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    #1

    A cloackroom?

    Hello,
    I can't find an English equivalent to the following Russian realities:

    1) a room in a house or a flat where one keeps his/her clothes (and nothing else) - a dressing room is in the theatre, not in a flat, a wardrobe is just a piece of furniture, not a room, so how should I call it?

    2) a kind of balcony which is very long and not sticking out of the facade of a building - we have another word for it, not a balcony, it's not a terrace either as it's not so big. The difference between it and a balcony lies in its size (it's bigger and longer as I said) and its being kind of "inside" the building, not sticking "outside". Or is there a word just for a "big balcony"?

    Thanks beforehand.)

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    #2

    Re: A cloackroom?

    (Not a Teacher)

    A cloakroom is a room where coats and hats are hung. In homes that have one, the front door usually opens up into the cloakroom.

    1) The closet in which you keep your clothes can also be called a wardrobe.

    2) Not sure if there is a specific term for it. Maybe just call it a recessed balcony. Can you stand on this balcony or is it decorative? Decorative balconies are called balconets.

    You may have to link a picture.
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 17-Feb-2012 at 21:24.

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    #3

    Re: A cloackroom?

    Veranda?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: A cloackroom?

    There is also something called a 'veranda', but it doesn't fit your description: Online Etymology Dictionary
    (http://architectureideas.info/wp-con.../verandah1.jpg)

    b

    PS Barb beat me to it!
    Last edited by BobK; 17-Feb-2012 at 21:41. Reason: Added PS

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    #5

    Re: A cloackroom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Veranda?
    A veranda(h) is a covered area joined to, but protruding from, the front of a house.

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    #6

    Re: A cloackroom?

    Do you mean this or this?

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    #7

    Re: A cloackroom?

    1. a walk-in wardrobe (the whole room is a wardrobe)
    Or a dressing room. A dressing room can be attached to a bedroom.

    2. A balcony is still called a balcony irrespective of size or shape, sticking out of the facade of a building or recessed.

    not a teacher

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    #8

    Re: A cloackroom?

    5jj, I mean the first picture, only the "balcony" is twice or three times longer than it is in the first picture. Though the second picture is also like it - when you look at it from your apartment window (the only difference is that it's not on the ground, but on every floor of an apartment block).

    Many thanks to all who contributed to this thread - I think now I got the words I need - 1) dressing room, cloakroom, walk- in wardrobe 2) (recessed) balcony

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    #9

    Re: A cloackroom?

    Good. And as a slightly relevant titbit to digest as you walk away from the thread, thanks for the typo in the title . "Dressing* room', as you may know, is a euphemism for \WC. So the typo - which reminded me of the Latin for sewer (cloaca) - was strangely appropriate!

    b

    * PS Sorry likers. I meant 'cloakroom'
    Last edited by BobK; 18-Feb-2012 at 23:35. Reason: PS Added

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    #10

    Re: A cloackroom?

    That's interesting, BobK, thank you.))

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