ESL Houses Vocabulary

Being able to talking about where you live is very useful, and this page of ESL houses vocabulary will give you many words to help you do that. If you learn all the words included in the vocabulary list on this page you will know a lot about houses and what to call all the different parts.

the ESL houses vocabulary on this page will help you talk about the items found in homes

The first thing on this page is the list of vocabulary. Each item in the list has a simple definition so you can learn what all the words mean. After that there are some flashcards of the list for you to download and use to learn the vocabulary whenever you have time. After that there is a couple of ways for you to listen to a recording of the ESL houses vocabulary being spoken by a native English speaker. In the first you can list listen to the pronunciation and in the second you can watch a video of the flashcards at the same time as each word is being spoken.  

Then at the end there are the three following exercises for you to do so you can see if you really have learnt the ESL houses vocabulary:

  • Identification of the correct definition for a word that is given.
  • Identification of the correct word that corresponds to a given definition.
  • Identification of word that matches to a given picture.

ESL Houses Vocabulary List with Definitions

The following list has the ESL houses vocabulary items with simple definitions. There are then flashcards of the vocabulary for you to download to learn the items off line. After that there are two recordings of the vocabulary being spoken by a native English speaker.

Apartment: Housing that people usually rent and pay for each month. They have one to three bedrooms with a bathroom, kitchen and living room. They are smaller than houses (same as flat) (American English). (noun)
Apartment complex: Several buildings that have many apartments and are located beside of one another. These buildings are owned by the same company or person. (noun)
Attic: A storage space located under the roof of a house. Not every house has an attic. (noun)
Back door: A door located at the back part of a house. (noun)
Balcony: A small space located in the air that connects to a house. People can sit and relax here. (noun)
Basement: A room under a house. Not every house has a basement. (noun)
Bathroom: The room people use to take a bath or shower. It has a toilet and bathtub or shower. (noun)
Bathtub: A round space that holds water for bathing. People sit inside the space and wash their body. (noun)
Bedroom: A room for sleeping. It has a bed inside of it. (noun)
Breezeway: A narrow place that connects a house to the garage. It has a roof so you can walk between the two places without getting wet from rain or snow. (noun)
Brick: A material used to build houses and fireplaces. You can find them in different colors but the most common is red. (noun)
Cabinets: Small storage spaces with doors. These are usually located in the kitchen. (noun)
Carpet: A soft, warm covering for floors. It is different from a rug because it cannot be moved easily and it covers all of the floor space in a room. (noun)
Ceiling: The top or highest part of a room that connects to all of the walls. (noun)
Cement: A very hard material that is used to build buildings. It has a gray color. (noun)
Chandelier: A fancy light that hangs from the ceiling. It often has crystals. (noun)
Closet: A storage place found in bedrooms and hallways. People hang their clothing inside of it. (noun)
Commode: An item located in bathrooms that has a seat and water (same as toilet). (noun)
Corridor: A narrow path between rooms in a house or apartment (same as hallway). (noun)
Countertop: A long flat area located above the ground in a kitchen (it often has cabinets underneath). It is used for preparing food. (noun)
Deck: A wood floor that is attached to the outside of a house. People often put chairs on it. (noun)
Dining room: A room that is used for eating meals. It has a table and chairs. (noun)
Doorbell: A small button that you push to ring a bell inside of a house. (noun)
Efficiency apartment: A very small apartment for one person. The same room serves as the kitchen and bedroom. It also has a small bathroom. (noun)
Family room: A room used to entertain and socialize. It usually has a television and a sofa. (noun)
Fireplace: A place where people can make a fire in the house. It is built into the wall of a room. (noun)
Flat: Housing that people usually rent and pay for each month. They have one to three bedrooms with a bathroom, kitchen and living room. They are smaller than houses (same as apartment) (British English). (noun)
