House Vocabulary and Problems (Part 1)

For ESL Levels 1-3

Do you have problems with things in your house? Can you talk about these problems? This week, we will learn some words for things and problems in your house. You will see the name of a thing, a picture of the thing, and some common problems with it.

First, here are some important words about problems. All of the words are problems.

  • leaking – Water is coming out.
  • clogged/stopped up – Water is not moving down.
  • dripping – Water is coming out little by little.
  • overflowing – There is too much water. It is coming out and falling on the floor.

Toilet

 

toilet

photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

Problems:

  • The toilet is leaking.
  • The toilet is running. (I hear the water in the toilet for a long time. It does not stop.)
  • The toilet doesn’t flush. (NO water moves at all.)
  • The toilet is stopped up.
  • The toilet is overflowing.

Sink

sink

photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

Problems:

  • The sink is leaking.
  • The faucet is dripping.
  • There is no water.
  • The sink is overflowing.

Wall

The paint is peeling.

The paint is peeling.
photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

The paint is cracked.

The paint is cracked.
photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

Problems:

  • The paint is cracked.
  • The paint is peeling.

Refrigerator

refrigerator

photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

Problems:

  • The refrigerator isn’t working. / The refrigerator is broken.
  • The refrigerator is leaking.

Shower

photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

Problems:

  • The shower is dripping.
  • The shower is leaking.

Door

door

photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

Problems:

  • The door is broken.
  • The door is sticking. (The door touches the area around it. It is difficult to open and close.)
  • The door won’t close.
  • The door is squeaking. (The door makes noise when it moves.)
  • The lock is broken.

Floor

door

photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

Problems:

  • The carpet is dirty.
  • The carpet is torn.
  • The floor is scratched.
  • The floor is uneven.

Light Bulb

lamp

photo by WTCC instructor ecparent

The lamp is on, but there is no light. What is the problem?

Problems:

  • The light bulb is burnt out.

Water Heater

The water heater is usually in a closet, basement, or attic. It looks like this.

Water Heater

By Tomwsulcer (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Problems:

  • The water heater isn’t working. / There is no hot water.
  • The water heater is leaking.

Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner has two big parts. One part is outside your house. The other part is inside your house. This picture shows the outside part.

Trane unit installation Richardson, TX

photo by Samms Heating and Air, Plano Air Conditioning Repair Company – www.sammsheatingandair.com/ – Used with permission

This picture shows the inside part.

Indoors trane air conditioning pic

photo by Samms Heating and Air, Plano Air Conditioning Repair Company – www.sammsheatingandair.com/ – Used with permission

Problems:

  • The air conditioner isn’t working.
  • The air blows, but it isn’t cold.
  • The air smells bad.
  • The air conditioner is frozen. / There is ice on the air conditioner.

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