Situational Vocabulary

 

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Funerals/Death

Geography

Getting a Job/Promotion

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Airport

Nouns – airline, airliner, aisle seat, altitude, arrivals, baggage claim, baggage claim area, boarding area, boarding pass, business class, cabin crew, captain, carry-on luggage, coach, cockpit, connection, co-pilot, counter, customs, departures, (electronic) devices, duty free shop, e-ticket, economy airline, emergency exit, first class, first officer, flight, flight attendant, flight safety instructions, gate, jet, jet lag, lavatory, life jacket, luggage, metal detector, miles, motion sickness, overhead compartment, oxygen mask, passport, pilot, plane, retractable tray, row, runway, screen, seat, seat belt, security check, security checkpoint, security officer, service, skycap, taxiway, terminal, ticket, ticket counter, tray, TSA, window seat, X-ray machine

Verbs – arrive, be delayed, board, carry on, check in, check your luggage, depart, get away, get back, land, look forward to, make it (on time), see off, take off

Adjectives – affordable, boring, busy, calm, cheap, delayed, hectic, late, on time, overpriced, reasonable (price), stressful, cancelled, annoying, smooth (landing), modern; magnificent; antiquated; attractive; beautiful; cluttered; comfortable; commercial; deserted (terminal); dingy; dirty-looking; dismal; elegant; giant; gilt-domed; gloomy; great; imposing; incomparable; labyrinthine; low-rise;massive; modular; monumental; opulent;pretentious; shabby; spacious; sprawling; ugly; unique; unoccupied; vaulted; well-constructed; 

Expressions – “now boarding” “red-eye flight” “final call”

Applying for a VISA

Nouns – alien, background check, biometrics, case number, change of status, citizen, citizenship, extension, grace period, green card, immigration department, income requirement, language proficiency, overstay, passport control, sponsor, student visa, transit visa, travel document, visa run, waiver, work visa, exit visa

Verbs – apply, approve, change your status, deny, extend, grant, limit, make an appointment, submit

Adjectives – approved, bureaucratic, complex, current, delayed, difficult, eligible, expedited, expired, incomprehensible, indefinite, ineligible, intricate, optional, required, rigorous, sponsored, strict, sufficient, selective

Expressions – “The devil is in the details”

Art Museum

Nouns – aesthetic, an eye for, art gallery, artistic genius, artwork, body of work, brushwork, camera, canvas, collection, color, composition, creative approach, Dada, depth, detail, digital art, diptych, element, exhibition, fine art photography, found art, Harlem Renaissance, hue, icon, illustration, imagery, installation, interpretation, landscape, masterpiece, meaning, medium, method, mixed media, motif, palette, panel, patron, perception, performance art, photo, photograph, photorealism, portrait, process, scenery, sculptor, sculpture, self-portrait, series, shading, skill, subject matter, technique, texture, triptych, viewer, visualization, woodworking

Verbs – affect, apply, brush, carve, commission, contour, critique, decorate, depict, embody, etch, focus, hang, incorporate, juxtapose, layer, outline, paint, portray, recreate, represent, saturate, sculpt, shape, shoot, sketch

Adjectives – abstract, acclaimed, aesthetically pleasing, art deco, art nouveau, avant-garde, award winning, baroque, candid, colorful, controversial, cubist, detailed, distinctive, evocative, folk, freelance, honest, impressionist, lifelike, medieval, minimal, modernist, original, post-modernist, pre-Raphaelite, surreal, symbolic, timeless, traditional, unconventional

Bank

Nouns – a/c, APR, balance, bank balance, bank draft, bank statement, borrower, a grand (1000 dollars), ATM card, balance, bank, bank book, bank officer, bank statement, borrower, cardholder, check, check register, checkbook, credit, credit card, credit limit, deposit, deposit slip, direct deposit, interest, interest rate, loan, loan application, manager, money order, monthly statement, mortgage, officer, overdraft, safe deposit box, safe-deposit box, security guard, teller, traveler’s checks, trustee, vault, window, withdrawal, withdrawal slip

Verbs – add up, borrow, deposit, donate, earn, inherit, invest, lend, make ends meet, pay, pay back, pay into, put towards, rob, save, save up, withdraw

Adjectives – affluent, affordable, broke, customer-oriented, diversified, economical, enterprising, generous, hard-up, high-earning, mean, poor, precise, profitable, prosperous, reasonable, recommended, rich, shrewd, stingy, streamlined, wealthy, well off

Expressions – “In the black” “a run on (a bank)”

Beach

Nouns – barbecue, bare feet, beach ball, beer, bikes, bikinis, board shorts, boardwalk, bonfire, cooler, diet, family, figure, fish, flip-flops, frisbee, heat, ice cream, jellyfish, kite, lifeguard, lounge chair, people, perspiration, picnic, rain, sand castle, seashore, seaside, shark, shaved ice, shore, snorkel, summer, sun hat, sunburn, sunglasses, sunscreen, suntan lotion, surfboard, swim trunks, swimsuit, tan lines, towel, umbrella, waves, weather, wind

Verbs – beat the heat, build (sand castles), burn, catch a wave, celebrate, chill out, crash, dive, glisten, hang out, hydrate, lay out, listen (to music), play, sparkle, suntan, surf, sweat, swim

Adjectives – airy, barefoot, blazing, blistering, breezy, bright, carefree, cloudless, cold, damp, dry, expansive, fishy, fun, hot, humid, lazy, open, refreshing, relaxing, rocky, salty, sandy, shady, sultry, sun-kissed, sunburned, sweaty, tan, wet, windy

Expressions – “Life’s a beach”

Cinema/Movies

Nouns – “the pictures”, Academy Award, actor, actress, adaptation, adventure, adventure movie, aisle seat, animation, B movie, biography, blockbuster, Bollywood, bomb, bromance, buddy movie, cartoon, casting, chick flick, cinematography, co-drama, comedy, critic, detective, director, documentary, drama, dramedy, extra, fan boy, foreign film, genre, Hollywood, horror, mystery, nomination, Oscar, plot, premiere, producer, propaganda, rating, romantic comedy (rom-com), scene, science fiction (sci-fi), score, screenplay, script, sequel, special effect, star, stunt, subtitles, the big screen, trailer, visual effects, war movie, wardrobe, western, “the movies”

Verbs – act, affect, bring to life, call ahead, captivate, create, develop, direct, dramatize, elevate, escalate, flashback, flesh out, foreshadow, hit home, influence, introduce, make a point, narrate, nominate, outline, portray, produce, question, rate, recommend, reserve, resolve, review, see, shoot, show, study, tell, uplift, view, wait, watch 

Adjectives – 3-D, ambitious, animated, artistic, award-winning, based on, big budget, cinematic, controversial, crowd-pleaser, dramatic, edgy, entertaining, epic, evocative, exciting, family-friendly, foreign, fresh, futuristic, gory, graphic, historical, honest, indie, mature, mind-blowing, moving, musical, must see, nominated, plot-driven, pornographic, quirky, recommended, rip-off, romantic, scary, silent, suspenseful, talented, theatrical, thought provoking, thrilling, unoriginal, uplifting, worthwhile

Expressions – “Two thumbs up.” “Not worth the price of admission.”

