General Listening Quiz

"Disaster Cleanup"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult home repairs two men 01:35

Pre-Listening Exercise

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

Idioms

"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."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Henry is going to pick up his wife at the ______.

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 was _____ on Friday night when the problems started.

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.

The vase broke with one of his friends ____.

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.

The book manuscript was ruined when ____.

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.

His wife's reaction will probably be _____.

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.

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe a time when you experienced a disaster, small or great, at your home or in your area.

Online Investigation

In this particular situations, what would you do and what company would you call to help you solve the problem?

  1. A gas leak at home
  2. A flood resulting from a broken water pipe
  3. A leaking roof cause by a storm
  4. Your attic fills with bats who now live there
  5. A tree falls on your house