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How clean is your house or apartment right now? Are there some areas of your place that get cleaned more often than others?
“clean up your act” = improve your behavior
“Hey. You’d better clean up your act, or Mom will throw you out of the house. You can’t be rude to her like that.”
“start off with a clean slate” = start things new again (children used to write on slates that could be erased)
“You had some problems here at home in the past, but I hope you can start off this year with clean slate. Everyone needs a new beginning from time to time.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Woman: No, look. There are pizza boxes all over the floor.
Man: What smell? Wait . . . what! Ah! Woman: Uh . . . What is in your garbage? This milk is curdled. How long has it been in there?
Woman: Yes. A cleaning service. [ Cleaning service? ] I You know my friend. She has . . . She has her own company. They'll come to your apartment . . . clean everything from top to bottom. Clean your carpet . . . and it certainly needs it. Uh, dust your furniture, sweep, mop, everything. Clean your blinds . . . not that you'd notice, closets, and your appliances.
Woman: They usually charge $30 an hour.
Woman: Look. You always tell me you don't have friends . . . . I can see why. Give them a try. Look. I can get you a discount. Okay, you can't keep living like this.
For each item below, explain who in your house is responsible for cleaning these things and how often this person does it (once a day, two times a week, once a month, every day, almost never, etc.):
Use the Internet to find information about a house cleaning service, if possible, near where you live. Then, answer these questions: