House and home likes, dislikes and recommendations

Household vocabulary and the language of likes and dislikes

Time to Talk S Units 1 and 2

Find out about your partners likes and dislikes and try to find things in common. 

Do the same for home interiors (furniture, colours, shops, etc).

Find out about your partner’s likes and dislikes and make decoration and furnishing recommendations especially for them, e.g. a particular colour, shop, or piece of furniture that they might like. It should be something that they don’t have and/ or have never tried.

Useful language for asking about likes and dislikes

How do you feel about…?

What kind of… do you like?/ What sort of… do you like?

Do you like…?

What’s your favourite…?

Useful language for talking about likes and dislikes

(For me), there’s nothing better/ worse than…

(For me), you can’t beat…

I (absolutely) adore…

I (absolutely) detest…

I (absolutely) loathe…

I (really) hate…

I (really) love…

I (really) like…

I can’t stand…

I detest…

I don’t like… at all.

I don’t like… much.

I don’t mind…

I don’t really like…

I like… very much/ a lot.

I really don’t like…

I’m a big fan of…

I’m not so keen on…

I’m really into…

I’ve come to love…

I’ve gone off…

I’ve grown to like…

… doesn’t do anything for me.

Useful phrases for giving advice

If you like…, you will love…

I think… would be useful/ suitable/ your kind of thing.

In that case, I suggest…/ I think you should…/ my advice is to…/ you could…

… go to…/…try…/…study…/…buy…

How does that sound?

Useful phrases for responding to advice

Thanks. That’s a good recommendation. I’ll try that.

Really?/ Do you think so? Personally,…

I can see why you would say that, but in my case…

Actually, I (already)…

Suggested house and home topics to talk about and recommend

alcove

antique

apartment/ flat

art (painting, sculpture, oil painting, watercolour, etc)

(East/ Southeast) Asian/ Japanese/ Chinese

attic/ loft

balcony

bamboo

basement

bathtub

bedding (pillow, pillowcase, duvet, sheet, bedspread, etc)

bedroom

beige

bin/ trash can

blinds

bold colours/ design

breadmaker

bright

calligraphy

carpenter

carpet

CD player/ stereo

ceiling

cellar

chest

chest of drawers/ drawers

circular

clutter

colourful

contemporary

corridor/ hall

cream/ off-white

cupboard/ wardrobe/ closet

cushion

dark wood (ebony, walnut, teak, etc)

dining room

display cabinet

doormat

entrance hall

exotic

fan

fire/ heater

fitted cupboard

floor

flowery

fluorescent light

French windows

frilly

front door

furnishings

furniture

garage

glass

Habitat

handicrafts (pottery, etc)

handicrafts/ crafts – pottery/ China

hanging scroll

homemade

house

huge/ massive/ enormous

humidifier

interior decorator

Italian/ Milanese

kettle

kitchen table

knob/ handle

lamp

large/ big

lava lamp

leather

LED
dimmer switch

lighting

living room

matt

mattress

medium-sized

metal (steel, aluminium, iron, etc)

microwave (oven)

minimalist

net curtains

neutral

open-plan dining room kitchen

Oriental

ornament

ornate

oval

oven/ oven toaster

paint

patchwork

pattern/ patterned

patterned

pine

plant/ pot plant

plastic

pretty

quaint

quilt

rectangular

recycled

reed matting

renovation

rice cooker

robot vacuum cleaner

rubber

rug/ mat

Scandinavian/ Swedish (e.g. Ikea)

secondhand

shiny

shutters

sliding screens

socket/ (electrical) outlet

souvenirs

spots

square

stripe

table (coffee table, kitchen table, bedside table, heated table, etc)

tap/ faucet

technology (intercom, humidifier, air purifier, air conditioning, fridge, freezer, etc)

three-piece suite (= sofa and two armchairs)

tile

toaster

toilet

traditional folding screen/ traditional chest/ traditional reed matting/ traditional…

triangular

utility room

vase

vinyl

wall

wallpaper

washbasin/ bathroom sink

waxed paper screens

pure white/ bright white

window

wooden flooring

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The language of likes and dislikes language presentation

Without looking above for now, brainstorm language of likes and dislikes into the spaces below, from the most positive top to the most negative at the bottom. Expressions not above are also okay as long as they fit in the spaces below. The same word can often be used more than once in different sentences in different places below. If different sentences have the same level of positive or negative meaning, put them next to each other below.  

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Look at the previous pages for more expressions that you can put above. Note that some phrases above can’t go anywhere above, so just leave them out.

Use the mixed phrases on the next page to help with the task above. Phrases not below probably don’t fit above.

Use the mixed phrases below to help with the task above.

(For me), there’s nothing better than…

(For me), there’s nothing worse than…

(For me), you can’t beat…

I absolutely adore…

I absolutely detest…

I absolutely loathe…

I adore…

I can’t stand…

I detest…

I don’t like… (very) much.

I don’t like… at all.

I don’t mind…

I don’t really like…

I hate…

I like… at lot.

I loathe…

I love…

I really don’t like…

I really hate…

I really like…

I really love…

I’m a big fan of…

I’m not so keen on…

I’m really into…

… doesn’t do anything for me.

Check your answers as a class or below the fold.

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Suggested answers

Some positions below are debatable, so discuss any different ideas with your teacher.

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(For me), you can’t beat…/ I absolutely adore…/ (For me), there’s nothing better than…

I adore…/ I really love…

I love…

I’m a big fan of…/ I like… at lot./ I really like…/ I’m really into…

 

I don’t mind…

 

I don’t like… (very) much./ I’m not so keen on…/ I don’t really like…

… doesn’t do anything for me.

I really don’t like…

I hate…

I detest…/ I loathe…/ I really hate…/ I can’t stand…/ I don’t like… at all.

I absolutely detest…/ I absolutely loathe…/ (For me), there’s nothing worse than…

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Positive and negative words connected to house and home presentation

Is the underlined part of each sentence below a good thing (+) or negative thing (-)?

  • It is cramped
  • It cramps my style
  • It doesn’t cramp my style
  • I feel like I am finally making the most of my balcony
  • I finally cleared out my loft
  • I should get rid of it, I don’t know why I’m hanging onto it
  • I gave it away to charity
  • I can’t live without it
  • I could do without it
  • If you want to, you should just go for it
  • It just clutters up my flat
  • It makes up for the lack of space in my flat

Freer speaking practice

Take turns saying (true or imaginary) things about your house or flat and giving advice on how to solve that thing.

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