Just when I thought I’d be getting through the week without any drama, my toilet bowl overflowed. How did that happen? Well, one of my kids flushed a toy down the tube and it got stuck . In this case, I had to urgently call the plummer. Most of the time, we can learn how to fix minor household catastrophes on our own. I am proud to say that I have become a DIY enthusiast! The hardware store clerk, Gennaro, has become my chaos consultant. I hope the expressions below help you in times of need or at least for story telling time!
- To overflow: to have excess water that flows out of a container
- A plunger: a bell-shaped tool used to unblock a toilet or drain
- Unclog: to unblock
- Flooded: inundated
- Basement: underground room of the house where you store things
- Squeegee: a tool with a long rubber blade used to remove liquid from a flat surface.
- Mop up: to absorb and clean water from the floor
- Mold: fungus or germs that create due to humidity
- Grease Fire: a fire that is created by hot oil
- Lid: a pot’s cover
- Power Outage: period without electricity
- Power Surge: flow of power that returns
- Rolling shutters: window security that also serves as shades
- Got stuck: when something does not go forward or backward
- Slats: a board of wood
- My toilet was overflowing so I took out the plunger and tried to unclog it.
- Yesterday’s heavy rains flooded my basement. I used a squeegee and a bucket to mop up the water & then turned on a dehumidifier to avoid mold.
- I was making apple fritters and a grease fire ignited. I turned off the stove and placed a lid over the pot.
- We had a long power outage. We tried not to open the fridge too often and I unplugged all the electrical devices to protect them from a power surge.
- My rolling shutters got stuck. I had to change one of the slats.
We get on like a house on fire. (i.e. have a good relationship)
Can I get you a drink on the house? (i.e. for free)
The company is throwing money down the drain.(i.e. wasting money)
Fluency Builder: Discuss the following with a teacher or friend. Speak a little English today.
1. Who takes care of minor repairs at your house?
2. Have you got a Jack of All Trades you can count on for more complicated issues? Where did you find this person?
3. When your Internet service is suspended, do you consider that a household emergency?
4. When facing a crisis, do you lose it or do you stay calm?