nuisance (n) /ˈnjuːsəns/
Sorry to be a nuisance, but could I use your phone?
ask a favour (v phr) /ɑːsk eɪ ˈfeɪvə/
Can I ask you a favour? Would you help me with my maths homework, please?
do a favour (v phr) /duː ə ˈfeɪvə/
I always used to do favours for my grandparents when they were alive.
get to know (v phr) /get tə nəʊ/
My husband seems really grumpy at first, but once you get to know him, he's a very nice man.
get on your nerves (v phr) /ɡets ɒn jɔː nɜːvz/
It really gets on my nerves when people eat noisily!
invite over (v phr) /ɪnˈvaɪt ˈəʊvə/
Mike and Ilene have invited us over for a cup of tea this afternoon.
keep yourself to yourself (v phr) /kiːp jəˈself tə jəˈself/
I don't know anything about my neighbour – he keeps himself to himself.
make friends with (v phr) /meɪk frendz wɪð/
Have you made friends with many people since you moved here?
mind your own business (v phr) /maɪnd yɔː əʊn ˈbɪznəs/
I never listen to people gossiping – I prefer to mind my own business.
exchange (v) /ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ/
The two armies exchanged prisoners.
regardless of (adv) /rɪˈgɑːdləs əv/
I'm going to do it, regardless of what you say.
rural (adj) /ˈrʊərəl/
What are the advantages and disadvantages of rural life?
figure (n) /ˈfɪgə/
The latest unemployment figures are extremely worrying.
drop (v) /drɒp/
Car sales this year have dropped to an all-time low.
well-off (adj) /ˌwel ˈɒf /
Her family are quite well-off.
car park (n) /kɑː pɑːk/
Do you have to pay to use the car park?
car rental (n) /kɑː ˈrentl/
Do you know how much car rental from the airport costs?
city centre (n) /ˈsɪti ˈsentə/
We live just outside the city centre.
duty-free shop (n) /ˌdjuːt i ˈfriː ʃɒp/
Can you buy me a bottle of whisky from the duty-free shop in the airport, please?
gift shop (n) /gɪft ʃɒp/
I never buy anything from gift shops when I'm on holiday – they're so expensive!
high street (n) /haɪ striːt/
A new bookshop has opened on the high street.
housing zone (n) /ˈhaʊzɪŋ zəʊn/
That new housing zone has destroyed a lot of animals' habitats.
industrial zone (n) /ɪnˈdʌstriəl zəʊn/
Their new office is in the industrial zone to the west of the city centre.
language school (n) /ˈlæŋgwɪdʒ skuːl/
I've just enrolled for Swahili classes at the language school round the corner from where I work.
one-way street (n) /ˌwʌn ˈweɪ striːt/
Be careful the police don't catch you driving down a one-way street!
outdoor market (n) /ˌaʊtˈdɔː ˈmɑːkɪt/
The outdoor market is every Sunday, and is open from 6a.m. to 2p.m.
primary school (n) /ˈpraɪməri skuːl/
Which primary school did you go to?
semi-detached house (n) /ˈsemi dɪˈtætʃt haʊs/
We used to live in a semi-detached house when I was a child.
shopping centre (n) /ˈʃɒpɪŋ ˈsentə/
What do you think of the new shopping centre they're building next to the industrial zone?
shopping mall (n) /ˈʃɒpɪŋ mɔːl/
Does your city have a shopping mall?
sports centre (n) /spɔːts ˈsentə/
I've just enrolled in yoga classes at the sports centre.
supermarket (n) /ˈsuːpə ˈmɑːkɪt/
I'm going to the supermarket. Do you need anything?
terraced house (n) /ˈterəst haʊs/
Living in a terraced house can be very noisy.
traffic jam (n) /ˈtræfɪk dʒæm/
We were stuck in a traffic jam for hours.
traffic lights (n) /ˈtræfɪk laɪts/
My house is just after the traffic lights, on the left.
provoke (v) /prəˈvəʊk/
If you provoke my dog, he'll probably bite you.
remark (n) /rɪˈmɑːk/
Carl made an unkind remark about her hair.
reassure (v) /ˌriːəˈʃʊə/
Police have reassured the public that the area is now perfectly safe.
block of flats (n) /blɒk əv flæts/
What do you think of that new block of flats they're building next to the river?
assistance (n) /əˈsɪstəns/
Can I give you some assistance?
