Thursday, July 1, 2010

DESCRIBING PLACES (FCE SPEAKING, PART 2)

Do you use a wide range of adjectives in your speech?

Test your knowledge of adjective use by playing this BBC game!

When speaking, it is important to employ a variety of words combined with appropriate adjectives that will enrich your sentences. Lists of nouns and adjectives follow that can be utilized in the second part of the FCE Speaking Test in which you may be asked to compare the pictures of two totally different places. Double click on the words you are not familiar with to be provided with their explanation in English.

The lists come from this online source.


Nouns to Describe Places

bank
church
cathedral
university
market
tobacco store
newsagent's
grocery
district
area
square
city
town
village
center
region
environment
suburb
outskirts
seaside
mountain
country
valley
plain
wood
forest
field
meadow
river
stream
waterfall
lake
pond
desert
jungle
forest hill
island
cliff 
beach
coastline
vegetation
pollution
detached house 
cottage
terrace of houses
semi-detached house
skyscraper
bungalow
cabin


Adjectives to Describe Places


unspoilt
plain
quiet
clean
dirty
ancient
modern
industrial
mountainous
low-lying
flat
tropical
overcrowded
cosmopolitan
picturesque
agricultural
fertile
rough
barren
bleak
busy
temperate
narrow
polluted
contaminated
humid
dry
lively
monotonous
varied
cultural
traditional
developed
developing
urban
rural
foreign
local
outdoor
indoor


Now try to describe these photos using words from the lists.
Note: All photographs belong to my personal collection 
and are to be used strictly for educational purposes.

Giouchtas Mountain, Crete, Greece


View from Giouchtas Mountain, Crete, Greece


Heraklion Port, Crete, Greece


Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain
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