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Home Decorating

Home Decorating

Date: Oct 01 2010

Themes: Family

Grammar: Simple Past Tense


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Sometimes life feels like a routine, and you need to make a change. When you start to get bored with your surroundings, you can always redecorate your space. Rearranging furniture, painting the walls, or hanging some new artwork can transform your home and shake things up.

But home decorating can also be an expensive and time consuming project. Some people do it deliberately, going room by room and carefully sticking to a specific color scheme. Others collect furniture and decorations piece by piece without worrying about whether or not they match, creating eclectic spaces.

Mason recently bought a new home. Hear him share his decorating plans with Marni.



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Marni:  So Mason, I know you recently purchased a home.

Mason:  I did. I did indeed.

Marni:  And I’m kinda wondering, how’s the decorating coming?

Mason:  It is slow but steady. We did some painting first off.

Marni:  OK.

Mason:  And that was, you know, a whole debacle trying to pick what colors, what our palette was.

Marni:  That can be tricky.

Mason:  Absolutely. But you know we did it ourselves, we didn’t hire anybody, so we saved a lot of money, which was nice.

Marni:  Yes.

Mason:  But the big thing is like we kinda had a whole thrift store, flea market aesthetic, just we inherited a lot of hand-me-down pieces. And now we’re kinda like, let’s be deliberate, let’s find nice things and pick a style.

Marni:  So you’re kinda doing a makeover, it sounds like.

Mason:  Absolutely. And it’s gonna just take forever, because not only do my wife and I have different tastes, but it’s expensive to buy new things.

Marni:  It is, indeed. But I personally love decorating, and I sort of love the hunt of like finding great deals, and finding pieces that, you know, I just think are really special. And I think, though, there’s small things you can do like just repainting your room or moving things around even, changing things from room to room can just give your house a brand new look. So good luck to you!

Mason:  You want to do it for me?

Marni:  No. I’ve got my own to do.


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Mason recently bought a house. Now he and his wife get to decorate it. But decorating can be a slow and expensive process. Mason and his wife started by painting the house. When it comes to buying furniture, they can’t get everything they want all at once. Over time they come to collect nice new pieces that will suit both their tastes.

Marni loves decorating. She thinks there are a lot of little things you can do to make your house a home. You can paint or rearrange your furniture. Marni also loves searching for just the right piece to complete the look of a room.

Do you like decorating your home? What is your home decorating style? Where do you find furniture and decorations for your house or apartment?



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I like IkEA furniture , Do you like IKEA too?

01:26 PM Oct 01 2010 |


Saudi Arabia

 I like  decorating my home  ,cuz you can add your special touches on the surrounding with the reflections of your personality  on it .

Actually I`ve been quite busy lately moving  furniture pieces  ,and that really shacked things up ! and now I`m more comfortable and satisfied with the new look . =)


Happy Decorating ! 

09:17 AM Oct 01 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


I love this lesson

09:12 AM Oct 01 2010 |


United Arab Emirates

Interesting lesson, decorating is very essential in our lives and this is because when you decorate your own space, with the palette that you love, you will feel relaxed and comfortable as well as satisfied.

Also, you will feel that you are special. 


06:52 AM Oct 01 2010 |



South Korea

Decorating your room can make your feel fresh, when you get bored of your life.

I've been sometimes doing that. I really wanna change my room decorating, some pieces and furnitures.

but, I can't afford it now, so, I'm waiting time. 

06:51 AM Oct 01 2010 |



Good to read this lesson to begin this Friday. Decorating, I love anything to do with interior design, I have some professional portfolios of it as a carrier, but you know what? I have no time or ideas to decorate my own space.

05:25 AM Oct 01 2010 |


Viet Nam

Mason's married?

05:22 AM Oct 01 2010 |


Viet Nam

Decorating the house is great and it is time consuming. But to make your house become a home is not only decorating. It needs the care of all family members. It is very important to make your home become the place that all family members want to go back everyday.


03:05 AM Oct 01 2010 |




i love this lesson

02:39 AM Oct 01 2010 |




Well…this level of listening and speaking is very high to me, but I think

this kind of situations can be very useful to learn new things. Also, the practice with

real speakers is nice to practice these skills.


Anyway, I think is time to redecorate my room, I mean, I love this purple color but

I have this color since i was 9 or 10 and i'm in a kind of new begining, so it's time to paint my walls again and maybe buy some things can be use to decorate

this space like…I don't know…a western movie :D what do you think? Does anybody have a recommendation?

01:59 AM Oct 01 2010 |





 Hi! Home decorating is good. Release the stress and mess.

 I feel refreshed!

01:50 AM Oct 01 2010 |

Jenny Sangurima


I really enjoy this lesson

12:28 AM Oct 01 2010 |

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