General Listening Quiz

"Furniture Store"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult furniture man 01:00

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of information do you hear in typical radio or TV commercials, let's say, for a department store (e.g., store hours, telephone number, etc.)? What types of promotions do companies advertise to get you to buy their products?

Idioms

"on ice" = do nothing about something until a future time
"We were going to buy some new furniture, but the low advertised prices ended yesterday, so we've put the plan on ice."

"tighten your belt" = spend less money
"She wanted to redecorate her house with new furniture, but she has had to tighten her belt since she lost her job."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the name of the business being advertised?

Look no further. Here at Frontier Furniture, we have everything you need to give your home a new look and feel.

What things are not mentioned in the ad?

"Stereos, video machines, refrigerators, light fixtures, dining room tables, washers and dryers." Sofas are not mentioned.

Which item could you purchase for under $240?

Big color TVs as low as two hundred and twenty-five dollars.

Where is the store located?

So come on down to Frontier Furniture. Located downtown two blocks east of city hall, across from Union Square.

The store is open _____.

We're open daily from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM. So, come on in, and let us make your dream home a reality.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe your current housing situation. Discuss the number of rooms it has, its location and convenience to other area attractions and businesses, and the terms of the housing agreement. Then, explain what you like most about the place.

Online Investigation

Imagine you are renting a two-bedroom apartment in the US while you are studying English. You have about $2,500 to furnish your apartment with some basic necessities including a sofa, a table and chairs for the kitchen, a bed, and a TV. Find two Web sites that sell such household furnishing and compare the prices of the items above. Also, determine whether the company delivers to your local area and how much taxes and handling fees would cost.