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House Guests

House Guests

Date: Jul 11 2008

Themes: Friend


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It’s nice to have friends come over, but what about when those friends never leave? Or what about that relative that has no place to stay and ends up sleeping on your couch for a day or 90? That can be pretty annoying.

But sometimes you invite people to stay with you for a long time. Students often stay with generous families eager to show off their culture. Listen to Amanda and Mason talk about the different kinds of house guests.


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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Amanda:  I’m a pretty good hostess with the mostess, but that’s with regard to someone coming over for dinner, drinks…short term.

Mason:  Short term.

Amanda:  When someone becomes a house guest and they’re…

Mason:  There’s different rules at that point, right?

Amanda:  Yeah! A week, a month, more…

Mason:  It kind of switches, you know, when you’re the hostess, you have to do all these wonderful things for your guests. When someone’s staying for more than three days, they’re basically your butler.

Amanda:  I don’t know about that. But you’re right, the roles are a little reversed because you’re putting them up, and so in exchange they need to help out a little bit, around the house…

Mason:  Absolutely. No question.

Amanda:  ...with cooking and cleaning…

Mason:  ...buying groceries every once and a while.

Amanda:  They’re not staying at a bed and breakfast and I think a lot of people aren’t aware of those guidelines.

Mason:  You know, it’s funny. Have you ever had a foreign exchange student?

Amanda:  I haven’t.

Mason:  Because we had one when I was younger and they get the rules, right. It was a Japanese exchange student, who are notoriously polite and wonderful house guests, so we had to practically restrain her from doing stuff and letting her enjoy her time.

Amanda:  So did you find that you always had to include her because she’s staying with you? That you couldn’t really do anything on your own or watch a show by yourself?

Mason:  I suppose since that was a cultural exchange there was a novelty to like…It was cool for me to show her everything that was normal to me but not to her.

Amanda:  OK, the whole American experience.

Mason:  Yeah, but if it was just a buddy crashing on my couch? Yeah, that would be a burden.



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As long as the visit lasts an evening, or even a few days, Amanda likes to host. It’s when someone camps out at her place that she gets upset.

Mason points out that after a few days, the customs change. When you host guests for a little while, you do things to make their visit enjoyable. But when guests stay for a long time, it’s their duty to help out and make their stay as little of an inconvenience for you as possible.

One time Mason’s family hosted a Japanese student. She was so polite that they had to force her to quit helping out around the house and to go out and see the USA. Amanda asks if it was annoying having a student around all the time, but Mason says it was fun to show her things about American culture.

What is the proper way for a long-term house guest to act?



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That is good

11:27 AM Mar 19 2012 |




05:02 PM Nov 22 2011 |



For me is pleasant to receive a visit, but during short term, because i like privacy, and to be in silence.

06:08 PM Mar 31 2011 |



I think we should follow host's life style. My friend usually stays for 1~3 days, Usually I'll still do my work, if i have enough time then i'll take him or her to visit some place. So the house guests aren't problems!

07:47 AM Apr 13 2009 |



United Kingdom


03:38 AM Dec 25 2008 |



haloooooo  dia  very  nice my msn

02:33 PM Jul 24 2008 |



i'm kinda person like privacy so i dont like visits stay my apartment for long time. i can be a good hostess if only a dinner or something short term but cant put up with long time stay, even though that person is my relatives or close friends. maybe it's cause by i am a person always stay along and like to do things in the way i feel comfortable. when someone around me so long i just feel being barged in. only one person i like him to get into my world. and i wont take him as individual one i take him as myselfCool

12:55 PM Jul 24 2008 |


VOLTSSuper Member!


very good

11:49 PM Jul 21 2008 |




I very like hosting guests, but i completely agreewith that guests can sometimes  be tiring. when one my friends overstayed in my flat i cant do anything, he was everywhere and all the time with me.. terrible!

09:13 PM Jul 17 2008 |




i had 2 cultural-exchange and they were really great!


04:57 PM Jul 17 2008 |




now I know that Amanda is a Japanese~

03:55 PM Jul 17 2008 |




Short term visit is OK for me,I can look after the friends good in the short time.

07:43 AM Jul 17 2008 |


Saudi Arabia

as for me , if the guest would stay for a while or (few days) .surely, i well do my best to make him /her enjoyable. but if she/he would stay for along time , i will respect him/her and dealing  him as my brother relationship

generally, my proverb which i always praticed is :

(Do as you would be done)

04:49 AM Jul 17 2008 |




Being polite is always better than behaving rough.

03:33 AM Jul 17 2008 |


Antigua and Barbuda

u know what, it is not easy to be a good guest neither a good host.

04:56 PM Jul 16 2008 |

sand up

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Libyan Arab Jamahiriya


08:22 AM Jul 16 2008 |

asif ali


i am very happy to see them


09:43 PM Jul 14 2008 |




the guest should help with the activities of the house

03:16 PM Jul 14 2008 |



well! i think we can find the hobby each other and study each other.for example culture

11:00 AM Jul 14 2008 |




    Vary with each individual, I am ready to stay every day with the friend together

07:01 AM Jul 14 2008 |

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