Architecture vocabulary list dictation

A: Without looking at the list below, listen to your teacher read out a list of words and put up your hand whenever you think you know how all those words are connected. Each person can only guess once for each category, so wait until you are fairly sure before you raise your hand.

B: Label the categories of vocabulary below

 hut, serviced apartment, tent, caravan, B&B (= bed and breakfast), villa, log cabin, bungalow, self-catering flat, second home/ holiday home, mobile home, condo, maisonette, camper van, igloo, (youth) hostel, shared house, penthouse, host family, (student) halls/ dorm(itory)

 bidet, toilet, shower cubicle, bathtub,

 sand, stone (marble, limestone, etc), mortar, (reinforced) concrete, cement, wood, paint, brick, paper, mud, reeds, metal

 central heating, double glazing, (real/ coal/ electric/ gas) fire, paraffin stove, insulation, (fan) heater,

 rent, mortgage, deposit, housing benefit, subsidized housing

 carpet, rug, tatami, wood, stone, linoleum, mat

 armchair, (kitchen/ swivel) chair, chest of drawers, dresser, (queen-sized) bed, futon/ sofa-bed

 wooden flooring, wallpaper, (wall to wall/ fitted) carpet, fireplace, mantelpiece, chandelier, (wooden) beam, pillar

 fluorescent strip, LED bulb, (desk) lamp, spotlight, candle, chandelier

 beam, banister, stairs, floorboards, kitchen table, wardrobe/ closet

 drive, path, ivy, front garden, flower box, shutter, chimney, garage, carport, doorstep, fence, hedge, garden wall, gate, greenhouse, lawn, flowerbed, drainpipe

 balcony, terrace, garage, lobby, utility room, hall/ corridor, living room/ sitting room/ lounge, landing, loft/ attic, cellar/ basement

 loft/ attic, cellar/ basement, built in cupboard, walk in wardrobe

 intercom, security camera, air conditioning, smoke detector, burglar alarm

 terraced, semi-detached, detached, bungalow, mansion, cottage,

 thatched, tiled, flat, steep, terrace

Compare your answers with the next page.

Suggested answers

 accommodation – hut, serviced apartment, tent, caravan, B&B (= bed and breakfast), villa, log cabin, bungalow, self-catering flat, second home/ holiday home, mobile home, condo, maisonette, camper van, igloo, (youth) hostel, shared house, penthouse, host family, (student) halls/ dorm(itory)

 bathroom – bidet, toilet, shower cubicle, bathtub,

 building material – sand, stone (marble, limestone, etc), mortar, (reinforced) concrete, cement, wood, paint, brick, paper, mud, reeds, metal

 connected to winter – central heating, double glazing, (real/ coal/ electric/ gas) fire, paraffin stove, insulation, (fan) heater,

 finance – rent, mortgage, deposit, housing benefit, subsidized housing

 floor – carpet, rug, tatami, wood, stone, linoleum, mat

 furniture – armchair, (kitchen/ swivel) chair, chest of drawers, dresser, (queen-sized) bed, futon/ sofa-bed

 interior – wooden flooring, wallpaper, (wall to wall/ fitted) carpet, fireplace, mantelpiece, chandelier, (wooden) beam, pillar

 lighting –fluorescent strip, LED bulb, (desk) lamp, spotlight, candle, chandelier

 made from wood – beam, banister, stairs, floorboards, kitchen table, wardrobe/ closet

 outside the house – drive, path, ivy, front garden, flower box, shutter, chimney, garage, carport, doorstep, fence, hedge, garden wall, gate, greenhouse, lawn, flowerbed, drainpipe

 part of a house – balcony, terrace, garage, lobby, utility room, hall/ corridor, living room/ sitting room/ lounge, landing, loft/ attic, cellar/ basement

 storage – loft/ attic, cellar/ basement, built in cupboard, walk in wardrobe

 technology – intercom, security camera, air conditioning, smoke detector, burglar alarm

 type of house – terraced, semi-detached, detached, bungalow, mansion, cottage,

 type of roof – thatched, tiled, flat, steep, terrace

Test each other in pairs

Choose one category and help your partner to remember as many words in that category as they can.

Can you add any words to the lists above?

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