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People talk about living together

Living with others can be a great experience, but it can also have its downsides. In this session, we listen to three people talking about the some of the good things, and some of the not so good things about sharing your home.


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All under one roof

Getting along with your housemates

It’s time to meet our house-sharers again. Listen to what they have to say about the experience of living with other people.

To do

While you listen, answer these questions:

  • Who likes to use cheap cooking oil?
  • What caused a bad smell?
  • Who doesn’t like paying to get things fixed?


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Yeah, so we’ve moved in temporarily with Dave’s parents.

Yeah, just for the time being, until we get enough money for a deposit. Then we want to set up our own home.

Yeah, that’s right – and, well so far it’s going… alright. We have to compromise on a lot of things though.


Yeah. My parents mean well, but they have a lot of their own ideas about how things should be done.

Yeah, they certainly do Dave, yes. We get on very well, but sometimes we don’t agree about things like cooking – I mean, Dave’s mum – don’t get me wrong, I love her, but she cooks everything in this horrible, cheap cooking oil.

And we always use olive oil, because it tastes better and it’s healthier.

Exactly! But she says it’s never done her any harm, and she thinks olive oil makes food taste strange.

Yes, we haven’t fallen out about it, but there have been a few heated discussions.

Just a few. And they like to watch all these singing and dancing competitions on television in the living room…

We can’t stand them, can we? But we have to sit through them because it’s their house and there’s only a tiny TV in our room.

Yeah. And what kind of people go to bed at ten o’clock in the evening? We have to turn the music down because they can’t sleep, but it’s ten o’clock - it’s early!

Yeah, and another thing. My mum doesn’t like me cutting my toenails while I’m sitting in the kitchen…

Well she’s right about that Dave. It’s disgusting!

Oh, maybe.

Yeah, horrible.

I moved in with some guys off my course – it’s a shared house - and it’s a right laugh! I love it! We have all-night parties, play loud music, generally trash the place and, apart from our neighbour, no one cares.

None of us are that bothered about tidying up. It got a bit disgusting at one stage, so we made a cleaning rota, and now it’s liveable. We did build a tower of beer cans in the living room, but it started to really stink so after a couple of months we had to take it down and throw it away. It’s a shame because it looked amazing – girls loved it!

The best things about this house? Great housemates, and it’s got all the mod cons we needbroadband, giant TV, big fridge for the beer, central heating, washing machine. We haven’t got an ironing board, but we don’t really need one. There’s a nice big garden too – it’s in a bit of a state, but we sometimes hack back the weeds and have a kick around out there.

I’m living here with a couple of other girls. It’s OK, you know, but it’s not a place you could have a family. It’s very hard to find accommodation here. With three of us in one room it’s pretty crowded – we have bunk beds. We get up and get to work pretty early so we are out most of the time – we all work in catering and the hours are very long.

We take turns to do the housework like cleaning and cooking, but it’s hard to be tidy with three of you in a small place. And there’s a lot of noise from the other rooms – there is a couple upstairs who are always arguing. They always make up in the end, but we have to listen. Apart from that, it’s pretty good fun being here.

The landlord is a bit of a cheapskate. He likes trying to find new things to charge us for - he says we owe him money for the washing machine, but it didn’t work when we came. When things break, he never pays to get them fixed properly – he always tries to do it himself, badly.

The good thing is it’s convenient – I can get to the city centre in a couple of minutes. The room is a rip-off for what it is – you could get a nice family house in my hometown for the rent we pay, but the three of us can afford it and still save a bit of money. I don’t know how long I will stay here, but I’d like to move out pretty soon.

Did you get the answers to the questions?

  • Who likes to use cheap cooking oil? Dave’s mother
  • What caused a bad smell? A tower of beer cans
  • Who doesn’t like paying to get things fixed? Lana’s landlord


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Living together

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You've heard people talking about their shared homes using a lot of state verbs, phrasal verbs and other useful vocabulary. See if you can use the new language in the next activity.


  • State verbs
    Used when talking about attitudes, thoughts, senses, or belonging. Most state verbs are not used in the continuous (-ing) form. In this activity we saw these state verbs: 

    want, mean, have, agree, think, taste, like, love, care, stink, look, need, charge, owe, know

Session Vocabulary

  • moved in
    started living in a new home

    for a short period of time

    money paid as the first part of a larger amount

    an agreement that involves both sides giving up something they wanted

    fallen out
    had an argument and no longer friends

    can’t stand

    sit through
    stay until the end of something that is boring

    turn the music down
    make the music quieter

    a right laugh
    (informal) a lot of fun

    trash the place
    (informal) make a terrible mess

    worried; concerned

    tidying up
    cleaning; making neat

    cleaning rota
    a list of jobs and the people who will do them

    good enough to live in

    smell very bad

    take it down
    remove it, piece by piece

    throw it away
    get rid of it

    people who share a house but are not part of the same family

    mod cons
    equipment found in a modern home that make life easier

    type of fast internet connection

    central heating
    a system that heats all the rooms in a building from one main source

    in a bit of a state
    (informal) not in good condition

    hack back
    (informal) clear plants by cutting

    a kick around
    (informal) play an informal game of football

    a place to live or stay in

    having too many people

    bunk beds
    two beds that are fixed together, one above the other

    providing food and drinks

    the hours are very long
    the job takes many hours

    take turns
    each have a time when we do it

    a couple
    (here) two people who are married or have a relationship

    make up
    (here) end a disagreement and become friends

    person you pay rent to for a property

    someone who dislikes spending money

    easy; quick; nearby

    (informal) something that costs more than it is worth

    (here) the money you pay regularly for a property you don't own

    move out
    leave a home permanently