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39 The Guesthouse
Daisuke lives in a guesthouse. He talks about his living arrangement.

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It's nice to meet different people at the guesthouse.

A 'guesthouse' is similar to a hostel or a long term hotel.  There are many differences between what guesthouses offer their guests, but generally people have their own room which may have a private bathroom.  It may also have a private or communal kitchen.  The idea is that there are many people who are not related to each other living in the same house or building with some communal areas.  Notice the following:

  1. We get free breakfast in the guesthouse where we're staying.
  2. She has lived in her guesthouse for almost a year.

party with

Don't you party with people or have drinks?

To 'party with' someone is to go out drinking, dancing or socializing with them.  Notice the following:

  1. Sometimes I miss partying with my college friends.
  2. Do you think it's weird to party with your parents?

first floor

I know some people who come down to the first floor.

The 'first floor' is either the bottom floor of a building or the second one up, depending on the set-up of the building, if there is a lobby, and even the numbering standard of the country.  The floors are usually numbered and the rooms on the first begin with 1. Notice the following:

  1. I like my first floor apartment, but I miss the view of the city I had before.
  2. It makes life easier to live on the first floor.

hang out

I hang out with most of them.

To 'hang out' with someone is to spend time with him doing some kind of activity or just talking or watching television.  Notice the following:

  1. Where do you hang out on weekends?
  2. She hangs out with her sister a lot now.

start from the bottom

I don't have skills, so I have to start from the bottom.

To 'start from the bottom' in something is to begin at the most basic level.  Notice the following:

  1. I know nothing about photography so I'll have to start from the bottom.
  2. He started from the bottom a few years ago, but has worked his way up to assistant manager.