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Listening Lesson – Renting An Apartment

by Oli Redman on 23 September, 2014 , No comments

Are you planning to work or study in an English-speaking country? In this free English listening lesson, 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. availablea. perhaps
2. subwayb. a flat
3. maybec. free
4. an apartmentd. a home
5. a placee. 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.
Oli RedmanListening Lesson – Renting An Apartment