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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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


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.



The LearnEnglish Team

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

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.



The LearnEnglish Team

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.

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.

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.

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:


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



The LearnEnglish Team