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Unit two: The place to be


glossary link


  • Weather

  • Geographical features

  • Sights

  • Culture and traditions

  • People

I was immediately struck by the unique natural beauty and absence of pollution

… would feature landscape like that

Breathtaking natural wonders

… and they have managed to harness the energy of their natural resources

Where people can enjoy a dip (a brief swim)

The sky lights up with many different colours caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the magnetic field

About four fifths (4/5) two-thirds (2/3) one half (1/2)

Whale watching |weɪl|

Iceland is a land of contrasts and quite a unique place not only in terms of geographical features

Vocabulary & Grammar

stand out 1 project from a surface: the veins in his neck stood out. • be easily noticeable: he was one of those men who stood out in a crowd. • be clearly better or more significant than someone or something: four issues stand out as being of crucial importance.

Amanda was given the job in spite of her lack of experience

Today there is a wide range of tickets available, for young and old alike (por igual)




An effort


A purchase

one´s duty



A complaint


Up one´s mind

one´s homework



A fuss (become angry and complain)

Wrong / right

A suggestion

Money / a profit

A mess

A phone call


A request


Split the bills


Get along with

To drift away

Flat rate


quarter |ˈkwɔːtə|


4 a part of a town or city having a particular character or use: a beautiful port city with a fascinating medieval quarter.

indeed |ɪnˈdiːd|


1 used to emphasize a statement or response confirming something already suggested: it was not expected to last long, and indeed it took less than three weeks |She should have no trouble hearing him.’ ‘No indeed.’.

used to emphasize a description: it was a very good buy indeed.

budget |ˈbʌdʒɪt|


1 an estimate of income and expenditure for a set period of time: keep within the household budget.

overwhelming |əʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋ|


very great in amount: his party won overwhelming support.

(especially of an emotion) very strong: she felt an overwhelming desire to giggle.

downpour |ˈdaʊnpɔː|


a heavy fall of rain: a sudden downpour had filled the gutters and drains.

blizzard |ˈblɪzəd|


a severe snowstorm with high winds.

mild |mʌɪld|


1 not severe, serious, or harsh: mild criticism | mild flu-like symptoms.

(of weather) moderately warm, especially less cold than expected: mild winters.

(of a feeling) not intense or extreme: she looked at him in mild surprise.

(of a medicine or cosmetic) acting gently. a mild sedative.

(of food, drink, or tobacco) not sharp, hot, or strong in flavour: a mild Italian cheese.

2 gentle and not easily provoked: she was implacable, despite her mild exterior.

verb [ with obj. ]

1 send out (liquid) forcibly in a stream: volcanoes spouted ash and lava.

[ no obj., with adverbial ] (of a liquid) flow out forcibly in a stream: blood was spouting from the cuts on my hand.

harness |ˈhɑːnəs|


a set of straps and fittings by which a horse or other draught animal is fastened to a cart, plough, etc. and is controlled by its driver.
an arrangement of straps for fastening something such as a parachute to a person's body or for restraining a young child.

verb [ with obj. ]

1 put a harness on (a horse or other draught animal): how to groom a horse and harness it | the horse was harnessed to two long shafts.

2 control and make use of (natural resources), especially to produce energy: attempts to harness solar energy | figurative : projects that harness the creativity of those living in the ghetto.

accomplish |əˈkʌmplɪʃ, əˈkɒm-|

verb [ with obj. ]

achieve or complete successfully: the planes accomplished their mission.

complaint |kəmˈpleɪnt|


1 a statement that something is unsatisfactory or unacceptable:


noun |ˈkɒmplɪm(ə)nt|

a polite expression of praise or admiration: she paid me an enormous compliment.

an act or circumstance that implies praise or respect: it's a compliment to the bride to dress up on her special day.

waxwork |ˈwakswəːk|


a lifelike dummy modelled in wax.

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