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"clean out" = to remove things from something

"I'm going to clean out the washer before I put more clothes in. I think someone left paper in some clothing, and it caused a real mess."

"wash/air your dirty laundry in public" = to talk about personal information in front of other people

"If you want to talk about this matter more, let's do it at home. You shouldn't air dirty laundry in public like this."

"It'll all come out in the wash" = everything will all be okay in the end

"I know you said some pretty bad things to your husband, but it'll all come out in the wash. Just apologize for anything you have done, and everthing will be okay.

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[ Quiz Script ]

Washer and Dryer
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
mediumwashing clothesconversationman - woman01:15

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are some basic ideas or tips for washing and drying clothing without a problem? What temperature water do you use to clean white clothing and colors? Do you sometimes take your laundry to the dry cleaners?

HELPFUL TIP: You should wash clothing at the proper temperature. Check the clothing label for more information.

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

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1. What thing caused a mess in the dryer?
A. chewing gum
B. a pen
C. colored paper

2. What clothing did the woman have in the dryer?
A. shorts
B. jeans
C. sweaters

3. Who does the man need to call?
A. his friends
B. a repair company
C. his office

4. Where is the man going to get new clothes for his wife?
A. He's going to take her to a local store.
B. They're going to order some clothing online.
C. His wife is going to borrow clothes from her sister.

5. What happens at the end of the conversation?
A. The couple argues about the situation.
B. The woman is angry and leaves the house.
C. The man apologizes for his mistake.

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Correct answers:

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
What percentage of people use washers and dryers to clean clothes in your area in your home country? Does your family do this themselves, or do they have another person wash their clothes for them?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to learn about laundry customs around the world.

  • How has washing clothes changed over time in different parts of the world?
  • Do people always use washers and dryers, or do they do their laundry by hand?
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