house in Moldova

A House in Moldova



region situated hand-knotted
gift tapestry make/made/made
lie (2) crochet buy/bought/bought
fabric tidy up exhibition
guest all over get out (2)
far (2) display place (2)
wrap pension bottle cap
heat cushion feed/fed/fed
stove blanket renovate
oven store (2) right now
tidy area (3) embroider
cozy hide (2) hide/hid/hidden


Video: A House in Moldova



Antonesti, Moldova: Situated in a famous winegrowing region.

Welcome. Come inside. Let me show you my home.

That one’s hand-knotted. I made it.

The one on the left was bought as a gift.

I also made that tapestry. And I crocheted the cushions.

Iulia Oprea was an elementary school teacher for 40 years.

I embroidered the blanket.

It’s a little exhibition of my work. School children often come by to see all the things I’ve made.

Whenever I’ve had guests, I had to get things out from all over the house. So now I put them on display. Of course, that’s far from everything. But I’ve haven’t put the rest of it out.

Fabric-wrapped bottle caps . . . Gifts for friends.

Has a monthly pension of €70

I have things lying around everywhere. This is where I feed the stove that heats the house. We call this itsmat.

I’m renovating the bathroom. That’s why nothing is in its place right now. In the summer, I store things here above the oven. If I had known you were coming I would have tidied up.

My grandchildren like to hide and play in here, because it’s warm and cozy.

Good-bye. Come and visit me the next time you’re in the area.


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1. The main industry in Antonesti is computer software development. True or false?

2. Is everything in Iulia Oprea’s home hand-made?

3. She is a very skilled, talented person. Is this right or wrong?

4. Has Iulia made chairs, tables, drawers and cabinets? What are some things that she has made?

5. She has been a professional knitter, embroiderer and craftsperson all her life. Is this correct or incorrect? What was her former profession?

6. Does Moldova have a Mediterranean climate or temperate climate? Is it hot year round?

7. Is she young, middle-aged or old? Is she poor, working class, middle-class, upper-middle class or rich?


A. There are many handicrafts and decorations in my house. Yes or no?

B. Do your grandparents, aunt or uncle make any type of handicraft?

C. I sometimes visit a country home. Is this right or wrong?

D. What will happen in the future? Are traditional handicrafts being preserved, forgotten or in the middle?

E. Do you wish you had talents and abilities in handicrafts? If you could do or make anything, what would you like to make? If I could do or make anything, I would like to . . . . .

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