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Neighbors

Wordlist

Neighborhood – соседство
Suburb – окраина, пригород
Fence – забор, изгородь, ограждение
Intolerance – нетерпимость
Land – земля
District – район
Allotment – небольшой участок земли, сдаваемый в аренду под огород
Controversy – дебаты, дискуссия, полемика, спор

Violent – жёсткий, ожесточённый, яростный
Furious – взбешённый, неистовый, яростный
Nosy – (не в меру) любопытный, пронырливый, вмешивающийся не в свои дела, надоедливый
Neglected – заброшенный

To invade – вторгаться, захватывать, оккупировать
To interact – взаимодействовать, влиять друг на друга
To settle – поселяться
To bark – лаять
To move out (of) – выезжать
Good fences make good neighbours. – На бога надейся, но сам не плошай.
To give a house-warming party – справлять новоселье
To quarrel with one's bread and butter – идти против собственных интересов, действовать в ущерб самому себе, наступать на горло собственной песне

1. Suburb – an outlying district of a city, esp. a residential one.
2. Fence – a barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.
3. Land – the part of the earth's surface that is not covered by water, as opposed to the sea or the air.
4. Controversy – disagreement, typically when prolonged, public, and heated.
5. Being nosy – showing too much curiosity about other people's affairs.
6. Our dog always barks at the postman.
7. She was furious.
8. He was in a violent temper.
9. These two chemicals interact with each other at a certain temperature to produce a substance which could cause an explosion.
10. The people who had escaped from the war were settled in a special camp.

Neighbors

Hi. My name is Cari. I’m a teacher with the online English school, EnglishDom.com. Today, I’m going to chat with you about neighbors. Neighbors are the people who live next to you or close to you. I have many bad neighbor stories but I also have a few good neighbor stories. If I told you all of my stories, then I would be a big complainer, so, I’ll just give you one example.

One thing that bad neighbors do, in my opinion, is let their dogs bark. I believe that if you have animals, you should take care of them properly. If you don’t know how, you should learn how. But, in particular, if you have dogs, you shouldn’t let them bark for no reason. You should find out what they need and take care of them. Otherwise, you drive your neighbors crazy.

So, let’s look at some phrases or idioms about neighbors. One is… good fences make good neighbors. Now, I had never actually heard of this idiom. I found it online and I thought it was rather interesting. (Uh) Many people build fences between their homes to block out the neighbors or give themselves some privacy, so I guess this could be true. If you have a good fence, you might be considered a good neighbor because you stick to yourself.

(Uh) Next door neighbor is a phrase that describes the neighbor who actually lives right next to you.

Nosy neighbors (not the same as noisy neighbors). A nosy neighbor is a neighbor who’s always interested in what everybody else is doing. My mom often calls them "Nosy Rosies". And, they just love to know what is happening in the neighborhood and often they gossip about it; although, some people are very helpful in certain situations because they know everything that’s going on. So, it could be both good and bad.

(Um,) one idiom, or maybe it’s a phrasal verb, is to mind your own business. This is when you take care of you and your family and don’t worry about other people. You’re minding your own business, your own situation. Again, this could be good because you’re not invading your neighbor’s privacy but, it could also be bad. If your neighbor needs help and you don’t want to get involved, then that could cause some problems for them.

And finally, love thy neighbor as thyself. This obviously comes from the bible and it is an important rule for many people. And, it means to treat your neighbor the way you want them to treat you (to show as much love and respect and kindness to other people as you show to yourself or the same amount that you show to other people). So, I’m interested to know what you think about these idioms, what kind of neighbors you have, and I’m interested to hear about your experiences. So, please join us in one of our discussion clubs or on the forum on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you and... Feel English and feel free. Goodbye for now. 

Curiosity

соседи,

Fact

He who has good neighbours, gets a good morning.

Quotation

Love your neighbour, but don't pull down the fence.

Proverb

Joy and sorrow are next door neighbours.

Joke

A wife went to the police station with her next-door neighbour to report that her husband was missing. The policeman asked for a description.
She said, "He is 36 years old, 183 cm high, has brown eyes, brown hair, an athletic body, weighs 75 kg, is soft-spoken, and is good to the children."
The next-door neighbour protested, "Your husband is 57 years old, about 160 cm, chubby, bald, has a big mouth, and is mean to your children."
The wife replied, "Yes, but who wants him back?"

List of questions for discussion

1. What comes to mind when you hear the word "neighbour"?
2. Are you neighbourly?
3. Do you have nosy neighbors?
4. Do you have any terrible neighbours stories?
5. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Do you believe this?
6. Do high fences make good neighbors?
7. What are the biggest problems among neighbours?
8. Would you like to live next door to your boss?
9. Do you have good neighbours?
10. Who would you love to move next door to you?
11. Have you ever argued with your neighbors?
12. Would you like to have your parents or parents-in-law as neighbors?
13. Would you like your current neighbours to move?
14. What’s your neighborhood like?
15. Do you know any secrets or gossip about your neighbours?

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