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Try to predict the five things that he loves and hates about Spain, from the point of view of an American tourist, before listening to the video.

What are the five things that he loves and hates? Were your predictions correct? Do you agree with him?

Listen as many times as necessary. Check the word list below - can you hear them in the video?


 
Vocabulary:
 
*Hi guys! -
 
whether -
 
*awesome (adj) -

tons to love -

to dislike -
 
to end on a high note -
 
 
 
 
funny = (adj) -
 
downright hot -

Southern (adj) -
 
*you'd better... -
 
oppressively hot -

heat (n) -

 
 
 
a mild irritation -
 
the lack of ... -
 

 
 
to take a nap -
 
actually -
 
tourist stuff -
 
might not -
 
supplies (n) -
 
to purchase -
 
 
 
 
annoying (adj) -
 
a fool -
 
to rip sb off (v/n) -

to turn out -
 
to get drunk -
 
 
 
 
a pickpocket -
 
cool (Spanish students) -
 
to warn sb -
 
to watch out for stg -
 
to lock (a door) -
 
a bag snatcher -
 
 
 
the sights -
 
the landscape -
 
a fair -
 
 
 
the beauty -
 
 
to keep up with sb -
 
to have a blast -
 
 
no matter if ... -
 
to drive sb crazy -
 
to show sb around -
 
 
 
hot and sweaty -
 
 
 
 
*Annoying expressions:
 
 I can't stand it when people say hello with the words "Hi guys!" - even worse "Hiya!".
 
They often say it at the top of their voice and with emphasis so it sounds like -               Hiiiiiiiyaaaaaa guuuuuys!
 
 
I don't mind the word "guy" -  an informal way to say man.
  • He's a really nice guy.
  • See that guy over there. Isn't he a presenter on the telly?


But when greeting a group of people, I'd say "Hi everyone!" or simply "hello!"



In English, we don't have a word for "hermanos" (male and female). We say brothers and sisters.
We don't have a word for "tios" (male and female.) We say aunts and uncles.


It also gets on my nerves when Spanish men say:
  • Hola tìo!   =    Hey man!
  • Qué pasa tìo?    =   What's up man?
NB  In this sense we use "man" not "guy".  It's just as bad hearing it in English for me.

Do Spanish men think they sound more macho or tough if they call their friends "tìo"?

Call me a male chauvenist but I think it's even worse when girls call each other "tía" - I don't think there is an equivalent word in English.





How often does the guy in the video use the word awesome?

He is American and so he can use the word as often as he likes. What drives me crazy is when I hear Brits use it. Those who say "awesome" tend to overuse it.



Awe is a feeling of wonder, fear or reverence (asombro,terror o temor reverencial).

Awesome scenery is incredibly beautiful. It is inspirational. It is jaw-dropping.

An awesome challenge is one so great that you are uncertain you will succeed.



Unfortunately, you are more likely to hear awesome in contexts like the following:
  • A: I got the job.       B: That's awesome. That's great. Congratulations.
  • Graham is an awesome teacher. Graham is a fun / an excellent / a brilliant teacher. Graham is the best teacher I have ever had.



 
*Grammar Point:
 
 Most students think "you'd better" is the short form of "you would better". It isn't a conditional sentence. The long form is "you had better".
 
had ('d) better + to verb
 
 
We use it to give advice about the present or the future (even though had is a past form) or to say what is desirable in a specific situation. It is a strong expression.  We use it when we think there will be negative consequences if we don't do what is suggested.
  • You'd better remember her birthday. She'll be upset if you forget again.
  • I think we'd better leave now otherwise we will be late.
  • I'd better get back to work. I have a lot to do.


The negative form is "had (`d) better not".
  • You'd better not lose the receipt. Put it in a safe place.
  • He'd better not make fun of me again or else I'll get annoyed
  • A: Let's take the car.      B: We'd better not. There'll be a lot of traffic just now. Let's take the underground instead.

For general advice and suggestions we use "should", not "had better".
  • You'd better should see the new Tarantino film. It's great.
  • We'd better should go to Istanbul next summer. My brother has just been there and he says it is an incredible city.
  • Had I better  Should I dress smart or casual?




