Class 6: English for Today

Where Are You From?

Supported by Matador Stationary
Lesson: 4


It is natural that when two persons meet they would continue their conversation. They may want to know where the other comes from, or what the other person does and so on. Here are some conversations in such everyday situations.

i. Mamun and his friend Akash have gone to a book fair. A lot of people have also come. They are all talking, laughing and buying books. Mamun introduces Akash to someone. Because of the noise around, Akash cannot hear his name.

Mamun: Akash, I’d like you to meet…
Akash: Hello! My name is Akash. I’m Sorry, I couldn’t catch your name.
The Stranger: James. James Collins. Nice to meet you.
Akash: Nice to meet you too. Where are you from, James?
James: I’m from England.

Choose the correct answer from the alternatives

ii. Sometimes the same questions can be asked in a different way. Here is a conversation between an Immigration officer and a passenger at the Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka. Listen to the conversation first and then practise it with a partner.

Officer: Your name, Sir?
Passenger: Robert Smith.
Officer: Where do you come from, Mr Smith?
Passenger: Australia.
Officer: And where are you coming from now?
Passenger: I’m coming from London.
Officer: Welcome to Bangladesh, Sir. Have a nice stay.
Passenger: Thank you.

Choose the correct answer from the alternatives

iii. It’s the first day in the new class after the annual exam. The boy sitting next to Joy is a new student. Listen to and practise the conversation below.

Joy: Hello! I’m Joy. I’m the class captain.
New student: Hi! My name is Sajed.
Joy: Where do you come from, Sajed?
New student: I’m from Sylhet. My father got transferred here. That’s why I’m here in Khulna.
Joy: Well, I’m sure you will like Khulna and your new school.
New student: I know I will. Will you be my friend?
Joy: I’m already your friend!

Choose the correct answer from the alternatives

iv. Mamun and Akash are talking about Mamun’s cousin Ruma. Listen to and practise the conversation in pairs.

Akash: What does your cousin do, Mamun?
Mamun: She is an architect. She mostly designs offices and shopping complexes.
Akash: What is she doing at the moment?
Mamun: Well, at the moment she is designing something different. She is designing a school building at the outskirts of Dhaka.

Choose the correct answer from the alternatives

v. Mary and her mother are sitting in their living room. Mary’s mother Rabeya Begum is watching TV and Mary is reading a storybook. Their neighbour’s little boy is crying at the top of his voice.

Rabeya: I just don’t understand! That boy is screaming so much! What’s his mother doing?
Mary: I don’t think she is at home. Maybe she is issuing out books to someone at the moment.
Rabeya: Why, what does she do?
Mary: She works part-time at the Town Hall Library.

Choose the correct answer from the alternatives