General Listening Quiz

"Saturday's Chores"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy house cleaning man - boy 02:08

Pre-Listening Exercise

What household chores do you do at home?  Should parents give money to their children as a reward? 

Idioms

"lend someone a hand" = help someone
"Could you lend me a hand with the housework before your parents arrive."

"lift a finger" = do the smallest amount of work required
"Susan's husband rarely lifts a finger to help her around the house."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What does the boy want to do at the beginning of the conversation?

Son: Dad. Can I go outside to play?

What is one thing the boy is NOT assigned to do around the house?

Dad: Well, first you have to clean the bathroom including the toilet. And don't forget to scrub the bathtub. [Then] you have to vacuum the family room and the hall, and be sure to dust everything. Oh, and don't forget to wipe the walls and clean the baseboards. [Okay.] And after that. [Oh, no.] Next, sweep and mop the kitchen floor and be sure to polish the table in the living room.

What does the boy have to do in his bedroom?

you have to vacuum the family room and the hall, and be sure to dust everything. Oh, and don't forget to wipe the walls and clean the baseboards. [Okay.] And after that. [Oh, no.] Next, sweep and mop the kitchen floor and be sure to polish the table in the living room.

What is the father going to do while the boy is doing his household chores?

Dad: Okay. While you're doing your work, I'll be out in the yard raking leaves and pulling weeds.

The father and son will go _____ after the boy finishes his work.

Dad: Yeah. And then, how about going out for lunch and getting a big milk shake.

Post-Listening Exercise

What chores do men and women do at home in your country? How have things changed or remained the same during the past thirty years or so in your country? Do children do chores in your family? Do everyday people hire housekeepers to do such housework?

Online Investigation

For some individuals, finding the time and energy to do household chores can be an issue. Fortunately, you can find more and more house cleaning services that will do the job for you for a fee. Search on the Internet for two companies that provide house cleaning and compare their work in terms of price, range of cleaning services, and guarantee.