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Slobs and Neat Freaks

Slobs and Neat Freaks

Date: Jun 05 2009

Themes: Hobbies, Work

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives


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Do you know what that smell is coming from your kitchen? If not, you might be a slob. If you’re a neat freak, on the other hand, the only odor coming from your kitchen is probably the nice chemical smell of bleach.

This is an exciting time of year for neat freaks, because it’s when many people do their annual spring cleaning. Spring is no fun for slobs who let their messes build up all year.

Do you think Dale and Devan are slobs or neat freaks? Listen to the dialog to find out.


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Devan:  So my roommate is the biggest slob and it’s driving me crazy. She never does the dishes. I’m always picking up after her, and…I mean, maybe I’m a bit of a neat freak, but what about you? Would you say you’re messy or neat?

Dale:  I…it depends on the mood. I mean, I’m a guy, and as a guy, sometimes you want to clean up and clean things up, and sometimes you wanna leave it the way things are. Really, it’s like, I don’t know. That’s kind of a hard thing to say, because sometimes I’m really eager to get things clean, sometimes I’m like, I’m not even gonna try.

Devan:  I just can’t stand to just see dishes sitting in the sink. I can’t stand to see food not put away. It drives me crazy.

Dale:  So you hate the build-up of dishes in the sink. What about the garbage can?

Devan:  Oh, that’s the worst too. Like I want that taken out right away. I don’t even let it fill up the entire way before I take it out. What’s your least favorite chore to do?

Dale:  Oh, my least favorite chore to do…cleaning the dust off the walls, I think. I think I don’t have the time or the effort to worry about stuff like that.


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Devan is annoyed with her roommate, who’s a slob. Since Devan is a neat freak, it’s hard for her to live with someone who’s very messy. Dale isn’t a slob, but he isn’t always neat, either. He has a more casual attitude toward cleaning. If he feels like cleaning, he does it. Otherwise, he doesn’t worry about it.

Devan gets especially annoyed when messes build up. She likes to do the dishes and take out the garbage right away, instead of waiting until the mess gets out of control. Dale’s least favorite chore is dusting the walls. Dusting the walls sounds like the kind of thing only a neat freak would even think about. But Dale thinks that most neat freaks are women.

Are you more of a neat freak or a slob? What is your least favorite chore to do?



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I am like dale…. when i have mood i will do the cleaning…when  i have no mood i will not do the cleaning. Anyway my mom is always on my back…..      

02:55 AM Jun 07 2009 |


Dominican Republic


08:42 PM Jun 06 2009 |




i'm neat freak :)

08:06 PM Jun 06 2009 |



I think

07:54 PM Jun 06 2009 |




07:54 PM Jun 06 2009 |

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Saudi Arabia

           i m a bit of neat freak i never can,t see  my home being messy   .

            every things      i want to  in order . 

07:19 PM Jun 06 2009 |




I think i'm a neat freak,but not so much…i like to keep tihings clean,but i dont care if someone who lives with me is a slob pearson… i dont know… maybe i'm a mix of neat freak and slob.

06:44 PM Jun 06 2009 |



I´m not a slob, actually, I think i´m a bit of neat, cause i like to get my bedroom organized and a mess place sometimes make me feel mad.

06:09 PM Jun 06 2009 |




I am like Dale. When I´m in da mood of cleaning something, I stand up and start cleaning what´s ought to be cleaned, but sometimes I´m a slob and I let the chores building up. 

05:34 PM Jun 06 2009 |



sounds like I am same as Dale, I just make every stuf in my control, if something is out, I would do it better asap. and I have my girlfriend make them best. herewith, I am happiest in everywhere with my girlfriend.

05:11 PM Jun 06 2009 |


Saudi Arabia

i am neat freak, i can not see house uncleaned but sometime i gonna slob when i am very tired after i came back from my work

04:50 PM Jun 06 2009 |




really i dont know .. 


becase sometimes i gonna to be a neat freak and i do everything myself and clean every thing >> 

 but …... 

sometimes i gonna to be a big slob may be because my studying , working ,and so on 

 in my opinion there isn't any one ( slob only ) or ( neat freak only ) because that is the natural of human , sometimes slob and some times neat freak ..

bye .. 

01:40 PM Jun 06 2009 |


United Arab Emirates

Im the biggest Neat Freak, every thing in my home should clean and shine ! I just  cant stand  to just see my home messy or not clean , of course I hate doing dishes but i have to!

01:13 PM Jun 06 2009 |




I am a  kind of person like Dale,,,I guess sometime I was neat freak sometime like a slob!!!,,,so..strang!

06:50 AM Jun 06 2009 |




Im a little bit neat freak, but washing dishes is troublesome. I want a dish wash machine!

03:47 AM Jun 06 2009 |



I suppose i am a mixture between.

i am not  a slob  but i am not a neat freak ,

actually i tend to keep my things in order  

01:59 AM Jun 06 2009 |




Neither slob, absolutely, not neat. But as a guy I think to be a rare case of good male house keeper. anyway, it's time to hire a hour maid to save my time. Dear all, to keep house clean is a real job me too

11:13 PM Jun 05 2009 |




i believe im a neat freak, last year  i shared an apartment with 4 girls for a while and just me and other friend used to clean up the commom areas the days we were supposed to do, it drove  me crazy things like, leaving dishes on the sink, dont take the garbage out…so my least favorite chore is clean up bathroom but id rather get the bathroom clean than to use it dirty.

10:09 PM Jun 05 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

I'm neat freak  but I don't like washing dishes

08:16 PM Jun 05 2009 |

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