Japan!
STEP A EXERCISE
Complete the conversation using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
So do you like your new neighborhood?
Yeah! _____ it is that it’s quiet.
Yeah, it’s quiet. But it’s also far from clubs. You used to love clubbing!
That’s true. _____ living here is that I have to travel for almost an hour to get to the clubs.
Really? That’s too bad.
Yeah, I’m a little sad about that. But _____, I’m saving a lot of money now!
STEP B EXERCISE
Choose which of the two neighborhoods you want to move to. Then, explain your choice using the expressions in the box and the information below. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
You and your friend are fans of Vanderlust, an online celebrity. He just uploaded a new video to his social media account. Listen to the video. Then, call your friend to talk about it.
- on the bright side
- one downside of something
- the best thing about something
Discuss your ideas.
GARBAGE AND RECYCLING
MOVING TO A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD
2GARBAGE AND RECYCLING
3MOVING TO A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD
I can listen to and understand the good and bad points of a community.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to manage a conversation