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  • Hello my name is Niharika and welcome back to a new lesson.

  • Today we are gonna look at some expressions related to house chores. What are house chores?

  • Well chores are your house work that you do on daily basis. I’m sure many of us don’t like

  • to do it. But it’s important, it’s important to keep your house nice and clean. And,hey

  • you know what, house chores or doing the house chores keeps you fit. It is a good form of

  • exercise. SO people if you are not doing it start doing it, it will keep you fit as well.

  • So now let’s have look at some expressions to talk about house chores or house work.

  • The other word for house chores is house work. So, the first thing that comes to your mind

  • when you wake up, well you need to tidy up your house right? It means you need to clean

  • your house. Now what are the expressions that you use to these certain house works is what

  • we are gonna learn in today’s lesson. Let’s imagine, before we go with that let

  • me also mention that the two common verbs that we use when we talk about house chores

  • are do and make. In a very common way when you are talking about house chores you say “ I gonna

  • do the dishes” “ I am gonna do the kitchen” “I am gonna do the laundry

  • Okay, so you end up using the verb do very commonly and in fact if you think about it

  • the verb to replaces the word to clean or wash. So you wash your laundry or you clean

  • the dishes right? But rather than using these verbs when you are talking casually to someone

  • you end up using the verb do. So, it’s like I am doing the dishes. I am gonna do the laundry.

  • I am gonna do the windows, so it means that you are gonna clean the windows.

  • And then another verb that we commonly use is make. Now make probably replaces the verb

  • create, to create something. SO make is like, “I am gonna make my bedyou will not

  • say “I am gonna do the bedYou will say I am gonna make the bed or I

  • am gonna make the breakfast. I am gonna make lunch. So here you are creating something.

  • So that’s exactly the reason why you are using the verb make.

  • So please keep this in mind when you are talking casually about your household chores then

  • you end up using the verbs do and make. And now let’s look at the expressions that

  • you can use. The first one is make the bed. So you wake

  • in the morning and the first thing that comes to your mind is that you need to tidy up the

  • house. So the very first thing that you do is make the bed. So, basically you will put

  • the blanket properly, you will put the pillows in place because when you sleep you tend to

  • move a lot, at least I do. So you tend to move a lot, your blanket is all over the bed

  • so when you wake up you don’t want to leave it as it is you wanna make it. So you make

  • the bed. The second expression is beat the rug. SO

  • probably you have a rug on the floor or probably a mat on the floor so you pick it up and you

  • beat it. Probably you just wanna dust all the dirt or whatever is settled on it you

  • wanna beat it. So you are cleaning the rug but rather than saying I am cleaning the rug

  • you gonna say beat the rug. I am beating the rug. Right!

  • Next one is dust the furniture. Probably you find your furniture is little dusty, you find

  • a thin layer of dust or thick layer of dust if you haven’t been cleaning past few days.

  • So if you find that please dust your furniture. SO dust the furniture means to wipe up the

  • dust or clean the dust on the furniture that’s settled on your furniture. That’s the expression

  • you would use. The next one sweep the floor, so lot of dust

  • is on the floor and now you would like to clean the floor. So rather than saying I’m

  • gonna clean the floor the right expression that you would use is I’m gonna sweep the

  • floor. In order to sweep the floor you need a broom. Right! So you sweep the floor with

  • a broom. The next one that we have over here is mop

  • the floor. So after sweeping the floor you want your house to smell nice so you add some

  • disinfectants or toiletries to the water and you mop it up. SO with the use of a mop you

  • mop the floor, you clean the floor. Then the next one is vacuum the carpet. Lot

  • of stuff is settled on your carpet, it looks dirty it looks very dusty if you have a dog

  • you find dog hair on your carpet. Then it’s time to vacuum it. SO please go ahead get

  • a nice vacuum cleaner and start vacuuming the carpet. That means you are cleaning the

  • carpet, you are using a vacuum cleaner to clean the carpet hence you are using the expression

  • vacuum the carpet, okay! Now let’s have a look at another set of

  • expressions here. So these expressions can be used for cleaning your bedroom or your

  • living room and if you look at these expressions here it’s mainly for the kitchen

  • Now everybody wants to keep their kitchen nice and clean so what are the expressions

  • that you would use The first one is set the table. You are hungry

  • and you have cooked a very nice meal for you and your family. So the next job that you

  • gonna do is , you are gonna set the table. So you gonna put the napkins, you gonna lay

  • the plates, the crockery your spook , fork and knife so it means that you are setting

  • the table. So you finished with your lunch or your dinner and now it’s time to clear

  • the table. So if you have cooked, you are the wife and you have cooked please ask your

  • husband to clear the table, it’s nice to share your jobs right!

  • So now you wanna take all the stuff back in the kitchen and you would like to clear the

  • table. Well, not always we end up finishing the food, there are left over so what do you

  • do with it? You put the food away. So you or your husband whoever is doing the job so

  • put the food away so basically taking care of the leftovers. And then you are done with

  • your meal and there are lots of dishes in the sink. Dirty dishes in the sink what are

  • you gonna do? So you are gonna do the dishes. You gonna rinse the dishes or probably if

  • you have a dishwasher you gonna set your dishes in the dishwasher. So you gonna do the dishes

  • and then the last thing you gonna do is you are going to clean the stove or you gonna

  • clean the sink. After doing the dishes probably your sink

  • is all clogged up so you would clean the sink and of course you will clean the stove as

  • well. So these are some common household chores

  • that you do it on daily basis. So hope it helps you to talk in English and in a very

  • confident manner you can talk about it. The next time someone calls you and says hey what

  • you doing? And if you are doing your household chores you can use one of these expressions

  • specifically. I will be back with a new lesson until then

  • you take care and have a great day.

Hello my name is Niharika and welcome back to a new lesson.

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English Lesson - Talking about household chores in English ( Free English speaking Lessons)

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    Pedroli Li posted on 2017/04/15
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