Chatterbox #125 – Home is where the heart is

Home is a special place, so it makes sense that we’ve got a bunch of expressions to talk about it. Andrew and Maura start by explaining the difference between house and home, then review the most popular expression with home. They also talk about their experiences being away from home, including culture shock and homesickness. Oh, there’s no place like home!

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Expressions included in the learning materials:sweethome

  • To be near and dear to our hearts
  • House and home
  • To house
  • Home sweet home
  • To live out of a suitcase
  • This is news to me
  • There’s no place like home
  • Home is where the heart is
  • Hometown
  • To know what you were getting into
  • Different strokes for different folks
  • Culture shock and reverse culture shock
  • To push your horizons
  • A home away from home

Sample transcript:

Maura: OK. Now let’s get to our episode. And today’s episode is a Chatterbox one and that is where we chat about all different kinds of topics. And today we’re going to talk about something that is near and dear to our hearts.

Andrew: And today’s topic is home.

Maura: Yeah. So we’re going to be talking about the idea of home. What the word home means. It’s kind of a special word.

Andrew: Yes. It’s a very special to lots of people.

Maura: So first we’re gonna talk to you about the difference between the word home and house. Because there is a little bit of a difference and they can often get confused.

Andrew: Yeah. This is really confusing. Even for us, we had to think about this a little bit.

Maura: So after that, we’re going to talk about expressions with the word home in them.

Andrew: Yup. And then finally we’re going to talk about what it means to be away from home. So expressions relating to being away from your house, being away from your home.

Maura: Mmhmm. And some of our own experiences being away from home.

Andrew: Yeah. That’s right. We’ll get personal.

Maura: OK. So first we’re going to try help clarify the difference between house and home, which actually can get quite complicated.

Andrew: Yeah. These words are very similar, but basically we use home to talk about any place where you live. So it’s a building, it could be an apartment, it could be a condominium. It’s just place where you live. That’s your home.

Maura: That’s right. And when you use home it often has the feeling of being a comfortable place, a cozy place, a place where you feel comfortable and you can be yourself and relax.

Andrew: Exactly. There’s a feeling associated with the word home. It’s just a warm and cozy place. Your home is a warm and cozy place.

Maura: And then we also have the word house. Now your home could be a house, but, like we said, a home could be an apartment or a condo or any type of other dwelling. But a house is a specific kind of building where people live.

Andrew: Exactly. So a house is a building where people live, and it’s usually big enough to house a family. So four or five people could potentially live in a house.

Maura: You know, I was scouring the Internet before looking for a really good definition of house, but it gets confusing because there are so many different kinds of houses. And like you said, usually there is one family living in a house, but there are all different kinds of living situations nowadays.

Andrew: Exactly. So to keep it simple, I think we can think of a house as just a place where people live.


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