This is another part of the series for Everyday English Conversations. This one is about your home or apartment where you live. It includes vocabulary, sayings and dialogues. This can be used either at home or in your classroom.
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Vocabulary & Phrases
Types of Accommodations
Condominium / Condo
Parts of a Building or House
Outside a House
(Back Yard) Yard
two-storey red brick house
Talking about quality of life
These ideas should help you discuss what you enjoy/dislike about your home
Living Example sentences
cost of living The cost of living is fairly reasonable.
pace of life There’s a fairly slow pace of life where I come from.
the rat race I moved out to avoid the rat race.
atmosphere It’s got a really relaxed atmosphere.
pollution The air quality is terrible because of the pollution.
Overcrowding Like most places, it suffers from overcrowding.
Poverty You can see poverty everywhere.
Amenities One of the best points is that it has excellent amenities.
What I enjoy most is the sense of community there.
“the rat race” is a nice idiom for the fast pace of modern city
life where no one has the time to sit back and enjoy life
Adjectives to describe towns and cities
Adjectives Example sentences
Quiet / peaceful It’s a fairly quiet place.
Lively / bustling /
The centre of town is really lively at night.
industrial Of course, it’s quite industrial like most modern cities.
provincial It’s one of the largest provincial cities in the country.
cosmopolitan There’s a really cosmopolitan atmosphere.
green While some parts of it are industrial, it’s still a green city.
historic It’s a fascinating historic old town.
Sleepy / relaxed /
Some people might call it sleepy, I find it rather dull.
You will of course need some adjectives too. You should note how I use
“fairly” “really” and “quite” to qualify these adjectives
Areas of a city
If you are asked where you live, you should try and be precise.
“the inner city” is normally (in English) associated with poverty – although
this will obviously vary from city to city
“the outskirts” are the outer parts of a city/town
Areas Example sentences
residential area We live in a residential area on the outskirts of the city.
housing estate There’s a shortage of accommodation so they’re building some new
industrial zone Fortunately, the industrial zones are outside the city limits so the
pollution isn’t too bad.
suburbs Most people choose to live in the suburbs as it’s much quieter there.
outskirts Most of the superstores are some way from the city centre on the
outskirts of the city.
inner city It’s quite a safe place but some of the inner-city areas can be
dangerous late at night.
heart of the city I suppose the heart of the city is the main square in the city centre.
neighbourhood The neighbourhood I live in is, I guess, quite affluent.
Notice that the people interviewed describe the outside of the
house. What it’s made of, how big it is, what colour it is and
whether it’s got a garden.
It’s an old house, probably 100 years old, and it’s got lots of
rose bushes and a big back yard with a shed and some fruit
ALEX: A four room, four-bedroom house. It's got a
Mediterranean feel; it's kind of got calm, warm colours. It's
pretty spacious and it's got a pretty backyard. It's got a two-car
garage. A pretty standard house and a lot of the houses on the
street all look the same.
I think it was designed by the same architect.
SAM: It's a red brick house, a two-storey red brick house that
has a garage and my parent's family room, a family room, my
room and my brother's room. And we have a pool, a
swimming pool outside and a small garden.
SARAH: It's a semi-detached townhouse, so it's got two
bedrooms upstairs and also a study and downstairs I've got
the lounge room and the kitchen and a sort of built on
dining room onto that. So it's not very big but it's enough.
JUSTIN: It's an old house, probably 100 years old, and it's
got lots of rose bushes and a big back yard with a shed
and some fruit trees.
It's got very high ceilings and wooden floorboards.
There's about five bedrooms and a big kitchen and a big
MELITA: It's a red brick house, it's got a quite a big
front yard, quite a big backyard, has three bedrooms,
one bathroom and it's got a top storey as well.
SUSAN: My house is a small white house with a big
garden and lots of windows, and lots of doors I guess.
It has a big garden.
Todd: OK, Clare we're going to talk about
Todd: OK, do you live in a big house or a
Clare: I live in quite a big house.
Todd: A big house. Really!
Todd: OK, how many rooms does it have?
Clare: About 12.
Todd: Jeez! 12 rooms.
Todd: Wow. Is it a new house or old
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
Clare: A TV and a video.
Todd: OK. Do you watch TV a lot?
Todd: OK. Uh, what do you watch on
Clare: Anything. I don't really like
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
Todd: Yeah. OK. Great. Thanks.
Don't you have air-conditioning in your apartment?
Alice's apartment is very hot in summer because her apartment does not have
air-conditioning. Do you know how she deals with the heat?
Tracey: Don't you have air-conditioning in your apartment? It's sweltering
Alice: Well, there's air-conditioning. Did you see that window air-
conditioner there? The problem is that the window unit is not powerful
Tracey: I guess not, huh.
Alice: Well, I'm going to move out anyway. The new apartment has central
Tracey: You should've moved out long, long ago.
Alice: Well, I had to wait until the lease expired. So....
Tracey: So how can you stand the heat?
Alice: Well, I open the windows and...and I've got an electric fan here. It
helps a little.
My kitchen sink is clogged up again.
