“Dream House”



Pre-Listening Question

What is your image of the ideal living arrangement? What are the benefits of each of these options?

  1. an apartment
  2. a condominium
  3. a house
  4. a townhome
  5. a mobile home
  6. mobile home
  7. mountain cottage
  8. tent

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:

zoning regulations (noun): rules on how a piece of land can be used, for example, for housing or business
– I wanted to build a house in this area, but zoning regulations don’t allow for that.

practical (adjective): useful or suitable
– Building a house in the mountains is not very practical for our family because the nearest schools and stores are so far away.

storage (noun): a place where things can be kept
– I love this apartment because there is a large amount of storage.

landscaping (noun): making a garden area or piece of land more attractive
– Many people enjoy living in these apartments because residents don’t have to worry about taking care of landscaping.

drought-tolerant (adjective): needing little water
– We are saving a lot of money by planning drought-tolerant plants and trees.

zeroscaping (noun): low-water landscaping, often with gravel and a few plans (xeriscaping often includes more design and native plants)
Zeroscaping is becoming very popular in our area because of the extended drought over the past few years.

customize (verb): change something to suit a different purpose
– We had to customize our bathroom so we could care for our aging parents.

Listening Comprehension Questions

Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.

Conversation Questions

What are your opinions on Aubrey’s dream house preferences? In what ways do your own preferences compare to her living tastes? Explain.

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