Christmas

Nouns – advent calendar, angel, Bethlehem, bough, candle, candy cane, celebration, cheer, chestnuts, chimney, Christmas carol, Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas tree, December, decoration, eggnog, elf, Father Christmas, feast, fireplace, frankincense, fruitcake, gift exchange, gingerbread house, gold, goodwill, grinch, holiday, holly, icicles, Jesus, Kris Kringle, magi, manger, miracle, mistletoe, myrrh, nativity, New Year, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, North Pole, nutcracker, ornament, parade, peace, peppermint, pine, poinsettia, present, reindeer, ribbon, sales, Santa Claus, secret Santa, sleigh, sleigh bells, snow, star, stocking, tinsel, turkey, White Christmas, winter wonderland, X-Mas

Verbs – appreciate, bake, baste, be merry, believe, bring gifts, carol, carve the turkey, celebrate, cook, count down the days, deck the halls, decorate, donate, drink, eat, exchange gifts, gather, get, give, hang, host, hug, jingle, kiss, make a list, make a toast, meet, nap, open, post, pray, prepare, receive, regift, rejoice, remember, serve, share, shop, sing, surprise, tie, wake up early, wrap, write

Adjectives – candlelit, cheerful, cold, cozy, dashing, decorated, delicious, enjoyable, excited, exciting, exhausting, festive, fun, generous, gift-wrapped, gracious, happy, holy, jolly, joyful, lively, magical, merry, peaceful, religious, seasonal, secular, snowy, spiked, symbolic, traditional, warm, white, wintry

Expressions – “Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!”, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Coffee Shop

Nouns – aftertaste, americano, arabica beans, artificial sweetener, barista, batch, bean, blend, caffeine, café au lait, cappuccino, carafe, chai, chai tea latte, cocoa, coffee, coffee house, cream, decaf, double, drip, drizzle, essence, extract, fizz, foam, french press, grounds, hot chocolate, iced coffee, iced tea, Irish coffee, java, joe, latte, macchiato, milk, mocha, natural flavor, pastry, quality, scone, shot, smoothie, soft drink, splash, strength, sugar, sweetener, tea

Verbs – add, brew, bubble, chill, choose, complain, dilute, drink, energize, enjoy, experience, foam, grind, gulp, guzzle, nibble, order, pour , relax, request, roast, sample, savor, sip, steep, substitute, swallow, try, wake up

Adjectives – blended, caffeinated, caffeine free, chilled, creamy, dark, decaffeinated, double, dry (more foam), energizing, extra hot, flavored, freshly brewed, gourmet, half-caf, hand-roasted, house blend, iced, instant, low-cal, organic, roasted, single, skinny (with nonfat milk), spicy, steamed, steamy, strong, sugar-free, sugary, sweetened, syrupy, tasteless, triple, unsweetened, watered down, watery, well-rounded, wet (less foam), whole bean, yummy

Expressions – “Wake up and smell the coffee.”

Concerts

Nouns – acoustics, aisle, album, artist, audience, bag check, bass player, billboard, box office, brass section, center stage, chorus, curtain, dancer, drummer, front row, general admission, genre, guitarist, harmony, keyboardist, laser lights, lead singer, lighting, lights, lyrics, melody, mosh pit, musician, one hit wonder, opera singer, orchestra, percussionist, program, refreshment stand, rhythm, scenery, smoke, spotlight, stage, stage left, stage right, ticket, vocalist, vocals, will call

Verbs – back, busk, camp out, choreograph, collaborate, compose, conduct, crowd surf, cut in line, dance, groove, hum, jam, keep time, line dance, line up, lip-sync, loop, mosh, mute, play, pre-record, record, strum, throw an elbow, tune up,sing

Adjectives – acoustic, amplified, catchy, classical, contemporary, crowded, danceable, deafening, electric, flat, funky, iconic, indie, instrumental, jazzy, latest, low-key, modern, off-key, packed, popular, progressive, sharp, solo, trendy, tuneless, unplugged, up-tempo, upbeat, vocal

Expressions – “Live and in concert!” “One night only”

Crime

Nouns – ammunition, arson, assailant, back-up, bail, baton, blood, bodybag, burglary, caliber, cell, conviction, cop, coroner, counterfeiting, crime, crook, CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), defense attorney, detective, domestic abuse, drug, drug trafficking, DUI / DWI (Driving Under the Influence / Driving While Intoxicated), embezzlement, felony, forgery, gang, gun, gun trafficking, handcuffs, hitman, hostage negotiator, human trafficking, jury, kidnapping, knife, larceny, law enforcement, mafia, manslaughter, misdemeanor, mug shot, murder, narcotics, organized crime, paramedic, pistol, Police Department, police officer, prison sentence, prostitution, robbery, shipment, smuggler, sniper, stalking, SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team, theft, thief, trespassing, trial, verdict, victim, weapon

Verbs – arrest, book, shoot, stab, steal, kill, break, take, rape, hit, counterfeit, break into, do time, escape, patrol, witness, suffer, load, re-load, shoot, aim, miss, bribe, threat, torture, put down (a weapon), turn (a person) into the police

Adjectives – aggravated, chargeable, extraditable, heinous, hit-and-run, indictable, non-violent, premeditated, first-degree, second-degree, serial, smash-and-grab, unsolved, victimless, bloody, white-collar, armed-and-dangerous, on-the-loose, innocent, suspected, guilty

Expressions – “Crime doesn’t pay.” “Know your rights.”

Dentist

Nouns – abscess, adult teeth, anesthesia, appointment, baby teeth, bacteria, bib, bicuspid, bite, braces, bridge, canine, cavity, check up, crown, cuspid, D.D.S (Doctor of Dental Surgery), dental hygienist, dentures, drill, enamel, filling, fluoride, gingivitis, gum, implant, impression, incisor, infection, inflammation, injection, inlay, insurance, jaw, medication, mouth, needle, nerve, orthodontist, overbite, pain, patient, plaque, pulp, remedy, retainer, roof of your mouth, root canal, rubber bands, saliva, sealant, shot, sink, sugar, surgery, suture, tissue, tongue, tonsil, tooth fairy, toothache, toothbrush, toothpaste, underbite, uvula, wisdom teeth, x-ray

Verbs – anesthetize, bite down, brush, chew, eat, extract, fill, floss, gag, gargle, lean back, open your mouth, polish, prevent, protect, pull, relax, rinse, smile, whiten

Adjectives – aligned, bright, clean, crooked, decayed, dental, gap toothed, impacted, jagged, local/general (anesthesia), loose, lower, numb, painful, painless, partial, pearly, protruding, scared, sparkling, straight, sugary, toothless, toothy, upper, vigilant

Expressions – “Million dollar smile”

Describing People

Nouns – anatomy, ankle, arms, back, bad hair day, beauty, bedhead, beer belly, body, build, calf, curls, curves, dark circles (under your eyes), dreadlocks, elegance, eyeglasses, figure, flesh, form, friendly face, good looks, gut, hairline, head, heel, hips, knockout, legs, midriff, mullet, muscles, neck, outline, physique, ponytail, profile, qualities, redhead, shape, silhouette, skin, smile, spine, torso, waistline, youth

