Curso First Certificate Exam



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Describing places





ACTIVITY 147: Listen to Laura Doomer who is describing a house. Choose the most appropriate title from the menu and then, check the correct answer. Don't worry if there are some words you don't understand: you should be able to get the general idea.



Now listen Laura Doomer while you check the transcription of her description below.

"Erm ... the loveliest house that I've ever lived in was one that I lived in with my grandparents when I was a child. And the name of the house was Crosslands. And I have some very very happy memories of Crosslands."

"It was ... it seemed so huge to me as a child. And it had a lovely living room with a piano in it and a lovely sort of hall with lots of carpets and chests and antiques and so on. And there was a mysterious room, it was the drawing room, and we only used it on Sundays, or erm when the vicar came for tea, or Christmas Day or Easter Day, and I was ... used to be amazed about this room because it had the best furniture in it but it was covered up with sheets ... it was as if all the furniture was wearing clothes ... and it seemed to me ridiculous that we couldn't enjoy this beautiful furniture all the week through really."

"And probably my favourite room was the kitchen. It had a lovely red flagstone floor, which was always highly polished, and an Aga, you know one of those big cookers that heats the whole room so it was always warm there, and there was a kind of clothes-horse above it that we used to hang all our clothes on, and it was just ... it was lovely. It was a very warm room with baked bread and ... my grandmother used to make ice cream and we'd eat it in there and ... there was a vegetable garden leading from there so I spent a lot of time in the vegetable garden picking peas and eating them ... my grandmother used to get really cross with me because I used to pick all the vegetables and the fruit for our meals and then I'd eat half of them, because they tasted so delicious coming fresh from the garden."

"Now, I went back to it a few years ago and it was a big mistake. They've modernised it inside, they've got rid of those lovely old fireplaces ... have just gone. And they've knocked a wall down so the drawing room and the living room have become one big modern plastic kind of room."

"But I think what upset me most about it was the feeling that the house had shrunk, it had become smaller and that my memory of this lovely large warm comfortable house had turned into an old house with modernised rooms inside it. And it taught me a lesson really, that you can't go back on the past and recapture it. But there's a beautiful memory there."


ACTIVITY 148: Answer these questions after listening to Laura describing a house she remembers from her childhood, make deductions to answer the questions below in the blank spaces. Then check the alternative answers.


Whose house is Laura describing?


Who is living there now?

ACTIVITY 149: Now, mark if statements 1-to-8 are TRUE or FALSE. If necessary, listen to Laura again. Finally, check your answers.






When the speaker was a child, she thought the house was very large.


She couldn't understand why they didn't use the drawing room every day.


She liked the living room best.


She liked the kitchen because it was warm and smelt nice.


Her grandmother used to get cross with her for not helping to pick the vegetables and fruit.


The interior of the house is the same now as it was when the speaker was young.


When she returned, she felt unhappy at the size of the house.


She realised it is not a good idea to revisit the past.


¡¡ Qué hermosos recuerdos de la niñez!! 
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