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Washer and Dryer

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

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Woman: Oh, man. What happened here?

Man: What's wrong?

Woman: Someone ran a pen through the dryer, and now all of my clothes AND the dryer are a real mess.

Man: Ugh. Wow. That's rough. Well, I have to go. I'm playing tennis with Jacob in a few minutes.

Woman: NO! No way! Wait, wait. What about the mess?

Man: Well, uh, what clothes did you have in there?

Woman: I had two of my . . .

Man: They weren't mine?! Uh . . .

Woman: Listen. I had two of my new shirts, a pair of shorts, and some running socks, and one of your work shirts.

Man: No way!

Woman: And from the looks of the pen stain, you are the one who probably left a pen in your pocket from work.

Man: Oooh. Uh . . .

Woman: Yeah.

Man: How do you know?

Woman: Here's the pen, and it has your company logo on it.

Man: Oh. Uh . . .

Woman: So, look, here. Here's your phone.

Man: My phone? For what?

Woman: Call your friends and tell them you're going to be late. And try using this hairspray. It'll help get the ink stains out of the dryer.

Man: Oohhh. Well, yeah, I guess it was my fault. Um, how about if I take you to buy some new clothes after I get back?

Woman: Okay. I'd appreciate that, but please, be more careful next time.

Man: Okay. Sorry.

Woman: Love ya.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • run (verb): put something in the dryer, also use or operate
    - I'm going to run some towels through the dryer. Do you have anything you want to put in?
    - Do you know how to run this copy machine? I can't figure it out.

  • mess (noun): a very dirty or disorganized condition
    Oh, no! Your bedroom is such a mess. Pick up all the dirty clothes and put them next to the washer.

  • rough (adjective): difficult
    - We had a rough night and didn't sleep much because the baby was sick.

  • logo (noun): a symbol for a company that goes on its products
    - The company decided to change their logo to give it a new look.

  • stain (noun): a mark on clothing or another surface that is difficult to get out
    - I've washed this shirt three times in the washer, and the stain still won't come out.

  • fault (noun): mistake or responsibility for a problem
    - I don't know whose fault it is, but someone mixed my white shirts with the pink towels, and now all of my shirts are pink.

  • get back (verb): return to a place
    - Dad will throw the clothes in the washer when he gets back from work.

  • appreciate (verb): be thankful for
    - I appreciate your help in washing and drying my clothes this morning. I couldn't have done it without you.

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. [Why do these?]

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