Floor: The different levels in a house or building, e.g., first floor. (noun)
Foyer: A room that usually connects to the front door of a home. (noun)
Front door: The main entrance of a home. (noun)
Garage: A covered space attached to a house where people keep their cars. (noun)
Garden: The area of ground around a house. It often has grass and flowers (same as garden) (British English). (noun)
Glass: A material used to make windows and doors which is clear and is made from sand. (noun)
Granite: A type of material used in some houses that is made from very hard stone. This material is a mix of two or three colors. (noun)
Hallway: A narrow path between rooms in a house or apartment (same as corridor). (noun)
Hardwood floors: A kind of flooring in some homes that is made of wood. (noun)
Kitchen: The room in a house where people prepare food. It usually has a refrigerator and a stove. (noun)
Laundry room: A room where people wash and dry their clothing. It has a washing machine and a dryer. (noun)
Mansion: A very large, fancy and expensive house. (noun)
Mantle: The part around and above a fireplace that is often made of wood or cement. The part above is flat and is often used to display decorative items. (noun)
Marble: A material used in many houses that is made from stone and has a beautiful swirl pattern. (noun)
Master bathroom: The largest and nicest bathroom in a house or apartment. It is usually connected to the master bedroom. (noun)
Master bedroom: The largest and nicest bedroom in a house or apartment. (noun)
Paint: A liquid used to change the color of walls in a house. (noun)
Patio: A flat outdoor space that is attached to the back of some houses. It is often made of cement and is used as an area to relax and enjoy the outdoors. (noun)
Roof: The top or covering on the outside of a house. (noun)
Screen door: A kind of door that is found in some houses that is made of many tiny metal wires. It keeps insects from coming into the house but allows air flow inside. (noun)
Shelves: Long, flat pieces of material (usually wood) that are connected to a wall and used to hold objects. (noun)
Shower: An object found inside of most bathrooms that is used to clean the body. It is made of metal and sprays thin streams of water. It is usually used while standing up. (noun)
Siding: A colored metal material that is used on the outside walls of some houses. (noun)
Sink: An item usually found in kitchens and bathrooms for washing hands or dishes. It is shaped like a bowl and can hold water. (noun)
Sliding glass door: A type of door that is made of clear glass and can be opened and closed by sliding it from side to side. (noun)
Spacious: An adjective that means very big and with a lot of space. It is often used to describe large rooms in a house. (noun)
Stained glass windows: A fancy kind of window that has a design and colored glass. (noun)
Staircase: A set of steps (one after the other) that are used to go up or down a floor in a house. (noun)
Stone: A type of material commonly used in homes that looks like large rocks. (noun)
Study: A room that is mainly used for working at a desk or reading. (noun)
Tile: A kind of flooring that is smooth and made of many square shaped pieces. (noun)
Toilet: An item located in bathrooms that has a seat and water (same as commode). (noun)
Walk-in closet: A very large closet found in some expensive homes that is similar to a small room because there is enough space to walk around inside. (noun)
Wallpaper: Special paper that has a pattern for decoration and is used to cover the walls in a house or apartment. (noun)
Walls: The flat vertical surfaces that define a room and connect to the ceiling and floor. (noun)
Windows: Spaces in the walls of a house or apartment that are made of clear glass and allow you to see outside. (noun)
Yard: The area of ground around a house. It often has grass and flowers (same as garden) (American English). (noun)

Vocabulary Flashcards for Houses Words

You can download the ESL houses vocabulary flashcards by either clicking on the following picture or the link after it. You can then use them whenever you have some free time.

Houses vocabulary flashcards

Spoken Houses Vocabulary

Below there are two recordings of the ESL houses vocabulary being spoken by a native English speaker so you can hear the correct pronunciation. The first is just a recording that you can listen to, while the second is a video so that you can see the flashcards being displayed at the same time as the ESL houses vocabulary word is pronounced.





