|"a going over" = an often fast cleaning|
"The house needs a good going over before our guests arrive."
"elbow grease" = hard work
"Put a little elbow grease into cleaning that bathtub."
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[ Quiz Script | Explanation of Answers | Text Completion Quiz ]
||home repairs||conversation||two men||01:35|
|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Discuss the kinds of mishaps or accidents that can occur around the house that might require home repairs or house cleaning. Use the following verbs and nouns or others you know to make sentences. Then write some of the ideas on the board.
VERBS: burn, break, cut, damage, fall, ruin, scratch, slip, spill, tear
NOUNS: bathtub, carpet, chair, door, dinner, floor, ladder, stairs, stove, wall
- He ruined the carpet when he started a fire in the living room.
- Tony broke the kitchen window.
HELPFUL TIP: Coming with a family preparedness plan now can help in case of an emergency such as a fire, earthquake, or flood. Practice what to do on a regular basis.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]
First, listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.
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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.
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|III. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Encountering problems and having accidents is a part of life. With a partner, one of you play the role of Henry, and the other person, the part of his wife. Pretend that the wife has just arrived at the airport and asks her husband how things went while she was gone. Use the following model to get you started. Add your own ideas and have fun.
Henry's Wife: Hi Honey. Good to see you and thanks for coming to get me.There are so many things I want to tell you about my trip.
Henry: Same here.
Henry's Wife: Oh, anything out of the ordinary?
Henry: That's what we need to talk about. You see _____________________________________.
Henry's Wife: What? _____________________________.
Henry's Wife: _____________________________.
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