La MAISON et le JARDIN Page 4

and The GARDEN








Architecture Sayings / Idioms The garden
Buildings and Places Storage places The house
Conversation questions Superstitions The kitchen
Dwelling types The attic The living-room
Furniture and Things The bathroom The rooms
Household appliances The bedroom The study
Houses in Great-Britain The cellar Tools
Rebus rhymes The dining-room  
Safety The garage  

(Updated on 04/09/2013)





Exercises to print Listening
Furniture Pictures
Games to print Tools
Idioms Vocabulary
Interactive exercises  


Listening :


  • The Utility Room - Les mots s'affichent quand on passe la souris sur les images. - avec son (

Vocabulary :




  • The Utility Room - Les mots s'affichent quand on passe la souris sur les images. - avec son (


Cliparts :


INTERACTIVE exercises :


  • Furniture - Matching exercise (



Exercises TO PRINT :

  • Furniture - Match the words with the pictures (British Council)


Games to print :

  • The Home Game (onestopenglish)
    "Students practise names of household furniture and prepositions of place."


Idioms :

  • If I Wanted To by Melissa Etheridge :
    "If I wanted to, I could run fast as a train
    Be as sharp as a needle that's twisting your brain..".

  • Met My Match by Whitlams :
    "Met my match she was pretty as a garden
    Gap-toothed as bright as a button"

  • Love Went Mad by Elvis Costello :
    You go to church quiet as a mouse
    You're a big cheese now in the workhouse...
    But with your fingers in your ears
    Feeling bright as a button"


Listening :


THE GARAGE : Exercises to print - Cartoons - Outils


Exercises TO PRINT :

  • English for Everyday Living - Lessons with activities to print
    Learn the names of the things you see or use every day.
    Learn the sentences you need for everyday situations.
    In the Kitchen - In the Bathroom - In the Bedroom - In the Living Room -
    In the Garage - In the Yard - In the Office - At School - At the Store -
    At the Barbershop - Your Body



Cartoons :





Animated cards Listening
Cartoons Pictures
Exercises to print Poems
Idioms Songs
Interactive exercises Stories
Interactive games Tools
Lesson plans Vocabulary


Vocabulary :

  • Recycling : Informative how to recycling guide


  • A gardener / Gardening



  • Gardening (

  • The house (outside) - Les mots s'affichent quand on passe la souris sur les images. - avec son (


  • A gate

  • A path


Pictures :


Listening :

INTERACTIVE exercises :

  • The Secret Garden - Difficulty: Easy - Category: Daily Life (

    The Secret Garden "is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett...
    The main character of this story is Mary Lennox, a sickly, sallow and sour-faced girl. She has been born to rich British parents who are currently living in India. Her self-interested parents were busy with extravagant parties and neglected Mary, leaving her with her ayah and wanting nothing to do with her. Orphaned by an outbreak of cholera, she is sent back to England to be cared for by her paternal aunt's husband, Archibald Craven, a reclusive widower..."

    Listen to the story. (

    The Secret Garden (1993) - the trailer (


  • House and Garden - Objects (

  • Simple machines Activities - with SOUND (
    "Learn about simple and compound machines while you explore the House and Tool Shed!"


Activities TO PRINT :


Lesson plans :

  • Gardens and plants.
    "Have a look at the articles, stories, poems, word games, cartoons, trivia and links."

    (British Council)





Stories :

  • Couple who had gnome stolen get replacement and apology 13 years later
    "Now, after more than a decade, the gnome-napper has given in to his conscience and left a letter of apology along with a replacement...
    Mr and Mrs Heard's gnome went missing during a nationwide spate of gnome mysteries in the mid 1990s when a series of them disappeared only to later bombard their owners with messages from around the world."




Cartoons :

  • “The Darn Thing’s Not Working” (Larry Ferlazzo)
    "Today’s “Pickles” comic strip has many applications to education. Often, in the classroom, we might see a issue needing a solution
    — a student needing to develop a greater capacity for self-control, a reluctant reader, etc.
    — and wonder why our solutions (punishment, etc.) don’t work.
    One reason might be because we’re applying the wrong “tool.”..."






