1) Study the descriptions of the cities below. Try to guess the city.
This vibrant city lies on the west coast of the United States. It is the second most populous city in the United States with a population of nearly 4 million people. The city is famous for its movie studios and is the home of many film stars. While the downtown area is generally regarded as safe, the rundown ghetto areas of the east and south of the city are considered to be dangerous, high-crime areas.
This city is situated in South-East Asia. With a population of 7 million people, it is one of the most
densely populated areas in the world and has more high-rise buildings than any other city. It is also
one of the world’s leading financial centres. The city is renowned for its spectacular waterfront views and for famous actors such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
This capital city has the largest community of billionaires in the world. However, there is also very
high inequality and many impoverished areas in the outskirts of the city. The centre of the city features beautiful parks and historical landmarks. This contrasts sharply with drab suburban areas, which still feature Soviet-era tower blocks. It also has one of the most overcrowded and stressful metro systems in the world.
This European capital city is one of the oldest cities in the world with a history of around 3400 years. It is widely regarded as the birthplace of democracy. The heritage of the past is still evident in the city’s ancient monuments, temples and works of art. The city is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites and it hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Today, it is a cosmopolitan metropolis and an economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural centre.
This European city is considered to be one of the most picturesque cities in the world. It is home to an abundance of historic sites, buildings, museums. The city is built on over 100 small islands and has more than 150 canals and 400 bridges. Not surprisingly, it is also known as the ‘Floating City’.
Have you visited any of these cities? Which of them would you prefer to visit?
2) Do these words remind you of famous cities? Which ones?
High-rise buildings, double-decker bus, cobbled streets, heavy traffic, neon lights, pedestrian zone, commercial district, impoverished neighbourhood, deserted areas, rundown district, picturesque views, overcrowded city centre, vibrant area, touristy
3) Americans have different terms for some of the features of their cities. Can you match the American terms to their definitions or equivalent British/Australian English terms?
Which type of city housing do you prefer?
Where do you go shopping when you are in the city? Which places do you avoid?
Which part of a city do you prefer to live in?
4) Now imagine you are a real-estate agent offering flats and houses for expats. Choose a city and try to describe it as attractively as possible. Use some of the following expressions along with the new words learnt in class:
The city lies on … / is situated in/on …
The city is considered to be … / is regarded as …
The city has a population of about …
The city is renowned for …
The city is home to a number of …/several …/plenty of …/a few …/an abundance of …
The centre of the city features …
it was good considerated- it was well considered
without nothing- without anything
Madrid in Christmas- Madrid at Christmas
spend money in warmth- spend money on heating
a place where you can save your bike- a place where you can keep yor bike
see sightseeings- go sightseeing
in the weekends- at weekends