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Hometown

Examiner: Where is your home town?

Me: I grew up in Lahore which is the capital of Pakistani province of Punjab. It is one of the major cities of Pakistan and it is famous for its cultural diversity and variety of food. It also has many historical places constructed in the Mughal era.

Examiner: Do you like your hometown?

Me: Yes, I love it, mainly because I grew up there and I am familiar with everything. I remember I used to buy a lot of cakes from the bakery near my house. I loved to go for a walk in the park in front of my house.

Examiner: Do you often visit your hometown?

Me: Yes, I visit once a year, I enjoy meeting my friends and relatives. The warm welcome, the excitement and the love felt there compels me to go there every year. Actually, I also miss the food; the taste of traditional Lahori food is unmatched by any other dish I have tasted so far.

Examiner: What is your hometown like?

Me: It is a huge town. I love it because you can see the hustle and bustle even at 1 am in the morning if you go for a walk in the town. Now they have built a lot of malls and shopping centers making everything accessible.There are a lot of shops on either sides of the main road so everything is within reach.

Examiner: What is the oldest place in your hometown?

Me: Well, I'm not quite sure, but I believe in the north of Lahore is an area called Kot Khwaja Saeed; there is an ancient monument called Hujra Meer Mahdi. It was basically a prayer area during the Sultanate era. People used to gather there for Eid prayers and major festivals.

Examiner: What is there for a foreigner to see or do in your hometown?

Me: Ah, there is so much to do for tourists... for instance, they can visit the historical places like the Shalamar Gardens, the Lahore Fort, the Badshahi mosque and the historical monuments such as the Minar-e-Pakistan. There are many different restaurants which are famous for their traditional cuisines for example Butt karahi and the Food street is one of the famous tourist attractions.

Examiner: How could your home town be improved?

Me: Well, the government is taking many initiatives for the improvement of local transport service, recreational spots and building dams to curb the electricity crisis which the entire country is facing for quite some time.

 
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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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Examiner: Where is your home town? (can also say, "Where are you from?")

Me: I grew up in Lahore which is the capital of Pakistani province of Punjab. It is one of the major cities of Pakistan and it is famous for its cultural diversity and variety of food. It also has many historical places constructed in the Mughal era.

Examiner: Do you like your hometown?

Me: Yes, I love it. Mainly because I grew up there and I am familiar with everything. I remember I used to buy a lot of cakes from the bakery near my house. I loved to go for a walk in the park in front of my house.

Examiner: Do you often visit your hometown?

Me: Yes, I visit once a year. I enjoy meeting my friends and relatives. The warm welcome, the excitement and the love felt there compels me to go there every year. Actually, I also miss the food; the taste of traditional Lahori food is unmatched by any other dish I have tasted so far.

Examiner: What is your hometown like?

Me: It is a huge town. I love it because you can see the hustle and bustle even at 1 am in the morning if you go for a walk in the town. Now they have built a lot of malls and shopping centers making everything accessible.There are a lot of shops on either side of the main road so everything is within reach.

Examiner: What is the oldest place in your hometown?

Me: Well, I'm not quite sure, but I believe in the north of Lahore is an area called Kot Khwaja Saeed; there is an ancient monument called Hujra Meer Mahdi. It was basically a prayer area during the Sultanate era. People used to gather there for Eid prayers and major festivals.

Examiner: What is there for a foreigner to see or do in your hometown?

Me: Ah, there is so much to do for tourists... for instance, they can visit the historical places like the Shalamar Gardens, the Lahore Fort, the Badshahi mosque and the historical monuments such as the Minar-e-Pakistan. There are many different restaurants which are famous for their traditional cuisines. For example Butt karahi and the Food street is one of the famous tourist attractions.

Examiner: How could your home town be improved?

Me: Well, the government is taking many initiatives for the improvement of local transport service, recreational spots and building dams to curb the electricity crisis which the entire country is has been facing for quite some time.

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Tehreem's picture
I learn : English (Advanced) Arabic (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Thank you very much! I appreciate it. I'll be careful next time.smiley

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Faye W.C.'s picture
I learn : French (Beginner)
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Great Tehreem! Lahore sounds like an interesting place to visit. I love cakes as well!

I think your text is good in addition to the revisions suggested. I would recommend when praticing your speech, try to keep your speech smooth. Some sentences are a little faster then others and then you may slow down when rephrasing or pronouncing difficult words. This is very common with words that you may feel ocmfortable with saying come out faster versus vocabulary that is newer for you.

 

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Tehreem's picture
I learn : English (Advanced) Arabic (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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haha, yes it sure is. Yes i will keep that in mind, Thank yousmiley

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edhutchins88's picture
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Tereem,

Lahore sounds like a fantastic city, with so much to see and do! When would you recommend going?

Here are some of my observations?

1. of Pakistani province of Punjab - of the Pakistani province of Punjab

2. I loved to go for a walk in the park in front of my house. - I used to love going for walks in the park in front of my house.

3. Yes, I visit once a year - Yes, I visit it once a year

4.the love felt there -the love I feel there

5.you can see the hustle and bustle - you can experience the hustle and bustle (suggestion)

6. is facing for quite some time. - has been facing for quite some time.

 

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Tehreem's picture
I learn : English (Advanced) Arabic (Beginner) French (Beginner)
550

Well, I would reccomend you go in the spring season that lasts for three months feb-april. The summers are scorching hot and winters do get quite chilly.  Thanks a lot, I'll keep them in mindsmiley

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edhutchins88's picture
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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That's great advice - I'll aim to visit Lahora sometime between next February and April.:) I'm not a fan of baking hot weather! I love running and cycling and imagine these sports would be impossible in the summers in your country haha!

 

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Tehreem's picture
I learn : English (Advanced) Arabic (Beginner) French (Beginner)
550

hahaha, with the corona on the rise I would suggest you enjoy the peace and quiet of your own home #social distancing smiley

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edhutchins88's picture
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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hahaha - yes, I think everyone is having to postpone their travel plans for the time being sad. It is important (to stop the spread of the virus) but it is so boring having to stay at home each day. I just cannot wait for things to go back to normal. Are you having to stay at home too all the time?

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Tehreem's picture
I learn : English (Advanced) Arabic (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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yep, I was preparig for an exam and everything is delayed so it got postponed and they didn't give any date yet... oh, I am learning to cook, haven't made much progress though but I am trying laugh

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edhutchins88's picture
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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It must be terrible for you to have an exam postponed and not knowing when the exam will next be scheduled. They are saying the crisis could go on for another 6 months ! sad I really hope they are wrong.

I am trying to improve my cooking skills too! I have also made my garden look really nice due to being told to stay at home constantly, so I suppose  every cloud has a silver lining

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