Friday, November 22, 2013

5 Minute English: The New Apartment

bulletcommute- going (usually) from home to work and from work to home everyday
bulletkilling me- very difficult for me
bulletI know what you mean- I understand
bulletwalking distance- very close, you can walk there
bulletnot working out- It's not good for what I need
bulletlandlord- person who owns the building
bulletrepairs- fixing broken things
bulletbreaking down- becoming broken
bulletbudget- how much money you have to use
bulletfurnished- it has furniture included (sofa, bed, etc.)
bulletutilities- electricity, water, gas, etc. You usually have to pay extra for these

To translate:

Read the dialogue.

Henry: I am so tired of my commute to work. Driving all those hours is just killing me.

Yeah, I know what you mean. I used to drive two hours to work each way. But now I live within walking distance of my work. It's great.

You're kidding. I didn't know that. Did you move?

No, I got a new job near my work.

Well, I don't think I can change my job, but I am thinking about changing my apartment. The one I have just isn't working out.

What's wrong with it?

Well, besides being too far from work, I'm having some problems with my landlord. He keeps raising the rent, but he never does any repairs. Everything is breaking down.

That's terrible. Listen, I think there is a vacancy in my apartment building. And my landlord is excellent. And I'm sure it would be closer to your work than you are now.

Really? But is it expensive? My budget isn't that big.

No, it's not that expensive. And it's furnished and the utilities are included.

That sounds great. I'd love to see it. When can we go?

How about now?

Sure. I'll drive. 
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