Pictures :

Aerial photos reveal the stark divide between rich and poor - 21 August 2018
"Aerial images by drone photographer Johnny Miller reveal the dramatic divide
between rich and poor in cities in South Africa, Mexico and India."



The world's most beautiful city squares – perfect places for people-watching - 18 pictures

Trafalgar Square



The 20 least liveable cities on Earth - 20 photos - 19 March 2017

Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Dkaka, Bangladesh


England's 18 most beautiful villages - Photos
+ Britain's 20 best cities - Photos


The most colourful cities in the world – in pictures
"From the arts hub of Valparaiso to the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur,
we take a look at the neighbourhoods and cityscapes
that have been transformed by colourful paint."




City vocabulary English lesson
"During this English lesson you will learn the vocabulary for places around the city.
Also learn how to ask basic questions about where certain places are around the city."




English Words For City Places and Things
with pictures
+ interactive quizzes


Photo Gallery: Pedestrian Signals Around the World

"...with a fairytale light in honor of the great Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen,
crossing the streets of Germany’s northern neighbor can be quite amusing."


"An unusual street sweeper, made of
bamboo brooms, cleans the road
in Shijiazhuang, capital of northern China."





City vocabulary mindmapped
with BUBBL



Street cleaning

A street sweeper



Bus lane


City-Related Words
with pictures


In the City
and On The Street

Click on Flashcard Library.


A bank


Building-Related Words
with pictures



Railroad station



UK Villages Online
(UK and Ireland)
- photos - postcards
- over 2000 web sites
- with an interactive map




Vocabulary :

  • City Nicknames and The Stories Behind Them - an infographic

  • Town vocabulary
    "The vocabulary is for elementary and pre-intermediate students and it covers different basic features which can be found in towns and cities."

    + a video + a mind map + games


  • What’s the Difference Between a Street and a Road? 
    "What about the alleys, avenues, boulevards, circles, courts, drives, expressways, highways, lanes, parkways, paths, places, squares, terraces, trails, ways and other roadway name suffixes we use? Here are some select definitions..." 

  • A town crier, or bellman,
    "is an officer of the court who makes public pronouncements as required by the court (cf. Black's Law Dictionary).
    The crier can also be used to make public announcements in the streets. Criers often dress elaborately, by a tradition dating to the 18th century, in a red and gold robe, white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat.
    They carry a handbell to attract people's attention, as they shout the words "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!" before making their announcements." 


    Liverpool appoints Terry Stubbings as town crier
    - 23 September 2011
    "Mr Stubbings will take part in civic and ceremonial events and welcome passengers arriving at Liverpool's Cruise Liner Terminal."


    See The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers


  • Dongtan Eco-city (Wikipedia)
    "This urban centre, where people will be able to live and work in a high-quality environment, could be the template for sustainability in city planning, not only in China but elsewhere in the world. "
  • The City - Les mots s'affichent quand on passe la souris sur les images. - avec son (

  • Interesting U.S. Town Names
    - ex : Nowhere, Oklahoma / No Name, Colorado / Nothing,...


  • 24 of the Funniest Town Names in America
    "I was holed up in Boring, Oregon, wondering whether I should try someplace different. So I hopped in my car and drove to Why, Arizona, to figure things out. After a few days I found my answer in Whynot, Mississippi: I needed a town with some life to it. I made a beeline for Disco, Tennessee, where I danced so much, I wore out my shoes. The next day, I headed to Loafers Glory, North Carolina, for a new pair..."

Listening :

  • The City - Les mots s'affichent quand on passe la souris sur les images. - avec son (


  • English Village
    Steven talks about the village he is from in England.
    "The last time I went back was Christmas... I saw old friends and family and did the usual Christmas things..."
    - with a Comprehension Quiz

  • Travel and Sightseeing : Directions Through Town - with interactive activities + the script

  • Best (Foreign) City
    "Listen as a group of people talk about what is their favorite city outside of their country."

    + Take the Audio Slide Show Quiz


  • Traffic - with AUDIO
    " Many places today have problems with too many cars on the roads. I visited London recently.
    What is traffic like there? Find out by doing these four exercises..."

  • Task Town is for students who want to participate with the audio. (
    As you listen you need to make choices or interact with the audio. Have Fun!
    Around Town
  • Fastest way to the station (
    "You need to get to the station. Listen to four ways you can get there."

  • Direction Game (
    "You need to find your friend's house. Listen to the instructions and see if you can find it."