Verbs – amble, beautify, bewitch, blink, blow dry, bounce, braid, break out, brush, bulge, bustle, buzz, captivate, cast a glance, catch sight of, clamber, cleanse, clomp, comb, crawl, creep, curl, damage, dance, dart, detangle, dither, droop, fatten up, flail, freckle, flush, gain weight, gawk, glower, go pale, groom, grow, grow out, hike, hobble, hustle, linger, look fine, look one’s best, look over, lope, lose weight, maneuver, marvel, massage, mottle, nod, notice, peel, protrude, put up, radiate, recognize, roll one’s eyes, rub, scamper, scar, scratch, shake out, shave, shave off, shimmy, shoot daggers, slouch, smudge, sneak, stagger, stare down, stir, stretch, strut, sunbathe, sweat, sweep, tan, tiptoe, trample, tread, trim, tromp, turn heads, wander, wrinkle, writhe

Adjectives – aesthetic, agile, aglow, albino, almond shaped eyes, angular, appealing, artificially tanned, attractive, bald, balding, barrel-chested, bearded, becoming, bleached hair, blond, bloodshot eyes, blue-eyed, braided hair, brawny, brown-eyed, brunette, bug eyed, celestial, chiseled, chubby, chunky, clean shaven, cross-eyed, curly hair, cute, delicate, doe eyed, elegant, emaciated, expressionless, fat, feminine, fetching, flawless, frail, glamorous, hairless, handlebar (mustache), handsome, heavy, large, lithe, lovely, masculine, muscular, narrowed eyes, nimble, over processed hair, overweight, painted, petite, photogenic, pierced, polished, rosy, salt and pepper hair, scarred, scrawny, shaved head, slender, slouched, small, spry, squinty, sun kissed, sunburned, svelte, symmetrical, tall, tasteful, tattooed, tear filled eyes, thickshort, thin, tiny, toned, uncoordinated, unkempt, unshaven, well-groomed, youthful

Drinking Alcohol

Nouns – alcohol, ale, barrel, bartender, beverage, booze, bottle, brew, brew pub, cocktail, cork, craft beer, draught, fire water, foam, hangover, hard stuff, highball, jigger, liqueur, liquor, martini, poison, rocks, saloon, snifter, vine, watering hole, winery

Verbs – blend, bubble, chill, combine, complement, crack open, distill, drink up, entertain, gulp, guzzle, imbibe, indulge, intermingle, knock back, mix, partake, savor, shoot, sip, slam, spike, swallow, taste, treat

Adjectives – alcoholic, award winning, bitter, creamy, diluted, distilled, distinctive, easy-drinking, full bodied, handcrafted, high proof, hoppy, intoxicating, medicinal, neat, non-alcoholic, on the rocks, palatable, shaken, signature, small batch, sour, stirred, straight up, strong, tempting, weak

Expressions – “Can I buy you a drink?” “What are you drinking?” “I’ll have what he/she’s having.”

Driving a Car

Nouns – acceleration, air bag, air filter, alternator, antenna, armrest, backup light, battery, brake light, brake pad, bumper, bus, car, clutch, convertible, convertible, crash rating, cruise control, dashboard, door handle, door lock, driver’s license, emission, engine, fan belt, fender-bender, gas gauge / fuel gauge, gas pump, gas station/ service station, gas tank, hatchback, headlight, headrest, hood, horn, horsepower, hubcap, ignition, jack, jeep, jumper cables, license plate, limousine, luggage rack, make/model, manual transmission, mechanic, mileage, minivan, motor, motorcycle, muffler, odometer, parking light, passenger, pick-up truck, police radar, radiator, radiator hose, radio, rear windshield, rear-view mirror, safety, seat, seat belt, sedan, side mirror, spare tire, spark plugs, specs, speedometer, sports car, standard, station wagon, steering wheel, stick-shift, sunroof, system, taillight, tailpipe, throttle, tire, tow truck, traffic cop, traffic jam, traffic ticket, transmission, truck, trunk, turn signal, versatility, visor, warning lights, windshield, windshield wipers

Verbs – change lanes, cruise, get pulled over , go (straight, left, right), handle, hit the brakes, maximize, pass, peel out, perform, put (it in reverse, neutral, drive), rev the engine, ride, run out, shift, speed, start, steer, test drive, to be stuck in traffic, transport, turn (right; left), zoom

Adjectives – all wheel drive, automatic, automotive, bumpy, classic, crash tested, custom built, easy to drive, economic, effective, electric, elegant, environmentally friendly, ergonomic, family friendly, fuel efficient, fuel-efficient, functional, hybrid, innovative, low emission, luxury, noisy, progressive, quick shifting, ready for action, safe, smooth (ride), speedy, sporty, standard, sweet (ride), tacky, top dollar, used, versatile, vintage,

Expressions – “Underneath the hood” “pedal to the metal”  “step on it”

Environment

Nouns – (non)-renewable resources, acid rain, air pollution, alternative energy, animal welfare, bay, bio-energy, canyon, carbon footprint, cliff, climate, coal, conservation, dam, desert, drought, dune, earthquake, ecology, ecosystem, ecotourism, element, endangered species, energy, environmental group, exhaust fumes, fertilizers, field, flood, forest, forest fires, global warming, greenhouse effect, hemp, hill, hybrid car, hydroelectric power, impact, initiative, island, jungle, lake, mountain, natural gas, natural resources, nature, nuclear, nuclear energy, nuclear fallout, nuclear reactor, ocean, oil, oil-slick, outdoors, ozone layer, pesticide, plateau, pollution, pond, protected animal, radiation, rain forest, rapids, recycling program, river, seashore, solar energy, solar panels, solution, stream/ brook, sustainability, the biosphere, tidal wave, toxic waste, tree hugger, typhoon, valley, volcano, waste, water pollution, waterfall, wildlife, wind, woods

Verbs – be aware, be the change, biodegrade, buy local, care, choose, compost, conserve, consume, consume less, contaminate, contribute, cut down, decompose, destroy, dispose, dump, emit, empower, farm, give back, go green, grow, harvest, help the environment, honor, make a difference, make an effort, participate, plant, pollute, preserve, produce, promote, protect, reclaim, recycle, reduce emissions, release, reprocess, re-purpose, reuse, safeguard, save the planet, support, take a step, throw away, use less, use up, walk

Adjectives – all-natural, alternative, balanced, beneficial, biodegradable, bio-dynamic, chemical-free, clean, conscious, contaminated, durable, earth-conscious, earth-friendly, eco-friendly, ecological, economical, endangered, energy efficient, environmentally conscious, environmentally friendly, environmentally responsible, ethical, green, handmade, healthy, humanitarian, innovative, locally, low-impact, natural, non-toxic, nonrenewable, nuclear, organic, ozone friendly, protected, recyclable, resourceful, salvaged, single-origin, sustainable, toxic, unleaded, vegan, vegetarian, wholesome

Funerals/Death

Nouns – bereavement, brighter days, burial, casket, cemetery, ceremony, comfort, compassion, condolences, courage, elegy, family, farewell, funeral, grave, grief, last rites, last words, loss, memorial service, memories, mourners, obituary, pain, passing, peace, prayers, resting place, sentiments, serenity, solace, strength, support, sympathy, time, tomb, tribute, wake

Verbs – be at peace, bite the dust, bury, carry on, cheer up, comfort, console, depart, die, express, feel blue, find solace, grieve, heal, hold on, honor, live on, miss, mourn, pass away, perish, recall, remember, say goodbye, succumb, suffer, treasure, weep

Adjectives – alone, always, brokenhearted, caring, comforting, crestfallen, dark, deceased, dignified, downcast, elegant, eternal, everlasting, gloomy, graveside, heartfelt, inspirational, late, passed on, peaceful, respectful, saddened, simple, solemn, sympathetic, uplifting

Expressions – “I’m sorry for your loss.” 

