Remember that you learnt the parts of the house and things of the house in Básico 1: THE HOUSE - Unit 6A

drives them mad = makes them angry.

AT HOME / HOUSEWORK / TASKS (=things to do):
to clean the windows
limpiar las ventanas

to cook (the dinner)

to decorate the house

I decorate the house once every five months.
to do the chores
quehaceres, faena del hogar
I do the chores in the morning.
to do the laundry
hacer la colada

to do the homework

to do the shopping
hacer la compra

to do the washing
hacer la colada (ropa)

to do the washing-up (UK) / to do the dishes (USA)
fregar los platos (a mano)

to dust (the furniture)
quitar / limpiar el polvo
John! Dust the furniture.
to feed the baby

to feed the dog

I rarely feed the dog. My brother usually feeds it.
to fold the clothes
doblar la ropa

to hang the washing
tender la ropa

to lay the table
poner el mantel

to load the dishwasher
meter los platos en el lavavajillas

to go shopping

to hoover / vacuum (the floor / the carpet)
pasar el aspirador
Should I vacuum my car outside or in the garage?
to iron the clothes

to take the bus to school

I never have to take the bus to school.
to make breakfast / make lunch / make dinner

My mum makes breakfast every morning.
to make the bed

My children make the bed everyday.
to mop the floor
fregar el suelo

to paint the fence
pintar la valla

to pick up the children

to put clothes in the dryer
meter la ropa en la secadora

to put clothes in the washing machine
meter la ropa en la lavadora

to set the table
poner la mesa

to sew

to start the dishwasher
poner el lavavajillas (platos)

to sweep the floor
barrer el suelo
Tom, sweep the floor again! It's not clean.
to study

to take out the rubbish
sacar la basura

to take the children to school

Mr. Thomas takes his children to school on Mondays and Wednesdays.
to tidy up
I tidy up my bedroom after I make the bed.
to unload the dishwasher
sacar los platos del lavavajillas

to vacuum / to hoover (the floor / the carpet)
pasar el aspirador
Should I vacuum my car outside or in the garage? / We vacuum clean twice a month.
to walk the dog

to wash up the dishes / to wash the dishes
fregar los platos
I wash up the dishes after I cook dinner.
to wash the floor
fregar el suelo

to water plants
regar las plantas

Vocabulary related with the chores:
bin (UK) / wastebasket (USA)
cubo de la basura

la escoba
Where's the broom?
trapo (del polvo)

I hate doing the washing-up.
dish soap
detergente para platos


el recogedor
the dustpan
secadora (de ropa)


the mop
paper towel
papel de secar / papel de cocina

the softener

to dry

to rub
frotar (los platos)

to wash your hands
lavarte las manos

toalla / trapo de secar

washing machine

washing powder
the washing powder

Use the vocabulary of the chart in these webpages: At home vocabulary; Household Chores

Read this dialogue:
Can you lay the table while I finish making the lunch?
Just a moment, I'm hanging the washing. (the clothes)
Ok, but we're going to have lunch right now.
(after having lunch)
Can you wash the dishes? I've got to work.
Don't worry, I'll load the dishwasher now.

Household Chores: (tareas domésticas)

Watch this video first, and then do this activity·
· Video activity 01
· Video activity 02



Joke of the day:
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Read this short text and say "what do you think?", "Do you like doing these things?", "What do you hate the most?":

Many people hate doing almost all chores around the house, like for example, making the bed, tidying up, cooking, feeding the dog, taking the children to school, vacuuming, sweeping the floor, dusting the dust, ironing clothes, washing up the dishes, loading the diswasher, walking the dog or doing the laundry.

