General Listening Quiz

"College Roommates"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate college roommates man - man 01:26

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are three qualities you look for in a college roommate (or a roommate at any time in your life)? Why are these qualities important to you?

Idioms

"be at home with" = feel comfortable with something
"My Japanese roommate is really at home with the culture here in the United States."

"squeaky clean" = someone is very good and honest and never gets into trouble
"My roommate is squeaky clean. He never does anything dishonest, and he always stays out of trouble."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What time does the man really get up in the morning?

Man: What are you talking about? I get up early every morning at 6:00 a.m. Roommate: Add about six hours to that.

What does the man usually eat?

I don't think McDonald's Big Macs and fries count.

What does the man's bedroom look like?

Uh, I think I saw some old dishes, empty pizza boxes, and some real dirty socks under your bed.

What does the man have under his bed?

Uh, I think I saw some old dishes, empty pizza boxes, and some real dirty socks under your bed.

What time does the man go to bed?

And I go to bed at a very early hour. Do you call midnight early? Listen. Give it up. unless you make some major changes in your life, your only companion will be your pet fish, Ralph.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

What are some positive reasons for having roommates from other countries? Are there any possible challenges? If so, what are they? Explain your ideas.

Online Investigation

Finding a good roommate can be difficult because there are so many things to think about. What is the person like? How well will the roommates get along? Do they share the same interests? Now, more and more Web sites can help you with this search, but you need to know what to look for in a quality service. Search online for a company that helps you find roommates and answer these questions:

  1. How does the Web site help you search for compatible people in your area?
  2. How much does the service cost to search for roommates and to leave your own profile?
  3. How does the Web site keep your information private?
  4. What reviews can you find about the service?