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Hello everybody this is Jack from
tofluency.com and we are back for
another conversation. If this is your
first time here then this is my wife
Kate, Hi! And what we like to do is we like
to have a conversation about specific
topic so that you can follow
along, improve your listening and learn new
words and phrases. And as always I'll
leave some phrases or the phrases that
we use in the video in the description.
So, we are going to talk about housing
today and houses in general. Now
something that you might not know about
Kate is that she is obsessed with real
estate. It's true. Just tell everyone what you do on a
daily basis.
In terms of real estate. In terms
of real estate. Well really i'm just
interested in all of the houses that are
around us. The way that people live.
The way that they sell houses.
I don't want to be a realtor but I love
seeing what people do with their spaces
and just you know especially in a place
like Asheville which has so many neat old homes
in the craftsman style and then city
It's just interesting to see kind of how
people live and how they make places
their homes. I'm a little bit
That's cool. And you use an app called Zillow.
I do use Zillow - yes. And Zillow is this app
that you can have on your phone. You can
access on your computer too and it just
shows exactly what's available now, what
sold for what price, you know in the last
couple of years. We are not affiliated with Zillow.
No, we use it a lot. And we
thought we'd talk about housing today and
Kate mentioned you know craftsman style
houses, maybe apartments. So we are going to talk
about the different types of houses that
people live in. In the U.K. , in America.
We're going to look at some of the
differences with the language as well
with British and American English. I thought
good place to start would be talking
about the places that we grew up in.
Ok. So that the type of house that you grew up
in. So, maybe you can just lead up with that.
Well the house that I grew up in was kind of
special because my father built it. So
I grew up in a really small town and
my grandparents had some land that
they gave to my parents when they were
young and starting a family. And my dad
built us this house which was just a
magical place to grow up. It was filled with
light, it was quite large and
tucked away back in the woods. And my
mom recently sold it but it was, it was
such a special home
i've grown up in and very
quiet and suburban which is really different
than how you grew up right? Yeah, it
was definitely different because your
house was situated in the woods in a very
quiet and small town. And you felt like
you were, you know, out in the country.
Yes. I mean you were out in the country.
Absolutely. Even though it was close to the
main center of the town you were in but there
wasn't anything going on. No. There was
nothing going on. Literally nothing. But the house is
beautiful. As you said it was filled with
light, it was spacious and it had this
area outside as well which was just
incredible. Yeah. Yeah. By the way we
have our baby along again today and
she might be a little bit louder today
so hopefully it won't distract you too much.
Poor little thing has a cold so she might
sound a little bit stuffed up. Yeah.
So, yeah, and you talked about how
that was different to where I grew
up. I grew up just outside the center
of Preston. So it was like in a
neighborhood called Fulwood which is
a very nice neighborhood. And we had what
we call the detached house because in
the U.K. and we're going to look at this
in a second but we have housing such as
terraced houses and semi-detached
houses too. So a detached house means
that it was there and not attached to a
different house.
Oh Ok. So it had its own like land and
property. And it was a big house it was
quite big. And I have so many fond
memories growing up there but it was a
very traditional brick style house. There
were I think three, no there were four bedrooms
upstairs. And then we had an extension
put on there I think when I was about ten.
And that became my bedroom when I was about
14 or 15. So I slept downstairs away from
everyone else in this big bedroom because
the two bedrooms we had we're really
small. But I have so many fond memories
of that place and my parents sold it
in, I think about 2001-2002. And then they moved to
Blackburn which was a town very close by but I
was at University then and then you know
we met and I, you know, we moved to Spain.
We're going to talk about Spain and
places that we lived. Just to say also I
know that you mentioned a lot of
vocabulary. The vocabulary for housing is
completely different in America. Yes. So, I
think that we don't even say detached
houses because we just assume that if
you have a house you are not attached to
anything else. It's just a free
standing house. And then if it is attached
to another house on two floors that's
usually a townhouse.
