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Cities around the world (ESOL practice): Birmingham, England

Practice English grammar and vocabulary by learning about cities from around the world. Here's a description of Birmingham, England. Read it and choose the right word for each blank space :) Good luck!


Birmingham, with over a million inhabitants, is England's second largest city. Historically, it was one the world's major industrial centres, even as (far/long) back as the (late/later) 18th century. In (recently/recent) times, the city's economy has become diverse, (spanning/spinning) a wide variety of sectors. Once (considered/concerned) a less than desirable place to live, Birmingham has undergone quite a bit of revitalization, with the (constriction/construction) of new squares, the restoration of historical buildings and canals, and the (generally/general) redevelopment of the city centre. Birmingham's three major universities make it the second largest centre of (upper/higher) learning in the United Kingdom (outside of London). The city also offers a lot in (terms/term) of culture, and several prominent symphony, ballet, and arts institutions are (based/best) here. People from Birmingham are often referred to as "Brummies" and have a distinct dialect of English.





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