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Apartments for Rent

II. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Roger: Hello.

Ann: Hello Roger? This is Ann.

Roger: Oh hi, Ann. How have you been? And how's your new apartment working out?

Ann: Well, that's what I'm calling about. You see, I've decided to look for a new place.

Roger: Oh, what's the problem with your place now? I thought you liked the apartment.

Ann: Oh, I do, but it's a little far from campus, and the commute is just killing me. Do you think you could help? I thought you might know more about the housing situation near the school.

Roger: Okay, what's your budget like? I mean how much do you want to spend on rent?

Ann:Uh, somewhere under $200 a month, including utilities, if I could. Oh, and I'd prefer to rent a furnished apartment.

Roger: Hmm. And anything else?

Ann:Yeah, I need a parking space.

Roger: Well, I know there's an apartment complex around the corner that seems to have a few vacancies. I'll drop by there on my way to class today.

Ann: Hey, thanks a lot.

Roger: No problem.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • work out (phrasal verb): going well
    - My new job schedule has really worked out for me.

  • commute (verb; also a noun): to travel between home and work or school
    - VERB: I have to commute two hours each day to get to work.
    - NOUN: How long is your commute to work every day?

  • utilities (noun): public services including water, gas, and electricity
    - How much do you pay for utilities each month?

  • furnished (adjective): containing furniture, for example, a sofa, tables, and washing machine
    - I decided to rent a furnished apartment so I wouldn't have to buy so many things.

  • vacancies (noun): rooms not being used or rented
    - Do you have any vacancies starting next month?

Vocabulary and Grammar Activities [Top]
Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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