|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Students are always looking for cheap apartments to rent. What are three things you look for in selecting a place to live? Put them in order of importance to you and discuss them with a partner.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Roger: Hello.Ann: Hello Roger? This is Ann.
Roger: Oh hi, Ann. How have you been? And how’s your new apartment working out?
Ann: Well, that’s what I’m calling about. You see, I’ve decided to look for a new place.
Roger: Oh, what’s the problem with your place now? I thought you liked the apartment.
Ann: Oh, I do, but it’s a little far from campus, and the commute is just killing me. Do you think you could help? I thought you might know more about the housing situation near the university.
Roger: Alright. So, what kind of place are you looking for?
Ann:Well, I’d like to share an apartment with one or two roommates within walking distance to school.
Roger: Okay, what’s your budget like? I mean how much do you want to spend on rent?
Ann:Uh, somewhere under $200 a month, including utilities, if I could. Oh, and I’d prefer to rent a furnished apartment.
Roger: Hmm. And anything else?
Ann:Yeah, I need a parking space.
Roger: Well, I know there’s an apartment complex around the corner that seems to have a few vacancies. I’ll drop by there on my way to class today.
Ann: Hey, thanks a lot.
Roger: No problem.
Key Vocabulary [Top]
work out (
): going well
– My new job schedule has really worked out for me.
): to travel between home and work or school
– I have to commute two hours each day to get to work.
): public services including water, gas, and electricity
– How much do you pay for utilities each month?
): containing furniture, for example, a sofa, tables, and washing machine
– I decided to rent a furnished apartment so I wouldn’t have to buy so many things.
): rooms not being used or rented
– Do you have any vacancies starting next month?