Adults|Spoken|Intermediate|11. Where do we live?


Answer the questions

  1. Where do you live?
  2. What is your house like?
  3. How long have you lived there?
  4. Describe your favourite room.


«On a clear day you can see the ground.»

Match the words and phrases to the pictures

a wigwam /ˈwɪɡ.wæm/ — a cone-shaped tent made and lived in, especially in the past, by Native Americans in the eastern US

a chateau /ˈʃæt.əʊ/ — a large house or castle in France

a palace — a large house that is the official home of a king, queen, or other person of high social rank

Look at the three advertisements below. Answer these questions

1. Which is the most expensive/cheapest property?

2. Which is the biggest/smallest property?

3. Which property needs some money spent on it?

Three exceptional properties for sale

Three exceptional properties for sale

Read the adverts again. Answer the questions

  1. What do you think are the pros and cons of each of the three properties?
  2. Which property do you think is the most unusual?
  3. Have you ever seen or been in any properties like these? Where? What were they like?
  4. Which would you most like to live in? Why?
  5. Which would you least like to live in? Why?

Read the sentences. What do you think the expressions in bold mean?


  1. I once worked at a summer camp, so I‘m at home with children.
  2. I know that home truths hurt, but I have to tell you that we aren’t happy with your behaviour recently.
  3. We’re winning 5-0, and there are only five minutes of the match left. We‘re home and dry!
  4. I was really disappointed by his new book. It wasn’t anything to write home about.
  5. When temperatures reach 45° C, it really brings it home to you that climate change is real.
  6. I’m from New York, so for me a big city is home from home.
  7. Can I ask how much you take home a month?
  8. She homed in on the shoes she saw in the sales.

Match the expressions with the definitions. How much did you guess correctly?

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Listen and complete the gaps

Mukesh Ambani (born 1957) is the Managing Director of Reliance Industries, India’s largest private company. The company has its headquarters in Mumbai and amongst its products are oil, gas, petrochemicals, petroleum and textiles. It is the most profitable company in India. pic5_Spoken|Int|L11

opulence — great wealth or luxuriousness


So, what do you do when you’re the richest man in India, or possibly in the whole world, Mukesh Ambani is said to be worth 18 billion pounds, so he’s not going to live in a small semi-detached house. In fact he’s just built himself what is possibly the world’s most expensive home. It is now estimated that the house is already worth 15 times more than when work started on it, taking it to 1 billion dollars.
Previously living in a 14-floor apartment, Mr Ambani has gone up in the world since this new house has 27 floors. It is reported to have more space than the Palace of Versailles. Called Antilia after a mythical island, the building has many amazing features, including nine lifts.
Perhaps the most surprising features are the three helicopter pads on top of the 173-metre building. Mumbai is known to have lots of traffic problems, so Ambani plans to avoid them by coming and going in one of his private helicopters. Should the billionaire decide to take one of his cars, he’ll have no problem parking, as the first six floors of the building are solely for that purpose, with space for 160 vehicles and one whole floor for car repair and maintenance. Petrol is not a problem either since Ambani’s fortune comes from being the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, one of the largest oil and retail companies in the world.
It’s so amazingly beautiful! There are gardens and a delightful Krishna temple. This is as beautiful as the Taj Mahal. It’s one of the new wonders of the world!
Not everybody is happy about the building, though. Apart from numerous criticisms about the appearance of the building’s exterior, the contrast between the opulence of the building and the poverty of the people living nearby is considered scandalous by some. How can you live in that house and not feel sad when you see how everyone around you is suffering? Here where there is poverty, unemployment, illness…

Answer the questions

1. What do you think of the house?

2. Would you like to live there?

3. Do you agree with the opinion that criticisms of Mr Ambani are not justified? Why / Why not?

Imagine that you have an unlimited amount of money. What type of house would you build? Plan the house. Use the questions below as a plan.

Type of a house and area Inside and outside the house Description 🔗Style
  • chateau
  • houseboat
  • treehouse
  • ranch house
  • penthouse
  • detached house
  • semi-detached house
  • duplex building
  • ritzy area
  • inner city
  • the heart of the city
  • outskirts
  • the middle of nowhere
  • spacious rooms
  • outdoor lounge area
  • porch
  • covered terrace
  • lawns, flowerbeds, shrubs, foliage, gardens
  • helicopter pad
  • temple
  • quite intimate
  • converted into
  • south facing is preferable
  • have natural light and air supply
  • tranquil environment
  • free of the bustle of the cities
  • mediterranean
  • colonial
  • modern
  • victorian
  • oriental
  • farmhouse

a shrub — ​a large plant, smaller than a tree, that has several main stems

foliage — the leaves on a plant

ritzy — expensive and fashionable


Imagine your dream place to live and tell your teacher about it, using these questions to help you:

You want to build a house. Plan the ideal house to live in. Think about the points below.

  1. Where will it be? Will it have a view? Where will it be located?
  2. What style will it be in? Modern? Traditional?
  3. What size will it be? How many rooms? How many floors?
  4. How will it be decorated? Simply? Very traditionally? Plain colours? Flowery wallpaper?
  5. Will it have a garden? What size? What style?
  6. What about things like a swimming pool, sauna, tennis court?
  7. Why would you like to live in it?

Read the questions


  1. What are the advantages of living in a flat?
  2. What are the advantages of living in a house?
  3. Where do you live (in a house or a flat)?
  4. What is good and bad about the place you live in?
  5. What can be done to make this place better?

Write the essay about living in a flat and in a house. Use the questions as a plan


  1. Read the topic and the questions carefully.
  2. Plan what you are going to write about.
  3. Write the text according to your plan.
  4. Check your writing before sending it for evaluation.
  5. Learn the rules and see the sample 🔗here.
  6. Please use 🔗Grammarly to avoid spelling and some grammar mistakes.

Some people prefer to live in a house, while others feel that there are more advantages of living in an apartment. Are there more advantages than disadvantages of living in a house compared with living in an apartment?

Useful language

  • a shrub
  • foliage
  • ritzy
  • opulence
  • a wigwam
  • a chateau
  • palace
  • to be at home
  • home truths
  • to be home and dry
  • to be anything to write home about
  • to bring it home to you
  • home from home
  • to take home
  • to home in

Урок Homework Курс
  • The place I live
  • Exceptional properties
  • Pros and cons
  • House and home idioms
  • Mukesh Ambani's house
  • Planning a house
  • House or flat?