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Index

1. Types of Music

2. Types of Movies

3. Types of TV Shows

4. Types of Advertising

5. Things to Read

6. Types of Clothing

7. Electrical & Electronic Appliances

8.  Methods of Storing Memories

9.  Things That Some People Collect

10. Environmental Problems

11. Housework

12. Secondary School

13. Leisure Time & Relaxing

14. Rain

15. Restaurants & Food

16. Letters

17. Daily Routine

 

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1. Types of Music

A very detailed list of music styles can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_music_styles

General

Classical European Music

Modern Popular Music

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 2. Types of Movies

British English mostly uses the word, "film" but "movie" is also used in British English.

American English mostly uses the word, "movie" but "film" is also used in American English.

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 3. Types of TV Shows

           Here, "show" = "program"

-         Travel and Tourism Programs (showing a traveler visiting a different place in each episode)

-         Science and technology documentaries 

-         Nature and Wildlife Programs

-         Human Interest Stories 

-         Police dramas

-         (In China) Historical dramas based on the Three Kingdoms Period

Other words

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4. Types of Advertising

Visible Logos:

Advertisements in other prominent places:

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5. Things to Read

Two main types: Fiction and Non-fiction

For News

Magazines

Literature

Educational

 Entertainment

 Personal Correspondence

The Internet

The Internet now includes most of the examples above

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6. Types of Clothing

Make sure you don't confuse the two words, fashion (fashions - Definition 2) and fashionable. The adjective is "fashionable". We don't say, "I like to wear fashion clothes".

Casual Wear

Formal Wear

Both Formal and Casual Wear

Sportswear

 Work clothes

Uniforms

For the following groups:

Footwear

Hats

Other

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7. Electrical & Electronic Appliances

Home Appliances

Entertainment

Communication

Computer Appliances

Office

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8. Methods of Storing Memories

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9. Things That Some People Collect (as a hobby)

Things that People "Collect" (= keep) (not as a hobby but for future use)

Things That People "Collect" (= keep) (not as a hobby but usually for recycling purposes or reuse in the home)

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10. Environmental Problems

See here for my personal opinion on the topic of "man-made global warming" (written in more advanced English)

 

The Problems

Other Related Vocabulary

Pollution

        Water Shortage

        Waste Disposal

        Desertification

        Species Loss

        Soil Salinification

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11. Housework

-         cleaning the kitchen

-         cleaning the stove

-         cleaning the refrigerator

-         cleaning the bathroom

-         cleaning the toilet

-         cleaning the walls

-         washing the windows

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12. Secondary School  

('Secondary School' is rather formal; 'high school' is usually used.)

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Mathematics [Math (U.S); Maths (Br.)]
  • P.E. (Physical Education) (This is not normally called a 'school subject'.)

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13. Leisure Time & Relaxing

  • to relax (Don't add 'myself' or any variation of 'self' after this word.)

  • to 'wind down'

  • to 'take it easy'

  • to take a stroll; to take/have a walk

  • to meditate

  • massage

  • sauna

  • sofa

  • soft, soothing music

  • holidays (Br.) = vacation (U.S.) 

  • holiday   A ‘holiday’ (singular) usually refers to a public holiday, i.e., a day or small number of days when most people take time off work.

  • weekend

  • go on a trip

  • take a trip

  • to travel

  • to go sightseeing  

  • a hobby

  • an interest

  • a pastime

  • to pass the time ( Do not say, "to kill time" except when you are talking about situations when time seems to be moving particularly slowly because you have nothing to do such as waiting for two hours at the train station to catch your train.)

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14. Rain

  • humid
  • sticky
  • uncomfortable
  • refreshing
  • cooling
  • a storm
  • a thunderstorm
  • thunder
  • lightening
  • a deluge
  • to pour
  • to ‘rain cats and dogs’= to rain very heavily
  • a flood
  • an underpass
  • to inundate
  • the rainy season
  • the monsoon season
  • the tropics
  • a drought
  • parched
  • to sprinkle
  • a drop
  • not a drop
  • a dry spell
  • irregular
  • a trickle
  • to dry up
  • reservoir
  • a dam

  • to irrigate

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15. Restaurants & Food

  • menu

  • hotpot

  • seafood

  • Cantonese style food

  • Sichuan style food

  • American-style fast food

  • pizza

  • vegetarian

  • take-away food (U.S. = food to go)

  • hot = spicy

  • salty

  • sour

  • sweet

  • a cafe (this is a small restaurant, not a coffee shop such as Starbucks)

  • a restaurant

  • a cafeteria (this is usually a self-serve eating place such as in a school or factory)

  • a snack bar

  • instant noodles

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16. Letters

  • business letters

  • personal letters

  • postcards

  • love letters

  • spam

  • an attachment

  • to download

  • a computer virus

  • to keep in touch with someone

  • to hear from someone

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17. Daily Routine

  • usually, always, often, frequently, sometimes, rarely, seldom, never

  • alert

  • fresh

  • tired, tiring

  • to take a break  

  • to go online

  • to check my email

  • warmed-up

  • in the evening(s)

  • in the afternoon(s)

  • in the morning(s)

  • in the middle of the night

  • during the day

  • during working hours

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