Apr 252013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: Could you live in a house or apartment that was only 30 square metres in size?

There is currently a housing crisis in the UK, where there aren’t enough homes for people to live in and the homes that are being built are getting smaller and smaller. People have to become ‘creative’ with their space in order to have enough room for their family and belongings.

In this week’s programme, Jen and Neil discuss the growing number of people who are living in small houses.

This week’s question:

Which European country’s homes are almost 80% bigger than those in the UK?

a) Ireland

b) The Netherlands

c) Denmark

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


housing crisis: shortage of houses / high prices of houses available to buy
to get a foot on the property ladder: to buy your first house
on the market: available to buy
room to swing a cat: lots of space
to squeeze: here: to push into a small space
minimalist: having no more than what is necessary
de-clutter: get rid of things you don’t want or need


6 Minute English – Living in a tiny space Transcript Video


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