See also: IELTS vocabulary for city people and IELTS vocabulary for a city environment
Essential IELTS vocabulary split into common IELTS topics and subsections. In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe cities, particularly the city environment – the places, buildings and locations that you can refer to when talking or writing about cities.
Take a look at the list below. How many words do you know? If there are any words you are not familiar with, we strongly recommend that you look them up in a dictionary. Once you have looked through the list, try the vocabulary exercise that follows.
- subway/underground/train/metro/light rail/ferry/Tube (UK English)
- mass transit/queue
- waste disposal
- theatres/cinema complex/galleries/botanical gardens
Roads and traffic
- traffic jam(s)
- (heavy) traffic congestion
- motorway (UK English)
- freeway (US English)
- noise pollution
- light pollution
1) The basic, and essential, facilities and services of a city such as bridges, roads and power supplies