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Home, Sweet Home

刊登日期: 2011.10.27
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As we all know, Hong Kong is one of the most populous cities in the world. Most of us live in a flat in a high-rise building. While the term “flat” is commonly used in Britain, Singapore and Hong Kong, the term “apartment” is preferred in the USA. 

According to the Hong Kong government statistics, about 30 per cent of the population live in public rental housing estates. Are you living in one of them? In Britain, this kind of public housing is called “council housing”. In the USA, they are called “housing projects”. In Canada, public housing is referred to as “community housing”.

The buildings are so high that lifts are available for residents to go up and down. Lifts are called “elevators” in American English. Don’t get confused with escalators which are moving staircases. When we ride in a lift or on an escalator, we must be very careful to avoid accidents. 

Most of our flats consist of a kitchen, a bathroom including a toilet, a sitting room, and bedrooms. As our living space is very limited, our sitting room (in British English) or living room (in American English) is also used for dining as a family. What other activities do you do in the sitting room? 

Although our homes are rather small, they are still pleasant as long as we keep them tidy and clean. As a part of the lyrics of a famous traditional song, “Home, Sweet Home”, goes: 

Home, home, sweet sweet home,
There’s no place like home,
There’s no place like home.
 
 
Glossary:

High-rise building 高層建築物

Housing estates 屋邨

Lifts 升降機

Escalators 自動扶梯

Sitting room 客廳

 

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