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Cutting Edge Vocabulary

devise , verb to invent a plan, system, object, etc., usually using your intelligence or imagination -idear, inventar
cope , verb to do something well in a difficult situation -arregl√°rselas
squalid , adjective (of places) extremely dirty and unpleasant, often because of lack of money -miserable
harebrained , adjective (of plans or people) not practical or silly -descabellado, disparatado
unprecedented , adjective never having happened or existed in the past -sin precedentes
congested , adjective too blocked or crowded and causing difficulties -congestionado
high-rise , adjective tall, with many floors -de muchas plantas
sky-high , adjective, adverb Sky-high prices or charges are very high
residential , adjective A residential road, area, etc. has only private houses, not offices and factories.
overcrowded , adjective containing too many people or things
infrastructure , noun the basic systems and services, such as transport and power supplies, that a country or organization uses in order to work effectively -infraestructura
no-go area , noun an area, especially in a town, where it is very dangerous to go, usually because a group of people who have weapons prevent the police, army, and other people from entering -zona prohibida
housing , noun used to talk in general about places to live in, such as flats or houses -vivienda
urban sprawl , noun the spread of a city into the area surrounding it, often without planning
green belt , noun an area of land surrounding a city where building is not usually allowed
reclaimed land , noun land that was under the sea or was in a very poor condition, but has been improved so that it can be used for farming or building on
way of life , noun the way in which a person lives -forma de vida
standard of living , noun the amount of money and comfort people have in a particular society -calidad de vida
sweatshop , noun a small factory where workers are paid very little and work many hours in very bad conditions -taller de explotación laboral
webinar , noun an occasion when a group of people go on the internet at the same time to study and discuss something-conferencia web
conference call , noun a work phone call that involves three or more people. teleconferencia
lingua franca , noun a language used for communication between groups of people who speak different languages
brain drain, noun the situation in which large numbers of educated and very skilled people leave their own country to live and work in another one where pay and conditions are better - fuga de cerebros
Culture clash, noun Conflict resulting from the interaction of (two) different cultures; an instance of this.
squalor, noun The state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect- miseria
shantytown , noun an area in or on the edge of a city, in which poor people live in small, very cheaply built houses -barrio de chabolas, asentamiento irregular
slum , noun a poor and crowded area of a city -barrio bajo, suburbio
shanty , noun a small house, usually made from pieces of wood, metal, or cardboard, in which poor people live, especially on the edge of a city
Created by: gimena



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