American houses usually have private kitchens, a living room and sometimes
separate areas for eating and watching television. A house usually has its own
mailbox, a yard with plants or perhaps a lawn, and a place to store garbage out
A bungalow is a small house with one or two bedrooms and usually one
A mansion is a real big house with many bedrooms and several bathrooms.
A ranch house usually has three or four bedrooms. The "master bedroom" for
the mother and father usually has its own bathroom.
An apartment is usually one living space within a building. Several
apartment can be in the same building, with a shared yard, parking spaces, and
A town house is a two-floor apartment. The kitchen, living room and dining
room are usually on the first floor and the bedrooms are on the second floor.
A studio apartment may have a separate kitchen, but the living room is also
A condominium, or "condo" for short, is an apartment that is owned by the
occupant, not the building owners.
Most American are happy to talk about their homes. And if they've done
anything special in their home, they'll let you know what it was, and maybe tell
you what it cost to put in the Jacuzzi, deck or patio, etc.Most Americans live
in cities, but nearly as many live in suburbs. Suburban American has shopping
centers called malls and residents usually need a care to get around. Most of
the houses in the suburbs are one or two stories tall, with private yards and
gardens and garage. There are few tall buildings in the suburbs. Cities have
neighborhoods, "warehouse" stores, and public transportation (bused, trains and
taxis) is usually pretty good. Private houses might only have a back yard, and
if there is a garage it probably is small. Cities have a lot of apartment
buildings and some tall buildings may seem to "scrape the sky", so they are