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"live out of a suitcase" = travel a lot from place to place and not settle down

"I'm really tired of living out of a suitcase, so I've decided to find a different job where I can live in one place."

"dirt cheap" = very inexpensive

"Rent for apartments near campus is dirt cheap during the summer months because there isn't a high demand for housing."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Great Apartment Living
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Besides price and size, what other questions would you ask a landlord before renting an apartment?

HELPFUL TIP: Be sure to ask plenty of questions before signing an apartment rental agreement. You are responsible for everything in the contract once you put your name on the dotted line. Use the Internet to compare rental properties before you make your decision.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
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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1. Which statement is NOT true about the apartment for rent?
A. It includes a washer and a dryer.
B. The apartment is partially furnished.
C. The rent is over $900 a month.

2. What utilities are included in the rent?
A. gas and water
B. electricity and phone
C. gas and electricity

3. Under which circumstance could you lose your deposit according to the conversation?
A. You end the agreement before the minimum leasing period of four months.
B. You cause damage beyond normal use of the apartment.
C. You remove any of the furnishings without permission.

4. How would you describe the location of the apartment?
A. The woman can catch a bus to school in front of her apartment.
B. A supermarket and shopping center are only a few blocks away.
C. The apartment is in a relatively quiet neighborhood.

5. What kind of pet is a tenant allowed to keep in the apartment?
A. a dog
B. a cat
C. a rat

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Describe your current living arrangement. Do you live in an apartment, house, or dormitory? How many rooms does the place have? Is it conveniently located to shopping and transportation? Is there anything about your current situation that you want to change? If so, how would you like it to be different?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Assume that you are moving to the United States, and you are looking for new two-bedroom apartment. First, decide on a city of your choice, and then search around to find the best place for you based on location, price, convenience, and amenities. Use newspapers, the phone book, information from friends, and the Internet. Discuss your findings with others.

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