This page covers vocabulary needed by people working as tour guides
in an English-speaking context.
||things to do
||There are lots of activities that the whole family will enjoy.
||design of a building
||The architecture of this building is typical of the Renaissance age.
||place to look at professional paintings and drawings
||We are going to visit the art gallery where local painters exhibit their art.
||places for tourists to see
||The water park is our most recent attraction .
||feeling for understanding one's location/ surroundings in an unknown area
||If you're having trouble getting your bearings just remember that the mountains are west.
||area in a city that has many offices
||Keep in mind that this is the business district so that grocery store may be expensive.
||a building for royalty
||No one has lived in this castle since the last king died twenty years ago.
||a place to worship God
||The church is the central meeting place in this town.
||things that make life easier
||There you will find all of your conveniences, from suntan lotion to shampoo.
||something people of a region do often
||It's a custom to hang beads in the windows at this time of year.
||on the way
||While we are en route to the hotel I will point out the beach and the golf course.
||a place where there are theatres and concert halls
||If you want to catch a movie while you're here, the entertainment district is off to your left.
||something/ someone that does not follow the usual rules or expectations
||With the exception of Johnson Street, it is safe to walk around here at night.
||objects (i.e. art) displayed for a short time for the public to view
||It may be tough to find parking with the car exhibition on this week.
|grocery store/ supermarket
||place to buy food to take home
||Since you have a kitchenette at your hotel you will need to know where the grocery store is.
||the best part
||People often say that the highlight of their trip is the botanical gardens.
||a person or story known for a long time
||According to an old legend, a sea monster lives in this lake.
||We will meet in the lobby at 8 am sharp.
||people who live in an area
||The locals are usually happy to show tourists around.
||place where something can be found
||This location is the best because you don't need to bother renting a car.
||shows roads and directions to places
||I'll give you each a map so you can follow along as we walk.
||place to buy fresh food and homemade items
||Every Sunday there is a farmer's market on Wade Street.
||a statue/ structure that honours an event or person
||This monument honours the men and women who died during the war.
||a place where historical items are displayed
||The museum charges a small fee for adults, but children are free.
||things that people need for every day living
||We recommend that you only carry necessities in your purse and leave everything else at the hotel.
||the way something appeared from the beginning
||Except for the roof, this home has been left in its original state.
||picture taken with a camera
||You may not take photographs here, but you can purchase a postcard.
||a card with a picture on one side(usually an object or place that tourists see) that can be mailed without an envelope
||The gift shop has many great souvenirs, such as postcards of the beautiful waterfalls.
|questions or concerns
||things that tourists may want to say or ask
||The plane almost missed the runway because it was such a bad storm.
||something that has been asked for politely
||The driver has made a request that you throw all of your garbage in the bin at the front on your way out.
||part of a town/ city with many places to eat
||You will see there are many more eateries to choose from when we head to the restaurant district.
||tradition, custom, action (religious or cultural) that people do often
||It is an old native ritual to dance during the sunrise.
||natural beauty to look at
||It is impossible to capture the beauty of this scenery in pictures.
||people who first made a home in an area
||The original settlers relied on oxen to carry their wares.
||area of town where there are many stores
||You may want to save some spending money because we'll be visiting the shopping district this afternoon.
||This is the site of a very famous battle.
||steps going up or down
||The stairwell is very steep, so please watch your step.
||people who live on the street, often begging for money
||You may be surprised how many street people ask you for money.
||things that you see around you
||I hope you enjoy the castle and its surroundings, including the secret garden.
||the sound you make when speaking
||I apologize for my voice today as I have a bit of a cold.
||a piece of paper that shows you have paid
||Don't forget to bring your voucher for a free coffee in the hotel lobby.
||piece of land next to an ocean, lake, or river
||There will be plenty of live entertainment down at the waterfront.
||glass that you look out
||We can peer in the window but I think they are probably closed for the day.
||reach a destination
||I am glad to see you all arrived safely.
||We will close the tour with a view of the city at sunset.
||If you're all finished looking here, we will continue on with the tour.
||The last ferry departs at 4pm, so make sure you don't miss it.
||have a good experience
||I have enjoyed meeting all of you today.
||think that something will be/ happen a certain way
||You probably weren't expecting to see snow.
||You are permitted to have a beverage on the bus, but please do not eat any food.
||Please proceed all the way to the back of the bus.
|raise (a hand)
||If you have any questions during the tour, please raise your hand.
||We recommend that you only keep a small amount of cash in your wallet.
||I will gladly refer you to my favourite restaurants, if you are interested.
||sit back and enjoy time in peace
||Tomorrow you will have a day to just relax on the beach.
|show someone around
||take people to see an area
||When we get to the museum someone else will show us around.
||relax in a seated position
||Please sit back and enjoy the bus tour.
||If you need me to speak up or slow down, please let me know.
||The ancient village has been left untouched.
||very nice looking
||You will find beautiful homemade jewellery in that shop.
||when a view is very impressive
||Under the starlight the waterfall is simply breathtaking.
||It is customary to shake hands and bow as you enter.
||It is dangerous to accept a ride from a local.
||very sad, unfortunate
||The tsunami was devastating for local hotels.
||attractive, yet simple
||There is an elegant dining room for guests to eat in.
||This enormous sculpture stands one-hundred feet high.
||makes one feel very happy/ energetic
||It's so exciting to see new places, isn't it?
||covers a lot
||This house has an extensive history, and you can read more in the brochures.
||very interesting to learn about/ see
||It is fascinating to know how people lived back then.
||believed to have ghosts living there
||The house is said to be haunted and no one has lived in it for fifty years or more.
||of historical importance
||The government named this school as a heritage site last year.
||around the world
||Every year it is an international celebration, with people coming from as far away as Africa.
||very nice (appearance or personality)
||This is a lovely place to sit and watch the local birds.
||This part of town is known for its magnificent wall murals.
||liked by many
||June is the most popular time for tourists to come here.
||Crime is prevalent in the old parts of town.
||The village was reconstructed after the major fire in 1910.
||returned to its original state
||All of the antique furniture has been professionally restored.
||The water is safe to drink here.
||nice to look at (nature)
||We will go up to the balcony for a scenic view of the grounds.
||very good (i.e. service, food, entertainment)
||The children put on a superb concert at Christmas time.
||Cliff jumping is a thrilling experience for those of you who aren't afraid of heights.
||too amazing/ strange to seem true
||It is unbelievable what some of these street entertainers can do.
||able to be seen
||The top of the tower may not be visible because of the fog.