Go to Youtube and watch other  "5 hates and loves" videos of a European country or city; preferably one that you have been to. Try to predict what he is going to say. Do you think his comments are fair?

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! It's Inés.
I've watched the five loves and hates about London. I wanted to check if other people think the same as me about this city. And more or less this man has the same opinions as me.
So we both agree that the weather in London is horrible. When he filmed the video, it was June, and he said that it looked like people were wearing winter clothes. Another thing that he doesn't like is that it's really expensive. I realised when I went there that the prices are higher than here. And also you have to be careful when you cross the streets, I am not used to look to the right and then to the left.
Then, the first thing that he loves are the museums, but I cannot give my opinion because I didn't visit any museum. Some advantages of London are: the amazing organization and support network for tourists (which I agree with) and the fact that it's and international city in all the aspects (people, customs and food as well).
I found some expressions in the video which I think are typical American, such as suck ("The weather in London does suck"). He said also "You have to squeeze yourself in." I've never heard that expression before.
In conclusion, I think that this video was really interesting, although the man talks really fast.
See you on Wednesday,
Inés
Graham said…
Hi Inés,

London used to be famous for its smog (think of any Sherlock Holmes movie) but it isn't a problem now. Or the pollution is simply invisible nowadays.

There isn't much they can do about the grey, drizzly days though. You just have to put up with it.

I am not used to looking right and then left.

Then, the first thing that he loves is the museums, ...

... and the fact that it's an international city in all aspects (people, customs and food as well).

He said also "You have to squeeze yourself in." I've never heard that expression before.

Is he talking about the underground when he uses "squeeze"?


Well done!

See you Wednesday - at 1630 this time :-)

Roberto said…
HATES:1)The Weather(too hot in Summer,too cold in Winter.2)Not many people speaks a foreign language.3)The shops are closed during the "siesta time".4)Some people try to "rip off" foreign tourists,in bars and restaurants.5)The pickpockets. LOVES:1)Originality(every Spanish Region is different).2)The tapas bars.3)The sights(museums,cathedrals,landscapes).4)The nightlife(to party all night long).5)The people(very friendly). I want to add to the HATES:the dirty and the noise,and to the LOVES:The freedom.
Roberto said…
I think we use the expression "tío" when we talk whith someone who we know very well.The problem is when people abuse of expressions,and say "tío! all the time...Anyway,I prefer "tío" than "macho" or "tronco"(it sounds too much "macho ibérico").A lot of Americans use the expressions "come on guys!",or "come on you guys!",constantly.I know that you love the word "awesome"...
Graham said…
Hi Roberto,

I think he is a bit unfair with his comments about the weather, opening and closing times and even the lack of foreign language skills.

HATES: 2)Not many people speak a foreign language.

LOVES:1)Regionality(every Spanish region is different).

I want to add to the HATES:the dirt and the noise,and to the LOVES:the freedom.

What do you mean you love "the freedom"? The freedom to do whatever you want, regardless of what other people think?

Graham said…
Roberto,

"tronco" and "macho" kind of get on my nerves me too.

The problem is when people abuse expressions...

Roberto said…
But,these three comments are,in general terms,true...(well,the weather,maybe depends on the region).But not many people speak English,and most shops are closed from 14:00 to 17:00(you can call it "siesta time" or whatever...).The Freedom is because in other European Countries(like England,or Germany),you have millions of rules.Rules about everything(You can´t do this,you can´t do that...).And Spain is more chaotic,yes,but you have more freedom,in my opinion...
Graham said…
Hi Roberto,

I don't know where you can find the perfect climate.

I remember going to Seville in May and we were totally unprepared for the weather. The streets turned into rivers and the top temperature was around 13°C.

It's true that the average level of English is surprisingly poor. Having said that, it isn't so hard to find someone with decent conversational English.

I agree that in the UK there are too many rules. If you go into any public place, there are usually lots of signs warning you what not to do.

In Spain it's the other side of the coin. People do as they please, regardless if it bothers anybody else.


... (well,the weather, maybe it depends on the region).


