Collocation Challenge: 28/2/15 – Top 10 places and cities to visit in England (Part 6)

Welcome to Part 6 in our series of posts focusing on the vocabulary for describing places which appears in a text about the 10 Best Places and Cities to visit in England as published in The Daily Telegraph.

Links to previous posts in the series can be found at the bottom of this post.

This post is looking particularly at vocabulary in the sections of the text about Norfolk and Suffolk.

1.  Collocations in the texts about Norfolk and Suffolk

Match the adjectives with nouns they combine with.  There may be various possibilities.  Then check in the texts about Norfolk and Suffolk to see which were used.

1 undulating a days out
2 sleepy b days
3 ruined c countryside
4 enjoyable d bird life
5 low e landscape
6 bright e pub
7 lively f villages
8 wild g cheeses
9 dense h castles
10 astonishingly rich i temperatures
11 rare j pine forest
12 cosy k species
13 pungent l towns

Answer these questions…

  1. Can you think of an example of a sleepy village in your region?  Can you think of 5 things that make it sleepy  in comparison with a lively town you know?
  2. Can you think of a cosy pub you’ve been to or perhaps one shown in a film you’ve seen?
  3. Where can you go to see astonishingly rich bird life in your region / country?
  4. Does your region produce any pungent cheeses?  Do you like them?  What do they smell like?
  5. Which area(s) in your region would you describe as being wild?
  6. The Norfolk text talks about the countryside being undulating.  This means it is not flat.  Can you remember a collocation in the section of the text about the Cotswolds that could also be used to express this idea?

2.  Another example of draw 

This text uses the noun draw to mean attraction 3 times.  In the section on Norfolk, it says…

The beaches fringing the curved Norfolk and Suffolk coastline are the chief draw for visitors to the region.

We’ve also seen draw (noun) collocate with big and major in other sections of the text.

3.  Useful phrases for Writing from the Norfolk and Suffolk texts

Use these phrases and sentence frames from the texts with your own ideas about where you live…

  • (feature(s) of the place you’re describing) …are perfect for… (..activities you can do there / types of visitors)
  • (local attractions) …make enjoyable days out.
  • is/are the chief draw for visitors to the region.
  • Wherever you are, you’re never far from…

Links to previous posts

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One response to “Collocation Challenge: 28/2/15 – Top 10 places and cities to visit in England (Part 6)

  1. Pingback: Collocation Challenge: 3/3/15 – Top 10 places and cities to visit in England (Part 7) | IH Santa Clara Blog

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