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Discuss the kinds of mishaps or accidents that can occur around the house that might require home repairs or house cleaning. Use the following verbs and nouns or others you know to make sentences. Then write some of the ideas on the board.
VERBS: burn, break, cut, damage, fall, ruin, scratch, slip, spill, tear
NOUNS: bathtub, carpet, chair, door, dinner, floor, ladder, stairs, stove, wall
"a going over" = an often fast cleaning
"The house needs a good going over before our guests arrive."
"elbow grease" = hard work
"Put a little elbow grease into cleaning that bathtub."
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
To tell the truth, it couldn't be worse. [Oh]. You see, I have to pick my wife up from the airport this evening.
Henry: Well, I had some of the guys over Friday night to watch a basketball game on TV, but one of them got all excited, and started horsing around, waving his arms, and he accidentally knocked over my wife's 250-year old Chinese porcelain vase given to her [Oh no!], given to her by her grandmother.
Henry: Well, I had some of the guys over Friday night to watch a basketball game on TV, but one of them got all excited, and started horsing around, waving his arms, and he accidentally knocked over my wife's 250-year old Chinese porcelain vase.
And so one of the guys had the bright idea of drying the pages by the fire while we watched, uh, the rest game, but a spark from the fire must have blown out and burned the manuscript to a crisp.
Sam: You're buying the flowers for her as a part of some kind of peace offering, right? Henry: No, not at all. They're for my funeral.
Describe a time when you experienced a disaster, small or great, at your home or in your area.
In this particular situations, what would you do and what company would you call to help you solve the problem?