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A goose (noun). A large waterbird. It has a long neck, short legs and webbed feet and a short wide beak.
Geese (noun). Plural of ‘goose’.
A gosling (noun). A baby goose.
A heron (noun). A large water bird that seeks and eats fish. It is often found along the shore of a river, lake or reservoir. It has long legs, a tall neck and a long pointed beak.
London planes (noun). Their scientific name is = platinus hispanica.Type of tree common in England and especially London. It is often used to line a road with trees. In London, you are likely to find them in every square, park and other open spaces. They are tall with rough multi-coloured bark. They have ‘nuts’ that look like little cones that hang from their branches.
The trees line the road (noun + verb + noun). When you see a road or avenue with trees planted in a straight line on either side so that it almost forms a tunnel, we say: ‘The trees are lining the road’ or ‘a tree-lined road’.
To tremble (verb). When something shakes without being able to stop. It makes quick, short movements. People and animals can tremble from fear, excitement, weakness or cold. Objects, such as a bridge, can tremble from the vibration of people crossing over it.
Trembling (present participle of the verb ‘tremble’). E.g. I can see some leaves trembling in the breeze. E.g. She is trembling in anticipation of her exam results.
To vibrate (verb). When something moves very quickly and continuously backwards and forwards. E.g. The bumblebee’s wings vibrated while it hovered over the flower.
To shake (verb). a) When you are scared of something you can feel your body shake. It moves or sways with short, irregular movements and you can’t stop them.
b) To shake something. E.g. we shake a carton of pineapple juice before we use as it separates when still.
Fussy (adjective). a) Anxious, usually about the smallest of details. E.g. She is very fussy about her food.
b) ‘I’m not fussy’ (expression). This means: ‘I don’t mind’.
E.g. Person A: Would you like to live in a houseboat or one of these waterside flats? Person B: I’m not fussy.
To crash (verb). a) When something breaks violently or noisily. E.g. When the vase fell off the table and crashed onto the floor, it broke into hundreds of pieces.
b) To crash into (something or someone). When something bangs violently into something else. E.g. His car crashed into the lamppost.
c) A crash (noun). A sudden, loud noise. E.g. We heard the crash of thunder during the night.
A pedalo (noun). A small boat with pedals, usually used for leisure.
A canoe (noun). A narrow boat with pointed ends. Paddles are used to steer it.
Bark (of tree) (noun). a) The outer ‘skin’ of a tree. It can be rough or smooth and different colours, depending on the tree type.
b) The bark (of an animal) (noun). The sharp cry of some animals such as a dog, a fox or a seal. E.g. That dog barked all night long and kept me away!
To bark (verb). When an animal (such as a dog) gives a loud, explosive cry or series of cries.
A village green (noun). The grassy area in the middle of village. Traditionally, it was used for playing cricket, holding fairs and other community activities.
A village square (noun). As above, but not a grassy area.
To burp (verb). When we make a noise to release air that has come up from our stomach and through our mouth.
To belch (verb). a) As above. When we emit gas that has come up from our stomach and through our mouth. It makes a loud noise.
b) We also use ‘belch’ to talk about buildings and objects. E.g. the chimneys belched out smoke. E.g. the power station belched out pollution.
To stray (verb). To go a different way from the planned route. E.g. She strayed off the path and got lost. E.g. He strayed from the main road and discovered a beautiful park.
A stray (noun). A person or thing that is lost or not where it should be. E.g. there are lots of stray dogs in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home E.g. They found a stray child on the beach (the child was lost/not where he/she should be).
To have a view (noun) across somewhere. When we are high up (on a hill) above a town or area and looking at the view. E.g. She had a wonderful view across London.
To have a view (noun) of somewhere. When we are closer to something, including a town or area. E.g. She had a good view of the football match. E.g. She studied the picture and enjoyed seeing a view of Richmond.
A view (noun) from ... When we are inside or on something. E.g. We had a really good view of the play from where we were sitting.
A bumble bee (noun). Large, hairy flying insect that makes a buzzing sound. From the species of the social bee family.