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Hanging Out on the Porch | Learn English Vocabulary

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In this English lesson, you’ll get important listening practice. Watch the video, look at the transcript, learn new vocabulary, and then practice your writing!

Video Transcript

Hello, everybody! This is Jack from tofluency.com. Now, a lot of people ask me about the difference between the UK and the US, and if you already know who I am you’ll know that I am from the UK but now I live here in North Carolina in the USA.

So, I have experience living in both countries and one of the biggest differences or one of the biggest benefits of living here in the US is being able to spend time on porches like this one. So, last night we got home after going to a party and it was about nine o’clock, we made a cup of tea, and I just sat out on the porch at night. It was warm enough to do this. Now, in the UK, it’s never warm enough to do that – it’s not very common for people to go out at night and just spend time on the porch or anywhere outside.

Having said that, I do remember one summer when we did spend a lot of time outside, but it is very rare and looking at the weather currently in the UK, it’s been raining so much and it’s just too cold to go out in the evening. So, I feel very fortunate to be able to just chill out on this porch – to hang out with friends on the porch at night. And especially at the moment, there are no mosquitoes. Soon, they’re going to be a lot of mosquitoes which is going to stop me from hanging out here, but at the moment, it’s the perfect time to just chill out on the porch at night, especially after my son goes to bed.

Now what I want to know is, where you live, do you spend time outside in the evening? Either in your garden, in a community space or on the porch as well. So, please let me know in the comments section and thank you for watching this video!

Learn Vocabulary from the Video

One of the biggest benefits of living here

Benefit = advantage
What’s the benefit of doing that?

Having said that,…

This is a phrase that introduces that contrasts to the previous point.
I love working out. Having said that, I haven’t done it for a long time!

I do remember one summer…

We can use ‘do’ in the affirmative to add emphasis.
You don’t love me!
But I DO love you!

It’s been raining so much (recently)

This is an example of the present perfect continuous. Here is another example:
I’ve been working hard lately.

Chill out on the porch

I made a video lesson on chill out here.

Hang out with friends

This is an informal way to say ‘spend time with friends’
Let’s hang out this week

… is going to stop me from hanging out here

This is a more advanced sentence structure. Stop + someone + from + doing something
That bouncer stopped me from going in.

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  • I live in an apartment where there is no garden or porch . I spend time outside in the evening in shopping malls .

  • In Egypt, unfortunately, I do not have a porch like you, but I have a balcony because we live in an apartment, in the fourth floor. We can hang out with friends and family members on the balcony. Have a nice day. 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing. We had a balcony in Spain – we loved hanging out there!