American homes are some of the biggest and best in the
world. Many have a garage for one or two cars, a big modern
kitchen, a living room, and a playroom for the children.
Upstairs there are two bathrooms and three or foor bedrooms.
Young Johnny sleeps in one room. His sister, Sally, has another.
Their parents sleep in the third bedroom. There is another
room for visitors.
Some families have two homes. They have one house or
apartment in the city or suburbs. They live and work there.
But they have another home near the sea or in the mountains.
They go to their second home on weekends and for vacations.
Seventy percent of Americans buy the house they live in.
They are lucky. But thirty percent cannot buy a house or an
apartment. Some of them rent their home from a landlord.
Some landlords are good, but some are not. Windows break, or
roofs get old, and the landlord does not always help.
The poorest people live in "public housing" apartments.
These apartments are not like rich American homes. People do
not like to live in public housing projects. They are afraid of
thieves and drug sellers.
Americans who live in towns and cities move often. A
family stays in one house for four or five years, and then they
move again. Some people move because they have found a new
job. Other people move because they want a bigger or a smaller
home. In American suburbs, families come and go all the time.
Americans are always trying to make their homes better.
They take a lot of time to buy furniture and make their
homes beautiful. They buy books and magazines about
houses and furniture. They work hard on their homes in
the evenings and on weekends.
Americans like to think the United States is a young country,
but really it has a long and interesting history. You can see
some of its history in the styles of the houses. The lovely
pueblo houses of Native American villages, the old pioneer log
cabins, the plantation houses in the South, the beautiful colonial
homes of the Northeast — they are all a part of American
history. They are part of modem America too, because people
copy the old styles in new houses. The history lives on.
1. What do American homes look like?
2. How many homes do some families have?
3. Do Americans like to rent their homes?
4. Where do the poorest people live? Do they like to live
there? What are they afraid of?
5. Americans who live in towns and cities move often,
don't they? Why do they move often?
6. Can you see some of American history in the styles of
to move — переезжать
suburbs — пригород
pueblo — поселок индейцев
thieve — вор