Dialogue: The City and the Country

Two young women looking at view from Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Seb Oliver/ Cultura/ Getty Images

When comparing the city and country in a conversation, you'll need to use the comparative form. The comparative form changes depending on the adjective you use. It's important to learn a wide range of adjectives to describe both the physical location as well as the character of the people and places. Practice comparing the city and the country with the dialogue below and then practice your own conversations with others in your class.

The City and the Country

David: How do you like living in the big city?
Maria: There are many things that are better than living in the country!

David: Can you give me some examples?
Maria: Well, it certainly is more interesting than the country. There is so much more to do and see!

David: Yes, but the city is more dangerous than the country.
Maria: That's true. People in the city aren't as open and friendly as those in the countryside.

David: I'm sure that the country is more relaxed, too!
Maria: Yes, the city is busier than the country. However, the country is much slower than the city.

David: I think that's a good thing!
Maria: Oh, I don't. The country is so slow and boring! It's much more boring than the city.

David: How about the cost of living? Is the country cheaper than the city?
Maria: Oh, yes. The city is more expensive than the country.

David: Life in the country is also much healthier than in the city.
Maria: Yes, it's cleaner and less dangerous in the country. But, the city is so much more exciting. It's faster, crazier and more fun than the country.

David: I think YOU are crazy for moving to the city.
Maria: Well, I'm young now. Maybe when I'm married and have children I'll move back to the country.

More Dialogue Practice - Includes level and target structures / language functions for each dialogue.