Konverzačné témy: Housing

By | 25. March 2017

Táto konverzačná téma je k dispozícii ako inšpirácia pri príprave na ústnu maturitnú skúšku z anglického jazyka.

NOTE: If you find this symbol in the text (*) that means that it is a tip for you to mention at your oral exam. You never know which of these information will come in handy when there are 3 teachers staring at you in a silent room. But hey, no stress man!


When you say words like family or safe ground, a lot of people will think of their home. It is a place, where you usually spend the majority of your time. A house with modern furniture, nice green lawn and a TV set in your living room, where you watch your favourite TV show „Dr. House“ [fill in your favorite TV show here]… However, it is not always like this. Especially not in bigger cities.

Living in towns has both advantages and disadvantages. People in cities usually live in flats (apartments). The great thing about living in the city is that you have more opportunities here, than in rural towns or villages. You have more better opportunities to find a good job here, as well as for education, cultural events, sports and of course social life.

You really can’t get bored with so much entertainment. You can choose if you want to go to a concert, theatre, cinema or opera. Before school you can get a nice cup of coffee at one of many cafés in the city center and after school you can fill your stomach in one of many local restaurants.

But this is just one point of view. Life in the city also means living in a polluted, hectic, crowded and noisy place. Streets are often dirty and some parts may be even dangerous. The infamous issue of almost every bigger city is a problem with *homeless people.

* Bad social behavior, they can be dangerous, you don’t want to sit next to an aggressive homeless man in a bus…

Life in a village is pretty much opposite to the life in the city. You won’t find crowded streets here but neither shopping malls. The most appreciated benefit of every village is a fact, that you are close to the nature. You also have more space and privacy here. Popular choice of many people is to spend their weekend in their cottages in the mountains or rural areas. It is normal for many Slovak families to share the house with their grandparents.

1. Terraced houses (UK) or Townhouses (US) – built in a row
2. Semi-detached houses – two buildings connected with one common wall
3. Detached houses – typical house that stands „alone“ on its own property

Now let’s discuss an interior of British and Slovak rooms. In both countries, there is a typical living room with sofa, armchairs, hi-fi system (TV set, radio, DVD player) smaller coffee table, carpet and of course, the fireplace.

Nevertheless there is a slight difference in Slovak and British kitchens. Besides fridge, sink, cooker and many cupboards, Brits have their washing machine in the kitchen. Weird, I agree. Bathrooms are pretty much the same in both countries. There is a shower or a tub, a mirror and a tap. In the bedroom (my personal favourite) you can find bed with a bedside table, a lamp and a wardrobe full of clean clothes.

An average US family has a large house, usually with a big basement decorated as a living room. Classic American families like to move to other parts of the country and settle there for 8 to 12 years and then move again.

* an interesting fact: there is an old Chinese philosophy called Feng Shuei that describes how important is to place your furniture in a certain way, so it will have a positive impact on your body and mind.


1. Your British friend wants to live in Slovakia, which city/village would you recommend him/her ? Explain (at least 3 sentences)
2. What is a terraced and a detached house ?
3. Which one is harder to keep clean, a flat or a house ? Explain
4. Did you understand everything? If not, do not hesitate to ask on our forums!

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