Streets and roads

Do you know what a 'kerb' is? Do these exercises and learn what it and other words related to streets and roads mean.

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Intermediate: B1

Submitted by Kadir on Tue, 14/09/2021 - 19:47

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In the big cities traffic is a terrible. Many cars, many people go from somewhere to somwhere. During rush hours you can hear a lot of klaxon and probably you can feel like you will crazy yourselves. Many local manager advices us that do not drive at rush hours if we don't have emergency situation.During rush hours we can use subways, buses, trams and, trains.

Submitted by dariowins on Fri, 28/05/2021 - 13:12

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Where I live there are various streets with roundabout, signposts and traffic light. Is very common to see roundabout anywhere because are more safer than traffic lights. We have a main road called M30 which cross for the centre of city.

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Wed, 12/05/2021 - 13:57

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I can see none of these around my house. :)
Don't you traffic lights in your neighborhood? Don't you see any signpost in your town? I thought that traffic lights are in the street in the whole world.
Thank you, dariowins. Well, Yes, there are traffic lights in my town, but I'm not quite sure how big a neighborhood is. I thought it meant less than 2-3 books. Traffic lights are not all around in my neighborhood. :)

Submitted by Samqaid on Tue, 11/05/2021 - 23:41

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There are many beautiful streets in my town such as Al-Tarrar Street, Jamal Street, Airport Street, I love beside the Fifth road we can cross the roundabout safely and enjoy by driving on it. it is the nicer road and safeier

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Mon, 12/04/2021 - 12:38

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In my area there are two main roads, one leads to the motorway. There are few beautiful streets near my house.

Submitted by Nayo on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 13:29

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Where I live, roads are really narrow. I live in campaign so you don't have much visibility and you have to be carefull and drive slowly because you can easily cross tractor or animals. Furthermore, the roads don't always have cement so sometimes, there are hollows in them.

Submitted by Ramadan Zayed on Tue, 09/02/2021 - 21:43

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Recently, my city is changed completely, the roads improve and lots of bridges were built, but still have a problem with people crossing because cars are driven on speedily and there is no places for people crossing. also in my city , there are roundabout like El Tahrier Square and it is easy to get lost because the street have poor signpost .

Submitted by Ancamar on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 21:43

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The road where my house is situated, is a closed road , so there are not many cars driving on, only those of my neighbours. Along the street there is the pavement where you can walk and there’s no crossing or traffic lights. Before entering the street there is a signpost on the left side of the road, indicating that there is a closed street. It’s a very safe place therefore no police officer is needed in place.

Submitted by BlaiChan on Sun, 06/12/2020 - 02:29

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I live on the corner of a junction with no traffic lights and cycle lane. So if you'd like to ride a bike, you get to ride among busy cars. It is quite not safe. And also, there is no police officer to control the traffic. You have to be careful, when you cross the road. The more the road is clear, the more chance you will be in danger cause most of the drivers never drive in limited speed.

Submitted by Asni on Wed, 23/09/2020 - 21:37

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There are no roundabouts where I live. The streets are not very large, and there are lots of junctions with traffic lights and crossings. Police officers are always driving cars or motorbikes, if you see them standing on the street, it is because something is happening, but that's very rare. It is really easy to get lost in this city, because streets are very similar, fortunately, there are signposts everywhere that help you to find your way.

Submitted by Pola on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 18:30

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I'm living in the small village so we've roads and streets very well are completely empty so much that it isn't have traffic lights in the city, and we've few junctions, signposts and crossing, and the police officers are in everywhere in the city.

Submitted by Issamu Abe on Tue, 15/09/2020 - 19:10

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I live in a small town in the countryside called Sumaré. It's really hard to get around because of the bad traffic signs. Crossings are fading, for example. Most drivers are very disrespectful. It doesn't matter if you are walking or driving, you have to be very patient.

Submitted by Julián Pillajo on Wed, 02/09/2020 - 16:34

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Hy, my name is Julián, i'm from Paute, Ecuador. where live my streets is bad, not is paved, apart is very dusty and the state not make nothing.

Submitted by John A. on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 17:47

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Here, we have a lot of traffic and streets are very busy. Not always clean because which is a shame sometime. On the road, we have everything to drive safely such as traffic lights, signposts, highways, cycle paths...but people don't follow them all the time ...and we called that accidents...!!

Submitted by Katherinelopez on Mon, 31/08/2020 - 22:15

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Well, the streets in my neighborhood are dirt and very large, although thanks to the mayor of my canton; I have already begun to cement the streets and the truth is that they are very beautiful

Submitted by Ahmed Khallaf on Fri, 21/08/2020 - 11:58

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They are really bad and dirty.. Every where you can find people walking among cars as there are no pavements to walk on and the streets are narrow and u may get hit by a side mirror of a car if u are not curios enough.. you may go crazy or get angry when u dive during the rush hours as the public transports wanna drop off people among the traffic jam and u wanna get home .. another bad thing is that in some places the drivers dont respect the lanes and the may change their street lanes abrutly to reach faster than you .. DRIVING HERE IN EGYPT IS SOME SORT OF DIGGING IN THE ROCKS !!

