Basic English Quiz

"Apartment Living"

Pre-Listening Exercise

What things are most important to you when you rent an apartment? Put these things in order from most important to least important. Then, discuss your reasons for your choices.

  1. ___ price
  2. ___ location to transportation (bus or train)
  3. ___ apartment facilities (swimming pool, fitness room, laundry room)
  4. ___ parking space or garage
  5. ___ location to shopping center
  6. ___ length of rental contract
  7. ___ apartment age

Listening Exercise

Listen by pressing the Play button. Then, select the best response for each sentence or question.

Example: (You hear): How many people are in your family?

You see these responses: A. Four people. OR B. They don't live year.

The best response is A. Four people

How many bedrooms does the man's apartment have?

Man: Oh, it's great. There are three bedrooms, a nice kitchen, a living room, and a laundry room.

The swimming pool ________ the apartment building.

Man: Yeah, and there is a swimming pool next to the apartment building.

What business are opposite the apartments?

Man: Oh, and there are two fast food restaurants across the street, so it is a quick way to get a meal.

How much does the man pay for rent?

Man: Well, I have two roommates, so I pay $275 a month. Uh, that's my share.

What service is NOT included in the rent?

Man: Uh, gas, water, and electricity are included. The Internet and cable TV are separate.

Post-Listening Exercise

If you live in another country to learn English, where do you want to live: in an apartment, in a campus dormitory, or with a host family in a house? Share your reasons.

Listening Script

Woman: So, what is your apartment like?

Man: Oh, it's great. There are three bedrooms, a nice kitchen, a living room, and a laundry room.

Woman: That sounds nice.

Man: Yeah, and there is a swimming pool next to the apartment building. And, uh, I usually study there, you know, the sun and all.

Woman: Oh, yeah, right.

Man: Oh, and there are two fast food restaurants across the street, so it is a quick way to get a meal.

Woman: Um, that sounds good. How much do you pay in rent?

Man: Well, I have two roommates, so I pay $275 a month. Uh, that's my share.

Woman: Serious? That's a really good price.

Man: Yeah, it's not bad.

Woman: Um, are utilities included?

Man: Uh, gas, water, and electricity are included. The Internet and cable TV are separate.

Woman: That's a fabulous price. How on earth did you find a place like that?

Man: Just found it online.

Woman: Wow. That sounds like a nice apartment.

Man: Yeah, come over some time.

Woman: Okay. I'll do that.