ESL Houses Vocabulary Exercises

Exercise 1 – Correct Definition

In this ESL houses vocabulary exercise you need to decide which of the definitions (A-D) matches the word given in each of the questions. When you have finished you can use the get score button to show the correct answers.

ESL Houses Vocabulary Definitions


Chose the correct definition for the houses vocabulary in this quiz.

1) What is the definition of Attic?
        A) A room for sleeping. It has a bed inside of it.
        B) A small space located in the air that connects to a house. People can sit and relax here.
        C) A storage space located under the roof of a house. Not every house has an attic.
        D) A soft, warm covering for floors. It is different from a rug because it cannot be moved easily and it covers all of the floor space in a room.
2) What is the definition of Corridor?
        A) The top or highest part of a room that connects to all of the walls.
        B) A small button that you push to ring a bell inside of a house.
        C) A narrow path between rooms in a house or apartment (same as hallway).
        D) A wood floor that is attached to the outside of a house. People often put chairs on it.
3) What is the definition of Garage?
        A) A covered space attached to a house where people keep their cars.
        B) A kind of flooring in some homes that is made of wood.
        C) A material used to make windows and doors which is clear and is made from sand.
        D) The different levels in a house or building, e.g., first floor.
4) What is the definition of Roof?
        A) A very large, fancy and expensive house.
        B) The top or covering on the outside of a house.
        C) A liquid used to change the color of walls in a house.
        D) Long, flat pieces of material (usually wood) that are connected to a wall and used to hold objects.
5) What is the definition of Staircase?
        A) A type of door that is made of clear glass and can be opened and closed by sliding it from side to side.
        B) Special paper that has a pattern for decoration and is used to cover the walls in a house or apartment.
        C) The flat vertical surfaces that define a room and connect to the ceiling and floor.
        D) A set of steps (one after the other) that are used to go up or down a floor in a house.

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Exercise 2 – Correct Meaning

In the next ESL houses vocabulary task you need to decide which word (A-D) goes with the definition given in each question. Again you can click the get score button to see how you did.

ESL Houses Vocabulary Identification of Meaning


Chose the word that matches the definition given in each of the five questions in this quiz.

1) What is the meaning of the following definition: A room that is mainly used for working at a desk or reading?
        A) Study
        B) Stained glass windows
        C) Walk-in closet
        D) Tile
2) What is the meaning of the following definition: The largest and nicest bedroom in a house or apartment?
        A) Master bathroom
        B) Marble
        C) Master bedroom
        D) Shower
3) What is the meaning of the following definition: The main entrance of a home?
        A) Floor
        B) Granite
        C) Laundry room
        D) Front door
4) What is the meaning of the following definition: A fancy light that hangs from the ceiling. It often has crystals?
        A) Deck
        B) Chandelier
        C) Efficiency apartment
        D) Corridor
5) What is the meaning of the following definition: Several buildings that have many apartments and are located beside of one another. These buildings are owned by the same company or person?
        A) Bathroom
        B) Apartment complex
        C) Basement
        D) Attic

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Correct answers:

Exercise 3 – Identify Picture

The last ESL houses vocabulary activity has five pictures and you need to decide which word (A-D) matches each picture for each question. Then you can again click on the get score button to see how many you got correct. 

ESL Houses Vocabulary Picture Descriptions


Identify the best description for each of the images (A-E) given above that correspond to the five questions in this quiz.

1) Which description best describes picture A given above?
        A) Spacious
        B) Staircase
        C) Patio
        D) Wallpaper
2) Which description best describes picture B given above?
        A) Marble
        B) Laundry room
        C) Hardwood floors
        D) Cabinets
3) Which description best describes picture C given above?
        A) Granite
        B) Bedroom
        C) Flat
        D) Family room
4) Which description best describes picture D given above?
        A) Commode
        B) Deck
        C) Fireplace
        D) Doorbell
5) Which description best describes picture E given above?
        A) Bathtub
        B) Ceiling
        C) Apartment
        D) Balcony

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