Words in context. Read the following passage and do the exercises.
Mr and Mrs Turvey both hated housework. They were a very untidy couple who never put things away. When they went to bed, for example, they always left their clothes In a mess on the floor. Their kitchen was a mess. too. Even though they had a dishwasher, they always left the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink and only did the washing-up when there wasn't a clean plate to be found in the house. It was the same with their clothes. They never put them into the washing machine until there was nothing else left to wear. The living room always looked as though a bomb had just gone off. There were things everywhere. There was thick dust on every piece of furniture and the carpet had not been cleanedfor weeks.
And the bathroom!
One day. when Mr Turvey couldn't find one of his shoes, and Mrs Turvey couldn't see her face in the bathroom mirror, they decided it was time to get the house cleaned. So they found Marie, a foreign student at a local language school, who needed some extra money.
Marie came to the house and worked all day long. She washed and dried all the clothes. Then she got out the Iron. She ironed the clothes, folded them neatly and put them away. She swept all the dust off the floors with a large broom. She took a wet cloth and wiped the dust off every surface in the house and then polished the furniture until it was shining. She got out the vacuum cleaner and cleaned all the carpets. In the kitchen the floor was filthy. It was too dirty to wash with a mop, so Marie got on her hands and knees and scrubbed the dirt off with a scrubbing brush. Finally she made the bed and, when she had finished, the house looked spotless.
Mr and Mrs Turvey came home that evening. There was nothing on the floor. There was no dust on the furniture. The wood was shining and you could Smell the polish. In their bedroom all their clothes were neat, clean and tidy. 'So what do you think?' Mrs Turvey asked her husband.
'It looks nice and tidy.' he said, 'but how are we ever going to find anything?'
Fill in the words.
spotless dirty untidy filthy in a mess clean tidy neat
1. _____________________ is similar in meaning to ______________________
2. _____________________ is similar in meaning to ______________________
3. _____________________ means very, very ______________________
4. _____________________ means very, very ______________________
What do you use to clean the house? Match the objects in the box with the actions below. More than one answer may be possible, but there is always one best answer.
a) a broom f) a cloth
b) a dishwasher g) a mop
c) a vacuum cleaner h) an iron
d) a washing machine i) a scrubbing brush
____________ to wash clothes 6. _____________ to wash the kitchen floor
____________ to sweep the floor 7. _____________ to clean the carpet
____________ to make clothes smooth 8. _____________ to wipe surfaces
____________ to scrub the floor 9. _____________ to make furniture shiny
____________ to do the washing
Just for fun
Imagine you are working for a company that makes products used in housework. It is your job to think of a name and an advertising description for new products.
Example: a new type of vacuum cleaner.
Sentence: Vroom gets your dirty carpet clean in seconds.
Think of names and write sentences for these products.
1 a washing powder for clothes 3 a liquid for washing dishes 5 an iron
2 a furniture polish 4 a dishwasher
Are you a tidy person?
Who does most of the housework in your home? What kind of housework do you do and how often?
What kind of housework do you most hate doing? What kind of housework do you least mind doing?
Which of the following machines is the most useful for housework: a dishwasher, a washing machine, a vacuum cleaner?
WHERE DO YOU LIVE
Richard:Um Ö I like my present home because Ė because itís in the country to start with and surrounded by fields and because itís sort of the end of a no-through-road so very few people drive past, itís on, an old dirt track. Mind you, you hear them when they do. And because itís an old cottage and I like Ö itís got an open fire and things like that and Iím a bit of a romantic.
If I had a lot of money Iíd keep the house Iíve got but Iíd get a nice flat in the middle of London, another one in the meddle of Cardiff, because I work in those two places, and I think a small chalet in the Alps Ė thatíd do me.
Karen:My ideal living room would contain absolutely everything that you need for everyday life. In fact it would even have the bed in it because I cannot stand having to go upstairs and downstairs having left something that I needed upstairs to bring back down. So Iíd have all mod cons and every single thing you could imagine that you n Ö you might need throughout the day there.
Kate:I like my present home because itís Ö in the suburbs, in that there are a lot of trees around it but itís only about half an hourís ride from the centre of town. And itís got this ridiculous parch at the end of the garden thatís owned by my next-door neighbour that has ducks and Ö er Ö chickens and Ö and geese, wÖ who are like guard geese and who quack in the night if there are strangers about. I like that.
Nick: I like my present home because itís a flat near the City Ö er Ö about ten minutes out of the City and thatís very convenient for getting in, for cycling in, which is what I do. Er Ö and itís also got a lot of amenities close to it: thereís a swimming pool, cinema, library, theatres. Er Ö itís Ö er Ö some very good markets as well: fruit and vegetable and clothes and thatís why I like the present flat that Iíve got.
If I had a lot of money, Iíd keep the flat that Iíve got in London and Iíd buy one out in the country, probably up North, which is where I came from originally. Er Ö in fact, I could probably buy a house up there if I had a lot of money. So thatís what Iíd do. Iíd have the two places: one for a Ďpied a terreí in London and one for going up to at the weekends.
Melinda:I wouldnít mind moving home if I had enough money to move into the country and live in the sort of house Iíd really like to live in Ö um Ö something really old, with lots of land Ö um Ö preferably a beach to wander on in the mornings. Er Ö yes, Iíd move home for that!
a. Work in pairs and discuss which of these homes you would like to live in and why. Give your reasons.
b. Share your opinions about your parentsí home. Speak about the advantages and disadvantages of its location and the things you would like to have in your neighbourhood.
WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?
Important Useful Not Important
Launderette ________ ______ _________
Library ________ ______ _________
Cinema ________ ______ _________
Supermarket ________ ______ _________
Bank ________ ______ _________
Post office ________ ______ _________
Swimming pool ________ ______ _________
Tennis courts ________ ______ _________
Newspaper/bookshop ________ ______ _________
Football pitch ________ ______ _________
Basketball pitch ________ ______ __________
Park ________ ______ __________
Restaurant ________ ______ __________
Clothes shop ________ ______ __________
Museum or art gallery ________ ______ __________
Language school ________ ______ __________
Bus shop ________ ______ __________
Video hire shop ________ ______ __________
Hairdresser ________ ______ __________
Pub ________ ______ __________
Which of the facilities in the list do you use often? Which ones do you think are important?
Are there any other facilities not mentioned which you would like to have in your neighbourhood?
What aspects are most important to you in a home? With a partner, look at this list, and choose the three factors which you consider most important for a successful home. Add other factors if you think important ones are missing.
- Is should be situated near friendly neighbours or your family.
- It should have personal possessions which mean a lot to you.
- It should be in a quiet location.
- It should have an efficient kitchen.
- It should have an efficient bathroom.
- It should have good central heating/a good air conditioning system.