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Video Rental Shop

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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Store Employee: Hi. May I help you?

Customer: Yeah. I'd like to rent these movies.

Store Employee: Uh, Romance movies!

Customer: Well. They're for my daughter

Store Employee: Right. It's okay. Do you have your membership card?

Customer: No, I don't. Uh, do I need one to rent videos here?

Store Employee: Yes, but it's free. [Oh, okay.] It's just a card we issue to help us keep track of video rentals. So, please fill out this membership form.

Customer: Okay, and how much are movie rentals anyway?

Store Employee: Well, new releases are $3.50 (Okay), and all other movies are two dollars (Uh, huh.), and you can rent up to six movies at a time. (Okay) We also have a five buck deal where you can rent any five movies for $5.00 (Hum), but this does not include new releases.

Customer: Oh, well, I'll just take these tonight.

Store Employee: Okay, let's see . . . your total comes to seven dollars and fifty cents.

Customer: And when do I need to return them?

Store Employee: They have to be returned on Thursday by ten o'clock PM.

Customer: Okay. Store Employee: And there is an overdue fee equal to the rental fee of the video, so be sure to return them on time.

Customer: Okay. Store Employee: Okay. And enjoy your romance movies.

Customer: Okay. Thanks.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • issue (verb): provide or give something usually to members of a group
    - The health club issued me a new membership card because I lost my last one.

  • keep track of (phrasal verb): watch and pay careful attention to what is happening
    - We need to keep track of the video we have checked out. Otherwise, we might have to pay a late fee.

  • anyway (adverb): used to say you will do something regardless of something else
    - I know the DVD is expensive, but I'm going to buy it anyway.

  • release (noun): a new movie or CD that has just been available for purchase
    - This is a new release, so it will cost a little more to rent.

  • buck (noun): informal for one dollar
    - This video only cost me a buck to rent for three days.

  • come to (verb): add up to a certain money total
    - Renting the two videos comes to $5.00 plus tax.

  • overdue (adjective): late, not returned as expected
    - This video is overdue now, and I should have returned it yesterday.

Vocabulary 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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