GE|Adults|Elementary|23. A house with a secret


1.1 Imagine that you want to rent a house for a business trip. What things will you pay attention to when looking through advertisements?

rent a house

  • advertisement (əd’vɜːtɪsmənt) a notice or announcement in a public medium promoting a product, service, or event or publicizing a job opening.
  • advert (‘ædvɜːt) is the synonym for advertisement.
  • ad (æd) is a short form of advertisement.

1. What things are highly important to you/your family members? Why?
2. What things are unnecessary for you/your family members? Why?


1.1 Read the advertisement. Would you like to rent this house in a business trip to Wisconsin? Why (not)?

2.1 Try not to look at the advertisement and try to remember some facts about it. What does it offer?

3.1 Speak about 3-4 things you can usually find in:

— a bedroom;
— a kitchen;
— a bathroom;
— a living room.

Example: There is a bed in a bedroom.

4.1 Turn the pictures and read new words. Then listen and repeat.

a washing machine
a washing machine


the wall


a toilet


a sofa


the stairs


the ceiling


a living room
a living room


a study


a plant


a shower


a mirror


a fireplace


a shelf


a light


a laundry


a lamp


a kitchen


a fridge


the floor


a dining room


a cupboard


a cooker


a carpet


a bedroom


a bed


a bathroom


a bath


a balcony


an armchair


a hall
a hall


a garden


a garage



A garden, a garage, a hall, a dining room, a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom, a study, a laundry, a bathroom, a toilet, the floor, the wall, the stairs, the ceiling, a balcony, a plant, a light, a lamp, a carpet, a mirror, a shelf, a fireplace, a sofa/a couch, a bed, an armchair, a cupboard, a cooker, a fridge, a washing machine, a shower, a bath.

  • Central heating are usually radiators. It’s a system to make a house warm.
  • Air conditioning is a system to make a house cool.


1.1 The Johnsons is a family who came to Atlanta because of Mr. Johnson’s business trip. They want to rent some rooms in a big house. Listen to the conversation with Jessica, a hostess of the house. Which rooms do they go into?

Johnson family and Jessica

Mrs. Johnson: Oh! There is a swimming pool and a wonderful terrace in this house.
Jessica: Yes. The house is excellent.
Mr. Johnson: Is there a garage?
Jessica: Yes. There’s a heated 4-cars garage. Let’s go inside the house. There is a dining room, a kitchen, a study and some bedrooms on the ground floor.
Mr. Johnson: Is there a laptop in the study?
Jessica: No, there isn’t. Let’s see the study. There are some bookshelves, a table and a sofa in the study.
Andy Johnson: Is there wi-fi?
Jessica: Yes, there’s wi-fi in the whole house. This is a living room.
Mrs. Johnson: There’s such a huge TV!
Andy Johnson: And Xbox! It’s hot here. Is there air conditioning?
Jessica: Yes, there is. Let’s go to the kitchen and dining room. There are some cupboards, a fridge, a cooker and a dishwasher in the kitchen. A big table and a couch are in the dining room. There are six bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs.
Mrs. Johnson: Is there a laundry room?
Jessica: There isn’t a laundry room. The washing machine is in the bathroom on the ground floor.
Mr. Johnson: I think there’s no need to go upstairs, we want to rent this house. Are your neighbours noisy?
Jessica: There are the Simons living next to the house. They don’t have any children.
Mr. Johnson: Are there any shops near here?
Jessica: There are some shops near here. But there aren’t any supermarkets.
Mr. Johnson: OK. Great.

1.2 Listen to the conversation again. Complete the dialogue.

2.1 Listen to the conversation with Johnsons’ neighbours and answer the questions.

Johnson family and Mr. and Mrs. Simon’s

Mr. Simon: Welcome to our house. Come in.
Mr. Johnson: Hello, we are the Johnsons.
Andy: Hello.
Mrs. Simon: Are you here for business?
Mrs. Johnson: Yes, we’re here for 2 weeks.
Mrs. Simon: Would you like some tea, coffee or champagne?
Mrs. Johnson: I’d like a tea, please.
Mr. Johnson: A tea, please.
Andy: Same for me, please.
Mr. Simon: Why did you rent that house?
Mr. Johnson: I like the location. Andy and Kate like the house too.
Mrs. Simon: Oh. Didn’t she tell you?
Mrs. Johnson: Tell what? Is there something wrong with it?
Mr. Simon: Didn’t the hostess tell you?
Mr. Johnson: Tell us what?
Mrs. Simon: There was a murder 50 years ago in the house you’re renting. People say Jessica’s grandfather murdered her grandmother because she had an affair.
Mrs. Johnson: Oh my God!
Mr. Simon: This house was popular before the murder. They wanted to sell the house but nobody wants to buy it after that case. So they rent it out to the tourists.
Mrs. Simon: We are the only neighbours. People don’t want to live near the house where somebody was murdered.
Andy: Mom.. dad… Can we go to the hotel?
Mr. Johnson: Of course…

1. Are the Simons the only Johnsons’ neighbours? Why?
2. Why did the Johnsons come to Atlanta?
3. What happened in the house that Johnsons are renting?
4. Who was murdered? Why?
5. What do the Johnsons want to do?


1.1 Remember the conversation. Complete the sentences using constructions there is/there are in the correct from (singular or plural, positive, negative or a question).

1.2 What’s the difference between these two sentences? Read the rule.

  • There are two bookshelves in the study.
  • There are some bookshelves in the study.

There is/there are, some/any + plural nouns

We use there’s (there is)/there are to say that somebody or something exists in a certain place.

We use there’s + a singular noun or there are + plural noun.

There are is not usually contracted.

