Places in the City in English

List of Places in a City

City centre in English

the central part of a city

City centre

/ˌsɪt.i ˈsen.tər/

UK
UK

Downtown

/ˈdɑʊnˈtɑʊn/

US
US

Ex. It’s impossible to park in the city centre (downtown).

car park

an area of ground for parking cars

Car park

/ˈkɑː ˌpɑːk/

UK
UK

Parking lot

/ˈpɑːr.kɪŋ ˌlɑːt/

US
US

Ex. I left my car in the mall car park (parking lot).

Bicycle path in English

a path or marked route that is intended for people riding bicycles

 

Cycle path

/ˈsaɪ.kəl ˌpɑːθ/

UK
UK

Bicycle path

/ˈbaɪ.sə.kəl ˌpæθ/

US
US

Ex. Germany, Holland, and Denmark have extensive networks of cycle paths (bicycle paths).

sidewalk in English

a path with a hard surface on one or both sides of a road, that people walk on 

Pavement

/ˈpeɪv.mənt/

UK
UK

Sidewalk

/ˈsaɪd.wɑːk/

US
US

Ex. If there are no pavements (sidewalks), walk on the side of the road facing traffic.

telephone booth in English

a small shelter in the street in which they’re commonly used to be a public telephone.

Telephone box

/ˈtel.ɪ.fəʊn ˌbɒks/

UK
UK

Telephone booth

/ˈtel.ə.foʊn ˌbuːθ/

US
US

Ex. She didn’t have a phone, and they’re definitely wasn’t a telephone booth (telephone booth) around here.

Street light in English

a light in or at the side of a road or public area that is usually supported on a tall post

Streetlight

/ˈstriːt.laɪt/

UK
UK

/ˈstriːt.laɪt/

US
US

Ex. He crashed his car into a streetlight

Traffic jam in English

a light in or at the side of a road or public area that is usually supported on a tall post

Traffic jam

/ˈtræf.ɪk ˌdʒæm/

UK
UK

/ˈtræf.ɪk ˌdʒæm/

US
US

Ex. The snow caused traffic jams all over the city.

underpass in English

a road or path that goes under something such as a busy road, allowing vehicles or people to go from one side to the other

Underpass

/ˈʌn.də.pɑːs/

UK
UK

/ˈʌn.dɚ.pæs/

US
US

Ex. A subway is a pedestrian underpass, generally under a road.

Overpass in English

a bridge that carries a road or railway over another road

Flyover

/ˈflaɪˌəʊ.vər/

UK
UK

Overpass

/ˈoʊ.vɚ.pæs/

US
US

Ex. ‘Up there, under the flyover (overpass) and cross the road,’ she said.

crosswalk in English

a place where pedestrians can cross a street and where drivers must stop to let them cross.

Pedestrian crossing

/pəˌdes.tri.ən ˈkrɒs.ɪŋ/

UK
UK

Crosswalk

/ˈkrɑːs.wɑːk/

US
US

Ex. I looked down at the dirty yellow lines of the pedestrian crossing (crosswalk).

Crossroads in English

a place where two roads meet and cross each other

Crossroads

/ˈkrɒs.rəʊdz/

UK
UK

/ˈkrɑːs.roʊdz/

US
US

Ex. Turn right at the first crossroads.

roundabout in English

a circular structure in the road at a place where several roads meet.

Roundabout

/ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/

UK
UK

/ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/

US
US

Ex. Take the first left at the roundabout.

road sign in English

a sign near a road giving information or instructions to drivers

Road sign

/ˈrəʊd saɪn/

UK
UK

/ˈrəʊd saɪn/

US
US

Ex. We couldn’t read the road signs.

Traffic light in English

one of a set of red, yellow, and green lights that control the movement of vehicles

Traffic light

/ˈtræf.ɪk ˌlaɪt/

UK
UK

/ˈtræf.ɪk ˌlaɪt/

US
US

Ex. Turn left at the traffic lights.

Library

a building where things such as books, newspapers, videos, and music are kept for people to read, use, or borrow.

Library

/ˈlaɪ.brər.i/

UK
UK

/ˈlaɪ.brer.i/

US
US

Ex. This library loans books, CDs and videotapes.

school in English

a place where children go to be educated

School

/skuːl/

UK
UK

/skuːl/

US
US

Ex. They’re building a new school in the town.

Post office in English

a place where stamps are sold and from where letters and parcels are sent

Post office

/ˈpəʊst ˌɒf.ɪs/

UK
UK

/ˈpoʊst ˌɑː.fɪs/

US
US

Ex. She collects her pension from the post office.

bookstore in English

a store or website where books are sold

Bookstore

/ˈbʊk.stɔːr/

UK
UK

/ˈbʊk.stɔːr/

US
US

Ex. He’s doing a reading at the local bookstore tonight

Bank

an organization where people and businesses can invest or borrow money, change it to foreign money…

Bank

/bæŋk/

UK
UK

/bæŋk/

US
US

Ex. I must go to the bank and change some money.

Hospital

a place where people who are ill or injured are treated and taken care of by doctors and nurses

Hospital

/ˈhɒs.pɪ.təl/

UK
UK

/ˈhɑː.spɪ.t̬əl/

US
US

Ex. He worked as a nurse in a hospital.

Bus stop in English

a place, usually with a pole with a sign, where a bus stops to allow passengers to get on and off

Bus stop

/ˈbʌs ˌstɒp/

UK
UK

/ˈbʌs ˌstɑːp/

US
US

Ex. She was waiting at a bus stop.

