Tourist Information is Study Material


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How much do you really know about the place you live in? Have you ever visited the tourist information office? If you haven’t, you may be missing out on an amazing source of study material. Pick up every free leaflet, map and brochure in English.

You already have some familiarity with things in the town. There will be other facts mentioned in there that help you enjoy your town even more, such as the existence of parks, places of historic interest and leisure facilities you never knew existed.

There are maps to help you plan itineraries for visitors, or even just a walking tour to write in your English diary.

Some of you may be thinking, ‘My town doesn’t have any English tourist information. I can’t do this!’ Yes, you can. In fact, you can do something even better: make your town’s English tourist information. Even with very easy English, this is completely possible. You don’t have to do it in one day; make it a project for your English study. Put it online, using a free blog site such as or and you’re not only helping yourself, you’re helping your local economy and anyone thinking about visiting your town. (If you’re really ambitious, or you are studying web programming you could make a really great site.)

Describe Places

This is a suburban town on the outskirts of Tokyo. It is a residential area; there are a lot of houses and apartments. There aren’t many businesses here, but there are some.

This is the urban centre of Tokyo. There are a lot of skyscrapers and other large buildings, and the buildings are densely packed together. There isn’t a lot of space. There aren’t many trees.

This is in the mountains. In the wilderness there are almost no buildings, just mountain huts. There are trees, grass and rocks. There aren’t many people, just animals such as deer and rabbits.

This is by the sea, because my home town, in England, is on the coast. There are birds called kittiwakes which have their nesting grounds here.

I hope this helps you describe places using geographical vocabulary and ‘there’ with ‘be’ and countable and uncountable nouns.

Please leave a photo of a place you like and a comment to describe the place.