The kitchen sink and the bathtub in Victoria's apartment are clogged. She
calls Margaret, the apartment manager for help, but Margaret doesn't
seem to care....
Victoria: Hello, is Margaret there?
Margaret: This is she.
Victoria: Hello, Margaret, this is the tenant of Apartment 10. I guess my
kitchen sink is clogged up again, and so is the bathtub.
Margaret: Alright, I'll send someone over tomorrow.
Victoria: Uhm, I'd really appreciate it if you would send someone to fix it
today. It's really a bother! I can't cook, or take a shower.
Margaret: Fine, I'll be up in a few minutes.
Victoria: Thanks. I appreciate it.
What's wrong with the drain?
Soon after Marie moves into a new apartment, she finds out that the
drain is clogged. Her friend Curtis is trying to figure out what has gone
Curtis: So, what's wrong with the drain?
Marie: It's clogged and the water won't go down.
Curtis: Let me take a look. You know why? It's clogged with hair. No wonder
the water won't go down.
Marie: Well, I guess the people who lived here before didn't clean the
Curtis: You're darn right!
Marie: But what should I do now?
Curtis: Don't worry. I've got some acid here. It'll help dissolve the hair down
Marie: Erh! It stinks! Peehew!
Curtis: Now you know you'll have to clean your bathtub every time after you
My water faucet is dripping badly.
Heather's apartment must be very old. Soon after she moves in, she finds
that the water faucet is dripping badly all the time.
Heather: Gosh! The water faucet is dripping badly again!
Darlean: You're going to have a humongous bill!
Heather: I know. I've got to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Darlean: Don't you want to get it fixed now?
Heather: I wish I could, but I've got to go now. I have an appointment in
Darlean: Well, if you need anything, just let me know.
Heather: Oh, by the way, can you give me a ride? My car is still in the shop.
Darlean: You sure are having bad luck these days.
I wonder why there is no one on top of this.
Last time, the water faucet in Henry's apartment was dripping badly. This
time the water faucet stops dripping. Thing are just getting even worse this
Grace: Why is there no water coming out when you turn on the faucet?
Henry: Not even a single drop?
Grace: Well, it's just drip, drip, drip. But that's still not water.
Henry: I don't know. Since last night water pressure has dropped to little
more than a drip.
Grace: Did you call the apartment manager yet?
Henry: Yeah. I called her this morning and she said she'd send someone over.
Grace: But how long ago was it?
Henry: That was three hours ago!!!
Grace: That's outrageous! I just don't understand why they're not on top of
He moved out last weekend.
Because the apartment where he lived was noisy, Patrick decided to move
Marci: Has Patrick moved out yet?
Karen: Yes. He moved out last weekend. He's now living in a very nice quiet
Marci: I wonder if he's paying more for rent now.
Karen: I don't have the faintest idea. Even so, it's still worth it, isn't it?
Marci: You're right! I think he's probably very glad to leave that noisy
Karen: Yes, he is. I know that for sure.
Do you have an apartment available?
Blanca makes a phone call to an apartment complex inquiring about the rent...
Blanca: Hello. I'm calling about the apartment you advertised.
Manager: Yes. What kind of apartment are you interested in?
Blanca: I'm interested in a one-bedroom. Do you have any available?
Manager: Yes. I have one. When do you need it?
Blanca: Sometime around next week. What can you tell me about this
Manager: Well, it's a one-bedroom apartment. The monthly rent is $650, with
a $300 security deposit. You pay electricity only. Gas and water is included.
Both the heat and stove are gas. You'll be assigned a sheltered parking space
at no extra charge. And...that's probably it.
Blanca: Sounds good. May I come over tomorrow to take a look?
Manager: Sure. What time would you like to come?
Blanca: How about 10 AM?
Manager: Good. May I have your name, please?
Blanca: My name is Blanca.
Manager: Blanca. I'll see you tomorrow.
Even goose bumps have goose bumps.
When Liz comes into Ted's office, she feels cold, because Ted has set the
thermostat at 65 degrees....
Liz: Geez! Your room is like an ice-box!
Terri: No, it's not! It's just comfortable.
Liz: Yeah, if you're a penguin. Just look at me! Even my goose bumps have
Terri: Get outta here! I think you're exaggerating!
Liz: No, I'm not? Where's the thermostat?
Terri: By the door, on the wall.
Liz: No wonder I'm cold! This thing is set at 65?!
Terri: Like I said -- perfect!
Liz: If you live in Alaska. By the way, where's the shovel?
Terri: Why do you need a shovel?
Liz: So I can dig us out when it starts snowing in here.
Can I open the window and get some ventilation?
John and Martha share an office. Martha likes to keep all of the windows
close because she is afraid of cold, but John can't stand that.....
John: It's like an oven in here! You must be roasting!
Martha: Actually, I'm just comfortable.
John: You've got to be kidding me. It has to be over 95 degrees in here!
Martha: What can I say? I'm a cold-blooded person. The warmer, the
better, as far as I'm concerned.
John: Well, can we at least open a window and get some ventilation in
Martha: Knock yourself out.
John: Thanks, I will.