Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

This topic may come up in Speaking Parts 1, 2 or 3.

For instance, you could be asked to describe your hometown or a neighborhood you like to visit.

Vocabulary for buildings and cities can also be used to address these questions.

All of the vocabulary we provide is native and natural, which is exactly what leads to a 7 and higher on your IELTS Speaking Exam.

Native neighborhood vocabulary:

quaint– cute, a bit old-fashioned

transientpeople or communities that move around a lot

gilded– extra ornamentation outside an object or building

Notable sentences from today’s discussion:

A dude in a really nice suit, riding a fold-up bike, with another dude wearing a grubby sweater. Academia draws quirky folks and transplants.

People in Boston are transient, and it leads to a dynamic vibe.


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Portland neighborhoods are more homogeneous, whereas those in Cambridge have a more mixed style.

Portland is a cyclist’s paradise, whereas some cities are a cyclist’s nightmare. (This is a good example of our strategy of going to extremes!)

San Francisco is way more jam-packed and compact than Boston, which feels spacious.

Write down today’s words and phrases.

Then, walk around your neighborhood and circle the ones that apply!

When you get home, talk for 2 minutes using the new words that best describe your area!

What is your neighborhood like?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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