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Calling about an apartment for rent

Click on the link below to listen to the dialogue “Calling about an apartment for rent” and then do the activities that follow.


Dialogue comprehension
1. Tom and Harry are looking for a room at the university campus. True___ False ___
2. Mrs. Logan lives close to the building where Tom and Harry are planning to rent an apartment. True___ False ___
3. The apartment has no furniture at all. True___ False ___
4. Mrs. Logan works as a real estate agent. True___ False ___
5. Tom finds the rent cheap. True___ False ___

Listen to the dialogue again and find words that mean the same as:
a- I have no idea; I don’t know: ____________________
b- A person who rents an apartment or house: ____________________
c- A woman who owns property (an apartment, house or land) that she rents to tenants:
d- With furniture: ____________________________
e- A machine or piece of equipment, especially an electrical one used in the home, such as a refrigerator or washing machine: _____________________
f- Take a look: ___________________
g- Advertisement (informal): _________________________
h- Informal for dormitory, a building at a college or university where students live: _
i- Real estate agent: _________________________
j- A supply of electricity, water, gas or telephone service: _________________
k- Make a short visit: ___________________________
l- Let someone enter your building by operating the electric lock on the door: ___

Dialogue Script: Calling about an apartment for rent

(two friends looking at the newspaper… )

Tom: Hey, check out this ad here, it says two bedrooms, kitchen and living room. All furnished, and it’s close to the campus.
Harry: Sounds just like what we’re looking for. I’d really rather not live in the campus dorm. I think we’ll have a lot more freedom if we rent an apartment near the college.
Tom: What do you say we find more about it? There’s a number for a Mrs. Logan here.
Harry: Sure. Let’s give her a call. Who knows maybe we can go see it this afternoon. Do you think she’s a realtor?
Tom: Beats me! Well, let’s find out.
Susan Logan: Hello?
Tom: Hello! Can I talk to Mrs. Logan please?
Susan Logan: This is Susan Logan.
Tom: Oh hi Mrs. Logan! I’m calling about the apartment for rent on Carlisle Street.
Susan Logan: Sure. Do you study at Riverside College?
Tom: Not yet, but I will next semester. Actually a friend and I are looking for a  place near the college.
Susan Logan: Good! This is a great place for students. It’s only about a ten minute walk from the campus. Most of my tenants study at Riverside.
Tom: Sounds good. So, are you the landlady then?
Susan Logan: I am. Actually the building belongs to my parents, but I’m taking care of it now.
Tom: Good. It says in the ad that the apartment is completely furnished.
Susan Logan: It is. You have all the furniture you need, including some of the appliances. There’s, a microwave oven, a small refrigerator and a T.V.
Tom: Great! Can you tell me how much the rent is?
Susan Logan: US$ 700 a month. There’s an extaextra US$80 for the utilities.
Tom: Sounds reasonable. Can I and my friend take a look at it?
Susan Logan: Sure. You can come any time you want to. I’m always here. Just ring for apartment number 3 and I’ll buzz you in.
Tom: OK, thanks for all the information Mrs. Logan. I think we’ll drop by in the afternoon.
Susan Logan: Very good. See you later then. Bye!
Tom: Bye!

Referência: “Fale Inglês como um Americano” – José Roberto A. Igreja e Robert C. Young  –  Disal Editora.

José Roberto A. Igreja is the author and co-author of several ELT books, including:

LET´S TALK ABOUT IT! – The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book  / Available on UICLAP as well


Let's Talk About It!: The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book (English Edition) por [Jose Roberto A. Igreja]

600 Phrasal Verbs (with Jonathan T. Hogan)

Talking Business

How do you say … in English?

Fluent Business English (with Robert C. Young)

What to say when …?

False Friends

English for Job Interviews (with Robert C. Young)

Say it all in Brazilian Portuguese!

American Idioms! (with Joe Bailey Noble III)