Where we live
I have already told you about my family and myself. But I didn’t mention about our dwelling. Actually people live either in multistoreyed buildings or in private houses and cottages. Still some live in hostels, for example non-residential students.
We live in a new flat in one of the largest residential are-as. We moved into it five years ago. It is on the fourth floor of a nine-storeyed building. We have a four-rооm flat. It consists of a living-room, a study, two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, toilet or lavatory, and closets. It has two balconies and all modern conveniences: running cold and hot water, electricity, central heating, telephone. There is a lift and a rubbish chute in our building. Our flat faces the Dnieper river and the view is wonderful.
When you come to see us you will first come into an entrance hall. It’s not very large but rather cosy. There is a stand for hats, coats and umbrellas and a mirror on the wall. From the entrance hall you may get to each room through separate doors. Let’s have a look at the living room. By the way, it is the largest room in our flat. There is not much furniture in it. Opposite the window there is a sofa, three armchairs and a nice carpet on the floor. The door next to the window of this room leads to the balcony. We grow a lot of flowers there. There is a colour TV set, stereo tape recorder and record-player in this room. There are two pictures on the wall and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. We like to receive our guests here. They always say that we have a lovely combination of various colours in this room.
When you come into other rooms you will see that they aren’t as large as this one. The smallest is the study. There is a writing table with a table lamp on it, many book-shelves, built-in bookcases, and a black-and-white TV. My parents work there and sometimes my brother and I study there too.
Now a few words about other rooms. The bedrooms are the most comfortable rooms in our flat. They face the park where there are a lot of trees, bushes and flowers and these rooms are always filled with sunshine. There are several beds and cots, chairs, two wardrobes and a round mirror in the corner to the left. Before we had used one of the bedrooms as a nursery.
In the kitchen there are two tables, some stools, a cupboard, a sink with water taps. There is also a refrigerator (or fridge), a freezer and an electric cooker. We always have meals here. So we like our flat very much.
You can’t do without this vocabulary:
to mention — згадувати
a dwelling — житло
a lodging — житло
a multistoreyed building — багатоповерховий будинок
private — власний
a hostel — гуртожиток
to move into — переїхати
to consist of — складатися з
a living-room — вітальня
a study — кабінет
a bedroom — спальна кімната
a kitchen — кухня
a balcony — балкон
a bathroom — ванна (кімната)
a toilet, a lavatory — туалет
a closet — комірка
modern conveniences — сучасні зручності
running water — водопровід
central heating — центральне опалення
garbage disposal — сміттєпровід
rubbish chute — сміттєпровід
to face something — виходити на
the Dnieper river — p. Дніпро
an entrance-hall — передпокій
a stand — вішалка
an umbrella — парасолька
furniture — меблі
opposite — навпроти
a sofa — софа, диван
an armchair — крісло, диван
a chair — стілець
a carpet — килим
a TV set (colour, black-and-white) — телевізор (кольоровий, чорно-білий)
a stereo tape-recorder — стереомагнітофон
a record-player — програвач
a chandelier — люстра
a lovely combination of various colours — чудове поєднання різних кольорів
to be as large as... — бути такою великою, як...
a bookshelf — книжкова полиця
a built-in bookcase — вбудована книжкова шафа
comfortable — зручний, затишний
a wardrobe — платтяна шафа
a nursery — дитяча кімната
a stool — табурет(ка)
a cupboard — шафа
a sink — раковина a tap — кран
a refrigerator, a fridge — холодильник
a freezer — морозильник
a cooker — плита
to take bath (shower) — приймати ванну (душ)