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Places and Buildings vocab — List of words and collocations

15-storey building
amusement park (n)
ancient (adj)
are packed in like sardines
be homesick
block of flats (n)
cottage (n)
dank (adj)
detached house (n)
drop off (someone) (v)
have itchy feet
high-rise flat (n)
home away from home
landlord (n)
lush (adj)
nothing to write home about
open-air (adj)
out in the boonies
outskirts (n)
poky (adj)
roam around
roller-coaster (n)
roomy (adj)
sleepy (adj)
spacious (adj)
stuffy (adj)
tenant (n)
touristy (adj)
unspoiled (adj)
venue (n)

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Places and Buildings vocab — Explanations & Examples

15-storey building — building with 15 floors
I live in a block of flats, on the 7th floor of 15-storey building.

amusement park (n) — large outdoor area with entertainments such as attractions, shows, refreshments, games of chance or skill
Our kids was flabbergasted when they saw that huge amusement park in Barcelona first time.

ancient (adj) — old (about places), smth that is many years old
We like visiting ancient ruins when we're on holiday.

Idioms and collocations
are packed in like sardines — crowded very close together
We were packed in like sardines on the bus.

Idioms and collocations
be homesick — to miss your home and family (after leaving home)
I was really homesick and missed my family that days.

block of flats (n) — building with many floors and many flats
I live on the eighth floor in a block of flats.

cottage (n) — small simple house, typically one near a lake or beach.
After retirement, I'd like to live in a small cottage near the sea on the southern coast of Spain.

dank (adj) — humid and typically cold
There were dank, cold rooms in that abandoned castle, where we liked to play ghosts.

detached house (n) — is a free-standing residential building; without sharing any walls with neighbours
In the future I want to live in a detached house in Toronto.

Idioms and collocations
drop off (someone) (v) — take someone to some place; accompany someone to some place
The school and kindergartens are pretty close, so dropping off the kids in the morning doesn't take a lot of time.

Idioms and collocations
have itchy feet — want to travel or change the environment
My wife has itchy feet and she always wants to visit new places.

Idioms and collocations
high-rise flat (n) — a flat in a tall, modern building with lots of floors
In Beijing I lived in a spacious high-rise flat with three bedrooms.

home away from home — a location where one does not reside but feel as comfortable as at home
He is a Chilean, but he says France is his home away from home.

landlord (n) — person who rent (lend) a flat for tenants
I know landlords who turn lives of their tenants to hell.

lush (adj) — characterized by luxuriousness
The exhibition was a lush banquet of colour, depth and intensity.

Idioms and collocations
nothing to write home about — nothing special
The museum was ok but nothing to write home about.

open-air (adj) — outdoors concerts
I think such kind of open-air concerts will always be popular.

Idioms and collocations
out in the boonies — In a very distant or remote location; in the middle of nowhere
The place was all the way out in the boonies — it took us hours to get there.

outskirts (n) — a part remote from the center
My family and I live in(on) the outskirts of Berlin.

poky (adj) — (UK informal) small and uncomfortable
They live in a poky little flat.

Idioms and collocations
roam around — to walk without definite purpose
We spent a lot of weekends just roaming around the countryside, exploring.

roller-coaster (n) — railway track with tight turns and steep slopes (an amusement park attraction)
We went for a ride on the roller coaster in that park.

roomy (adj) — having a lot of space; spacious
It was unusual to find such a roomy apartment in this price bracket.

sleepy (adj) — a very quiet place
I lived in a sleepy little town near London.

spacious (adj) — having a lot of space; roomy
I wont to live in a spacious house near the center.

stuffy (adj) — lacking fresh air
I don't like crowded and stuffy places.

tenant (n) — person who rent (borrow) a flat
I believe we're ideal tenant, we always care about the place we live in.

touristy (adj) — designed to attract tourists
We don't like staying in big cities like Barcelona for a long time, they're too touristy.

unspoiled (adj) — hasn't lost character because of developments
I like walking in the center of Saint Petersburg, feeling this historical spirit, and enjoying unspoiled architecture.

venue (n) — place where a public event or meeting happens
Many stadiums had been specifically designed as venues for World Cup matches in 2018.


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