Ah Roberto, remember you can use the space bar. :D



Anonymous said…
Hi! Graham. I finally watched the video of the American who talks about things of Spain that he likes and dislikes. It’s not as difficult as I thought. In fact, I have understood most of it (I am very happy….)

So, THINGS THAT HE DISLIKES
1.The weather. He explains that a lot of people think that the weather is fantastic, in Spain, but in the summer it’s very hot and in the winter can snow even in Madrid.
2.The level of foreign language in the Spanish educational system is low. So, he advises people who come to Spain to learn some Spanish before.
3.It’s difficult to find open a shop or a pharmacy in the “siesta” time, especially
on Sunday.
4.The Spanish consider foolish to tourist. It’s frequent that they try to rip the tourist off in a taxi or in a bar, for example.
5.He warns of pickpockets. The tourists have to pay attention and don’t leave anything in the car.

THINGS THAT HE DISLIKES
1.The originality is present in Spain. Everywhere you go in Spain you’ll find different food, sights, landscapes or weathers.
2.All about “tapas”, bar, “sangria” are fantastic. Eat “tapas”, drink wine or whatever you want, make you feel like Spanish.
3.The sites in Spain: Prado Museum in Madrid, one of the first museums in the world. In Sevilla, the cathedral, the Giralda, the mosque of Cordoba, etc.. There are great museums, great sites and great nature all over.
4.Other fantastic thing in Spain is the night life (“you have a blast coming here”)
5.The people are fantastic. No matter if you are in Galicia, in Zaragoza, wherever you are, Spanish people are wonderful. They are friendly and helpuf
José Luis, professor
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham, It's Hilde. I,ve watched it.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! It's Marta! I've watched the video of his likes and dislikes of Latin America. I've lived there when I was a child so I could add lots of things but, summarizing and to do it in a short way I am going to comment only some of them. It's true that countries as Mexico Chile or Argentina are more dangerous as Spain is, you just have yo watch out for your things and not wear expensive clothes when you are in a crowded place. About the beauty of the landscapes and buildings I am totally agree. It's really incredible and I'm looking forward to go there again, even a flying visit to say hello to my old friends.

Thanks
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham, im Santi thanks for the grammar point, very useful.
Graham said…
Hi JL!

I was sure that I had replied to you but I don't see my reply here. Damn!

Well, here goes again.


1.The weather. He explains that a lot of people think that the weather in Spain is fantastic, but in the summer it’s very hot and it can even snow in the winter in Madrid.

3.It’s difficult to find a shop or a pharmacy open in the “siesta” time, especially
on Sunday.

4.The Spanish think that the tourists are fools. It’s not uncommon for them to try to rip tourists off in a taxi or in a bar, for example.

5.He warns about pickpockets. The tourists have to pay attention and don’t leave anything in the car.

THINGS THAT HE DISLIKES
1.The regionality is present in Spain. Everywhere you go in Spain you’ll find different food, sights, landscapes or weather.

... makes you feel Spanish.


4.Another fantastic thing in Spain is the night life (“you'll have a blast coming here”)


Fingers crossed that you get this reply :-)

Graham said…
Hi Hilde,

What course are you doing now?
Graham said…
Hi Marta,

It's Marta! I've watched the video of his likes and dislikes about Latin America. I lived there when I was a child so I could add lots of things but, summarizing and to do it in a short way I am going to comment on only some of them.

It's true that countries such as Mexico Chile or Argentina are more dangerous than Spain is, you just have to watch out for your things and not wear expensive clothes when you are in a crowded place.

About the beauty of the landscapes and buildings I am totally agree. It's really incredible and I'm looking forward to going there again, even a flying visit to say hello to my old friends.


I've only been to Mexico. That was many years ago now.

I'd love to visit Argentina.

Graham said…
Hi Santi,

I hope you find the blog useful. Explore it.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! It's Alejandra. I think this video about 5 hate and love is really interesting and funny and also useful to know what foreign people think about Spain. Thanks for share it.
Graham said…
Hi Alejandra,

I agree. It's interesting to hear what others think of your own country.

Feel free to comment on other posts too.


