Why is it important to know the name of household goods? Firstly, the study of these words will increase your vocabulary. Secondly, interior — is something with which we have to face every day. Whether hiking in the furniture store, a description of their dream home or find an English-speaking friend of bath accessories in the department of the supermarket.
I’ll give you an example of a comic incident that happened to me a few years ago. I was visiting friends in England, it was my first visit to them. One day at dinner, raised the issue of the national cuisine. I tried traditional English dishes, and the host family did not Ukrainian tasted. It was decided the next day to prepare dinner together in the large kitchen. Deeply confident that know the names of kitchen utensils I do not need, I successfully skip this section vocabulary in his student years. And here it began the most interesting: a stranger in the vast kitchen, where everything is hidden on the locker, I could not say that I need a grater, cutting board and ladle. The explanation on the fingers saved the situation, but on returning home the first thing I learned vocabulary related to the subject of the interior, which you now propose.
Let’s «walk» through the rooms. Let’s start with the living room (living room) — a place where we watch TV, read a book or receive guests.
|1||Coffee table||Coffee table|
|5||End table||Side table|
|10||Sofa / couch||Sofa / couch|
|14||Wall unit / entertainment unit||Furniture wall|
|16||DVD player||DVD player|
|25||Fireplace screen||Protective screen for fireplaces|
|26||Picture / photograph||Photograph|
What could be better than a private dinner in the cozy dining room (dining room)? Let’s see how called home furnishings in this room.
|1||Dining room table||Dinner table|
|2||Dining room chair||Dining chair|
|3||China cabinet||Glazed buffet|
|5||Chandelier / ˌʃændəlɪə (r) /||Luster|
|9||Serving bowl||Serving bowl|
|10||Serving platter||Big dish snack|
|14||Centerpiece||Vase of Flowers, which is placed on the middle of the table|
|15||Salt shaker||Salt shaker on top|
|16||Pepper shaker||Pepper with holes on top|
|18||Serving cart||Serving trolley|
|21||Creamer||Jug of cream|
The dream, of course, important. The English have a saying Sleep brings counsel (Sleep on it). The most pleasant place to relax in the house — a bedroom (the bedroom). I propose to consider what pieces of furniture in the bedroom.
|5||Fitted sheet||Tension sheet|
|6||Flat sheet||The sheet under the blanket|
|8||Electric blanket||Electric blanket|
|9||Dust ruffle||The skirt for the bed|
|11||Comforter / quilt||Comforter|
|12||Footboard||The base of the bed|
|14||Night table / nightstand||Bedside table|
|15||Alarm clock||Alarm clock|
|16||Clock radio||Clock radio|
|17||Chest of drawers||Chest|
|19||Jewellery box||Jewelry box|
|20||Dresser / bureau||Dressers|
Where are toothbrushes, towels and cosmetics? Of course, in the bathroom (the bathroom)! Let’s go there.
|3||Toilet tank||Toilet tank|
|4||Toilet seat||Sitting on the toilet|
|5||Air freshener||Air freshener|
|6||Toilet paper holder||Toilet paper holder|
|7||Toilet paper||Toilet paper|
|8||Toilet brush||Toilet brush|
|9||Towel rack||Towel hanger|
|10||Bath towel||Bath towel|
|11||Hand towel||Hand towel|
|12||Washcloth / facecloth||Face towel|
|13||Hamper||Wicker basket for dirty clothes|
|14||Bathroom scales||Scales in the bathroom|
|19||Medicine cabinet / medicine chest||Locker with medicines|
|21||Hot water faucet||Hot water tap|
|22||Cold water faucet||Cold tap water|
|25||Toothbrush holder||Holder for toothbrushes|
|28||Soap dispenser||Soap dispenser|
|29||Water Pik *||Irrigator|
|33||Shower curtain rod||The bar for the curtain in the shower|
|34||Shower head||Shower head|
|35||Shower curtain rings||Rings for curtains in the shower|
|36||Shower curtain||Curtain in the shower|
|37||Bathroom / tub||Bathtub|
|38||Drain||The hole for draining|
|39||Rubber mat||Rubber mat|
|41||Bath mat / bath rug||Bath mat|
* Water pik term requires a separate explanation. Irrigator is a device for cleaning interdental spaces by a trickle of water which is supplied under pressure.
Now we head to the «holy of holies,» each family — the kitchen (kitchen room). Why are there only! Weight of items that we use every day. So, let’s begin:
|2||Dishwasher detergent||Dishwashing detergent in the dishwasher|
|3||Dishwashing liquid||Dishwashing liquid|
|5||Kitchen sink||Kitchen sink|
|6||Garbage disposal||Recovery of waste|
|8||Scouring pad||Hard sponge|
|9||Pot scrubber||Scraper pans|
|11||Paper towel holder||Holder for paper towels|
|12||Dish towel||Kitchen towel|
|13||Trash compactor||Press waste|
|16||Kitchen counter||The working surface in the kitchen|
|17||Cutting board||Cutting board|
|18||Canister||A small tin box|
|19||Stove / range||Stove|
|24||Spice rack||Set for seasoning|
|25||Electric can opener||Electric opener|
|29||Ice maker||Ice Machine|
|thirty||Ice tray||Ice trays|
|31||Refrigerator magnet||Fridge Magnet|
|32||Kitchen table||Kitchen table|
|33||Placemat||Litter-napkin under the plate|
|34||Kitchen chair||Kitchen chairs|
Above presented a lot of new vocabulary, but remember it? Perhaps you’ve seen in the apartments of people learning a foreign language, sticky stickers on every subject related to the name of the subject in a foreign language. Why not do that in your own apartment? This will help you and your family is easy to remember the words necessary for everyday communication, involuntarily paying attention to them every day.
Other non-intrusive way of memorizing words after acquaintance with them — repeating at objects around you. Go through the house, calling all that occurs, and what you remember. Those words that I can not remember, you need to repeat it. Not every house is so full of a variety of home furnishings and appliances. Will be useful hiking in the furniture store or a trip to IKEA: walking from department to department, call it whatever you see in English. Here there is something for sure is where the train!
Note that in the description of the room and the story of the location of objects is always used the turnover there is / there are.
- More about it read the article «The turnover there + be (there is / there are)»
Now let’s do the exercise to consolidate the reading material.