1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
Do you prefer the heart of the city to the fenced lawns of suburbia? Would you be happy in a cramped downtown apartment, or do you need something more spacious and quiet? How much can you afford? Do you have pets? A car?
Finding an apartment that suits your tastes and meets your budget can be a hassle. Listen in as Dave talks with a building manager about an available apartment.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Apartment Manager: Morrison Park, Roslyn.
Dave: Hi, Roslyn. I wanted to get some information about apartments.
Dave: Um, maybe July.
Dave: What does the apartment rent for?
Dave: And, what size is it?
Dave: Okay. Um, and does that include utilities?
Dave: That’s fine.
Dave: Okay. Now, the neighborhood. Does that get pretty loud at night?
Dave: Sure. And I expect a little noise downtown.
One of the first things you have to do when moving to a new city is find a place to live, which can be cumbersome if you are not familiar with the rental process.
Most apartment buildings in the U.S. require you to pay first and last month’s rent and a security deposit on the day you move in. The security deposit is fully refundable when you move out, so long as you have not damaged the apartment in any way.
Also, in the U.S. you cannot be denied an apartment because of race, gender, nationality, religion or any other personal characteristic.
To see apartments available in cities around the U.S., check out the following sites: