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Building a House

- I hear you’re going to build a house, or rather to have a house built.

- Yes, my wife is keen to have a house of her own.

- What sort of house is it going to be?

- Oh, a fairly big one of two storeys. I’ve bought the site. Land’s pretty dear here.

- Then, it must have cost you a pretty penny.

- It did. But it’ll be a good investment and the land is not likely to fall in value as years go by.

- Have you got the plans?

- Yes, they are in my flat. Care to come and have a look?

- I’d love to, but I can’t make head or tail of plans of houses. And have the workmen begun yet?

- They began some time ago. Come along and see how they are getting on.

- Oh, they’re putting up the scaffolding. That means they’ll soon be laying the bricks. And how much will it be, by the way?

- Oh, not very much.

- All right. Have it your way.

- I’ve made big money lately and this seems a good way of spending it.

- You’re lucky. I wish I were in your shoes.

- Look here at the plan. There’ll be French windows opening on to each balcony.

- I’m happy you are going to have a house of your own. Well, I must be going now. So long.

- So long. I hope I’ll see you soon.

Dialogue 5

A Room to Let

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Hello. Is that Mrs Davies?

Speaking.

Good afternoon. My name’s Stephen Brent. I was given your address by the student accommodation agency. I understand you have a room to let.

Yes, that’s right. I’ve just got one room still vacant. It’s rather small, but I’m sure you’ll find it’s very comfortable.

I see. And how much do you charge for it?

The rent’s Ј25 a week. That includes electricity, but not gas.

Has the room got central heating?

No, it’s got a gas fire which keeps the room very warm.

I see… And what about furniture? It is furnished, isn’t it?

Oh yes… There’s a divan bed in the corner with a new mattress on it… Let me see… There’s a small wardrobe, an armchair, a coffee table, a bookshelf…

Is there a desk?

Yes, there’s one under the window. It’s got plenty of drawers and there’s a lamp on it.

Oh good… Is there a washbasin/sink in the room?

No, I’m afraid there isn’t a washbasin. But there’s a bathroom just across the corridor, and that’s got a washbasin and a shower as well as a bath. You share the bathroom with the people in the other rooms. The toilet is separate, but unfortunately it’s on the floor below.

Oh, that’s all right… What about cooking? Can I cook my own meals?

Well, there’s a little kitchenette next to your room. It hasn’t got a proper cooker in it, but there’s a gas ring and an electric kettle by the sink. I find my students prefer to eat at the university.

I see. And is the room fairy quiet?

Oh yes. It’s at the back of the house. It looks onto the garden and it faces south, so it’s bright and sunny, too. It’s very attractive, really. And it’s just under the roof, so it’s got a low, sloping ceiling. Would you like to come and see it? I’ll be in for the rest of the day.

Yes, I’m very interested. It sounds like the kind of room I’m looking for. Can you tell me how to get there?

Oh, it’s very easy. The house is only five minutes’ walk from Finchley Road tube station. Turn right outside the station, and then it’s the third street on the left. You can’t miss it. It’s got the number on the gate. It’s exactly opposite the cemetery.

  1. Explain the difference between the words below:

To let – to rent

To charge – to pay

To include – to exclude

  1. Read the dialogues and make up your own ones using the italicized vocabulary

Listening Practice

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