The Verb Page – Verbal Phrases 6 – Living Overseas

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Check your answers at this link: Living Overseas

just come back
just returned

Which one did you hear?

When did you come back?
When did you get back?

I came back about two years ago
I got back about two years ago

I lived overseas
I am living overseas

Have you ever lived overseas?

…so it was a long absence
..so it is a long absence

Which places did you live in?
Which places have you lived in?

Which places have you lived in?

I lived in San Francisco
I have lived in San Francisco

Have you been to San Francisco?

when did you first go to San Francisco?
when did you first arrive in San Francisco?

When did you go there?

I went to San Francisco in 1982.
I first arrived in San Franciso in 1982

How old were you in 1982?

So, were you studying then?
So you are studying now?

Are you a student?

I was finishing up my graduate school.
I am finishing up my graduate school

Did you go to grad scholo?

And what was your impression of the city?
And what is your impression of the city?

it’s on the edge of the ocean
it was on the edge of the ocean

Do you live on the coast?

it was a pretty nice city
it is a pretty nice city

Which city do you live in?

I think it’s one of the nicest American cities.
I thought it was one of the nicest American cities

Have you been to America?

San Francisco is not really a part of the United States
San Francisco was not really a part of the United States

is famous for being a liberal city.
was famous for being a liberal city

The fifties was conservative.

…they were starting to show some of the
they are starting to show some of the ..

What movies are showing now?

it is under attack
it was under attack

everybody is a little bit paranoid.
everybody was a little bit paranoid
everybody will be a little bit paranoid

Are you paranoid?

did you have a lot of Japanese friends
do you have a lot of Japanese friends

Do you have any Japanese friends?

Japanese people who lived there.
Japanese people who live there

eighty per cent of my friends were Japanese...
eighty per cent of my friends are Japanese


Did you have Mexican friends?

Do you have Mexican friends?

Do you have any Mexican friends?

you may see more Mexicans
you might see more Mexicans

You speak Chinese too, don’t you?
You spoke Chinese, didn’t you?

I lived in China for a while so I picked up enough to get by.
I am living in China so I have picked up enough to get by.


Have you been to China?

What part of China do you live in?
What part of China did you live in?

I lived in Beijing
I am living in Beijing


Have you been there?

but I traveled quite a lot
I have traveled quite a lot

Do you like traveling?

some places where normal tourists would not go
some places where normal tourists will not go

I could really remember…
I can really remember ..

Do you have a good memory?

Did you live in Europe?
Have you lived in Europe?

Do you live in Europe?

Yes, I did.
Yes, I have

I lived in Amsterdam
I have lived in Amsterdam.

What do you think about Amsterdam?
What did you think of Amsterdam?

Have you been to Amsterdam?

I really felt at home.
I really feel at home.

It’s so wonderfully liberal
It was so wonderfully liberal

people are conservative
people were conservative

Are yopu conservative?

it is a small country
it was a small country

Do you come from a small country?

I felt very very good about that.
I feel very good about that.

How do you feel?

Did you learn some Dutch
Have you learned some Dutch


Do you know any Dutch?

I tried
I try

they all spoke English
they all speak English

they say…
they said…

it is not a good language to learn
it was not a good language to learn

Which languages have you studied?

nobody knew it
nobody knows it

I still remembered a few words though
I still remember a few words though.

I don’t agree with that.
I didn’t agree with that.

I think so too
I thought so too

I was kind of a different personality
I am kind of a different personality

Does your personality change when you speak another language?

when I am speaking
when I was speaking

I wanted to learn
I want to learn

it was difficult
It is difficult…

that is really the interesting thing
that was really the interesting thing

What are you interested in?

That was true
That’s true.

Check your answers at this link: Living Overseas

World English Course

There are lots of things you can learn in the World English Course. There is a place where you can talk about work and there is also a place where you can find a job and a place where you can find staff. There is a place where you can have fun and there is a place where you can talk about food or family. There is also a place where you can talk about money or love or philosophy. You can study anything you want anytime you want. You can do it once a week or every day or any time you like. Have fun! Work hard! Tell your friends and family members! Enjoy!

Links to More Lessons on More Pages

The Work Page

Routine and Habit – The Routine Page

Verbs in Context in Many Tenses with Audio

Philosophy of Grammar and the Idea of Verbs as Actions

Verbs and Tenses – The Tense Page


Present Participle or Gerund or “ing” Form

Verbal Phrases 1 (with Audio)

Verbal Phrases 2 (with Audio)

Verbal Phrases 3 (with Audio)

Verbal phrases 4 (with Audio)
Verbal Phrases 5 (with Audio)

Verbal Phrases 6 (with Audio)

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