Homes don't always seem hi-tech, but Amandeep finds that some of the latest innovations in house design and furniture are space-age!

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Choose the 5 things you see in the video.

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Task 2

Which sentences are true, and which are false?

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Task 3

Can you complete the collocations using the words given?

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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I would like to live in this house because it is very practical and easy.

I liked the video because it shows a lot of technology and I work with IT.

I'd like to live in a technological home, where I could control all eletronic devices in the same place, reuse the rain water and use renewable and clean energy.

I would love to live in a house which uses collected rain water or is heated by solar power from solar panels on the roof. I am afraid I am daydreaming but I am optimistic and I hope the next generation will live in houses like this.

The most modern houses only can be Palaces, Goverment Houses Royalty Serails etc and we can not tell our standard houses, apartment flats is a most modern types. On the other hand, if you have a most modern house, you definitally should use more security systems, guard and stafs, trained dogs all around house, tens of cameras on ceilings, even garage and parking places included. That means youre in trouble.

Good evening guys, to be honest, I'm scared of this kind of house. For me, there is too much technology, I like simple things whereas I dislike something like a control panel or for instance a technology chair that swinging you in that way.

Hello. Could you please help me with the usage of the word "home"? I want to know if it is correct to say "My home" in that context:

Someone asks me the following question:
'Is there a shopping mall near your home?'

What could be the correct answer? 'Yes, there is a shopping mall near my home' or 'There is a shopping mall near home'.
I mean, can I use the possessive adjective "my" in this response? Can I leave out 'my'? or do I have to use it?
'She invite me to her home' is correct?
Than you in advance.

Hello Daniel,

Really, the most natural answer to that question would simply be 'Yes' or 'No'. If you wanted to give a full answer, then you could either of the answers you propose (i.e. with or without 'my') -- which one would be better depends on the context. If it's someone you don't really know or you hadn't already been speaking about your home, you'd probably say 'my home', as saying just 'home' implies some kind of familiarity with it.

'She invited me to her home' is correct (though say 'to her house' is also correct). When you're talking about another person's home, it's more common to use the possessive adjective (e.g. 'her') since using just 'home' implies that you are familiar with the place. If here the woman were a good friend of yours whose home you had visited many times, you could say just 'home', but otherwise 'to her home' would probably be the best form to use. 

Perhaps you've already seen it, but in case you haven't I thought I'd mention the Cambridge Dictionary's page on house vs home, as it's a useful resource.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi! Could you help me to catch the meaning "It's redefines the simple chair", please. I've looked at the dictionary, but it's still difficult to understand for me. Thank you.

Hi LillyaSun,

When we define something we explain what it is or what it means. Dictionaries define words, for example, and we can say that a person's character is defined by their actions.

In this example the speaker is saying that the design of this new chair is so original and successful that it changes what we mean by the word 'chair'. In other words, according to the speaker, now we should think of chairs in a different way.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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