Yes, townhouse. And then did you mention
Well I think the equivalent of a
townhouse in the U.K. will be a terrace
house. Right. But the style is different. I
feel like a townhouse here is more
modern. Right. And you know it's like city
living. Whereas a terrace house in
the U.K. means like an old brick style
- we'll leave links to pictures below too -
but this was mainly done during the
industrial revolution to house workers
in a very efficient way. So they are quite
historic. Yeah, yeah, a lot of them are old
and I was reading about this before. They
went out of favor during the beginning
of the 20th century. Just around
World War One I feel when
semi-detached houses became the thing.
And a semi-detached house is
basically two houses in one
Ok. But yeah the terrace houses were
there for a reason to put workers in
close proximity to the factory.
And i was thinking about when I was at
University in Leeds. Leeds is full of
terraced houses. And I stayed in a couple
of those you know when I was at University there.
We have lived in all sorts of places though. We have lived in
so many places together. So when
we were five years into our
relationship. So we had been together
for five years.
Yeah. We calculated - do you remember doing this? Yes. And we
realized that we had lived in ten
different houses. Yeah. We had moved all
of our belongings ten different times and our
dog - all over the world.
Yeah cuz there was - there was
a house in Athens, Georgia. In Blackburn
in England, in France.
Three houses or three apartments in
Valencia. Two in Bilbao. And we'll
talk about those in a second I just want
to talk about the style of houses in the
U.K., in America. So we talked about
terraced houses and how they're different.
And they're not as popular here.
It's more like a townhouse. But also the material that
builders use and people have for the houses.
Yeah. So, what what difference do you see?
Well, one thing was when I went to
visit you in the U.K., I was amazed by how
many stone and stonework houses there
were. Because they're just most of the
time people build out of wood here.
So I guess stone and brick and it just
looked incredibly fancy to me and I
remember saying "Oh - this is amazing what a
beautiful neighborhood!".
And you said it was actually one of the
worst neighborhoods in your whole town.
It was really rundown and dangerous. We would call it
a rough neighborhood. A rough neighborhood? Yeah.
We could say that too. So that was a really rough
neighborhood. Yeah. But they had very fancy
and traditional terrace houses didn't they?
Which were more Victorian style.
Yeah. Do you remember? But I don't know if the
houses themselves were fancy
or if it was just me just looking at it as an
American and saying "oh it's old and it's
made out of stone - it has to be so fancy".
Because the wood is probably the
most common building material. And you
know there's that story of the three
pigs and of course the best house is
the one that's made out of stone.
Yeah. That will stand the test of time. I
found it quite strange when I moved here
to see so many wooden houses. And like you
said you you didn't realize, you couldn't
look an area and think oh this is an
affluent area, this is a rough area, this is you
know in between area. And I had that
problem when we moved here too.
Yeah. But I've got used to this now and I
can I know areas you know I know if it's a
family-friendly area, an up and coming
area. All those different styles
of places that you come across.
Yeah, that's interesting. Let's look at the
difference now between apartment, condo,
and flat. Okay, well we've talked about some of it.
Well no the actual difference to what these words mean.
Oh ok - I don't know if I know this. Well I just did some research.
Oh tell me. We call apartments flats.
So apartment is American English and a
flat is British English. Ok. But i was
reading a condo the difference between
an apartment and a condo is that the
condo is owned by individual owners.
So you buy a condo off someone but an
apartment is part of housing authority
or you know someone owns all these
and rents them out. Oh I didn't know that. I know, I thought that was
new information for you and for
everyone. This just leads us into Bilbao.
Do you remember looking for a place
in Bilbao and how naive we were? Yeah.
Yes we were. We just - I think any
time that you move to another country
figuring out the basic things like how
to rent a house, how to get a cell phone.
It's really really challenging.
Especially if you don't speak the
language. Exactly.
