General Listening Quiz

"Moving Company"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate moving company man - woman 03:06

Pre-Listening Exercise

Moving from place to place can take a lot of preparation: packing your items, choosing a moving company if you aren't going to do it yourself, renting a storage unit for extra items, and renting or buying a new place to live. Think and talk about a time when you or your family moved to a different place. What was it like?

Idioms

"had better get moving" = to need to leave or depart
"Hey. We'd better getting moving, or we will miss the movie. It starts in 15 minutes."

"move away" = to leave your home to live somewhere else
"Our daughter decided to move away (from home) and attend a college in a different city."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the man's name?

Mark: Oh, Hi, Stacy. I'm Mark. Mark Jones.

Where is the man from originally?

Mark: Well, we're from originally from Chicago, but we just moved from a place called Springville.

What does the man do for a living?

Mark: Well, um, most of the time, I develop educational software for schools [ Really? ] . . . Yeah, and at the moment, I'm working on several educational apps for, you know, smart phones.

How many people are in his family?

Mark: Well, let me talk to my wife, but just so you know, we have nine kids. [ Serious? Nine kids? Wow ], yes, so they might eat all your food.

Where did the find the family cat?

Stacy: That sounds . . . That sounds like a cat. Is the cat in one of your . . . Did you find . . . Did the cat get in one of your boxes?

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a company to move your belongings to a new residence? What have been your experiences in moving? What adjective best describes your experience:

  • frustrating
  • relaxing
  • confusing
  • disappointing
  • exciting
  • boring
  • discouraging
  • shocking

Online Investigation

Find a moving company on the Internet and answer these questions:

  • What packing and unpacking options does the company provide?
  • Will the company tow your vehicle, and if so, how much will it cost?
  • Does the company provide additional services such as setting up your own entertainment center or cleaning your place?
  • What insurance do they provide if something is damaged during the move?
  • Will they take apart and put together furniture such as a bed or desk at your new location?