The vocabulary listed here is mainly designed to give some of the advantages and disadvantages of living in the countryside. Regardless of whether you live in a city or in a more rural place, it is likely that you’ll need some of this vocabulary to answer questions in IELTS. I’ve included some typical IELTS questions below and the link to check out the city vocab list. 

Clean/crisp/pure air

Fresh air

limited/expensive/non existent public transport

Poor transport links to local cities

Rural areas/suburbs/towns/villages

 

Spacious houses with private outdoor spaces

 

More affordable accommodation options

Cheaper houses 

gardening/DIY

DIY=do it yourself

Neighbourhood watch schemes

An idea where neighbours look for unusual activity or potential crime in the area. 

Culturally homogeneous 

Most people belong to the same ethnic group

Relaxed pace of life

 

Independent small businesses 

Speciality coffee shops, local butcher, local library, local market, greengrocer etc

Sense of community 

 

Privacy and tranquillity

 

Everyone knows your business

People know the news of other people

Limited dating possibilities

 

Family friendly environment

 

Digital entrepreneurs 

 

Freelancers 

 

Improving Internet connections

 

Higher unemployment rate

 

Feeling closer to nature

 

Grow your own fruits and vegetables 

 

Low crime rates 

 

Hometown

Current City

Where is your hometown?

Where do you live now?

When did you leave your hometown?

When did you move there?

What do you like about it?

What do you like about your current city?

How often do you visit your hometown?

How often do you visit other places in your country?

How has your hometown changed since you lived there?

How has your city changed since you moved there?

What is interesting about your hometown?

What is interesting about your current city?

What would you change about your hometown?

What would you change about your current city?

How do people travel around in your hometown?

How do people travel around your city? What’s the public transport like?

Was it a good place to grow up?

Do you think your city is a good place to raise children?

Is it better to grow up in a town or city?

Is it better to grow up in a town or city?

What is the public transport like there?

What’s there for a tourist to do in your city?

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