Because nobody can really explain
it to you in different words. No, and also.....
And we were new at Spanish, you know at
living in Spain and we didn't know a lot of the housing
vocabulary or what was standard practice.
Yeah the standard practices where or
basically we had just moved to Bilbao
and we were staying in the Ibis. Yeah we
were living in a hotel, living in a hotel, which is very
expensive, yes, after a few days.
Yeah. And we didn't know how to look for
an apartment.
But we also we're looking at the time when
there were different holidays. So they had
what they called the "puente", the bridge.
Where they had Friday and Monday is a
holiday and the weekend.
So you couldn't get hold of anyone about
housing. But we finally found somewhere,
it was a studio which means like
there's no separate bedroom. Yes.
And that's something to think about. I
don't think that I could live in a
studio again.
Well no. I mean even if we didn't
have kids because we've gotten so used
to having separate areas/spaces. Yeah. And I
remember it was quite expensive and you
have to pay a fee as well.
Yes. Like a finder's fee to the real
estate agent. And we were staying in there but
then we found somewhere else in Bilbao
about three months later.
Yes. Which was, it was different wasn't
Explain this apartment in Bilbao.
It was very rustic - I guess.
you could say. It was up in
the loft in the top area of this
building and it was in a way it was just
amazing because it was up carved out
into the roof and this woman who is an
artist had taken this really old
attic and just transformed it into a
little apartment. Mostly with like IKEA
furniture and curtains but it was just
it was unbelievable and it was so neat
and so uncomfortable to live in. Yeah.
It was cold. So cold. There is no heating. Yeah there's no heating.
The electricity would go off if you if you
are watching TV and taking a shower you
couldn't do that. You couldn't vacuum
especially remember? Yes! The electricity
went off when we tried to vacuum and we
had to start again and put it back on.
But it was a really cool space, it was very
Yes. It was right in the center of
Bilbao - the old town.
And there was a lot going on
there. Yes. A lot going on there. And we
really enjoyed it.
Yeah we loved it. We really enjoyed that time. Yeah its
kind of neat to live somewhere
that's a little bit different
maybe a little bit uncomfortable when
you're younger.
Yeah. And just get to experience it. I
think that you know sometimes now I can
take for granted that we have hot
running water all the time and that we
can have all of our appliances on
with no problems.
But then I remember, you know, that
it really did teach us to be very frugal
so not to to spend a lot of money and also
to just to just live with a little bit
less. Ok we are back after a quick
interruption by Emma
and we were talking about living in
Bilbao and that amazing apartment. We
then moved to Valencia. Yes. And what
I just remembered we found that
apartment in Valencia a long time
before didn't we? Like a year before when we
were thinking about moving to Valencia.
Yeah. So just to give some context we
wanted to move to Valencia originally
but the program you were on put us in
Bilbao and then we moved to Valencia
the year after but that same apartment was
there wasn't it? Yes.
And it was such a cool place.
It was so neat. But when we first saw it we
thought this has to be some kind of a scam.
Yeah. That you know somebody would just
come and take our money and we would
never rent an actual apartment. But
then when we figured out that it had just worked
out the right way it seemed like it was
almost like fate like we had been meant
to get that apartment. Yeah. Yeah. I just
remembered that now cuz that is
quite crazy that it was our dream
apartment in Valencia and just came
available when we moved there and we were
like more or less signing the contract and
she was on the phone to another guy or at
least you know that's what she said.
Yes. She might have been trying to put
pressure on us to sign the contract.
But she just said you know someone else
wants it, do you guys want it?
And we said yeah we do. Yes. And one of the best things about
that apartment was the location.
Yes. What - although there was one problem
with the location if you remember the
music? I do. Yes. So we were right in the middle
of everything, above amazing
restaurants near bars right by one of
the main squares. But we were also two
floors above a hard rock bar.
