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Renting An Apartment – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on September 23, 2014 , No comments

Are you planning to work or study in an English-speaking country? In this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English, you can learn some useful English phrases and questions to use when renting an apartment or making an appointment.

Woman: Hi, I saw your ad1 online, is the apartment still available?

Man: Yes, it is. Would you like to come and see it?

Woman: Maybe, but can I ask you some questions first?

Man: Sure.

Woman: How far is it from the subway?

Man: It’s about a ten-minute walk2, not far.

Woman: Is it fully furnished3?

Man: Yes, fully furnished.

Woman: And the rent is $550 a month, right? Including bills?

Man: No, plus4 bills.

Woman: OK, I think I’d like to come and see it. When would be a good time?

Man: How about Tuesday?

Woman: Alright, in the morning?

Man: No problem. Let’s say ten o’clock. By the way, when were you thinking5 of moving in?

Woman: I need a place as soon as possible.

Man: OK, that’s great, I need to find someone quickly as well6.

Woman: OK, so see you Tuesday, thanks a lot, bye.

Man: Bye.

1. Ad = advertisement. You can also say “advert”
2. You can use this form to talk about the time it takes to do something. For example:

  • A nine-hour flight
  • A four-week job
  • A two-hour meeting

3. Furnished = with all furniture – chairs, tables, shelves, beds etc.
4. Plus here means something is extra, or not included. For example:

  • It costs $10, plus sales tax (= you need to pay more than ten dollars)
  • The salary is 2,000 a month, plus commission (= your total salary will be higher than 2,000 a month)

5. The past continuous here makes the question more indirect, and so more polite.
6. As well = too.

Match the words with the same meaning

1. available a. perhaps
2. subway b. a flat
3. maybe c. free
4. an apartment d. a home
5. a place e. metro

Rewrite the sentences using the word given

Example

How about meeting on Monday?

Let’s

= Let’s meet on Monday.

6. I want to come, too!

Well

7. How are you going to do it?

Think

8. It’s a fifteen-minute walk to school.

Takes

9. When can I meet her?

Would

10. I need to call him urgently.

Possible

  1. c
  2. e
  3. a
  4. b
  5. d
  6. I want to come as well.
  7. How were you thinking of doing it?
  8. It takes fifteen minutes to walk to school.
  9. When would be a good time to meet her?
  10. I need to call him as soon as possible.
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