Vocabulary Lessons

"City Buildings"

Introduction

Getting around a city for business or pleasure (travel and sightseeing) is much easier when you know the names of places. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context, as seen in the example. You can use the Internet to find sample sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. bank - I went to the bank today and deposited $100.
  2. beauty salon
  3. bookstore
  4. church
  5. college
  6. electronics shop
  7. flower shop
  8. gas station
  9. hardware store
  10. hospital
  11. laundromat
  12. library
  13. movie theater
  14. pet store
  15. post office
  16. restaurant
  17. school
  18. shopping mall
  19. supermarket
  20. video rental store
  21.  

Practice

This afternoon, my wife and I went to the _______ to pick up some groceries for the party.

Let's drop by the ________ and get some nails to repair the roof.

My father was discharged from the ______ today, and he is recovering quickly from his injury.

Follow-Up Activity

Certain buildings might be specific to your country or area, including temples and shrines. Discuss with a partner any specific businesses or buildings that are commonly found in your area that you might not find in a different country. Search the Internet for a picture of such places.