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Apartment or House?
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Apartment or House?
公寓或独立屋?

Learn the First Conditional

Date: Jun 18 2012

Grammar: First Conditional

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Do you ever feel like you just need more space? Maybe it’s time to upgrade from an apartment to a house. But finding an affordable house that is also close to the center of town can be a challenge. Plus, apartment living can be more urban and exciting. On the other hand, it’s nice not to have to hear your neighbors all the time, or worry about them hearing you if you want to throw a big party. Ella is looking for a new place to live. Find out if Jason thinks she should live in an apartment or a house.

你是否曾经想要更多的空间?也许现在是从公寓升级到独立屋的时候了。但是在城镇中心附近找到负担得起的独立屋却绝非易事。而且,公寓生活可能更有都市的感觉,更令人兴奋。另一方面,在独立屋中,你不必总是听到邻居的抱怨,或担心举办大型聚会吵到他们。艾拉正在寻找新的住处。看看詹森认为她是应该住公寓还是住独立屋。

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Ella

Ella

Jason

Jason

Ella:  I’m looking to live on my own without any roommates, and I can’t decide if I want a house or an apartment. I need some advice.

Jason:  Oh, you know, maybe the happiest I’ve ever been with my living situation is living in a house by myself. It’s incredible. You have this structure all to yourself. You can sing or make noise or make a mess, or do anything you want at all times, and no one will have any idea. It’s pretty incredible. But it’s hard to find a house that’s cheap enough to get by yourself.

Ella:  Exactly. That’s the only con. The only pro to an apartment seems to be the price. But the house has everything else I want, unless it’s like a studio house, maybe, but those are kinda hard to come by as well.

Jason:  Yeah, those are cool, like a guesthouse or a pool house.

Ella:  Exactly.

Jason:  But yeah, apartments, they’re so cramped. You never have anywhere to store anything. You’re like, “Where do I put my skis?” And your neighbors are on all sides of you. If your neighbors are playing music in any of the six adjascent apartments, you’re gonna hear it.

Ella:  Hmm. Looks like I’m leaning towards a house on my own.

Jason:  Gotta find that guesthouse. That’s gonna be awesome.

 

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Ella is looking for a new place to live. She wants to live by herself. She is trying to decide between a house and an apartment, and she asks Jason for advice.

Jason says that he loved living in a house by himself. He could make as much noise as he wanted to because he had no neighbors close to him. He loved the privacy and the freedom of living in the house. Another great thing about living in a house is all the space.

Ella agrees. She would like to live in a house, but she isn’t sure she can afford it. Apartments are cheaper than houses, so young people usually live in apartments or share houses with their friends. Ella hopes she’ll be able to find a small house that she can afford.

Do you live in a house or an apartment? Which do you think is better? Why?

 

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Girly6

Girly6

Cuba

Is better apartment, more confort

05:57 PM Jun 18 2012 |

m.ania

m.ania

Poland

I prefer apartment with nice people next door;)

05:37 PM Jun 18 2012 |

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elmena

elmena

China

i want  both  but no money ….Yell

04:36 PM Jun 18 2012 |

rafa 94

Spain

i talk since experience when i say that live in a hose is confortable and more calm, neighbors are more polite beecause living in a house mean a good quality of life

02:29 PM Jun 18 2012 |

siberian tigger

Mexico

I think both are confortable, but it depends on you. In summary, each one offer us different facilities, short spaces as well as long places. The option is your.

01:31 PM Jun 18 2012 |

samirah

samirah

Saudi Arabia

Iam living nowadays in apartment with my family.but iam looking ahead to live in a house with a gadren and pool.i prefer living in a house to avoid meddlesome neighbours

01:12 PM Jun 18 2012 |

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noo smile

noo smile

Egypt

i live in a big house with my family my father and my mother and my 3 brothers it’s a lovely house beacuse with my family 

12:40 PM Jun 18 2012 |

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

I live in a house with my mum. Which one is better??? I think it depends on people. As for me, house is much better. I love having our own backyard.

