In this lesson, you will learn collocations to talk about the area where you live. You can use them to describe your neighbourhood and what you like or dislike about living there.
Notice how the choice of words can make a place sound attractive or unattractive.
A DESCRIPTION OF AN URBAN AREA
I've lived in this city all my life. I really like the area where I live because of the unique atmosphere and friendly neighbours. Also, there are plenty of green spaces for children, and actually people of all ages, to enjoy. I'd say it's one of the most pleasant residential areas of the city. Apart from having lots of parks, there are also lots of local amenities such as convenience stores, sports facilities, and so on.
My apartment is within easy reach of the city centre - just about a 15-minute walk. I find it quite refreshing when I walk along the tree-lined streets in my area, especially early in the morning. It's a pretty good place to live because it's extremely safe and also clean.
NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF AN URBAN AREA
Having lived in my area for many years now, I've noticed a few things which in my opinion should be improved. First of all, I think that more recycling facilities should be installed. Currently, I cannot find any near my apartment building. Secondly, the parking facilities are poor and a lot of people leave their cars on every available pavement. Another thing is that once it becomes darker, I feel a bit unsafe walking along the dimly lit streets.
There are important factors to consider before you decide where to live. Look at the key things listed below and rewrite the information using collocations from the texts.
1. within easy reach of the city centre; 2. friendly neighbourhood; 3. parking facilities; 4. green spaces; 5. tree-lined streets; 6. no dimly lit streets; 7. local amenities;
City Life - Going out
Cities - Talk about your area
Cities - Advantages and Disadvantages of Urban Life
Countryside - Advantages and Disadvantages of Rural Life
Other lessons with English collocations:
Collocations for Rural Life
Collocations for Success
Collocations for Feelings
Click below to read some of our IELTS related lessons:
Discourse Markers for IELTS Speaking and Everyday English
Causes and Effects of Migration from Rural Areas to Cities
IELTS Speaking Test: Means of Transport (We give answers to five questions from Part 3 of the speaking test.)
IELTS Speaking Test: Places That Tourists Visit and Being a Tourist (We give answers to six questions from Part 3 of the speaking test.)
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