Vypracovala: PaedDr. Ivana Dulová
Home is more than four walls and a roof. It is the cooking, eating, talking, playing, living with a family. Some people say that their home is a birthplace, others say it is the place where they feel safe and relaxed.
Houses look different in different countries. In cold countries there is often a fireplace in the living room. In southern warm countries people prefer cool stone floors and no carpets. Homes are different because people´s needs are different, too. Larger families prefer big houses, sometimes several generations live together. Some people, especially when they retire move to warmer countries. On the other hand, in less developed countries people do not move away from their houses that they built when they were young.
Some people who work in the large cities have countryside houses where they go every weekend to relax.
A house is a building for people to live in. It has more than one level. Renting house is very common in Britain so only half of all British families own the houses in which they live.
There are several kinds of houses in Britain: a house with only one level is called a bungalow. Multi-storeyed houses are called semi-detached houses when they have one common wall. Detached houses are not joined to another house and they stand by themselves. Terraced houses stand in a row and are joined one to another to form a street. A small village house is called a cottage.
Some people live in a block of flats not houses. A set of room, with a kitchen and bathroom, in a larger building is called a flat.
Each country has some typical features of its homes. Typical British houses are set in a small garden and have two storeys. They are designed for four of five people. There is a living room, a kitchen, a hall, a back room and a pantry. A garage is usually attached to the house. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, a bathroom and a lavatory. They don´t have balconies or terraces. They are more typical for warmer countries.
Everybody like coming home and people all over the world take care of their homes. As we said before many British houses have gardens and the British people are fond of gardening. They are proud of their well-kept lawns. These people like spending their time in their houses so they want to make them comfortable and nice.
Home is an emotional word. Some people prefer living where they work, others close to their family. For lots of people it is important to find the most suitable homes according to their activities and things that they feel make their lives worth living: good schools, low cost of living, shopping facilities, sunny skies and so on.
The truth is that people normally try out several places till they find the one that suits them best.
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