Study Cards on house, english, houses
'An Englishman's home is his castle'. Which two factors in the British attitude to housing are illustrated by this saying?
The desire for privacy and the importance of ownership.
'Living in flats does not suit British attitudes.' Give two reasons why.
People feel cut off from the world all those floors up, they miss the neighbourlyness, they cannot keep a watchfull eye on their children playing down on the street, people want their own separate entrance to the outside world (not a shared one), a flat does not give them the much appreciated demarcation between private property and the public domain.
stately homes: aristrocratic fine old country house, usualy grand and with losts of ground
thatched cottage: small detached house with an nostalgic feel to it and a roof made of thatched. semi-detached; house attached to a neighbour's house on just one side.
Why do the British prefer their house to be a little set back from the street?
Because that gives a clear demarcation between what is private and what is public. It is to emphasize their privacy.
what are death duties
very high taxes that the owners of stately homes must pay and that in fact send them into poverty.
What are: terraced houses, self contained flats, bedsits?
Terraced house = a whole row of houses, with each house joined to the next , with no way through to the back except through the house itself. Self contained flat = a flat with washing and cooking facilities and which has its own entrance. Bedsit = a flat where the residents (often students) have one bed-sitting room to themselves and share washing and cooking facilities with other residents.
What is a farmhouse kitchen?
A kitchen that is big enough for the family to eat in.
What does the most desirable home look like to the British?
It is a detached house, made of brick walls and a slate roof, with an irregular, non classical shape to make it feel cosy, with a front garden that has trees and bushes to give it a countryside and private feeling. It is supposed to be not too modern, not too close to the road, have a countryside like look and lots of privacy.
Explain what building societies are. Any wellknown name?
They are financial institutions, originally set up to organize mortgages. Nowadays high street banks offer mortgages as well. Wellknown building society: Nationwide
Explain what counsil houses are.
They are homes, built by local government authorities and rented out to people who cannot afford to buy their own house. (working-class people)
Are there enough affordable houses in Britain, how come?
No, because of property owners politics and the downsizing of families. a quarter of million of Brits are homeless. they go for shelter to boardinghouses, hostels, the salvation army. Or they sleep rough on the street, under a bridge, or in a shack made of card board.
What happened to many counsil houses under Margaret Thatcher?
She made it possible for, and encouraged counsil tenants to buy the house they lived in, by offering them various kinds of financial assistance.
What are New Age Travellers ?
People who choose to be homeless. They have adopted a so called 'hippy'or 'gypsy-like lifestyle in which they travel from place to place, often in a car or a caravan in order to live in communities with others who hold similar beliefs.
What makes a home cosy to British standards?
Carpets everywhere, floral wallpaper everywhere, even on the ceiling, bright colours, rather empty rooms, but with a large settee, an open fire, preferably real, but if not possible then an immitation one is better than none at all.
What different names are used for living rooms and how are they connected to social class?
Living rooms are also known as sitting room and drawing room, which names are used in upper-middle class. Lounge is regarded as lower class and so is front room and back room. Real estate agents often call them reception rooms.
Lounge: a sitting and living room
Drawing room: Room for entertainment
Cresent: A row of houses or a road built in a curve
what is 'The Big Issue'?
It is a magazine sold on streets all over Britain by homeless people. They retain most of the takings from sales, giving them both an income and selfrespect (because it is not simply begging)
What would the meals of a day with an English family look like
start the day with some toast and marmalade or cereal, sometimes a fry up of eggs, sausage, beans and tomatoes. Elevenses: tea or coffee and a biscuit. Lunch: at 1 p.m. usually sandwiches.
Tea: urban working class: dinner
Tea; other classes: tea and a snack at 4 p.m.
Supper: evening meal
Dinner: evening meal
cider: beverage made from apples.
shandy: half beer half fizzy lemonade
What' s a fish and chips shop:
small restaurant for take away fried fish and chips.
How can you tell the interest for the entertaining aspect of food is rising in Britain
television chefs, popularity of such TV programmes.
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