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"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."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Moving Company
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
mediummoving companies and personal introductionsconversationman - woman03:06

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

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?

HELPFUL TIP: Use the Internet to find reviews on moving companies to avoid any costly decisions.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. What is the man's name?
A. Mark Jones
B. Mark James
C. Mark Johnson

2. Where is the man from originally?
A. He's orginally from Springville.
B. He's from Chicago.
C. The family is from Spring City.

3. What does the man do for a living?
A. He builds computers.
B. He is a computer science teacher.
C. He writes software programs.

4. How many people are in his family?
A. nine
B. eleven
C. thirteen

5. Where did the find the family cat?
A. They found the cat under the truck.
B. The cat was behind the car.
C. The cat was inside a box.

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
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

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
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?

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