rescue (v) /ˈreskjuː/
He rescued two people from the fire.
terrorise (v) /ˈterəraɪz/
Many people have been terrorised into leaving their homes by the army.
goldfish (n) /ˈgəʊldˈfɪʃ/
When I went to the fair last weekend, I won a goldfish from a stall.
chef (n) /ʃef/
My brother is training as a chef.
grateful (adj) /ˈgreɪtfəl/
Mona was very grateful to Peter for his advice.
feed (v) /fiːd/
Have you fed the cats?
several (quantifier) /ˈsevərəl/
I called her several times but she didn't answer.
essential (adj) /ɪˈsenʃəl/
A balanced diet is essential for good health.
graffiti (n) /græˈfiːti, grə-/
Do you have a problem with graffiti where you live?
traffic congestion (n) /ˈtræfɪk -ˈdʒestʃən/
The bad weather is causing serious traffic congestion.
main road (n) /meɪn rəʊd/
We live just off the main road.
public (adj) /ˈpʌblɪk/
Public opinion is in favour of the war.
window shopping (n) /ˈwɪndəʊ ˈʃɒpɪŋ/
Window shopping is a cheap alternative to real shopping!
factual (adj) /ˈfæktʃuəl/
What's the best website to get accurate factual information from?
colony (n) /ˈkɒləni/
Algeria was formerly a French colony.
loyal (adj) /ˈlɔɪəl/
Dogs are very loyal animals.
social networking (n) /ˈsəʊʃəl ˈnetwɜːkɪŋ/
Are you a member of any social networking websites?
rise (n) /raɪz/
There has been a rise in the amout of organised crime in the last twelve months.
video clip (n) /ˈvɪdiəʊ klɪp/
Do you ever watch funny video clips on the internet?
video sharing platform (n) /ˈvɪdiəʊ ˈʃeər ɪŋ ˈplætfɔːm/
Have you ever put any videos on a video sharing platform?
development (n) /dɪˈveləpmənt/
Vitamins are necessary for a child’s growth and development.
technology-minded (adj) /tekˈnɒlədʒi ˈmaɪndəd/
My mum is really technology-minded – she knows more about the internet than I do!
link (n) /lɪŋk/
the link between drug use and crime
function (n) /ˈfʌŋkʃən/
Lighting performs several functions in the home.
comment on (v) /ˈkɒment ɒn/
The politician said he was unable to comment on the situation.
sense (n) /sens/
There was a great sense of sadness when they heard the news.
post (v) /pəʊst/
Have you seen the photos from New Year's Eve? I posted them on my blog yesterday.
LOL (laugh out loud) (phr v) /ˈel əʊ ˈel (lɑːf aʊt laʊd)/
LOL those pictures are so funny!
launch (n) /lɔːntʃ/
The new women's magazine wll be launched tomorrow.
phone application (n) /fəʊn ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃən/
I've got a brilliant app for my phone that lets me read e-books.
subscriber (n) /səbˈskraɪbə/
How many subscribers do you have to your weekly newsletter?
resource (n) /rɪˈzɔːs, -ˈsɔːs/
The internet is a fantastic information resource for students.
dating site (n) /ˈdeɪtɪŋ saɪt/
My sister met her partner on a dating site.
animation (n) /ˌænəˈmeɪʃən/
The site has too much animation which makes it very slow.
upload (v) /ʌpˈləʊd/
Does this website allow you to upload photos?
content (n) /ˈkɒntent/
The website’s content comes from its users who upload photos and videos.
user profile area (n) /ˈjuːzə ˈprəʊfaɪl ˈeəriə/
The site has user profile areas, where users can say who they are and what their interests are.
find out (phr v) /faɪnd aʊt/
When I want to find something out quickly, I Google it on my phone.
look up (phr v) /lʊk ʌp/
When I find a new word, I look it up in a dictionary to get the definition.
recommend (v) /ˌrekəˈmend/
Everyone I speak to recommends that I read this book!
range (n) /reɪndʒ/
Our shop has a new range of clothes for the spring/summer season.
menu (n) /ˈmenjuː/
You can chose from a range of different links on the menu.
category (n) /ˈkætəgəri/
Our local library has every category of book that you could imagine.
search engine (n) /sɜːtʃ ˈendʒɪn/
Which search engine do you use the most?
try out (phr v) /traɪ aʊt/
My brother-in-law lent me his camera to try it out.