Questions related with chores:
  • How does your family decide who does various chores around the house?
  • Can you name some chores that need to be done everyday?
  • What chores are your responsibility?
  • Which chores do you not like to do.
  • How do you decide on your children's chores?
  • Do you get paid for doing chores?
  • What is something you hate doing when you get home?
  • Do you like to clean up your room?
  • Do you wash the dishes in your house?
  • Do you wash clothes for your family?
  • Do you do the ironing the clothes?
  • What are some chores you do outside your house?
  • Can you think of some dangerous chores that you can't do?
  • If you could buy only one of this two things, would you choose a dishwasher or a washing machine?
  • How long do you think you could live without a maid or someone to help you in the house?
  • Do you like to go to the supermarket?
  • Have you ever had an empty fridge for a long time only because you were too lazy to go grocery shopping?
  • What kind of products does your family buy on the Internet?
  • If you could have a robot to do all your chores, what would you choose for it to do?
  • What chores do you do that your parents didn't have to do when they were growing up?
  • What are some chores that your parents have to do around the house?
  • Do your grandparents help with chores?


Observa la diferencia entre esta frase I've finished my homework y los siguientes ejemplos:

just + present perfect simple verb = a very short time ago. I've just finished my homework. (acabo de)
already = (used for emphasis) earlier than expected. I've already finished my homework. (ya he acabado / ya acabé)
yet = (used for emphasis) until now. I haven't finished my homework. = I haven't finished my homework yet. (both sentences have almost the same meaning, although the use of "yet" in the second sentence implies that you are going to finish; aún no he acabado). Have you finished your homework yet? (¿has acabado ya?). You use "yet" at the end of the sentence.

Present Perfect Simple Theory:

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PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE with "yet" and "already":

Click here to work on more activities with: yet, already, just 1
  • Fill in the blanks with just, yet or already:

  • 1) I want to watch TV, but I haven’t finished doing my homework.............. .
  • 2) I haven't told my parents I failed the exam ................. .
  • 3) Why don't you read this article of the newspaper?
  • I have ............. read it.
  • 4) A: Where is John?
  • B: He has ............ arrived. He is having a shower.
  • 5) Have you seen the last film of Antonio Banderas ................?
  • 6) Look! He has ..................... crashed that bus.
  • 7) A: Do I pay the bill?
  • B: No, I have ............ paid it.
  • 8) Have you been to Australia ............... ?
  • 9) A: Have you seen Mary?
  • B: I have .......... seen her in they gym.
  • 10) Has it stopped snowing? 'No, it hasn't stopped snowing ..........'.
  • 11) I don’t want to eat anything. I’ve ................... eaten one big pizza.
  • 12) Although they’re playing very well, they haven’t scored a goal .................. .
  • 13) A: Don't forget to phone Tom.
  • B: I have ........... phoned him.
  • 14) A: Would you like a hamburger?
  • B: No, thank you. I have .......... had lunch.

KEY: 1.yet 2. yet 3. already 4. just 5. yet 6.just 7. already 8. yet 9. just 10. yet 11. already 12. yet 13. already 14. just

Present Perfect Simple

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/h/ - Written "h" at the beginning of a word is almost always pronounced /h/, e.g. house, home, happy.

Remember that you already learnt the /h/ sound in Básico 1: Unit 3C - h sound

But there are words with a written "h" which is not pronounced. Words that have a silent "h" may include:
1. beginning H's:
· heir /eə(r)/ (heredero)
· honest /ˈɒnɪst/ (honesto)
· hour /aʊə(r)/ (hora)
· honor /ˈɒnə(r)/ (honor)
2. ending H's:
· hurrah /hʊˈrɑː/ (¡hurra!)
· Sarah
· Torah /ˈtɔːrə/ (la Torá)


The written "y" at the beginning of a word is almost always pronounced /j/, e.g. yacht, yet.
Remember that many words with a written "u" have a hidden /j/, e.g. use, music.
The written "j" is always pronounced /dʒ/, e.g. John, January.


The written "g" before "i" / "e" is also often pronounced /dʒ/, e.g. manager, general, giraffe, German.


Listening Practice

Click on the link, listen and do the activities: Not my year for football (present perfect)


Nothing compares to you

It's been seven hours and 15 days since you took your love away.
(It has been)