  • Directions 1 (easy) - Révision des prépositions et des magasins
    Directions 3 (medium) - Révision des prépositions
    Directions 2 (difficult) - Utilisation des prépositions
  • Hotel (BBC)
    Listen 1: At the hotel reception (part 1)
    Listen 2: At the hotel reception (part 2)
    Read 1: In the hotel room
    Read 2: Finding a hotel in London

  • Transport (BBC)
    Listen 1: Choosing transport from Heathrow into town
    Listen 2: At the ticket office
    Listen 3: In the Underground station
    Read 1: Comparing travel options
    Speak 1: Comparisons and the 'schwa' sound

  • Safety (with SOUND) - (
    Click on STORIES, then on LEVEL 2.

  • Travel (with exercises) : Sightseeing in Town (Medium) - (


Conversation questions :


Facts :

  • The inventor who plans to build a city under the sea - 20 September 2018
    "Phil Nuytten has spent decades inventing submarines and suits that can take people more than 305m (1,000ft) underwater.
    Now he plans to use the same technology to build a colony at the bottom of the ocean."


  • Revealed: The world's most expensive (and cheapest) cities for 2018 - 16 March 2018
    "Singapore has been declared the most expensive city on Earth for the fifth year running, according to an extensive annual study of prices...
    The cheapest city this year was found to be Damascus in Syria..."

    + The world's 10 most expensive cities
    + The world's 10 cheapest cities
    + Biggest moves down the rankings
    + Biggest moves up the rankings


  • Where is the world’s noisiest city?
    "The ‘ignored pollutant’ can cause depression, stress, diabetes and heart attacks. What are cities doing to curb excess noise?...
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described noise pollution as an underestimated threat that can cause hearing loss, cardiovascular problems, cognitive impairment, stress and depression. Some experts go further: they believe exposure to environmental noise could be slowly killing us."


    Guangzhou, China, has been ranked as having the worse levels of noise pollution in the world

  • Diagnosing Gentrification - 21 February 2018
    "When neighborhoods change, it doesn’t just affect long-term residents’ housing options. It might be making them sick."


  • Mapped: The world's most overcrowded cities
    See the map


  • The Most Extreme Cities in the World
    "The locations on this map represent the rudest, hottest, coldest, most congested and most expensive on the planet.
    Surprisingly, this list also includes some of the world's most beloved destinations. Scroll through to find out which cities boast these bad characteristics.
    The one that made the list three times might (or might not) surprise you! "

  • 'A View On Cities', a site dedicated to the sights and attractions in some of the world's greatest cities.


  • Which are the most corrupt cities in the world? - 21 June 2016
    From organised crime to illegal land sales.
    "Cities around the world – from Mogadishu to London – are under the spotlight for corruption, with heightened focus following the Panama Papers leak.
    But what does urban corruption look like – and how is it measured?"

  • The city of 187 different countries - 2 March 2016
    "Home to more international organisations than any other place in the world, Geneva has a decidedly global feel, with more than 40% of residents coming from outside Switzerland."
  • Plugging tomorrow’s cities into greener power sources - 23 May 2013
    "Cities are growing at a frightening rate, and using more and more energy created from polluting fuels.
    In the second expert viewpoint in our Building Tomorrow series, architect Richard Hyams says urban environments can help create the energy we need."

    + a slideshow + Related articles
  • Cities: How crowded life is changing us
    "More than half the world’s population are concentrated in urban areas, and this is having an effect not just culturally, but biologically too.
    And advances in technology are adding an entirely new dimension to people’s lives."




  • Vilnius mayor runs over illegally parked car in a tank
    "The eccentric mayor of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has decided to send a stern message to anyone thinking of illegally parking on his city's streets: by driving over an illegally parked car in a Soviet-era armoured personnel carrier...
    The car that he so demonstrably crushed was bought especially for the exercise and did not belong to an unsuspecting motorist..."

    + a video


  • City dwellers suffer most stress
    "People living in the countryside are less likely to suffer stress and anxiety than city dwellers because their brains are wired differently, a study has found."



  • Is this the sustainable city of the future?
    "According to a New York design group, this is how tomorrow's metropolis may look – just don't ask how it will work...
    Terreform One, a New York non-profit design group led by 38-year-old architect Mitchell Joachim, offers answers to almost everything to do with cities and sustainability. Its prolific output of ideas includes blimps creeping nose-to-tail around cities, with seats hanging off them just above the ground so that people can jump on and off at will..."



  • Queues likely (
    "British people love to queue (or so it seems at least). They form an orderly queue in almost every situation..."