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Learn the Present Perfect Progressive

Date: Dec 09 2011

Themes: Friend, Travel

Grammar: Present Perfect Progressive

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In the US, it’s pretty common to move to another city, or even another state, for school or a job opportunity. Some move just for a change of pace, or the chance to start over.

Moving to a new place can be exciting. But it can also be scary. When you’re new in town and you don’t know anybody, you might feel lonely. You might have to work hard to fit in and find new friends.

Devan would like to move to New York City. But, as she explains to Jeff, she isn’t sure she wants to be the new girl in town.

在美国,因学习或工作的机会,搬到另一座城市甚至是另一个州是常有的事。一些人搬迁只是为了改变环境,或有机会重新开始。
搬到一个新地方会令人感到兴奋。但同时也不是一件容易的事情。当你刚来到一个城市时,谁都不认识,可能会感到孤单。你可能必须努力去适应新环境,结交新朋友。
德凡希望搬到纽约市。不过,正如她告诉杰夫的那样,她不确定自己是否想在一座新城市开始生活。

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Devan

Devan

Jeff

Jeff

Devan:  I’ve been thinking about moving a lot lately. But the one part that makes me really hesitate and not really want to do it is I hate being the new person in town, you know? It’s so much work to have to start over and have to get to know people all over again. I always feel like such an outsider.

Jeff:  I haven’t really moved to a completely new place where I was totally on my own. When I moved here I already had a bunch of friends up here. So I haven’t really had that experience.

Devan:  So you didn’t have to work to try to fit in with a new crowd or anything? You already had a crowd established when you moved here?

Jeff:  Pretty much, yeah. A lot of close friends from where I grew up.

Devan:  That’s convenient. I guess there is something to be said about that, though. That is really nice. You know, if you lived somewhere and you didn’t really like the way your life was going, you’d get this fresh start where you can be any person you want to be. You can leave behind the drama from the past, and you get a whole new crowd if you’re tired of the same scene that you’ve been in for a long time. So that’s one positive aspect to moving, I think.

Jeff:  I think it has its advantages, and once you do get settled in, it’s kind of a good change.

 

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Devan has been thinking about moving to a new city. But she doesn’t like being new in town. She thinks it’s hard to fit in and get to know people when you move.

Jeff has never moved to a new place where he didn’t know anybody. When he moved in the past, he already had friends in the new place to help him get used to it.

Even though Devan doesn’t like being the new person in town, she also thinks that starting over in a different place sounds exciting. She thinks it would be fun to have a fresh start.

Have you ever been the new person in town? How did you make friends and fit in? Would you ever move to a totally new place where you didn’t know anyone?

 

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sweetheart11

France

salam alkm sanaz i think that indeed it is scary as i already posted but you should try i think it is a good opportunity and it might definitey be a good experience, as far as friendship is concerned, i think that whatevere happens you may make friends !! cheer up :)

07:50 PM Dec 10 2011 |

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sweetheart11

France

yes it might be quite scary when going to a new place, next year i intend to go to paris for my studies and i feel a little scary i hope i’ll ba able to be get familiar ith the new place and make new friends Embarassed

07:45 PM Dec 10 2011 |

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sanaz.a

sanaz.a

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

it was a dream for me , since I was a little girl , i like to study abroad …. it’s one of my goals in my life … but you know , from 1 year ago , i’ve gotten some feelings , like being afraid of going to study abroad , i’m not such as an emotional person , bt day after day , i feel i won’t be able to leave my country , and my family …  i think it’s one of the results of becoming older and changing behavior … I scare of being alone in a new country , and according to my behavior , i can’t make a good friend ship with people , when i think about that , and imagine that i’m in a new country , with lots of people who I don’t know them i just become more afraid of that … it’s hard 4 me to fit in with the other people … i don’t know what should I do ?!?!? what do u think ?!?!? would it be usuful if I go to study abroad?!?!