If the list of things begins with a singular noun, we use there isThere is a sofa, two armchairs and a TV in the living room.

If the list of things begins with a plural noun, we use there areThere are some cupboards, a cooker and a fridge in the kitchen.

There is and it is are not the same!

There’s a password on the table. It’s a password to unlock my laptop.

A/an, some/any

There is/there are are usually used with a/an, some/any before the nouns.

Use a/an with a singular noun: There’s a plant in the living room.

Use some/any (= not an exact number) with plural nouns. Use some in positive sentences and any in negative ones and questions: There are some chairs in the dining room.

Are there any pictures in the living room?

2.1 Complete the sentences with there’s or there are.

Example: There are some pictures on the wall.

2.2 Make up some sentences with the given words. Use there’s/there are + a/an, some/any.

Example: chairs/dining room

There are some chairs in the dining room.


1.1 Listen and repeat the sounds and words.


(eə) armchair, there, air, care
(ɪə) hear, appear, near, beer

2.1 Write the words in the correct column. Listen, check and repeat.


[eə]: there (pause), airport (pause), careful (pause), wear (pause), their (pause), upstairs (pause)
[ɪə]: really (pause), here (pause), year (pause), hear (pause), we’re (pause), idea (pause)

year / their / airport / here / we’re / wear / careful / hear / really / idea / upstairs

2.2 Listen and repeat the dialogues. Copy the rhythm.


1) A: Is there an airport near here?
B: It’s over there.
2) A: Did you hear the last news from Jason?
B: Yes. I think it’s a good idea to come and stay here.
3) A: Where are the children?
B: They’re upstairs. They’re braiding each other’s hair.


1.1 Ask the questions with the given words. Use there is/there are. Answer these questions.

Example: Is there a mirror in your bedroom?

No, there isn’t, but there’s one in the bathroom.

mirror/ armchairs/ carpet/ fridge/ plants/ sofa/ washing machine
bedroom/ bathroom/ kitchen/ hall/ living room/ study/ dining room

2.1 Answer the questions about your house/flat.

Example: I live in a flat.

1. Do you live in a house or a flat?
2. Is your house/flat big or small?
3. How old is it?
4. Is there a dining room?
5. Is there a study?
6. How many bedrooms are there?
7. How many bathrooms are there?
8. Is there a balcony?
9. Is there a terrace?
10. Is there air conditioning?
11. Is there central heating?
12. Do you like your house/flat? Why (not)?


1.1 Describe your house/flat. Use these questions as your plan.

Example: I live in a flat. It’s in the centre of the town. There are 3 rooms…

1. Do you live in a house or a flat?
2. Is your house/flat in the city/town or in the countryside?
3. How many rooms are there?
4. Are they big or small?
5. Is there a study in your house/flat?
6. How many bedrooms are there?
7. Is there a dining room?
8. What is there in the living room?
9. Is there a balcony?
10. Is there a laundry?
11. Is there air conditioning?
12. Is there a dishwasher in the kitchen?
13. Is there a washing machine in the bathroom?
14. Do you like your house/flat? Why (not)?

Homework / Домашнее задание

1.1 Complete the sentences. Use there’s/there are/it’s, there isn’t/there aren’t.

*Составь предложения. Используй there’s/there are/it’s, there isn’t/there aren’t.

1.2 Write the negatives for the given sentences.

*Напиши отрицательные формы данных предложений.

2.1 Make up the questions with the given words. Use a/an, some/any.

*Составь предложения с данными словами. Используй a/an, some/any.

2.2 Choose the correct word.

*Выбери правильное слово.

3.1 Look at the pictures and write the words with articles a/an/the.

*Посмотри на изображения и напиши слова с артиклями a/an/the.

4.1 Listen to the hostess showing her house to Kate and Max. They want to rent a house. Which rooms do they go into? Would you like to rent this house? Why (not)?

*Послушай хозяйку, которая показывает свой дом Кейт и Максу. Они хотят арендовать дом. В какие комнаты они заходят? Хотел(-а) бы ты арендовать этот дом? Почему (нет)?

Kate, Max and Hostess

Kate: Wow! It’s a big house.
Hostess: Let me show you the house. This is the hall. There are two bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom on the first floor.
Kate: Is there a laundry room?
Hostess: No, there isn’t, but there’s a washing machine in the kitchen.
Max: Is there a bath or a shower in the bathroom?
Hostess: There’s a new shower on the first floor and a bath in the bathroom on the second floor.
Kate: Great!
Hostess: This is the kitchen.
Kate: It’s cosy. I like this big old-fashioned table! Is this a dishwasher?
Hostess: Yes, it is. Let’s go to the living room.
Max: Who is on that photo on the wall?
Hostess: Oh, it’s my father. He was a kind man, children loved his fairy tales.
Kate: Was he a writer?
Hostess: Yes. He wrote stories for children. There’s a small library on the second floor where you can read his stories.
Max: Wow! It’s cool.
Hostess: There’s a sofa, two comfortable armchairs and a fireplace in the living room.
Max: Is there wi-fi internet connection?
Hostess: Yes, there is.
Kate: Is there central heating?
Hostess: Yes, there is, but there isn’t air conditioning.
Max: What rooms are there on the second floor?
Hostess: There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and the library on the second floor.
Max: How far are the shops?
Hostess: This house is just 5 minutes away from shops and public transport.
Max: How much is it?
Hostess: $600 a month.
Max: When can we move in?..

4.2 Listen to the conversation again. Mark the sentences as true or false.

*Послушай разговор снова. Отметь предложения как Правда/Ложь.

5.1 Learn these words and phrases.

*Выучи эти слова и фразы.

Урок Homework Курс
  • Warm-up
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Homework
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