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Unit 4
Housing
4.1 Smart House
electric appliances – air conditioner, dishwasher, water heater etc.
intelligent home – a house with a lot of smart features
power point – a socket in a wall for connecting a device to an electricity supply
plug – a device usually on a cord used to make an electrical connection
remote control – a device that controls some machine by means of radio or infrared signals
light bulb – a glass bulb which provides light


power cut – a period of time when there is no electricity supply
flat batteries – ones without energy
leaking pipe – with a crack or hole that lets the water out
to install central heating – to put in a new heating system
torch – a portable battery-powered lamp
blinds – a screen for a window
evaporative cooler – a device that cools air through the evaporation of water
kitchen hood – a mechanical fan that hangs above the stove
blocked sink – one that doesn't let the water move through
Phrasal verbs:
to stock up – to buy a lot of goods to fill in the refrigerator
to put out – to extinguish the fire
to settle in – to move into a new house and start feeling comfortable
to cut off – to stop the supply of something to somebody
to pull down – to demolish
Idioms:
to throw money down the drain – to waste money
everything but the kitchen sink – when you take a lot of things when you go somewhere
to be home and dry – refers to the successful completion of something
to wear pants is the house – to be the boss in the house
to feel homesick – to miss home
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Hey, it is not allowed to smoke here. Could you please _______ your cigarette?
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We were only going away for a few days, but Jack insisted on taking everything but the _______.
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This TV won't turn on unless you press the red button twice on the _______.
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If the ______ burns out, you cannot fix it, you can only buy and install a new one.
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Are you sure we need all those new cushions? We can't afford to ____________.
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________ a new house wasn't that difficult for the children. They've got used to it in a matter of two days.
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The winter is coming, and it's going to be a cold one. We really need to hurry up with installing ________.
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It's no wonder your Tesla doesn't start, you've got ______ battery!
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Many homes in central regions of the country experienced __________ due to a severe blizzard.
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We made sure to _________ on food and water before the storm hit.
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Watch the video about some of the best smart house tech appliances.
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Creative writing: use your active vocabulary when answering the questions (3-4 sentences), please.
1. What is your point of view on intelligent homes?

2. Which smart home devices would you like to have in your own house? Why?

3. Would you have any concern about security of your personal information when using these devices?

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4.2 Cribs
to throw a house-warming party – to arrange a party to celebrate moving into a new house
gloomy room – dark room
spacious – has a lot of space
snug – cosy
poky – cheap looking
open plan house – without walls dividing it into separate rooms
to give a lick (a coat) of paint – to paint the walls
to put the finishing touches to – to complete decoration with the final details

roomy house – large house
cutlery – knives, forks, and spoons used for eating or serving food
crockery – plates, dishes, cups, and other similar items
to declutter – to get rid of extra things you don't need
DIY – Do It Yourself (doing maintenance and building works in your house)
china dishes – delicate and expensive plates etc.
mansion – a large luxurious house
condominium – a style of an apartment which is individually owned
Phrasal verbs:
to cut off – to stop or interrupt something
to drop by/in – to stop by for a visit
to fall apart – to break into pieces
to hang out – to spend time with someone
to knock down – to demolish something
Idioms:
to hit home – to become fully understood or fully felt
drink on the house – free drink
home truths – true but unpleasant information
household name – a word that everyone knows
to have a skeleton in the closet – to have an unpleasant secret
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Fill in the gaps with appropriate words/word combinations.
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Having moved into a new flat, Jake decided to ________ and invite all of his close friends.
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I don't really like those new ________. I think every person needs some type of privacy that only walls can give.
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She is one of Rita's best friends, no wonder she ______ so frequently.
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If I was you, I would add more lighting to the bedroom, it looks too ______.
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So you want to repair the leaking pipe on your own? I guess, you'll find all the needed tools in the ______ department of our store.
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We're done with the walls and ceilings in the kitchen and bedroom, we just need to put the _____ touches to the entrance hall.
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Nowadays almost every person has ___________, you cannot trust anyone at first sight.
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Oh, look, what a mess! We need to ______ the house before our parents come back.
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They argue on a regular basis, I suppose their marriage is very likely to _______.
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You know what, I'm tired of eating from plastic plates, it's time for us to buy some decent _______.
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Look through the words again, please.
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Watch the video about top 10 insane celebrity cribs.
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Creative writing: use your active vocabulary when answering the questions (3-4 sentences), please.
1. What are the main advantages and disadvantages of living in a big mansion?

2. Is it reasonable to invest in real property (real estate)? Why/why not?

3. Describe your perfect home (including exterior, interior, location, size, color, number of rooms, some pieces of furniture).
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