City vs. Countryside English vocabulary

Here is an interactive exercise to boost your vocabulary for the comparison between life in the city and in the countryside. Extremely helpful for English exams such as FCE, CAE and IELTS! 👩‍🎓

City vs. country vocabulary interactive exercise

City/Country vocabulary Interactive click on the picture👇 🔮

More city and country life vocabulary

city vs countryside English phrases

I guess if you like living in the city you might also enjoy eating out. Boost your vocabulary to describe your favorite cafe or a restaurant in order to talk about it for an IELTS exam or just tell friends. 🍕🙂


City or country video listening and reading

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Everything’s at your fingertips

I live in a house in Leeds. Leeds is where I’m at University right now I’m studying English. The house I live in is in the place called Hyde Park, which is about a 10-minute Drive from Headingley Stadium and it’s about a 10-minute Drive from the University as well and also from the city centre. So it’s in a really good location. I’m really happy with the people I’m living with. The main thing I like about living in Leeds is easy access to a lot of things such as the cinemas, restaurants, bars, clubs, music venues. Everything that would appeal to a student is there in Leeds. Like there’s lots of everything and it’s it can be quite overwhelming at first. But when you adjust to living in the city then you realise that everything’s at your fingertips and it can be a lot of fun. And you can go on big nights out wherever you want. Yeah, it’s a very good place to live, very exciting. I don’t think I’m always going to live in Leeds because it’s the kind of city that really appeals to students. So when I graduate, I can’t see myself enjoying it as much as I do right now. That’s why I think I’d possibly move somewhere like London which has a much more diverse population. Or maybe even go to the country where I’d enjoy a quiet life. And it would be a nice contrast to the life I’m living right now.

The pace of life

I live in a small rural village in our 16th century thatched cottage. That’s a cottage with the straw roof that overlooks the village cricket field so it is an idyllic setting. The best thing about living in the country is the wildlife. It is great looking out the window and seeing all these wonderful birds and mammals trotting around the place or flying by it’s lovely. I think the main disadvantage is that you have to drive everywhere because we are quite rural. If you want to go to the cinema, for instance, the nearest cinema is about five or six miles away. So we have to plan everything it’s not one of those things that you can do on the spur of the moment so much. I hope I will always live in the country I can’t see myself living in a city again. Having lived in the country for a number of years I’ve got used to the the pace of life if you like. And when I now go to cities everything seems very fast and I prefer it a bit slower down.

Access to so many things

I live in a small flat in the outside of the city. And it’s the lower half of a house that’s been converted into two flats. I live with my cat and I have a small garden that she goes into. And there are trains that run by nearby my flat. So they make a lot of noise during the day and also at night, unfortunately. The best thing about living in a city is that there are so much to do. And there’s access to so many things because there’s so many people there are lots of things for those people to do. There are, you know, lots of movie theaters and lots of cafes and places where people can get together. And there’s just lots of nice things to do and to see and you don’t find that out in the country. I don’t really take advantage of the museums and the theaters as much as I used to when I was younger. And even as I get older I think that I’ll be more interested in ,you know, living out from the city. I think that I’ll always want to go into a city and and have access to a city, but I think that I won’t live there forever.

Key city vs countryside vocabulary

City lifestyle Countryside lifestyle
hectic lifestyle dense vegetation
better health carepicturesque landscapes
high pollution levelsisolated
overcrowded few places to go
everything’s at your fingertipsmonotonous
a much more diverse populationan idyllic setting
places where people can get togetherwildlife
easy access to a lot of thingsthe pace of life

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Published by Polina

English teacher, cultural explorer and Korean&Slovenian language learner

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