Geography

Nouns – altitude, Antarctic Circle, Arctic Circle, atlas, border, capital city, cartographer, compass, continent, continental drift, continental shelf, contour line, crust, Earth, east, elevation, equator, fault, fault-line, floor, geology, globe, GPS (Global Positioning System), ground, hemisphere, International Date Line (IDL), island, key, kilometer, landform, latitude, longitude, magnetic pole, mantle, map, meridian, miles, mountain, mountain range, nation, north, North Pole, ocean, peak, plate, plate tectonics, sea, sea level, south, South Pole, territory, time zone, topography, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, tropics, water table, west, world

Verbs – analyze, border, climb, collect, construct, cross, describe, dwarf, evaluate, expand, explore, fish, go down, identify, locate, move, open, propose, react, record, rumble, shake, shrink, take account of, tower, travel, visit, wait for

Adjectives – active, alpine, coastal, craggy, dispersed, down under, gentle, geological, global, graded, high, highland, hilly, impassable, inhabitable, inland, intercontinental, linear, mountainous, nautical, on the ground, parallel, polar, predictable, semitropical, sheer, snow-capped, steep, sub-Saharan, subarctic, tectonic, temperate, terrestrial, tropical, unexplained, unexplored, unidentified, uninhabitable, unpredictable, upland, virgin

Getting a Job/Promotion

Nouns – a foot in the door, a good fit, a great addition, ability, accountability, achievement, action, application, approachability, attitude, background, business, callback, candidate, candor, capacity, career, career choice, career move, challenge, co-workers, commitment, communication, company, competence, consistency, contribution, corporation, creativity, diversity, doer, education, effort, employee, employer, employment, expert, faculty, finalist, finished product, industry, initiative,, innovation, intellect, intelligence, interpersonal skills, interview, job, job search, job seeker, know-how, knowledge, leadership, occupation, organization, pay, position, problem solver, product, project, prospect, proven track record, qualityreferences, resourcefulness, results, resume, salary, second interview, sense of humor, skill, skill set, specialist, staying, power, talent, team player, thinker, track record, versatility, vigor, wage, wit, work experience, work history, workforce, workplace

Verbs – acclimate, accomplish, achieve, actuate, adapt, adjust, administer, advance, affect, analyze, apply, appoint, assist, attract, balance, believe, believe in, budget, bump up, capitalize, carry out, carry through, challenge, change, collaborate, communicate, conceptualize, conduct, confirm, consult, contribute, convey, cooperate, coordinate, create, dedicate, deliver, demonstrate, demote, design, develop, diagnose, direct, discover, divest, downgrade, earn, employ, encourage, engage, ensure, establish, evaluate, exceed, excel, execute, exhibit, expand, expedite, figure out, finish, follow, follow directions, formulate, generate, get results, handle, help, highlight, hire, identify, implement, impress, improve, improvise, increase, initiate, innovate, integrate, interview, invent, invest, know, labor, launch, lead, learn, market, master, mediate, motivate, negotiate, operate, organize, participate, pass over, pay attention, perform, persuade, plan, prepare, problem-solve, produce, project, provide, publish, pursue, push myself, put forward, recruit, relegate, repair, research, resolve, respect, restore, retain, revitalize, satisfy, seek, share, sign, sign on, simplify, solve, specialize, stand out, strengthen, strive, study, succeed, supervise, surpass, take on, teach, tighten, train, transform, trim, troubleshoot, try, unify, update, upgrade, utilize, win, work

Adjectives – able, above average, accomplished, accurate, active, adaptable, adept, admirable, advanced, aggressive, ambitious, analytical, appreciated, appreciative, approachable, articulate, astute, attentive, attuned, atypical, aware, bright, busy, candid, capable, careful, cognizant, committed, competent, comprehensive, confident, conscientious, consistent, constructive, contributive, corporate, creative, credible, curious, customer-oriented, decisive, dedicated, dependable, detail-oriented, detailed, determined, diligent, diplomatic, discerning, discreet, discriminating, diversified, driven, dynamic, easygoing, effective, efficient, eloquent, energetic, engaging, enterprising, enthusiastic, esteemed, ethical, even-tempered, excellent, exceptional, executive, exemplary, experienced, extraordinary, fair, fast-learning, forthright, friendly, genuine, gratifying, hands-on, hard-working, helpful, honest, imaginative, important, impressive, independent, indispensable, industrious, influential, innovative, instrumental, intellectual, intelligent, knowledgeable, level-headed, logical, loyal, masterful, mature, meaningful, methodical, meticulous, mindful, moral, motivated, notable, open, open-minded, organized, outgoing, outstanding, passionate, patient, perceptive, persistent, personable, perspicacious, persuasive, pleasant, positive, practiced, precise, prepared, principled, proactive, problem-solving, productive, professional, proficient, progressive, propitious, proven, prudent, punctual, purposeful, qualified, qualitative, quality-conscious, quick-to-learn, rational, ready, reasonable, receptive, reliable, reputable, resilient, resourceful, responsible, savvy, sedulous, self-confident, self-reliant, self-starter, serious, skilled, specialized, stable, strategic, successful, talented, tenacious, thorough, thoughtful, tolerant, true, trustworthy, unique, useful, valued, venerated, versatile, visionary, warm, well-disposed, well-educated, well-rounded, well-spoken, willing

Expressions – “Bring something to the table” “climb the corporate ladder”  “down to the wire” “failure is not an option”

Government (USA)

Nouns – appeal, Attorney General, agenda, ballot, big government, bill, Bill of Rights, bleeding heart, bully pulpit, campaign, carpetbagger, case, caucus, checks and balances, coattails, Commerce, convention, debate, defendant, defense, delegate, Democrat, district attorney (D.A.), education, energy, executive order, fence mending, filibuster, fishing expedition, front runner, gerrymander, GOP, grassroots, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, House of Representatives, Housing and Urban Development, ideology, impeachment, Election, incumbent, Independent, Interior, judge, justice, Labor, lame duck, law, lawyer, leader, Legislative Branch, lobby, Judicial Branch, Lower House, machine politics, McCarthyism, nomination, nominee, opportunist, party, photo-op, policy, political suicide, poll, precedent, Executive Branch, President, primary, pundit, reactionary, recount, red tape, representative, Republican, Secretaries of Agriculture, Senate, senator, silent majority, slate, smoked-filled room, spin, State, stump swing vote, Supreme Court, The Constitution, Transportation, Treasury, trial balloon, Upper House, verdict, Veterans’ Affairs, veto, Vice-President, vote, voter, whip, witch hunt, witness

Verbs – cast your ballot, debate, get appointed, get elected, give a speech, pass a bill, reach a verdict, run for office, veto, vote

Adjectives – aggressive, bipartisan, carpetbagging, charismatic, conservative, corrupt, dark horse, demagogue, Democrat, extremist, fanatic, honest, Independent, left-wing, liberal, moderate, no-nonsense, opportunistic, Republican, right-wing, sensitive, solidary, unappealing

Halloween

Nouns – autumn, candy, cape, cornfields, costume, custom, darkness, disguise, goodies, gourds, harvest, harvest moon, haunted house, hayride, jack-o’-lantern, kids, lantern, magic, make believe, mask, masquerade, midnight, moon, moonlight, night, nighttime, October, parade, party, practice, pumpkins, shadow, skull, tradition, wig

Verbs – attend a party, bake, believe in, breathe in, bundle up, carve pumpkins, change, dress up, eat, enjoy, freak out, frighten, go trick or treating, gobble, hand out, play games, scare, tell scary stories, transform, turn into, wear a costume, weird out

Adjectives – afraid, autumnal, bizarre, black, blustery, cozy, creepy, crunchy, dark, disguised, eerie, enchanted, entertaining, exciting, fantastical, festive, foggy, ghostly, haunted, howling, imagined, jittery, joking, mad, made-up, magnificent, make believe, mischievous, moonlit, mysterious, nervous, orange, outrageous, rustling, strange, surprising, thrilling, unpredictable, wondrous , yummy

Expressions – “Trick or treat!” “Happy Halloween!”

