152 House Description


Clare answers questions about her home back in England.

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Todd: OK, Clare we're going to talk about your house.

Clare: OK.

Todd: OK, do you live in a big house or a small house?

Clare: I live in quite a big house.

Todd: A big house. Really!

Clare: Mm!

Todd: OK, how many rooms does it have?

Clare: About 12.

Todd: Jeez! 12 rooms.

Clare: Yeah.

Todd: Wow. Is it a new house or old house?

Clare: It's about 80 years old.

Todd: Wow. OK. I guess. well that's old for America, but that's probably not very old.

Clare: That's not very old for England.

Todd: Wow. OK. What is in your kitchen?

Clare: A big round table and a cooker.

Todd: OK. And what is in the living room?

Clare: A TV and a video.

Todd: OK. Do you watch TV a lot?

Clare: Yes.

Todd: OK. Uh, what do you watch on TV?

Clare: Anything. I don't really like watching sport.

Todd: Oh.

Clare: I like watching TV series.

Todd: Oh, wow, that's the only thing I like is sports

Clare: Some sports are OK. I don't like watching golf, snooker, and sports like that.

Todd: Yeah. OK. Great. Thanks.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

room

How many rooms does the house have?

Usually when talking about "rooms" in a house we are referring to bedrooms, or places for people to sleep. Notice the following:

  1. There were seven people living in the house and only four rooms.
  2. His room was across the hall from mine.

new house

Is it a new house or an old house?

A "new house" has recently been built and has never been lived in by another person or family.  Notice the following:

  1. She decided to buy a new house because she didn't want any problems with the structure.
  2. They building a lot of new houses near the highway.

old for America

That's old for America.

Because America a young country a building or house that was built 150 years ago is very "old for America," even though it is not old for a lot of countries in Europe where the buildings are 400 years old.  Notice the following:

  1. This building is very old and traditional for America.
  2. The company has a history of 100 years, which is old for America.

round

A big round table.

A "round" table is a table in the shape of a circle.  Notice the following:

  1. The new office building is round and has a lot of windows. 
  2. The round table made it easy for everyone to be part of the conversation.

series

I like watching TV series.

A "series" is where each episode is related to the other episodes and together they tell a story.  Notice the following:

  1. I always watch my favorite series on Thursday night.
  2. Is there any series that you really enjoy?

 

Answer the following questions about the interview.

 

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
room • new house • for America
round • series
  1. The church is our town is over 120 years old, which is old .
  2. Should we buy a or square mirror.
  3. This the only I really watch.
  4. This is a so it still smells like paint.
  5. His is next to mine and I can never sleep because of his loud music.