Thanks for sharing it.
Hi Graham! It´s Antonio.
I have watched the five loves and hates about London. I was there 2 years ago and really disappointed me. I agree with the man that the weather in London is horrible and when i went there all the day was raining so i confirm that. Also the lifestyle is so expensive and i didn´t have so many money so i couldn´t do things that i want because of that.Other things he said about London is that you need to look rigt but i don´t think that these is a bad thing even i think is atractive.
Also i agree with the man that the cultural options is bigger than other places and the museums are a really good option and normaly are not so expensive or free.
Other thing that i think is really good is that London is a cosmopolitan city and you can find different options and cultures.
In conclusion, for me London is not one of my favourite cities but i know that really have appeal and many people love it.
Graham said…
Hi Antonio,

London is a foreign city for me and I would find it difficult to live there. I can't relate to the people and it can be really stressful. However, I do recognise that it is one of the world's greatest cities.


... I was there 2 years ago and it really disappointed me. I agree with the man that the weather in London is horrible and when I went there, it was raining every day, so I can confirm that.

Also the cost of living is so high and I didn´t have so much money so I couldn´t do things that I wanted because of that.

Other things he said about London is that you need to look right but I don´t think that this is a bad thing, I even find it charming.

I also agree with the man that there are more cultural options than in other places and the museums are a really good option and normally are not so expensive or even free.

*Another thing that I think is really good is that London is a cosmopolitan city and you can find different options and cultures.

In conclusion, London is not one of my favourite cities but I know that it really has appeal and many people love it.


*
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Belén said…
Hello Graham, It's Belén.

I've watched the video of his 5 loves and hates about Budapest.

I agree with him in almost all things that he says but i would add the food.
You can eat very well in Budapest, the dishes are plentiful and of very good quality. I recommend the Goulash (spicy dish made with meat, onion, pepper and paprika) and the Kürtöskalács, a hungarian pie that is sold by street. Besides, you can eat by 5-6 euros, to eat in restaurants is affordable.

Also, I would add that it´s worth seeing the city at night because all tourist attractions are lit.

On the other hand, Budapest has only three lines of subway and they are very old. Furthermore, you can doing a mess with the fare of bus and tram. You have to be careful with the ticket inspectors that always try to rip you off if you don´t know how to valid your ticket on the tram, or bus.

He says that is very difficult to understand people speaking Hungarian, and is really truth. When I went to Budapest, the Hungarians didn't try help me with the language. If they don´t speak English, they don´t try to understand you, not even with signs.

See you!
Graham said…
Hi Belén,

I loved Budapest. It's a city in which I can imagine myself living, though the language would be a problem. I found the people pleasant enough.


I agree with him about almost everything that he says but I would add the food.

You can eat very well in Budapest, the dishes are plentiful and of very good quality. I recommend the Goulash (spicy dish made with meat, onion, pepper and paprika) and the Kürtöskalács, a hungarian pie that is sold on the street. Besides, you can eat for 5-6 euros, to eat in restaurants is affordable.

Also, I would add that it´s worth seeing the city at night because all tourist attractions are lit up.

On the other hand, Budapest has only three lines of subway and they are very old. Furthermore, you can get into trouble with the fare of the bus and tram. You have to be careful with the ticket inspectors that always try to rip you off if you don´t know how to validate your ticket on the tram or bus.

He says that it is very difficult to understand people speaking Hungarian, and it is really true. ...
Hi Graham,

I am Maria. Finally i can watch the video about the loves and hates. I agree with this man in some things. I think that is very important to learn english to work in a bar or some tourist places, because the foreing people feels better if you can understand. It isnt't necessary learn a lot of english, but some useful words. I don't like to lie to the tourists in a taxi or in a bar, because if they come to enjoy the city, it's a bad idea lie them with the prize. The five loves that he said, there are true: Spain has a lot of different festivals, the tapas bar is considerated a cultural thing, and drink sangria or wine and eat a lot. The sightseeing is amazing, there are a lot of beautiful places like buildings or museums. Spain is the best place for the nightlife and spanish people are wonderful,not every people, but the majority (LOL).

