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"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."

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Saturday's Chores
I. Pre-Listening Exercises
II. Listening Exercises
III. Vocabulary
IV. Post-Listening Exercises
V. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type: Speakers:Length:
easyhousework, cleaningconversationman - boy02:08

I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some ideas on how to assign household chores in a family? Should parents give money to their children as a reward? Use the Internet to search for ideas on this topic.

HELPFUL TIP: Kids need to learn how to budget and save money. Consider giving them allowance for completing household chores, but deduct a percentage that goes into their long-term savings. This also helps them delay gratification for something they really want to buy in the future.


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.

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1. What does the boy want to do at the beginning of the conversation?
A. go play outside
B. watch TV
C. play video games

2. What is one thing the boy is NOT assigned to do around the house?
A. clean the garage
B. vacuum the floors
C. wash the walls

3. What does the boy have to do in his bedroom?
A. put away his books
B. make his bed
C. pick up his dirty clothes

4. What is the father going to do while the boy is doing his household chores?
A. wash the car
B. paint the house
C. work in the yard

5. Where will the father and son go after the housework is done?
A. to a movie
B. out to eat
C. to a ball game

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III. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

III. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are the different roles men and women play in carrying out housework? What do men usually do? And women? How have things changed or remained the same during the past thirty years or so in your country? Are children assigned chores to do around the house? Do everyday people hire housekeepers to do such housework?

V. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

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.

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