High School

Nouns – absence, academy, algebra, art, assistant principal, attendance, auditorium, band, biology, board, book, bookshelf, bulletin board, cafeteria, calculator, calculus, chair, chalk, chemistry, chemistry lab, choir, classroom, clock, coach, computer, computer science, conservatory, custodian, desk, detention, drama, economics, English, eraser, field, flag, free period, French, geography, geometry, globe, graph paper, guidance counselor, guidance office, gym, gymnasium, half-day, health, history, language lab, lesson, locker, locker room, map, math/ mathematics, music, notebook, nurse’s office, office, orchestra, PE (physical education), pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, period, physics, principal, principal’s office, probation, projector, recess, ruler, schedule, scholarship, science, seat, semester, Spanish, specialization, student, student government, study hall, teacher, teacher’s aide, teacher’s desk, teacher’s lounge, textbook, timetable, track, trigonometry, tutor, TV, work-study, yearbook

Verbs – accomplish, achieve, acquire, advance, answer the questions, bring in your homework, check your answers, close your book, collect, commit, correct your mistakes, cram, develop, do your homework, educate, erase, flourish, give the answer, go over the answers, go to the board, grade, graduate, hand in your homework, help each other, keep up, listen to the question, mature, open your book, pass out the tests, pick up, prepare, push yourself, put away, raise your hand, reach for, read, sit down, stand up, study, take notes, take out a piece of paper, take your seat, teach, train, turn off the lights, turn on, watch the movie, work in groups, write your name

Adjectives – accomplished, advanced, annoyed, ashamed, astute, bored, brainy, competent, confused, dedicated, devoted, disappointed, driven, educated, embarrassed, exhausted, frustrated, furious, nervous, pleased, proud, shocked, surprised, upset, worried

Home

Nouns – air conditioner, attic, back door, backyard, basement, basketball, bathroom, bathtub, bedroom, blinds, breakfast, bunk bed, carpet, carport, ceiling, cellar, chimney, chores, closet, clothes, clothes dryer, cupboard, curtains, dining room, dinner, dish washer, door bell, downspout, driveway, dustpan, family room, fan, faucet, fireplace, floor, foundation, front yard, garage, garbage can, garden, hair, hall, hallway, iron, key, kitchen, laundry, laundry room, lawnmower, lunch, mailbox, makeup, mirror, music, pantry, patio, porch, roof, shower, sliding glass door, staircase, stairs, swimming pool, teeth, the baby, the bed, the cat, the dog, the floor, the guitar, the piano, the radio, toilet, TV, upstairs, vacuum cleaner, vent, wall, washing machine, wood stove

Verbs – brush my hair, brush my teeth, clean the apartment, comb my hair, cook dinner, decorate, do the laundry, domesticate, dust, exercise, feed the baby, feed the cat, fix up, floss my teeth, garden, get dressed, get undressed, get up, go to bed, iron, listen to music, make breakfast, make the bed, play music, play sports, put on makeup, raise a family, read a book, remodel, shave, sleep, study, sweep the floor, take a bath, take a shower, vacuum, walk the dog, wash my face, wash the dishes, watch TV

Adjectives – all over the place, bouncy, comfortable, comfy, cozy, disorderly, disorganized, economical, effective, efficient, energy efficient, festive, fun, hardworking, heat conserving, homey, jumbled, messy, neighborly, patchwork, rumpled, sparkling clean, straggly, traditional, untidy, welcoming

Expressions – “everything but the kitchen sink” “have a roof over your head”

Hospital

Nouns – adhesive tape, alcohol, anesthetic, bacteria, bandage, blood pressure, bruise, cancer, cardiologist, check-up, clinic, co-payment, cotton balls, dentist, diagnosis, disease, doctor, doctor’s office, drill, drug store, emergency room, examination room, examination table, eye chart, flu, gauze, general practitioner, germ, gloves, gynecologist, health insurance, heart attack, hospital, hygienist, illness, injection, intensive care unit (ICU), medical condition, medical exam, medical history, medicine, midwife, needle, nurse, obstetrician, operation, optometrist, pain, patient, pediatrician, pharmacy, physician, prescription, prescription, psychiatrist, scale, side effects, side-effect, specialist, stethoscope, surgeon, symptoms, syringe, thermometer, virus, visitor, X-ray machine, X-ray technician

Verbs – ache, break a bone , breathe deeply, burn, catch, come down with, cure, diagnose, drown, exercise, fall, heal, hurt, medicate, operate, overdose, prescribe, refer, prevent, rest, specialize, swallow, tend to, treat, visit

Adjectives – acute, benign, bruised, chronic, contagious, curable, fractured, generalized, healthy, ill, inactive, inoperable, life-threatening, local, medical, mild, nauseated, nervous, non-invasive, psychiatric, severe, sick, sporadic, sprained, stressed, swollen, systemic, terminal, treatable, unhealthy, untreated, unwell, viral, well

Expressions – “I would like to get a second opinion.” “I would like to speak to my doctor.” “Eat right.” “Get plenty of rest.” 

Internet/Computers

Nouns – archive, banner, browser, chat rooms, computer, console, cookie, e-reader, edition, email, file, folder, gamer, host, Internet connection, ISP (Internet Service Provider), laptop, laptop computer, pop-up, portal, presentation, search engine, server, smartphone, tablet, the Internet, URL (Web page address), Web browser, Web page, word processor

Verbs – access, adapt, check, click, customize, distract, download, format, hack, install, invest hours, log in, log off, message, receive, resume, scan, send, shut down, start up, strategize, surf, team up, uninstall, unlock, waste time

Adjectives – addicting, addictive, advanced, bug-free, classic, complicated, download-able, dynamic, easy-to-use, encrypted, expansive, futuristic, iconic, improved, intuitive, lag-free, lightning-fast, multi-user, offline, online, password protected, reliable, social, straightforward, streamlined, unlimited, user-friendly, versatile, virtual, well-designed

Kitchen/Cooking

Nouns – aficionado, aftertaste, appetite, appetizer, aroma, banquet, brunch, carbohydrate, casual dining, catch of the day, comfort food, confection, craving, cuisine, cut of meat, dairy, dietary restrictions, dinner party, entrée, feast, finger food, flavor, food allergy, foodie, fresh twist, hors d’oeuvre, indulgence, meal, mouthful, oven, pairing, palate, pantry, portion, preparation, presentation, protein, quality, reduction, repast, secret ingredient, side dish, spread, stove top, taste-buds, texture, tidbit, zest

