By John Millen
'Television enables you to be entertained by people in your home that you wouldn't have in your home' David Frost (1939- ) - British journalist & media personality
What is or are ...?
1 a home movie
a. a horror movie that takes place in a haunted house
b. a film you shoot yourself, usually about your travels, family or holidays
2 your home town
a. the town where you were born and brought up
b. the town where you currently live
3 a few home truths
a. information that isn't pleasant or desired but which is true
b. little lies that you tell to your friends
4 a home loan
a. money that you borrow from a bank to buy an apartment
b. a large sum of money that your parents lend you
Are you at home?
Choose the correct word or phrase to complete these sentences.
1 We took out a large (home town / home loan) to buy our first flat.
2 We had to sit through Peggy's (home loan / home movie) of her holiday in Thailand last night. It was so boring!
3 We're going to tell you (a home loan / a few home truths). You might not like what we have to say, but it's for the best.
4 Paris is my (home movie / home town) but I moved away when I went to university.
What do these useful verb phrases mean?
1 to home in on something
a. to pay a lot of money for something you don't really need
b. to aim for something or somewhere and get there successfully
2 to bring home the bacon
a. to buy a lot of food at the supermarket
b. to earn money for your family
3 to hammer something home
a. to fix two pieces of wood together securely
b. to make sure that something is understood by expressing it very forcefully
4 to be home and dry
a. to have successfully finished something
b. to arrive at your flat after a storm
5 to make yourself at home
a. to treat someone's home as your own
b. to sell your apartment and move to a bigger one
Complete these sentences using a 'home' phrase
1 The doctor ... on my weakness for eating chocolate.
2 Please sit down and ...
3 Our upcoming poster campaign ... the dangers of smoking.
4 We just have to finish this bit of painting and then we ...
5 My mum ... in our family.
a. brings home the bacon
b. make yourself at home
c. will hammer home
d. homed in
e. are home and dry
Say it again, please!
What do people mean when they say ...?
1 'Charity begins at home.'
a. You should take care of your family and people around you before helping other people.
b. You must never put your needs after those of other people
2 'You can complain until the cows come home, it will make no difference.'
a. You can complain for as long as you like, it will make no difference.
b. You can complain until this evening, but it will make no difference.
3 'The hotel is a home away from home.'
a. This hotel costs more than what I pay in rent.
b. This hotel is as comfortable as where I actually live.
4 'It's nothing to write home about.'
a. It's not exciting or special.
b. It's not cheap or nasty.
Home truths: 1. b, 2. a, 3. a, 4. a
Are you at home?: 1. home loan, 2. home movie, 3. a few home truths, 4. hometown
Hitting home: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. a
Home gaps: 1. d, 2. b, 3. c, 4. e, 5. a
Say it again, please!: 1. a, 2. a, 3. b, 4. a