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Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning

Date: Nov 09 2001


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Even if your English is excellent, chances are there are some situations you will face where you may not be familiar with the right words to use.
We thought that going to the Dry Cleaner’s might be one of those situations. Listen to Migs as he takes in a few shirts to be laundered, then check out the discussion below!


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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.



Dry Cleaner: Good afternoon sir. Can I help you?

Miguel:  Yeah actually I have these shirts that I need, um, I guessed washed and then ironed or pressed or something like that.

Dry Cleaner: Okay, so we can launder and press those for you.

Miguel:  Okay. How soon can you do that?

Dry Cleaner: Well, you can pick them up tomorrow afternoon.

Miguel:  Uh, that’s gonna be a little bit too long. Do you have a Rush Service or anything?

Dry Cleaner: We do have a Rush Service. When do you need to pick them up by?

Miguel:  Well, my flight is today at one. I need to be at the airport by eleven, so that gives me a couple hours?

Dry Cleaner: Okay, well it’s eight o’clock now. We could have them ready for you at ten. Would that work out?

Miguel:  Yeah. That would be fantastic. How much does that cost?

Dry Cleaner: Let’s see, you’ve got three shirts here at six dollars a shirt. That’ll be eighteen dollars.

Miguel:  Uh, that’s kind of steep... but that’s okay, I don’t really have any other options. Um, well let’s do it.

Dry Cleaner: Okay. What’s your name?

Miguel:  Uh it’s Miguel McKelvey. M-I-G-U-E-L M-C-K-E-L-V-E-Y.

Dry Cleaner: All right Miguel. We’ll see you back here at ten o’clock then.

Miguel:  Great. Thank you so much!

Dry Cleaner: You’re welcome.



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There are many vocabulary words in this lesson that will help you if you want to take clothes to the cleaners in an English speaking country.
Also, pay attention to how Miguel asked for another option when the Dry Cleaner told him that his shirts would be ready the following day. Had he not asked about the Rush Service, he might not have ever known about it. Be sure to always ask for what you want! Many times, a small business will be flexible because you are their customer and they want to make you happy!
I would like to take a minute here and thank the Dry Cleaner who helped me when I was travelling in Portugal. I didn’t have very much money, but she washed and pressed all of my clothes and was very nice to me, even though we weren’t able to communicate through language at all! I will never forget her kindness!
If you want to know the whole story, or have a Dry Cleaning story of your own to share, come tell us about it at the “Life Goes On” Message Board!
Have a wonderful week!



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Dry cleaning and washing clothes is also a very good work for people. The college papers for sale should share their views and articles on these topics to educated the people.

06:52 AM Jan 04 2016 |

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