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Lesson 2: A house or an apartment

Warm up

Exercise 2.1 - Where would you like to live?

Where would you like to live?

Are you living in your dream place? Do you love the countryside or the city? A house or a studio apartment? Write a short answer, max. 50 words, in the box below.
(Asutko unelmiesi paikassa? Tykkäätkö asua maalla vai kaupungissa; talossa vai yksiössä? Kirjoita lyhyt vastaus, max. 50 sanaa, alla olevaan laatikkoon.)

Word list


Lesson 2: A house or an apartment  
wealthy rikas, varakas
for you sinua varten
to hang out hengailla, viettää aikaa
pros and cons hyvät ja huonot puolet
countryside maaseutu
upstairs yläkerta
downstairs alakerta
to share a room jakaa huone
a tennis racket tennismaila
to focus on keskittyä johonkin
to get attention from saada huomiota joltakin
to decide päättää
to raise kasvattaa, nostaa
to get pregnant tulla raskaaksi



Jenny: My mother lived in a studio as a child. She didn’t like it! She moved into a house as soon as she was old enough.

Craig: Did she? My mother lived in a row house as a child. She dreamed of living in a big ranch near mountains or fields! But her family was never wealthy enough.

Jenny: I see. How about you? You said that living in a city is for you. Why not a house or a farm?

Craig: Because I love people, shopping and hanging out with friends. I don’t have as much room as you in your farm house but at least it is near everything.

Jenny: But you said that you would like to live in a row house?

Craig: Maybe when I’m older. What are the pros and cons of living in a farm house?

Jenny: I can breathe freely! There are birds singing, a gentle breeze and lots of room! I don’t like that it is always quiet and I sometimes feel lonely. My mother moved to the farm when I was born. She wanted me to grow up in a big place and that’s a good thing. She wanted me to stay out of trouble.

Craig: Living in a city doesn’t always mean trouble! Come with me and I will show you… 

On the bus

Craig: Jenny, I want to tell you why my family moved to the city.

Jenny: What? Haven’t you always lived here?

Craig: No, we haven’t. My parents lived in the countryside before I was born but didn’t want me to grow up there. Like I said, my mother dreamed of a big ranch when she was a child.

Jenny: Right, but her family was never wealthy enough.

Craig: But when she met my dad....

Craig: When my mother, Sarah, was a child, her family lived in a small row house. It had two floors but it was small. Sarah and her brother had to share the bedroom. One day, Sarah was reading a book on her bed when her brother came in. He was playing a tennis racket as a guitar and singing loudly. Sarah couldn’t focus on reading anymore. He was trying to get attention from his big sister, that was all. When he was dancing around and while she was holding her favorite book, she decided she had enough. She vowed that she would never live in a small row house again. And she hasn’t!

Sarah and her husband bought a big house in the countryside and decided to raise their children there. But, when she got pregnant, they realised that daycares, schools and shops were all really far away and they didn’t have a car...

Jenny: Ah! So all they would have needed was a car!

Craig: Maybe, but it is better to live in the city than to drive long distances.

Photo: Flickr / jodelli

Exercise 2.2 - Answer in Finnish

Read the text and answer these questions in Finnish. (Vastaa alla oleviin kysymyksiin lyhyesti suomeksi.)

1. Miksi Craigin äidin unelma ei toteutunut?

2. Mitkä ovat maatilalla asumisen hyvät ja huonot puolet?

3. Mitä Craig kertoo Jennylle äidistään?

4. Miksi maalla asuminen ei onnistunut Sarahille?


Exercise 2.3 - Match the description to the right word

Match the description to the right word (10 words). (Kirjoita kuvauksen kohdalle sitä vastaavan sanan kirjain.)

1. You use it to play tennis A. to decide
2. To spend time with friends B. downstairs
3. The good and bad sides C. to share a room
4. To pay attention to something D. to get attention from
5. To choose between two options E. a tennis racket
6. The opposite of city F. to hang out
7. The second floor of a house G. countryside
8. To have a roommate H. upstairs
9. To have someone look at only you I. pros and cons
10. The first or ground floor of a house J. to focus on

Exercise 2.4 - An apartment or a flat?

An apartment or a flat? Muistatko Lesson 1:n sanastossa eroavaisuuksia amerikanenglannin (AmE) ja brittienglannin (BrE) kanssa? Esimerkiksi sanastossa olleet nämä sanat eroavat:

An apartment building (AmE)
A block of flats (BrE)

A flat (BrE)
An apartment (AmE)



Muistatko muita sanoja, jotka eroavat amerikanenglannissa ja brittienglannissa? Kirjoita alle, jos muistat.

On hyvä tiedostaa, että on muitakin eroavaisuuksia, niin sanoissa kuin kirjoitusasussakin. Esimerkiksi:

theater (AmE) - theatre (BrE)
traveler (AmE) - traveller (BrE)
french fries (AmE) - chips (BrE)

Photo: Flickr / blmurch

Exercise 2.5 - British English versus American English

Etsi alla oleville sanoille brittienglannin / amerikanenglannin vastine. Käytä apunasi sanakirjaa.


Exercise 2.6 - Past tense

Palauta mieleen imperfekti. Muistatko vielä verbien imperfektin eli menneen ajan muodon? Etsi tekstistä kaikki imperfektissä olevat verbit ja kirjoita ne alle.

Exercise 2.7 - Irregular verbs, past tense

Säännölliset verbit taipuvat imperfektissä päätteellä -ed: dance - danced. Mutta miten epäsäännölliset verbit taipuvat? Täydennä laatikko epäsäännöllisten verbien imperfektimuodoilla. Voit löytää apua esimerkiksi alla olevan linkin takaa (katso sarakkeita V1 ja V2):

Irregular verbs list


Perusmuoto Imperfekti Suomennos
be olla
grow up kasvaa
have olla, omistaa
meet tavata
come tulla


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