Submitted by RixNguyen (not verified) on Mon, 08/06/2020 - 12:25

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I live in a lonely street. The street is along a domitory and there are no houses in the other side.

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Sun, 07/06/2020 - 22:43

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They are motorway having a crossing, traffic lights, kerb, pavement, signposts with junction and roundabout, supervises by a police officer.

Submitted by Md Furkan Uddin on Wed, 03/06/2020 - 16:42

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We ought to comply with traffic rules for safe journey.

Submitted by Ainura_85 on Tue, 02/06/2020 - 16:03

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There are good streets and roads in my city, also you can see a lot of signposts and traffic lights which instruct all drivers. Sometimes I see a police officer on the road who help drivers when the traffic light is not working.

Submitted by Daudau0601 on Sat, 04/04/2020 - 16:12

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Hello everyone, i live in a countryside so the roads aren't too crowded. There are many traffic lights and signposts to instruct everyone. Unfortunately, many drivers don't follow the rules so there are many accidents

Submitted by Tun Lin on Sun, 15/03/2020 - 06:06

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Both sides of the road are fill up with parked cars and pavements are with vendors like almost all streets in yangon where I live. Most drivers do not want to stop or wait at crossing while pedestrians crossing the road.

Submitted by Ammaraf on Thu, 27/02/2020 - 14:20

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I think, the road in my city is like a place to drive on, as any place in the world motorway is for cars and pavement is for walker, all of the others like signposts, traffic lights and police officer are to help peoples, cars and manage the traffic processing.

Submitted by AdrianaPC on Thu, 16/01/2020 - 12:16

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I live in a middle town so there is not a lot of traffic here and it is easy to drive: there are a lot of signspost to know where are the main places in the town and it is not necessary police officer to drive traffic. The streets aren´t crowed so you can walk with calm to every posts in the town. Also, the streets at the town centre are almost for pedestrians.

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 19/12/2019 - 12:35

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Do English speaking people say "signals" instead of "traffic lights"??

Hello Rafaela1,

I think 'signal' is used in US English, while 'traffic light' is used in the UK.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter, I'm wondering if other English speaking countries (Australia, NewZealand, South Africa, Canada...) use "trafiic light" as well. ;)

Submitted by sabag on Tue, 12/11/2019 - 15:23

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this material is helpful how can i get in pdf

Hi sabag,

I'm glad to hear you liked the material. I'm not sure if a pdf version is planned for this page but one may be added in the future. In the meantime, you could screen print or copy and paste into a word processor document.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by mtalebi on Fri, 27/09/2019 - 06:31

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In my country, Iran, there are good roads and streets, not excellent not bad. Unfortunately, drivers do not follow the rules, so there are a lot of car accidents.

Submitted by JTEROBA on Wed, 04/09/2019 - 13:27

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In my country, streets are very dangerous, you can dead trying to cross them. Many times, drivers do not respect the law and police officers are so corrupt.

Submitted by mar on Sun, 31/03/2019 - 12:22

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My city is Barcelona . We have a very well distribution of the streets which is very well known in the world .This plan is known as PLAN CERDA so is very easy to drive and walk by there.

Submitted by sunsetlover on Fri, 01/03/2019 - 06:54

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Hello teachers, The vocabulary section here is extremely useful. However, I noticed that you use strictly British English in most (all) instances. For example, here in Streets & Roads, in the US and Canada they spell "kerb" as "curb", and of course they would call a "junction" an "intersection" and a "pavement" a "sidewalk". Given that your students are from around the globe, would a "middle ground" solution be to state "kerb/curb"? Thank you!

Hello sunsetlover,

As the British Council we generally focus on British English, as you say. We have considered including some examples of the kind you suggest but it can make the pages rather cluttered, with multiple alternatives in many places.

We have several pages addressing the differences between British and American English:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/intermediate-grammar/british-english-and-american-english

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/how/how-understand-differences-between-british-and-american-english

 

We also have apps focusing on the topic, such as this one, for example:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/apps/learnenglish-grammar-us-edition

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by David on Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:05

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Hi sir, I have reviewed and realized that ,you are right. There are two pictures that have new mean ,like junction and motorway. Thank you very much,

Submitted by David on Wed, 06/02/2019 - 10:23

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Hi teacher, It seems there are some wrong pictures in this lesson(Streets and Roads).I mean those aren't matched with their names. Thanks

Hello mdaivid,

I've just completed the task myself and the words and pictures match correctly. Which one did you think was wrong?

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Isa BG on Tue, 05/02/2019 - 23:43

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I’m living in Paris where we can find the most beautiful avenue of the world. Today, cars are not welcome in the city and the Mayor hope , they will disappear one day totally. Then, there will be no more traffic lights or crossings. Pedestrians and cyclists will be safe.
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