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The Best Cities To Live In...For Who? 👵🏼👨‍👩‍👦‍👦👩🏾‍🎤

Updated: Sep 14

Have you ever wondered which cities are the best to live in? Maybe that depends on what is happening in your life!! Students, families and retirees all need different things, right? Read on to find out more about which cities around the world are considered the best to live in and why.


ISSUE #6 | LEVEL B2 | Lifestyle

August 29th, 2023

Barcelona, Spain


Are you familiar with these words?

Make sure you understand some keywords in the text first with this vocabulary exercise!

  • bustling (adj.) [buh·suh·luhng]

  • sought-after (adj.) [sawt-after]

  • distinct (adj.) [duh·stingkt]

  • affordable (adj.) [uh·for·duh·bl]

  • enrich (v.) [uhn·rich]

  • culture scene (n. coll.) [kuhl·chr seen]

Rephrase or complete it! ➡️ Now, can you rephrase or complete these sentences with the target vocabulary.

  • bustling (adj.)

  • sought-after (adj.)

  • distinct (adj.)

  • affordable (adj.)

  • enrich (v.)

  • cultural scene (n. coll.)

  1. The city has lively and diverse art performances, museums, and events that attract people from different places. So, you can say it has a lively ____________.

  2. The museum really wants to make people’s understanding of ancient Egypt’s art better. So they have a cultural performance every week.

  3. Many young students prefer to live in the dormitory because they have enough money for it.

  4. The new clothing line by a famous designer has become very popular and many people want to buy the products because they are trendy.

  5. We visited the busy market, where vendors were selling all kinds of items, from fresh fruits to handmade crafts.

  6. Each country has its specific traditions and customs, and it's interesting to learn about them when you travel.

Use it ➡️ Discuss these questions with the target vocabulary.

  1. What is an experience that has enriched your life?

  2. What do you feel is distinct about your culture?

  3. Where is the most bustling area in your city/ town?

  4. What is the cultural scene like in your neighbourhood/ town/ city?



The Best Cities to Live In.....For Who?

Read the text aloud and focus on your pronunciation.

The world is full of cities offering unique and vibrant living experiences for different groups. Let's explore six amazing cities that stand out as the best places to live for students, families, and retirees - who all have different needs and priorities when it comes to how they want to live.

Melbourne, Australia

For students seeking a lively and enriching environment, two cities consistently rank high in

terms of liveability. Firstly, Melbourne, Australia, with its thriving cultural scene, world-class universities, and affordable living costs. The city is known for its diverse entertainment

options, from art festivals to sporting events, giving students something exciting to engage in at all times. Secondly, Montreal, Canada, offers a bilingual environment, top-notch

educational institutions, and an affordable lifestyle. With its bustling nightlife and various recreational opportunities, students can find a perfect balance between studies and leisure.

When it comes to retirees, two cities provide an ideal combination of relaxation and enrichment. Firstly, Lisbon, Portugal, has become a sought-after retirement destination due to its pleasant climate, historic architecture, and affordable cost of living. Retirees can enjoy the city's rich history and vibrant arts scene. Secondly, Cuenca, Ecuador, offers a tranquil

Lisbon, Portugal

atmosphere, friendly locals, and a low cost of living. Located in the beautiful mountains, this city provides retirees with a peaceful and picturesque retreat.

For families, two cities excel in terms of safety, education, and family-friendly amenities. Firstly, Copenhagen, Denmark, consistently ranks high for its exceptional healthcare system, exceptional schools, and strong social support networks. With an emphasis on work-life balance, families can enjoy a high quality of life in this charming city. Secondly, Austin, Texas, in the United States, stands out for its excellent education opportunities and family-oriented activities. The city's vibrant music scene, serene parks, and recreational centers create a perfect environment for families to bond and grow together

In conclusion, these six cities stand out as the best places to live for students, families, and retirees because of their distinct features and offerings. While Melbourne and Montreal cater to the needs of students with their diverse cultural and educational experiences, Lisbon and Cuenca offer a more peaceful and cost-effective lifestyle for retirees.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Meanwhile, Copenhagen and Austin give families a safe and enriching environment, ensuring a happy and fulfilling life. Surveys and global indexes consistently support these rankings, making them solid choices for anyone seeking a new place to call home. Ultimately, the key is finding a city that matches your individual preferences and priorities, ensuring a fulfilling and satisfying living experience for all.


Comprehension Questions

A The article mentions several countries. Tick the countries that are mentioned in text.

  • Canada

  • The UK

  • Australia

  • Sweden

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • The United States

  • Portugal

B Connect the sentence halves together according to the information in the text.

1. Quality schools and healthcare are some reasons why,

a. the pleasant climate and low cost of living.

2. The abundance of parks and recreational centres,

b. because of their lively and enriching environments.

3. Lisbon, Portugal is great for retirees because of

c. Copenhagen has been ranked high for families.

4. A peaceful atmosphere, friendly locals, and an affordable lifestyle make,

d. are only two of the reasons that Austin, Texas is considered a family-oriented city.

5. Both Melbourne and Montreal are considered perfect for students

e. Cuenca, Ecuador perfect for retirees looking for a place to call home.

Cuenca, Ecuador



  1. How would you describe the place where you live now? Is it great for families, students, or retirees?

  2. Do you think the place where you grew up was good for children / families?

  3. Do you think it is an easy decision to move or relocate to another city? Country?

  4. In your opinion, what do you think retirees need in a city? Families? Students?

Would you ever consider moving to another country to retire?

  • Maybe. It depends. 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • Never! Not in a million years! 🙅🏼‍♂️

  • Sure, why not. 👍🏽

Tell your tutor why you voted the way you did!

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