Listen to the recording on home repairs and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.
Dave: Hi Randall. [ Hi ] Come on in.
Randall: Uh, yeah, I stopped by to see if you were still looking for a roommate to share your house.
Dave: Yup. I sure am. Ever since I cut back on my working hours to go to school, I’ve been really strapped for cash.
Dave: Hey, let me show you the place. Uh, here’s the living room.
Randall: Oh. It looks like you could use a new carpet . . . and those stains?
Dave: Well. I’ve had a few problems with some former roommates. I know it needs to be cleaned, but I just don’t have the money to do it right now.
Randall: Oh. And what about the kitchen?
Dave: Right this way. Look. It’s completely furnished with all the latest appliances, except . . .
Dave: Well, the refrigerator door is broken . . . a little bit . . . and it won’t shut all the way. It needs fixing, but don’t worry. I’ve just improvised by pushing a box against it to keep it shut.
Randall: Hmm. Great.
Dave: Ah. It isn’t that bad.
Randall: Well how about the bathroom?
Dave: Well . . .
Randall: No, no. Don’t tell me. The toilet is clogged, and the sink has a few leaks.
Dave: No, those work fine, but, uh, the tile in the shower needs to be replaced, and the window needs fixing.
Randall: Let me see. The tile . . . what? The window? Where’s the window pane?
Dave: Well, that’s another slight problem. I’ve put up a piece of cardboard to keep out the [ Hmmm ] rain and the snow , and if it gets a little cold, you can always turn up the heat. Well, you used to until the central heating went out. [Oh boy.]
Randall: Hey, I think I’ve seen enough. I can’t believe you’ve survived under these conditions.
Dave: So what do you think? You really can’t beat a place like this for $450 a month. So it has a few problems, but we can fix those.
Randall: Uh, no thank you. I think I’ve seen enough.