Police station

the local office of the police in a town or part of a city

Police station

/pəˈliːs ˌsteɪ.ʃən/

UK
UK

/pəˈliːs ˌsteɪ.ʃən/

US
US

Ex. He was taken to the police station for questioning.

Pharmacy

a shop or part of a shop in which medicines are prepared and sold

Pharmacy

/ˈfɑː.mə.si/

UK
UK

/ˈfɑːr.mə.si/

US
US

Ex. See your doctor or local pharmacy for a test.

petrol station

a place where fuel is sold for road vehicles, often with a small shop

Petrol station

/ˈpet.rəl ˌsteɪ.ʃən/

UK
UK

/ˈpet.rəl ˌsteɪ.ʃən/

US
US

Ex. I could show you the petrol station where I used to work.

Airport in English

a place where aircraft regularly take off and land, with buildings for passengers to wait in

Airport

/ˈeə.pɔːt/

UK
UK

/ˈer.pɔːrt/

US
US

Ex. It’s about two kilometers from the airport to your hotel.

Train station in English

a place with one or more buildings and platforms where trains stop for people to get on or off

Train station

/ˈtreɪn ˌsteɪ.ʃən/

UK
UK

/ˈtreɪn ˌsteɪ.ʃən/

US
US

Ex. Have you ever been in a train station?

church in English

a building for Christian religious activities

Church

/tʃɜːtʃ/

UK
UK

/tʃɝːtʃ/

US
US

Ex. The town has four churches.

Hotel in English

a building where you pay to have a room to sleep in, and where you can sometimes eat meals

Hotel

/həʊˈtel/

UK
UK

/hoʊˈtel/

US
US

Ex. We stayed in the best hotel in town.

garage in English

a place where cars are repaired

Garage

/ˈɡær.ɪdʒ/

UK
UK

/ɡəˈrɑːʒ/

US
US

Ex. The car’s still at the garage getting fixed.

Factory in English

a building or buildings where people use machines to produce goods

Factory

/ˈfæk.tər.i/

UK
UK

/ˈfæk.tɚ.i/

US
US

Ex. She worked in a factory that produced air conditioners

market in English

a place or event at which people meet in order to buy and sell things

Market

/ˈmɑː.kɪt/

UK
UK

/ˈmɑːr.kɪt/

US
US

Ex. She runs a stall at the farmer’s market

Supermarket in English

a large shop which sells most types of food and other goods needed in the home

Supermarket

/ˈsuː.pəˌmɑː.kɪt/

UK
UK

/ˈsuː.pɚˌmɑːr.kɪt/

US
US

Ex. She works on the checkout at the local supermarket.

café

a small restaurant where simple meals and drinks are served

Café

/ˈkæf.eɪ/

UK
UK

/kæfˈeɪ/

US
US

Ex. There’s a little café on the corner that serves very good coffee.

Bakery in English

a place where bread, cakes, and pastries are made or sold

Bakery

/ˈbeɪ.kər.i/

UK
UK

/ˈbeɪ.kɚ.i/

US
US

Ex. My dad was a van driver for a local bakery.

Playground in English

an area designed for children to play in outside, especially at a school or in a park

Playground

/ˈpleɪ.ɡraʊnd/

UK
UK

/ˈpleɪ.ɡraʊnd/

US
US

Ex. There were children fighting in the playground.

Amusement park in English

a place where people can go to enjoy games, rides, and other activities

Amusement park

/əˈmjuːz.mənt ˌpɑːk/

UK
UK

/əˈmjuːz.mənt ˌpɑːrk/

US
US

Ex. Go to an amusement park and watch people getting off the roller coaster.

Theater

a building with a stage in it, on which plays, shows, and other performances take place

Theater

/ˈθɪə.tər/

UK
UK

/ˈθiː.ə.t̬ɚ/

US
US

Ex. We have tickets to the theater tonight.

Cinema

a theatre where people pay to watch films

Cinema 

/ˈsɪn.ə.mə/

UK
UK

/ˈsɪn.ə.mə/

US
US

Ex. We’re going to the cinema. Do you want to come along?

Museum

a building where objects of historical, scientific, or artistic interest are kept

Museum

/mjuːˈziː.əm/

UK
UK

/mjuːˈziː.əm/

US
US

Ex. Next autumn he plans to open his own art museum in New York.

Bridge in English

a structure that is built over a river, road, or railway to allow people and vehicles to cross from one side to the other

Bridge

/brɪdʒ/

UK
UK

/brɪdʒ/

US
US

Ex. They’re building a new bridge across the river.

Farm

an area of land, usually with fields and buildings, used for raising animals and growing crops as a business

Farm

/fɑːm/

UK
UK

/fɑːrm/

US
US

Ex. My family has worked on this farm for generations.

Park in English

a public area of land with grass and trees, usually in a town, where people go in order to relax and enjoy themselves

Park

/pɑːk/

UK
UK

/pɑːrk/

US
US

Ex. If the weather’s nice we could have a picnic in the park.

Zoo in English

an area in which animals, especially wild animals, are kept so that people can go and look at them or study them

Zoo

/zuː/

UK
UK

/zuː/

US
US

Ex. The children love to visit the elephants at the zoo.

Swimming pool

an artificial area of water for swimming

Swimming pool

/ˈswɪm.ɪŋ ˌpuːl/

UK
UK

/ˈswɪm.ɪŋ ˌpuːl/

US
US

Ex. The hotel has its own swimming pool.

Restaurant in English

a place where meals are prepared and served to customers

Restaurant

/ˈres.trɒnt/

UK
UK

/ˈres.tə.rɑːnt/

US
US

Ex. Smoking is not allowed in this restaurant.

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