Let’s talk about different types of houses.
Let’s talk about different types of houses. Tell me about the house/flat you live in.
There are many different types of houses: detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, cottages, bungalows, mansions, etc. But in our country people mostly live in blocks of flats. Our family is not an exception.
I live in Mogilev (in Krichev) in Dimitrov Avenue (in Pervomayskaya Street, in Nepokoryonnykh Boulevard). Our flat is on the ground floor (the second floor) of a five-storeyed (nine-storeyed) block of flats. It’s a three-room (two-room) flat with all modern conveniences, such as central heating, electricity, gas, hot and cold running water and a telephone.
Our living room is quite large. We have a suite [swi:t] of furniture with a carpet to match. In the centre of the room there is a big pull-out table used when guests come. Near the window there are two arm-chairs and a sofa facing the TV-set.
The bedroom isn’t large. The walls are light pink. There are two beds, a bedside table, some chairs and a wardrobe in it. There is a grey rug on the floor between the beds. Mother and father occupy the bedroom and I have a room to myself.
My room isn’t large either. As a matter of fact, my room is my haven. I have everything I need in it. I live by the motto ‘My room is my castle’. It is a place where I can relax. When I want to be on my own, I can just shut my door and tell everyone not to bother me.
I try to keep my room tidy and cosy, but it’s not very easy as it holds most of my personal belongings. I’m sort of a hoarder, I think everything is worth keeping. As a result, my room is rather cluttered. But that is the way I like it.
There is a book-case, a writing-table, two chairs and a sofa-bed where I sleep at night. To the right of my sofa-bed there is a little table with a computer and an entertainment centre. I enjoy listening to music and playing computer games.
Our entrance-hall is small. There are two built-in wardrobes and a mirror there. The bathroom is down the hall on the right. The lavatory is near the bathroom.
Our kitchen isn’t very large. There is a gas-stove with an oven, a table, four stools, a refrigerator and a cupboard where we keep cups, plates and other dishes. The kitchen serves us as a dining-room. But when we receive guests or have our family celebrations we have meals in the living room.
The windows of our flat face the yard, so it isn’t noisy (face a busy street, so it is rather noisy).
Do you like the place where you are living now?
Our flat is quite an ordinary one, but I like it all the same. I think everyone loves his home. I think that it doesn’t really matter where we live. Our home is always the loveliest, the dearest and the best place for us, because we live with those who love us and who we love, and there is no place like home for us.
Ask me what my flat looks like.
Your friend wants to decorate his room. Give him some advice on how to furnish it.
I can give only general advice. I think everyone wants to have a cosy place to live in. So this is what my friend should bear in mind when furnishing his room. It is a place where he can relax, so it is better not to make it too cluttered.
How do you see an ideal house/flat?
I haven’t made up my mind yet what house or flat would be ideal for me. As for my future house I want it to be a flat in the centre of a big city. I think three rooms will be enough for me. And besides I want to have a summer cottage somewhere at the seaside. I want it to be a big modern one-storeyed house.