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Match the definitions with the pictures.

1. A detached house stands in its own grounds.
2. A mansion is a very large, impressive and expensive house.
3. A cottage is usually a small house in the country.
4. A block of flats (UK), or apartment building (US) is a large building divided into flats or apartments.
5. A bungalow is a house with only one floor.
6. Terraced houses are in a row of usually small houses that are connected together on their side walls.
7. A semi-detached house, or ‘semi’, is attached to another house on one side only.

Answers Check your answers.

Listen and repeat.

Before you listen about a married couple who live in an unusual house, read the following true or false questions.

1. Michael and Suzanne Breene are retired now.
2. The Post Office was built 5 years ago.
3. The Post Office has changed more inside than outside.
4. Michael and Suzanne Breene made a beautiful new ceiling when they renovated the Building.
5. The Post Office used to sell pens, paper, greeting cards and office equipment.
6. The windows are the same shape as they were before.
Now listen and answer the questions.

Answers Check your answers.

Now read the text and put the verbs in brackets into the most suitable verb form, active or passive. Follow the examples.

Michael and Suzanne Breene (live) in a very unusual house. A converted post office in North Yorkshire, England.
The Breenes (own) the Post Office for many years, and they (1) (retire) when it eventually (2) (close). They spent quite some time (3) (look) for a new home, but in the end they decided (4) (stay) and convert the post office, which (5) (build) in the 1930’s. They (6) (live) in their new home for over 5 years.
As you can see from the photos, it (7) (not changed) much from the outside.


The interior of the building, on the other hand, (8) (transform) beyond recognition.
This is the original oak door of the Post Office. Customers (9) (come) in and (10) (turn) left into the shop, there was a wall just in front of the door which (11) (remove) to make a magnificent hallway for the house.
This was the view from behind the counter. You can just see the beautiful plasterwork on the ceiling. This is an original feature and people who (12) (visit) the house since it was converted are amazed to find out it was always there, they just (13) (not look up) before.
The Post Office counter (14) (be) at the back of the shop, you can just (15) (see) the shelves of stationery in the corner.
It's hard to believe, but this is how the Post Office (16) (look) today! It (17) (convert) into a wonderful living room. The counter was where the dining table is now, just behind the lamp.
The original arched windows of the Post Office flood the new living room with light. There used to be a clock above the central window, but it (18) (take down) a long time ago.
Before the conversion, the inside of the Post Office (19) (not have) so much light. The shop area used to be quite full of greeting cards and stationery.
The Breenes in their living room. They (20) (convert) the old Post Office into a beautiful and unusual home.

to own = tener, poseer, ser dueño de / oak = roble / hallway = vestíbulo, entrada / counter = mostrador / plaster = escayola / ceiling = techo / stationery = papelería / to flood (with light/sunshine) = entrar a raudales

Answers Check your answers.

Now listen again and Read the transcription.

Listen to translations of some vocabulary from the previous text in Spanish and try to say the English words before you hear them. Then, repeat the word to practise pronunciation.

Listen and repeat.
Now Read the transcription and repeat the words again.

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