Yep. That would play really heavy metal
rock and roll and then at two in the
morning or three in the morning, maybe
even later,
because in Spain it was quite typical to
have bars and clubs open really really
late into the night if not the next
All of these people would
come out onto the street after the bar
closed and they were rowdy and they've
been listening to really heavy metal so
they were very loud and they were just
two feet are two storeys below our
apartment. And of course we didn't have
any air conditioning so our doors would be wide open
and we'd be trying to sleep and then
Yeah. The noise just. It was so loud. So loud.
And it just woke us both up instantly
as soon as they start talking out there.
But apart from that it was
incredible. Do you remember standing out on the
balcony at dusk and watching the
swallows - yes - fly past the house?
That was magical wasn't it?
Yeah. And you could hear the bells ringing.
We've lived some pretty incredible places.
Yeah. That was one of my favorite
places because also we were so close to
the three main squares but then also close to
the city river park which used to be a
river until they diverted it because
of flooding in the fifties I think.
And they turned this in - they were going to turn into a
highway and then decided to turn it into
a park and was just a great place.
Yeah. And yeah that place in Valencia
was great we really enjoyed our time
there. Really enjoyed our time there. It was fantastic.
And then I thought we could talk about
dream houses.
Yes. Because I'm sure you got something
to say about what your dream house
would look like. Yes. So do you want to tell everybody?
Yeah and this is - i would love to live in a
house where there was a bedroom for us
and for each of our kids and for any family
that might visit. Four bedrooms which is really
a lot would be perfect. Going from a studio
to a studio with no bedrooms to four bedrooms.
And then what else like - what kind of
style house, where would it be?
What kind of things would - unless you say
there's no budget here.
Oh - no budget.
But we want to keep it -
Yeah you could spend anything.
Well my dream house is probably a farm house
style because i love that kind of
simple but nice style and i would
love to be somewhere where you could
just look out and there would be nature
Yeah. So here in some places in
Asheville you can get a mountain view
that would be fantastic but that would
just be a dream. But at the same time where we
are now we're in a really nice small
neighborhood with a lot of families and
you can walk to so many places. You can
walk to restaurants. We walk our son to
school. We have friends all the way
around us that we can go and visit and
that's an amazing place to be to.
So ideally you could get the best of
both worlds and have a neighborhood that's
out of nature but still have all your
friends close by and be able to walk places.
And we've talked about this, haven't we in
terms of trade offs?
Yeah. So for example the biggest trade off
if i think is - is space but then
proximity to great places. Or peace and
quiet and proximity to the city.
Yeah. So if you live in a neighborhood in
the city you're close to all the great
things of bars and restaurants. You
know neighbors are close by but its noisy.
If you're out in the country it's lovely
you get peace and quiet. You get those
views potentially but you can't walk
No. You can't walk to bars and restaurants
and you know anything that you might want
to do.
Yes, and now that we have kids too, the way
that the school system works in
America is that where you live
determines what school you'll go to and
where you live determines what school
you'll go to and as terrible as it is
the schools are really different
depending on where you live.
Yes. So generally if you live in a really
nice area it will have a very nice school and if
you live in an area that's not that
the schools won't be that great either so it's
and that's something that I think is
kind of terrible to think about but and....
And your priorities change .
Ya. Don't they? Totally. Ya. That's cool.
Question? Yes. Come to that part of
this video
where Kate asks you guys a question. Yay! So we
haven't planed this question no but i've got a
question which is what's your
dream house?
What's important to you and are there
any particular features in a house that
would make it your dream house like a
really big bath tub or a spectacular
Yeah. We could talk about the location to.
You know where this dream house would be
and it's a fun activity and you can use
conditional sentences and things like that.
And because we're nice because I got an
unlimited budget for my dream house to talk about you
also have an unlimited budget.
There you go! So we can't give you real
money. No - but maybe if you
share this video and we grow bigger then
maybe we could do this as a competition
one day - win your dream house!
No that's not going to happen. We make no promises.
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