152 House Description

Clare answers questions about her home back in England.


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


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.


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.


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.



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.