I share my experiences growing up in a home where hospitality was central to how we lived.

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

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As I was growing up dozens of people walked through the doors of our house. Some for a few hours, some for a few days, and others for weeks.

Mothers with their children. Recent immigrants to Canada. Friends from other cities.

My mom would always say, “from the front door to the inside, everything can be turned into a bed.”

Everyone who walked through the doors of our house was greeted with a smile, a warm meal, and if necessary, a place to sleep.

A few days ago, I returned from a trip to Spain. My train arrived in Freiburg very late so there were no more buses available to my village at that time. I messaged a friend to see if I could stay with him. He said he was staying at his girlfriend’s shared apartment and that I could stay there too. When I arrived, his girlfriend had set up a small mattress for me to sleep on in her 11 square meter room. 

My parents have never had a lot of money, but they’ve always welcomed people in with open arms. My friend’s girlfriend lives in a small apartment, but she didn’t hesitate to help me out when I needed a place to stay.

My challenge to you is this, extend your arms to those in need.

Vocabulary Words

  1. to greet (verb): give a polite word of recognition or sign of welcome when meeting (someone).
  2. available (adj.): able to be used or obtained; at someone’s disposal.
  3. shared apartment (noun): WG
  4. set up (phrasal verb): place or erect something in position.
  5. hesitate (verb): pause in indecision before saying or doing something.

Phrases to Remember

  1. dozens of …: a set of 12 things or people.
  2. to turn into: be transformed into or become a particular kind of thing or person.
  3. welcome someone in: To greet or receive someone cordially or hospitably upon entering some place.
  4. extend one’s arms: to put forth, present, or offer.

Look for ways to help those who are in need.


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