07:24 PM Dec 10 2011 |

hamood123

hamood123

Jordan

its very hard to live in another countryabout you espassilly if her people dont take your language and you dont speakthere language

06:26 PM Dec 10 2011 |

FUN777

FUN777

Egypt

I haven’t moved to any new place before, i think at first it maybe difficult as a new strar a new people a new life but a fter get used and stability it would be more comfortable and it maybe better than before who knows???

06:15 PM Dec 10 2011 |

winter_sonata_nw

Egypt

I have never moved into a new place yet. But I think sometimes you feel as if you are an outsider even in your place.maybe because you dont feel comfortable with your neighborhood,and so you don’t  wantto try to get to know any of them . sometimes change is better.

06:02 PM Dec 10 2011 |

BBoy Roty

BBoy Roty

Brazil

It must be so hard for moving in the new place ,especially, the place that people speak different language.²

03:39 PM Dec 10 2011 |

peyman gh

peyman gh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

new town,new people.new freind,new protocol and …. are very nice.

02:31 PM Dec 10 2011 |

zafarniaz

Pakistan

this is very good topic to learn and improve spoken english

01:28 PM Dec 10 2011 |

thidamizzya

Cambodia

It must be so hard for moving in the new place ,especially, the place that people speak different language.

12:25 PM Dec 10 2011 |

Nadia2011

Nadia2011

Turkey

To me ,it has it’s own pros and cons and may at first it seems weird but it’s funny too and may we need it somehow ..moving on to new place isn’t all about crowd and how you would be able to fit yourself with them …you spend most of time of your life in new lovely home and dealing with your own goals :)

08:29 AM Dec 10 2011 |

lynn lam

lynn lam

China

when i entered my college,i felt scary more than exiting.there were all strangers around me,and i had to get to know them,and made myself fit in.it wasnt a easy thing to me.but now,everthing’s fine:)...

07:44 AM Dec 10 2011 |

medori

medori

China

 Everyday is a new day, every place will be a new place 


   home lives in our heart, then everything will be fine :)

04:34 AM Dec 10 2011 |

i love life

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

always we aspire and we looking to find our comfortable 


we have many nice memories in our mind specially when we were kids 


from my opinion i prefer the life with my close persons more than looking for 


the money or try to find a new life because really when we change our old things 


we will facing some problem  difficulty in adapting 


it,s difficulties to find a new neighbor as the same time try build a new relationship with ordinary people 


i think every thing depend on what do you like form the life 


if you like others you will be adapt so fast 


good luck to all people who try to reform thier life to forward 

02:06 AM Dec 10 2011 |

bb fallata

bb fallata

Saudi Arabia

yes i had


but not alone, whith my sisters


i took alot of time to adept

01:54 AM Dec 10 2011 |

Yeahdude

Turkey

When ı came turkey  I was very exciting because new culture new people and ’ new Foods. Altough it was very difficult I easily adapted  to turkey .I felt alone myself occasionally. But at the moment I adapted everything in turkey…

11:25 PM Dec 09 2011 |

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Tamie

Tamie

Russian Federation

I am thinking of moving to a new place now and it makes me really exciting and challenging…new people, new culture, new life… one more chance to experience new things, which means to become wiser, as experience is the mother of wisdom.

10:00 PM Dec 09 2011 |

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Kropeczka

Kropeczka

Poland

I always dreamed about moving to another city or country, but I’ve never had the courage to do it. It is very difficult to leave family, friends, work and all habits just to fight with the risk of being an outsider. And when you make this decision, all you have to do is keep your eyes and heart wide open.

09:14 PM Dec 09 2011 |

liiana

liiana

Peru

at the beginnig is hard to  fit in and get to know new friends, but after many days, u can get used to it and u will never feel an outsider.

06:22 PM Dec 09 2011 |

Fernandinha

Brazil

I was very sad at my hometown, then I decided to move from there. I’ve enjoyed a lot to start a new life! That made me feel very happy and excited!! But it is not easy to get to know people here in my new place… That is the only negative point for me. Anyway, there are advantages and disadvantage in moving to a new place… Depends on you to deal with them.

05:10 PM Dec 09 2011 |

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