I consider that the nap or siesta is great, and if you live in Spain, you finally will do. Of course i hate the pickpockets. And the weather in summer is very hot, especially in the South, but the solution is: if you come to Spain in August, you have to go to the North, for example, to Asturias or Santander, and if you come to Spain in winter or in spring you will go to Sevilla.

I promise i write a comment about a city that i have ever been in it, but first i need to think about it.

see you soon!
Graham said…
Hi Maria,

Good to see you on the blog.

It's Graham (said when on the phone, at door etc when you say who is speaking)

Finally I can watch the video about the loves and hates. I agree with this man about some things. I think that it is very important to learn English to work in a bar or some tourist places, because the foreginers feel better if you can understand. It isn't necessary to learn a lot of English, just some useful words. I don't like people lying to tourists in a taxi or bar, because if they come to enjoy the city, it's a bad idea to lie to them about the price.

The five loves that he said are true: Spain has a lot of different festivals, the tapas bar is considered a cultural thing, and drink sangria or wine and eat a lot. The sightseeing is amazing, there are a lot of beautiful places like buildings or museums. Spain is the best place for nightlife and Spanish people are wonderful, not everyone but the majority (LOL).

I consider that the nap or siesta is great, and if you live in Spain, you will end up agreeing. Of course I hate pickpockets. And the weather in summer is very hot, especially in the South, but the solution is: if you come to Spain in August, you have to go to the North, for example, to Asturias or Santander, and if you come to Spain in winter or in spring you should go to Sevilla.

I promise to write a comment about a city that I have been to, but first I need to think about it.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! It's Nuria,
I wanted to watch about 5 loves and hates from London because I've been twice and I agree with this guy in some loves and hates.
Firstly, one of the hates is the weather. It's completely true, it's always cloudy and it's rain a lot. So even it is summer time you have to bring a jacket. The second hate it's that is an expensive city. Absolutely! When I was in London I spent a lot of money. Number 3, I didn't have problems with the transportation, but he said that it's a city which has a lot of delates, cancels, etc. Number 4, it's true that you can miss british-isms in London such as something about Shakespeare. And the last one, it's a city with a lot of tourist and you have to be careful when you cross the streets even if the ground is painted "look right". To sum up the hates I my opinion I would put in one of the hates: people. For my experience, in general people from there were serious, unfriendly and if you don't put the correct accent in english they don't help you.
On the other hand, on of the loves are the great museums, I went to the British museum and it was awesome. The second love, when you can see the changing of the guard, in my opinion it's true it was a unique experience. Number 3, it's completely true that London is an Internacional city, people from other countries, others cultures, customs, etc. Number 4, and probably my favorite it is the food, you can taste a lot of kind of food, such as american restaurant, japanese, italian, hindu, etc. Also pubs and bars. And the last one, the amazing organization and support network for tourists, I agree with him.

In conclusion, I think it is an amazing and important city.
See you on tuesday,
Thans!

Nuria
Graham said…
Hi Nuria,

London is undoubtedly a great city although I wouldn't like to live there. It's not an easy city to get around and it's too stressful.


I wanted to watch about 5 loves and hates from London because I've been twice and I agree with this guy about some loves and hates.

Firstly, one of the hates is the weather. It's completely true, it's always cloudy and it rains a lot. So even if it is summer time you have to bring a jacket.

The second hate is that it is an expensive city. Absolutely! When I was in London I spent a lot of money.

Number 3, I didn't have problems with the transportation, but he said that it's a city which has a lot of delays, cancellations, etc.

Number 4, it's true that you can miss british-isms in London such as something about Shakespeare. I'm not really sure what you mean here.

And the last one, it's a city with a lot of tourists and you have to be careful when you cross the streets even if "look right" is painted at the edge of the street.

To sum up the hates. in my opinion I would put the people in one of the hates. In my experience, in general people there were serious, unfriendly and if you don't speak with the correct accent in English, they don't help you.

...

Number 3, it's completely true that London is an Internacional city, people from other countries, other cultures, customs, etc.

Number 4, and probably my favorite, is the food, you can taste a lot of kind of food, such as American, Japanese, Italian, Indian, etc.

...


Didn't this guy make a video about Barcelona?