be my guest (phr) /bi maɪ gest/
‘Could I use your phone?’ ‘Be my guest!’
excuse the mess (phr) /ɪkˈskjuːz ðə mes/
Come in! Excuse the mess, I haven't finished unpacking from my holiday yet!
have a seat (phr) /hæv eɪ siːt/
Come in and have a seat. The doctor will call you when he's ready.
help yourself (phr) /help jɔːˈself/
Please help yourself to more tea and biscuits.
make yourself at home (phr) /meɪk jɔːˈself ət həʊm/
Sit down and make yourself at home.
put your feet up (phr) /pʊt jə fiːt ʌp/
You've had a hard day – go and put your feet up!
permission (n) /pəˈmɪʃən/
Did your father give you permission to use his car?
guest (n) /gest/
How many guests are coming to your party?
sensitive (adj) /ˈsensətɪv/
The reason she loves him is because he's so sensitive.
tip (n) /tɪp/
I'm a subscriber to a website which sends me weekly photography tips.
formal (adj) /ˈfɔːməl/
I only wear a suit on formal occasions.
empty-handed (adj) /ˌemptiː ˈhændɪd /
You should never go to a party empty-handed; take a gift for the host.
greeting (n) /griːtɪŋ/
Shaking hands is the typical greeting in the UK.
title (n) /ˈtaɪtl/
His official title is Doctor Jones, not Mr Jones.
professor (n) /prəˈfesə/
My father was a professor of economics before he retired.
chairman (n) /ˈtʃeəmən/
Who is the chairman of British Airways?
realise (v) /ˈrɪəlaɪz/
I suddenly realised that the boy was crying.
take a call (v phr) /teɪk eɪ kɔːl/
Is it OK to take a personal call during a meeting?
dairy (adj) /ˈdeəri/
She's allergic to dairy products.
accidentally (adv) /ˌæksɪˈdentli/
I accidentally set off the fire alarm.
rip (v) /rɪp/
I ripped this advert out of the local newspaper for you.
host family (n) /həʊst ˈfæməli/
My host family were horrible and their house smelled of wet dog!
tribe (n) /traɪb/
One of the most famous tribes is the Masai of Kenya.
isolated (adj) /ˈaɪsəleɪtɪd/
I grew up an isolated farm in northern England.
remote (adj) /rɪˈməʊt/
The tribe lives in a remote village in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.
tradition (n) /trəˈdɪʃən/
The people are very proud of their traditions.
custom (n) /ˈkʌstəm/
She follows Islamic custom by covering her hair.
bind (v) /baɪnd/
A tribe's customs help to bind them together.
traditional (adj) /trəˈdɪʃənəl/
My wife is a master of traditional Italian cooking.
race (n) /reɪs/
The school welcomes children of all ages.
divide (v) /dəˈvaɪd/
The teacher divided the class into groups.
amongst (prep) /əˈmʌŋst/
The decision has caused a lot of anger amongst women.
population (n) /ˌpɒpjəˈleɪʃən/
What’s the population of Tokyo?
global warming (n) /ˈgləʊbəl ˈwɔːmɪŋ/
Scientists knew about global warming before the rest of the population.
remain (v) /rɪˈmeɪn/
In a few years, there won't be much rainforest remaining.
government (n) /ˈgʌvəmənt, ˈgʌvənmənt/
The Government is not doing enough to help the unemployed.
combine (v) /kəmˈbaɪn/
I try not to combine my work and my personal life.
environmentally-friendly (adj) /ɪnˌvaɪərənˈmentəliː ˈfrendli/
Scientists say that electric cars are more environmentally friendly than petrol-powered ones.
construction (n) /kənˈstrʌkʃən/
Local residents are against the construction of a new airport.
hammock (n) /ˈhæmək/
Have you ever slept in a hammock?
storm (n) /stɔːm/
There was a terrible storm last night.
sway (v) /sweɪ/
The boxer swayed for a few seconds then fell to the floor.
contribute (v) /kənˈtrɪbjuːt/
Everyone should contribute £2 for his birthday present.
vote on (v) /vəʊt ɒn/
Let's vote on who's going to discuss the problem with the boss.
rush hour (n) /rʌʃ aʊə/
I got caught in the morning rush hour and was late for work.
banker (n) /ˈbæŋkə/
She used to be a banker, bu tnow she's a primary school teacher.
national anthem (n) /ˈnæʃənəl ˈænθəm/
What's the national anthem of Scotland?