Verbs – accent, bake, barbecue, batter, beat, blanch, blend, boil, braise, bread, broil, brown, can, caramelize, chop, coat, combine, concoct, cure, cut, deep fry, dice, digest, doctor, drizzle, dunk, flambé, fold in, froth, garnish, grease, grind, knead, lick, marinate, measure, melt, mingle, mix, munch, pan-fry, parboil, peel, pickle, pressure cook, puree, refrigerate, reinvent, saturate, saute, scramble, sear, season, simmer, sizzle, slather, smoke, spike, spread, sprinkle, steep, toast, top, toss, wok fry

Adjectives – acidic, addictive, all-natural, appealing, appetizing, aromatic, artisan, assorted, beautifully executed, biting, boiled, bold, braised, breaded, broiled, browned, buttery, caramelized, casual, celebrated, cheesy, chewy, complementing, consistent, creamy, crispy, crumbly, crunchy, decadent, deceptively simple, delectable, down-home, drenched, easy-to-prepare, ethnic, flavorful, fricasseed, garlicky, gluten free, gourmet, heaping, high end, in season, kosher, lightly salted, low-calorie, low-sodium, made fresh, melt-in-your-mouth, mouthwatering, nutritious, organically grown, palatable, peppery, piping hot, piquant, rare, salty, sizzling, sour, spiced, spicy, succulent, sumptuous, sweet and sour, vegan, vegetarian, yummy

Literature

Nouns – allegory, allusions, author, autobiography, biography, central character, character, character development, classic, comedy, conclusion, continuity, cult classic, dialogue, ebook, ending, epilogue, format, forward, genre, imagery, interpretation, irony, juxtaposition, literary device, memoir, metaphor, novel, novella, pace, page, playwright, plot twist, poem, poetry, point of view, preface, prologue, prose, protagonist, satire, sequel, series, short story, simile, symbolism, tragedy, writer

Verbs – articulate, bring to life, characterize, communicate, contrast, create, critique, explain, explore, express, flesh out, foreshadow, interpret, interweave, introduce, narrate, outline, portray, publish, question, represent, reveal, study, transform, understand, visualize, wrap up

Adjectives – ambitious, avant-garde, award winning, best-selling, blasé, cliché, coherent, coming-of-age, concise, contrived, controversial, creative, deep, edgy, eloquent, entertaining, fictional, first person, formulaic, gimmicky, historical, implausible, in-depth, inconsistent, intellectual, juvenile, lifeless, light-hearted, mediocre, metaphorical, mysterious, observant, original, page-turning, predictable;e, realistic, recommended, romantic, sarcastic, second person, spellbinding, surreal, symbolic, tedious, third person, too long, unoriginal, vacuous, well-paced, well-written, widely acclaimed

Music Industry

Nouns – alternative, alternative metal, ambient, art rock, audience, band, blinder, blues, boy band, chillstep, classical, contest, country, dance, disco, dubstep, duo, electronic, emo, fan, folk, funk, gangsta rap, girl band, glam rock, gothic, groove metal, group, grunge, hard rock, hard style, heavy metal, hip hop, idol, industrial rock, indie rock, jazz, King of (pop/rock/soul), latin, live show, metalcore, new wave, nu metal, performance, piano rock, polka, pop, pop punk, post-grunge, progressive metal, psychedelic rock, punk rock, Queen of (pop/rock/soul), R&B, ragtime, rap, reality show, reggae, rendition, rock n’ roll, show, ska, solo, soul, sound, Southern rock, stage, tango, techno, thrash metal, tour, trance

Verbs – appear, be on the road, give an interview, groove, perform, play, rap, release, rock, sellout, tour

Adjectives – all-star, bankable, debut, evergreen, guest, kick-ass, live, off-stage, on-stage, overrated, stellar, straight, underrated

Office

Nouns – 3- hole punch, administrative assistant, business cards, calculator, clipboard, coat closet, coat rack, coffee cart, coffee machine, computer, computer station, conference room, conference table, copier/ photo / copy machine, desk, desk calendar, desk lamp, employee lounge, employer / boss, fax machine, file cabinet, file clerk, mailbox, mail-room, message board, nameplate, office, office assistant, office manager, paper clip, paper clip dispenser, paper cutter, paper fastener, paycheck, pen, pencil, pencil cup, pencil sharpener, plastic clip, printer, projector, reception area, receptionist, rubber band, scissors, secretary, soda machine, staple remover, stapler, storage cabinet, storage room, supply cabinet, tape dispenser, telephone, time-sheet, typewriter, typist, wall calendar, wall planner, waste basket, wastebasket, water cooler, whiteboard, workstation

Verbs –  attend, brainstorm, carry out, file papers, follow orders, get busy, meet, run, supervise, write up 

Adjectives – financial, group oriented, incumbent, intracompany, lucrative, negotiable, on board, on duty, online, profitable, successful

Expressions – “Could I see you in my office?”  “get/be given the sack”  “Don’t throw good money after bad”

Online Shopping

Nouns – account, accuracy, cancellation, confirmation email, contact details, costs, currency, customer reviews, customer service, CVV (card verification value code), cybershopping, damages, defects, delivery, delivery date, encryption, exchange rates, faults, fraud protection, gift card, identity, order number, packaging costs, Paypal , phishing filter, privacy policy, promotional code, ratings, reputation, retail therapy, return policy, scam, secure website, security, shipping and handling, subscription, taxes, warranty

Verbs – bid, charge, compare, evaluate, guarantee, inquire, order, overcharge, recommend, refund, register, research, return, review, search, surf, vouch, weigh up

Adjectives – addicted, available, clearance, damaged, delayed, discounted, electronic, expedited, fit, free, gently used, handmade, latest, like new, limited, mint condition, new, newly listed, on-sale, rushed, secure, site-wide, sold out

Pets

Nouns – animal fair, bird, canary, cat, dog, dog catcher, dog pound, fish, hamster, horse, iguana, lizard, parrot, pet shop, pony, rabbit, rat, snake, turtle, vet

Verbs – bark, bite, bring in, brush, change, feed, give water, groom, let in, let out, pet, scratch, take care of, train, walk

Adjectives – affectionate, aggressive, agile, allergic, behavioral, clean, clever, clingy, cute, disobedient, dog-friendly, family-friendly, feline, four-legged, furry, fuzzy, gentle, good-natured, graceful, high-strung, housebroken, independent, instinctual, long haired, loyal, mean, mellow, mischievous, mixed breed, naughty, neutered, obedient, purebred, rambunctious, regal, rescued, scaly, scary, scruffy, short haired, sneaky, snuggly, spayed, spoiled, stray, stubborn, sweet, territorial, well-bred, wild, yappy

Expressions – “Curiosity killed the cat.” “four-legged family member”

Playing Music

Nouns – accordion, agogo, atmospherics, bagpipes, banjo, baritone, bass, bassoon, bell, bells, bongos, bugle, castanets, celeste, cello, chimes, chops, clarinet, claves, conductor, conga, cornet, cowbell, crash, cymbal, drum, drums, electric, euphonium, flugelhorn, flute, French, gig, glockenspiel, gong, grand, groove, guitar, harmonica, harp, horn, instrumentation, kettledrum, lute, lyre, mandolin, maracas, marimba, musical director, oboe, orchestra, piano, piccolo, player (e.g. “bass player”), recorder, ride, saxophone, scraper, set, sizzle, skills, snare, sousaphone, speed, splash, steel, tenor, timbales, timing, timpani, tomtom, triangle, trombone, trumpet, tuba, vibraphone, violin, xylophone

