VOCABULARY 9: HOUSES AND DECORATION

VOCABULARY 9: HOUSES AND DECORATION

Hello everybody!  How is your dream house decorated? Do you believe in ‘Feng shui’? What vocabulary do you know about houses and decoration?Are you able to describe your bedroom or your living room? What do you know about style and design? If you don´t know much, you must read this post. Go on!

In a writing/speaking exam, are you able to describe your dream house? If the teacher show you a photo, can you describe it? If not, you should take notes.

KINDS OF HOMES

-House

-Flat (UK)

-Apartment (US)

-Houseboat

-Castle

-Mansion

-Cottage

-Bungalow

-Detached house

-Terraced house…

LOCATION

-In a warn country

-In the country

-On the coast

-In the city centre

-In the suburbs

-In a village

-In a small town

-In a residential area

-On the second floor

-In the middle of nowhere…

PARTS OF A HOUSE (OUTSIDE)

-Balcony, Chimney, Garage, Garden, Gate, Path, Roof, Steps, Terrace, Wall, Fence, Front door, Hedge, Pavement (UK), Side walk (US), Porch, Letter box…

PARTS OF A HOUSE (INSIDE)

LIVING ROOM

Furniture: armchair, coffee table, sofa, bookcase.

Household objects and technology: rug/carpet, blinds, fireplace, central heating, candlestick, ironing board, TV.

BEDROOM

Furniture: beside table, chest of drawers, bed, desk, wardrobe.

Household objects and technology: curtains, radiator/heater, laptop/PC, printer, plan pot.

BATHROOM

Furniture: shower, washbasin, toilet/ loo/ W.C.

Household objects and technology: towels, tap.

KITCHEN

Furniture: cupboard, sink.

Household objects and technology: dishwasher, oven/microwave oven, tea towels, dustpan and brush.

ADJECTIVES (TO DESCRIBE SPECIAL FEATURES)

BUILDING

-Dilapidated

-In good / poor condition

-Newly-built

-In urgent need of reform

FURNITURE

-Antique

-Old-fashioned

-Modern

DESIGN AND DECORATION

-Well / badly designed

-Stylish

-Tasteful

-Original

-Practical

-Luxurious

ATMOSPHERE

-Comfortable

-Impersonal

-Relaxing / quiet

-Cosy

EXAMPLE: MY DREAM HOUSE

My ideal house is a detached house which is perfectly situated in front of the ‘Barrosa Beach’, in Chiclana.

The house is as wonderful as a classical mansion, but a bit smaller. It is white with two romans columns at the entrance. It has a beautiful grey roof and two high chimneys. The garden is enormous and amazingly green. Its spectacular flowers are out-of-this-world, especially their red roses -the seem unreal and fantastic, like Alice in Wonderland´s painted roses. And everything is thanks to the gardener.

The house has many rooms. On the first floor there is a kitchen, a spacious living-room, a bath and a small gym to get fit. On the second floor there are four bedrooms and two baths. My bedroom is the biggest room. It has a canopy bed, like a princess´bed, a beautiful dressing table and a strange mirror, like the stepmother´s mirror in Snow White story. In the kitchen there is a modern dishwasher and in the living room there is an expensive nepali carpet.

The neighbourhood is safe and peaceful. The neighbours are really sociable and some of them are famous people who love Chiclana. Moreover, the house is at a walking distance from restaurants and short drive from areas with shops and medical centers. It is the most exclusive area in Chiclana.

This detached house is perfect for large families. It is suitable for children because it has an ideal shallow swimming pool and a swing. There is only one restriction: only funny people are allowed. Serious people are forbidden.

 

And that´s all for today.

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