Describing Places – Describing a City

Are you able to describe your city?


Where in the world are you? We will describe places on this page. You can write about your hometown or the city where you live. You can also talk about it to a real person in any language. Do you need a language exchange partner? You can find one at the Live Language Page. You can talk about your city or any city in any language.


Are you able to describe your city? Look at this example:

Bris Angeles – Brisbane

I live in Bris Angeles. Have you ever heard of Bris Angeles? Have you heard of Brisbane? Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, which is one of the states of Australia. It is the northeastern state.

Brisbane is a big city and it has expanded to swallow other surrounding cities like Logan, Beenleigh and Redcliffe.

Thirty years ago Brisbane was a sleepy place. People called it a big country town rather than a city because it was so quiet. The buildings were old classical colonial buildings. The houses were made of wood. The roads were not too crowded and the hi-rise was limited to the inner city.

In the last three decades, Brisbane has grown and grown and grown and grown. Queensland is in the north and the weather is warm so many people move up to the Brisbane area (also called: “south-east Queensland”) to enjoy the warmer weather. Now Brisbane stretches almost to the Sunshine Coast (Caloundra) in the north and the Gold Coast in the south. To the west it has almost reached Toowoomba. The city is getting bigger and bigger and bigger. It is for that reason that I call it Bris Angeles.

Look at these place names from the text:

Gold Coast
Sunshine Coast
Los Angeles

Note that place names are called “proper nouns” and they are written with capital letters. (“Brisbane” not “brisbane”) Can you find the place names on the map? You can read about the place and look at it on the map:

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Los Angelisation

Los Angeles is a huge city. It used to be smaller but it grew and grew and swallowed the surrounding communities. When a big city swallows other cities around it and the private automobile and its highways become the dominate citizens, we call it “Los Angelization”.

Has your city been Los Angelised?

Has it grown and grown and grown and swallowed other cities?

Has it been swallowed by another city?

Write about your city. Describe it. Tell us all about it. You can describe it in the comments section.


Talking about the Ocean

Most cities are built on water. Is your city on the coast or on a river? Write your answer in the comments s ection at the bottom of this page. Use this example to help you:

Brisbane and the Pacific Ocean

To the east of Bris Angeles is the Pacific Ocean. The city cannot grow to the east. The eastern boundary is the sea. There are islands off the east coast. They protect the coast from the waves. That means there is no surf in Brisbane. There is surf in Perth so you can go surfing in the city at lunchtime and then go back to work. There is surf in Sydney so you can go surfing at lunch time and then go back to work. People in Brisbane drive to the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast on the week-end to go surfing. Do you surf? Have you ever surfed? Queenslanders love the sea.

Talking about the Foundation of a City

Is your city a new one or an old one? When was it founded? Do you know about the history of the place where you live? Tell us about the history of your city. Write your answer in the “comments” section at the bottom of this page. Use the example below to help

The Founding of Brisbane

Brisbane is situated on the Brisbane River about halfway up the east coast of Brisbane. Originally Aboriginal people lived in the area but the English came and landed there in 1824 and built a convict settlement about ten miles up the river from the coast, where they found fresh water. The city grew and became the capital of the colony of Queensland then in 1901 it became a State of the Commonwealth of Australia when Australia seceded from Britain and became an independent country with its own elected government, court system and head of state.

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