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Discuss with a partner three common repairs or home improvements people do in and around their apartments or houses (e.g., kitchen cabinets, roofing, siding, etc.).
“on the fritz” = broken, not working
“We need to get the air conditioning repaired because it’s been on the fritz for three weeks.”
“clean as a whistle” = perfectly clean
“Wow! Your bedroom is clean as a whistle.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
B. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.
Think of three problems with the place you are now living and what needs to be done to fix them. Discuss your ideas with a partner. Then, share your opinions with other students on your experiences with housing in your country. Ask another student these questions. Report your findings to the class:
Suppose that you need to make the following repairs on your apartment or home. Search online for three Web sites that provide specific instructions on how to deal with each situation. How clear are the written instructions on how to fix each problem? Are there instructional videos to visually explain the process of repairing the items?