10:52 AM Jun 18 2012 |

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mohanad grayba

United Kingdom

I live in A house Actually a big one  :) thanx goodness…


with my parents…

10:30 AM Jun 18 2012 |

Quynh Mai

Quynh Mai

Viet Nam

I live in a small apartment with my family, and I think it’s not that bad, if you are not claustrophobic Wink. I think it’s actually fun, having your neighbors living right next door. You can hang out at their houses, invite them over for dinners once in a while and have a great time. Also, you can borrow stuff like tools, or have them help you do something like cooking, or have them babysitting your kids when you’re going out. Quite convenient, isn’t it? 


On the other hand, I would LOVE to have a house for myself, especially one with a small garden or a lawn in front of the house and a pool in the backyard, with a beautiful oak tree right next to it where I could read or simply lay on the green grass and gaze at the clouds through the fall!!! Isn’t it just so romantic? Tongue out


I guess I’ll have to go study my butt off to be able to find a good enough job to afford my dream house! Wink

08:35 AM Jun 18 2012 |

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sanaa2000

sanaa2000

Egypt

I live in asimple house,cuz we live in asmall village.We all here have own houses.We didnt pay much to have ahouse,cuz the life here is very simple.There is no much difference here between the house & the partment ,even in our town there are neighbours everywhere.I love the privacy & the freedom,but i love my neighbours & friends too.

07:52 AM Jun 18 2012 |

meena**

meena**

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

nice ..


07:24 AM Jun 18 2012 |

MESS

MESS

Turkey

A detached house with a wonderful garden and much space either by the seaside or by a lake ! This is freedom!


interessante Architektur des Hauses aus Glas


But unfortunately I am living in an apartment, and I do not like living in a flat. It is like there are always some people who encroach on my space. I have to do everything carefully keeping in my mind that I should not disturb my neighbors. Or else, they will knock on my door complaining. They are very right. Neither I nor anyone else has the right to disturb anyone, but at the same time, it restricts freedom, like, “Oh, if I cannot listen to music at full blast in the middle of the day, then when and where should I do that?” It is not only listening to music. There are other disadvantages of living in an apartment… But considering that most apartments are in the city center, they have many advantages such as being close to the banks, post office, library, etc. 


In any case, I would prefer to live in a house away from hustle and bustle of city life. Thank God, cars were invented. Laughing

06:28 AM Jun 18 2012 |

Eva Guzman

Philippines

a house, you can do anything without worried, if you are in house you can do the renovation, change the paint, decorate your house wiothout concern of others, in the future i hope and i believe that i would have a house a simple house with my happy family.

05:48 AM Jun 18 2012 |

khaethe

khaethe

Philippines

for me apartment if you’re single but if you have family it must be a house..so now i prefer to have an apartment coz it’s fun and it feels good :D

05:12 AM Jun 18 2012 |

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nfrtary

nfrtary

Egypt

well now i live with my family in  ahouse but in the future i am planning to live alone in my own apratment i feel like i will be more comfortable and better than now ya of course the family if the most important thing ever in the world but when you live alone with all your stuff you will discover yourslef and find all the missing parts inside you you will be independednt , your decition from your mind only your mind no things will affect you , i need that just for a while reall i am agirl alwayes seeking for peace inseode me and i couldn`t fine it with all noise and dynamic life around me :(((( this is my humble opinion 

04:36 AM Jun 18 2012 |

I M P E R I V M

United States

Apartment because there is more liberty and you can move more often

03:34 AM Jun 18 2012 |

BastetPrada

Colombia

In the future, I would like to live in an apartment. Apartments go with my style of living. The only problem I see is about the music, mmm, I like playing music every day hahaha. ♪♫► I think I can deal with it.

01:01 AM Jun 18 2012 |

mauroyamaguchi

Japan

I do prefer apartment. It would be easier to maintain than houses. Because  I’m not that kind of guy who like gardening. 


But, I had to admitt, house is more confortable to live.

01:48 AM Jun 16 2012 |

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