Idioms :

  • Drowning in silence by Steve Pritschet :
    "I want to break out and you lead me up the garden path"
    (to lead somebody up the garden path)

  • Met My Match by Whitlams :
    "Met my match she was pretty as a garden
    Gap-toothed as bright as a button"



Animated cards :


Poems :


Songs :



  • A lock - to lock


    A padlock

    A hasp


  • Safety (with SOUND) - conseils (



  • INTERACTIVE exercises :

    • Electrical safety (Frankenstein's Lightning Laboratory) - (
      "Click on the characters to find out what they are doing wrong."




Exercises to print Pictures
Facts Videos
Interactive exercises Vocabulary


Vocabulary :


  • Buildings People Live In - (
    "Here are the principal definitions of each word with an example sentence using the target word in context."
  • Places - (
    "The words... are the most important words used when talking about different places and areas such as shops, towns and the countryside. At the end of each group of words you will find a link to a page which has further Example Sentences and Definitions concerning that word group. Another link leads to the list with a pronunciation RealPlayer file for the correct pronunciation (standard North American accent) of the words."
    (with QUIZZES)


Pictures :







  • Thatched cottages
    "A model illustrating the different stages that are gone through to create a thatched roof."



Facts :

  • Living in a Shipping Container - Text + Audio + Video - 13 September 2015
    "In some parts of the United States, housing is so costly that people are now living in shipping containers.
    But they often must keep their communities secret from local governments.
    The large metal boxes were once used to ship products across the country or overseas."


  • Copper Beech Farm - with photos (
    50-acre Connecticut estate sells for $120 million - 12 April 2014
    "The sum is believed to be "the most ever paid for a residential property in the United States." 



  • Why do so many Americans live in mobile homes? - 23 September 2013
    "An estimated 20 million Americans live in mobile homes, according to new Census figures. How did this become the cheap housing of choice for so many people?"




INTERACTIVE exercises :

  • Places - Buildings - exercice de vocabulaire (avec images) - (
  • Places - with QUIZZES (


Exercises TO PRINT :


Videos :



  • This is my home
    "On an unseasonably warm November night in Manhattan on our way to get ice cream, we stumbled upon what appeared to be a vintage shop, brightly lit display window and all. As we began to walk in, a man sitting out front warned us that we were welcome to explore, but nothing inside was for sale. Our interests piqued, we began to browse through the collections the man out front had built throughout his life.
    This is a story of a man and his home."



  • A history of British homes - Sarah Beeny
    "From the first Georgian townhouses to back-to-back Victorian terraces - and from 1960s towerblocks to sprawling modern estates
    - British homes have changed their shapes and sizes, and changed with the times, through the past 250 years.
    In a new exhibition - A Place to call Home: Where we live and why - the Royal Institute of British Architects studies the way
    housing was adapted to meet the needs of a growing population entering the modern age.
    Here, guest curator of the exhibition, property developer and television presenter Sarah Beeny, takes a journey through time."


  • Simple life Manhattan: a 90-square-foot microstudio
    "By choosing a studio that measures just 12 feet by 7 feet, Felice Cohen can afford to live in Manhattan's Upper West Side where apartments rent for an average of $3,600 per month. She pays just over $700 for her 90-square-foot microstudio."

    MORE about her. (








Superstitions :


Sayings / Idioms :

  • American Expressions in the Home - Text + Audio
    "Some people enjoy spending a lot of time in their homes to make them nice places to live.
    This is called nesting or cocooning. From couch potatoes to cabin fever - learn some great idioms that have to do with the home."

  • Wise sayings :
    • East, west, home's best. - W.K.Kelly (1859)
    • Home is where the heart is. - J.J. McCloskey (1870)
    • A house divided cannot stand. - Bible (Matthew 12:25)
    • A man's house is his castle. - Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634)
    • Charity begins at home. - Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771)
    • Choose your neighbors before you buy your house. - Hausa (West African)
    • Learning is better than house and land. - David Garrick (1716-1779)

      The Fall of the House of Usher (1839) by Edgar Poe