Verbs – accompany, arrange, back, bang out, beat out, blast, blast away, clap out, compose, conduct, cut, drum, fiddle, go with a swing, hum, interpret, jam, lip-sync, loop, mime, mix, modulate, mute, orchestrate, phrase, pick, play, play by ear, pluck, plunk, pound out, practice, pulse, rap, record, remaster, remix, sample, score, sightread, slap, slur, strike, strike up, strum, swing, synthesize, tickle the ivories, tongue, toot, tootle, transcribe, transpose, trill, tune, whistle

Adjectives – acoustic, atonal, bluesy, classical, discordant, flat, funky, harmonic, harmonious, jazzy, melodic, musical, off-key, orchestral, philharmonic, playable, polyphonic, progressive, sharp, pizzicato, staccato, tonal, unaccompanied, unplugged, vocal

Renting/Buying Property

Nouns – a find, abode, acre, acreage, apartment, appraisal, bargain, block, building, bungalow, buyer’s agreement, complex, condominium (condo), cottage, cul-de-sac, deed, deposit, down payment, duplex, escrow, eviction, foreclosure, foundation, homeowner’s insurance, housing market, living space, log cabin, neighborhood, open house, owner, pre-approval, property tax, real estate agent, realtor, realty, rental, renter’s insurance, square footage, townhouse

Verbs – appraise, build, buy, carpet, close, commute, construct, convert to, decorate, design, finance, fix up, garden, invest, list, live, make an offer, needs repair, needs work, overlook, paint, preview, purchase, refurbish, remodel, renovate, reside, restore, search, sell, show, take out a loan, tile, value

Adjectives – abandoned, beachfront, brand new, bright, built to last, classic, comfy, contemporary, cozy, cracked, cramped, decorated, decrepit, dilapidated, domestic, downtown, dreamy, eroded, extravagant, for sale by owner, foreclosed, freshly painted, gated, homey, hospitable, housewarming, improperly zoned, in poor repair, in shambles, lakefront, messy, milestone, moldy, narrow, neat, needs work, neighborly, newly built, noisy, not structurally sound, old, palatial, plain, priced under value, private, quiet, ranch style, reasonably priced, refurbished, remodeled, renovated, run-down, small, tall, termite eaten, two story, ugly, untreated, upscale, Victorian, welcoming, well kept, wooded

Relationships

Nouns – alimony, anniversary, blind date, boyfriend, chemistry, communication, companionship, custody, crush, date, date night, divorce, divorcee, engagement, equality, ex, fling, girlfriend, heartthrob, husband, life partner, love interest, marriage, old flame, one night stand, open relationship, other half, pair, partner, partnership, platonic relationship, puppy love, respect, romance, separation, sexual partner, significant other, someone I’m seeing, soul mate, spouse, sugar daddy, true love, union, wedding, widow, widower, wife, woman/man of my dreams

Verbs – adore, argue, ask someone out, betray, bicker, break up, care for, confide in, cuddle, curl up with, disagree, disappoint, dote on, drift apart, enchant, fall for, fall in love, fool around, get divorced, get engaged, get married, go on a date, go out with someone, hate, have a crush on, have things in common, hold hands, idolize, love, make love, promise, propose, reciprocate, satisfy, seduce, snuggle, spend time with, spoon, stand someone up, stray, struggle, support, tempt, turn someone down, unite, value, vow to, walk through life together, wed, wine and dine

Adjectives – acquainted, attracted, attractive, bisexual, blue, broken hearted, broken up, bromantic, casual, caught in your web, committed, complicated, connected, cozy, crazy for you, divorced, dramatic, dreamy, emotional, enchanted, enraptured, equal, faithful, fearless, feisty, fond, ga-ga, gay, got the hots for someone, head-over-heels, heterosexual, homosexual, hooked, illicit, infatuated, inseparable, intoxicated, long lost, loveless, loving, loyal, lucky, lustful, mad about, monogamous, no drama, on the rocks, one-sided, open-minded, over, passionate, platonic, rocky, same-sex, sentimental, sexy, sincere, smitten, spunky, straight, sultry, the luckiest, true, trustworthy, warmhearted, well-intentioned, yours forever

Expressions – “blood is thicker than water”  “ask for (someone’s) hand in marriage” “double date” “give (someone or something) a second chance” “go Dutch” “have a thing for (someone)”  “a match made in heaven” “those three little words” “whisper sweet nothings in (someone’s) ear”

Restaurants

Nouns – appetizer, barbecue, bartender, beverage, bill, booth, booze, busser, cafeteria, cash, chef, cocktail, coffee shop, condiments, customer, deli, entrée, fast food restaurant, happy hour, host, hostess, main course, meal, menu, pizzeria, receipt, reservation, server, service, special of the day, table, tip, wine list

Verbs – book a table, I’ll have…, leave a tip, make a reservation, make change, may I (have the check please), order, overcharge, rush, serve, set, take out

Adjectives – all you can eat, appetizing, à la carte, à la mode, breaded, deep fried, delicious, free-range, gluten-free, homemade, mild, organic, rare, self-serve, sour, spicy, straight up, sweet, take out, to go, vegan, vegetarian, well-done

Expressions – “Let me tell you about our specials today.” “Are you ready to order?”

Soccer

Nouns – away game, away team, ball, corner kick, defender, field markings, first half, footballer, friendly game, goal, goal average, goalkeeper (goalie), goal kick, hat trick, heads or tails, hooligan, injury time, kick off, match, midfielder, penalty kick, penalty spot, red card, referee, score, second half, shinguard, soccer field, soccer player, striker forward, substitute, sweeper, the net, throw in, World Cup, yellow card

Verbs – beat, cross, dive, dribble, fight, head-butt, jump, keep goal, kick, lie down, pass, reach, score a goal, send a player off, shoot, stretch, tackle, throw in, whistle, win

Adjectives – aggressive, amateur, at home, away, counter offensive, defensive, forwards/backwards, injured, international, leading, offensive, on the road, professional, qualifying, rowdy, talented, tied, undefeated,offside

Sports/Exercise

Nouns – aerobics, aqua aerobics, arena, athlete, athletics, award, bodybuilding, calisthenics, captain, champion, circuit training, coach, competition, contact sport, contest, cool-down, crunch, cup, event, extreme sport, fan, field, final score, fitness, game, goal, gym, judge, jumping jack, league, lunge, manager, medal, opponent, penalty, performance, personal trainer, physique, pilates, player, pull up, push up, referee, rep (repetition), rules, score, spectator, sportsmanship, stadium, strategy, t’ai chi, tactics, teamwork, the burn, tie, tournament, trainer, trophy, umpire, victory, warm-up, weight training, whistle, workout, yoga, zumba

Verbs – beat, bend, bounce, burn off, catch, chase, cheer on, climb, compete, dance, defeat, dive, dodge, dribble, evade, firm up, flounder, hike, hit, hold, hop, hustle, idle, jump, kick, kneel, leap, lie down, lift, limber up, lob, loosen up, maneuver, move, pass, pitch, poke along, pull, pump iron, pursue, push, reach, run, score, sculpt, serve, shoot, sit, skip, soar , spin, sprawl, stretch, strut, swim, swing, tackle, throw, tie, touch your toes, trample, walk, warm up, workout, zigzag

