I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

When you the hear the words “Video Rental Shop,” what images come to your mind (i.e., the kind of store, the types of goods being rented, the policies of the store, prices, etc.)?

HELPFUL TIP: Video rental stores are not the only place where you can find videos and DVDs. Now, there are more and more online video rental Websites that offer similar services.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. Where does this conversation most likely take place?

A. at a movie theater

B. at a library

D. at a video rental shop
2. How much do new movies cost to rent?

A. $2.00

B. $3.50

C. $5.00

3. How much did the man spend on movies?

A. $3.50

B. $5.50

C. $7.50

4. When does the man need to return the movies?

A. Thursday

B. Friday

C. Saturday

5. What do you need to rent a video at this shop?

A. a driver’s license

B. a school ID

C. a membership card

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Correct answers:

Store Employee: Hi. May I help you?
Customer: Yeah. I’d like to rent these movies.

Store Employee: Okay. Do you have your membership card?

Customer: No I don’t. Do I need one to rent movies here?

Store Employee: Yes, but it’s free. It’s just a card we issue to help us keep track of rentals and customer billing.

Customer: Okay, and how much are movie rentals anyway?

Store Employee: Well, new releases are $3.50 (Okay), and all other movies are two dollars (Alright), and you can rent up to six movies at a time. (Hum) We also have a five buck deal where you can rent any five movies for $5.00 (Hum), but this doesn’t include new releases.

Customer: Oh, well, I’ll just take these tonight.

Store Employee: Okay, let’s see . . . your total tonight comes to seven dollars and fifty cents.

Customer: And when do I need to return them?

Store Employee: They’re due back the day after tomorrow by ten o’clock PM.

Customer: Thursday, okay.

Store Employee: And there is an overdue late fee equal to the rental fee of the movie, so be sure to return them on time.

Customer: Okay. Thanks.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • issue (verb): provide or give something usually to members of a group
    – This video only cost me a buck to rent for three days.
  • keep track of (phrasal verb): watch and pay careful attention to what is happening
    – We need to keep track of the video we have checked out. Otherwise, we might have to pay a late fee.
  • anyway (adverb): used to say you will do something regardless of something else
    – I know the DVD is expensive, but I’m going to buy it anyway.
  • release (noun): a new movie or CD that has just been available for purchase
    – This is a new release, so it will cost a little more to rent.
  • buck (noun): informal for one dollar
    – This video only cost me a buck to rent for three days.
  • come to (verb): add up to a certain money total
    – Renting the two videos comes to $5.00 plus tax.
  • overdue (adjective): late, not returned as expected
    – This video is overdue now, and I should have returned it yesterday.