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"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."

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[ Quiz Script ]

College Roommates
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumcollege roommatesconversationman - man01:26

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

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?

HELPFUL TIP: Finding a roommate that will do his or her part in cleaning can be an important point to consider, but remember, you might not find this out until weeks after the person moves in.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Watch the video and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

1. What time does the man really get up in the morning?
A. at 6:00 a.m.
B. at 10:00 a.m.
C. at 12:00 p.m.

2. What does the man usually eat?
A. nutritious meals
B. fastfood
C. his mother's cooking

3. What does the man's bedroom look like?
A. It is messy.
B. It is very tidy.
C. It is clean.

4. What does the man have under his bed?
A. his school books
B. some clothing
C. a few old shoes

5. What time does the man go to bed?
A. at 11:00 p.m.
B. at 12:00 a.m.
C. at 1:00 a.m.

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

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

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?

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