Adjectives – able-bodied, agile, amateur, ample, annoyed, bony, clear, close, cold, competing, disappointed, equal, exhausted, fair, fast, fit, flexible, frustrated, graceful, healthy, heavy, hot, jealous, level, lithe, massive, meaty, nervous, overweight, proud, robust, shocked, sinewy, slender, slim, spry, strong, supple, surprised, thirsty, tired, top-heavy, undefeated, underweight, unopposed, upset, victorious, vigorous, worried

Studying English

Nouns – ability, academia, achievement, Anglophone, Anglosphere, aptitude, article, capacity, collocation, colloquialism, communicative competence, consonant, determination, dialect, endeavor, ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages), exams, fluency, goal, grammar, idiomatic usage, idioms, IELTS (International English Language Testing System), inner strength, interpreter, literacy, mastery, modal verbs, mood, mother tongue, native language, native speaker, opportunity, parts of speech, polyglot, proficiency, pronunciation, prowess, qualifications, result, school system, slang, syntax, target language, tense, TESL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), umbrella term, vocabulary, vocalization, vowel, wisdom, work

Verbs – apply your knowledge, be on your own, believe in yourself, continue learning, cram, dream big, encode, immerse, interpret, join the workforce, listen, overachieve, practice, pronounce, read, remain driven, speak, strive, study, supplement, take pride, train, transcribe, translate, write

Adjectives – advanced, alphabetic, auxiliary, beginner, bilingual, committed, competent, conversational, dedicated, demographic, developed, fluent, focused, foreign, general, hardworking, idiomatic, impressive, intermediate, international, intuitive, literal, monolingual, multilingual, native, professional, proficient, ready-for-the-world, skilled, social, specific, top of the class

Expressions – “lose something in translation” “make yourself understood”

Supermarket

Nouns – aisle, bagger, baked goods (muffins/cake/bread/rolls), bakery, basket, beverages, bulk food, butcher, canned food (soup/ tuna fish/canned vegetables/canned fruit), cart, cash register, cashier, cereal, checker, checkout, condiments, counter, dairy (milk/buttermilk/cheese/butter/margarine/sour cream/cream cheese/cottage cheese/yogurt), deli, dozen, ethnic foods, florist, freezer, fresh meat, frozen food, frozen meat, gallon , health and beauty, herbs, household items, line, liquor, packaging, paper bag, pet food, pharmacy, plastic bag, poultry (chicken/duck/turkey), produce, refrigerator, reusable bag, rewards card, scale, seafood, seasoning, shelf, shopping list, snacks, soft drinks, spices, store card, sweets, tobacco

Verbs – accept, bag (the groceries), browse, carry, compare, decline, meander, open, pay, prefer, push (a cart), save, search, shop around, stock (food on the shelf), try, wait (in line), wander, weigh

Adjectives – appealing, artisan, bagged, boxed, busy, cheap, conventional, crowded, day old, diet, easy to prepare, expensive, fresh, frozen, gluten-free, gourmet, guaranteed, imported, instant, just add water, local, low-calorie, low-carb, organic, overpriced, packaged, pre-cooked, pre-seasoned, prepared, preservative free, rip-off, rushed, salted, spicy, spoiled, stale, store bought, sub par, unappealing, unimpressive, vegetarian, wholesome

Tourist in a City

Nouns – accommodation, activities, amusement park, architecture, art gallery, ATM (automatic teller machine) , attractions, bank, bearings, brochure, bus, business district, café, castle, church, downtown, exhibition, grocery store/supermarket, highlight, itinerary, laundromat, legend, lobby, locals, location, map, market, monument, museum, necessities, night club, outskirts, park, postcard, public transportation , questions or concerns, ritual, scenery, shopping center, shopping district, site, skyscraper, souvenirs, stairway, subway, surroundings, taxi, tourist information center, visitor’s center, zoo

Verbs – admire, ask for directions, backpack, book in advance, calm down, charter, check in, check out, connect, do research, drop off, end up, get away, get in, get lost, get on, go back, hang out, hurry up, join a tour, look around, look for, look forward, miss, pass through, pick up, pick up luggage, promote, push on, read a map, read up, rent a room, reserve, review, set out, sight-see, speed up, spend time, take off, thank, to be sure, transport, unload, wait in line

Adjectives – admire, ask for directions, backpack, book in advance, calm down, charter, check in, check out, connect, do research, drop off, end up, get away, get in, get lost, get on, go back, hang out, hurry up, join a tour, look around, look for, look forward, miss, pass through, pick up, pick up luggage, promote, push on, read a map, read up, rent a room, reserve, review, set out, sight-see, speed up, spend time, take off, thank, to be sure, transport, unload, wait in line

University

Nouns – academia, advice, advisor, alma mater, alum, alumni, alumnus, BA, business school, college, community college, degree, desk, faculty, feedback, freshman, grad (graduate) school, graduation, institute, instructor, intern, Ivy League, junior, junior college, MA, medical school, mentor, Ph.D , postdoc, post-grad, pupil, scholar, school year, seminary, senior, sophomore, student body, technical college, transfer student, tutor, underclassman, undergraduate, wisdom, pre-requisite

Verbs – absorb, acquire, cheat, complete, develop, educate, enroll, examine, fail, get through, hand in, hit the books, major, master, pass, pick up, qualify, retake, skip, study, take (a class; an exam), train, turn in

Adjectives – academic, advanced, applied, curricular, didactic, educational, formal, graduate, hands on, hardworking, higher, in-service, indebted, instructional, intensive, interdisciplinary, learned, liberal, pedagogical, professorial, remedial, resourceful, scholarly, scholastic, superior, well-rounded,wise

Expressions – “I gave it the old college try.”

Weather

Nouns – arctic blast, avalanche, black ice, blizzard, breeze, Celsius/Fahrenheit, cloud, degrees, drought, flood, flurries, fog, forecast, frost, frostbite, hail, heat stroke, heat wave, humidity, hurricane, icicles, Jack Frost, lightning, meteorologist, precipitation, puddles, rain, rainbow, raindrop, shower, sleet, slush, smog, snow, snowfall, solstice, sun, sunburn, temperature, thermometer, thunderstorm, tornado/cyclone, umbrella, UV rays, whiteout, wind, wind chill factor

Verbs – beat the heat, brighten up, bundle up, catch a chill, change, clear up, cloud over, cool down, cure the winter blues, dream of summer, drizzle, freeze over, freeze to death, get colder, get warmer, ice over, keep warm, melt, prepare for winter, rain, renew, shine, shower, slip on ice, sprinkle, warm up

Adjectives – arid, balmy, below freezing, bitter, blustery, calm, chilly, clear, cloudy, cool, damp, dark, foggy, freezing, frosty, hazy, humid, icy, mild, minus/negative, muggy, overcast, rainy, raw, scorching, slushy, snowy, stormy, sunny, tanned, tempestuous, warm, wet, windy

What if?/Hypothetical

Nouns – consideration, doubt, fear, speculation, alternate history, conspiracy, curiosity, fantasy, critical thinking, fate, destiny, impossibility, plausibility

Verbs – believe, doubt, speculate, ponder, wonder, ask yourself, question, suspend your disbelief, think, ignore

Adjectives – unusual, freaky, cool, scary, interesting, revealing, curious, intellectual, cynical, ridiculous, absurd, probable, unlikely, plausible