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Landscaping Secrets

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Man: Hey, hey, neighbor. What are you doing with my trees? My wife planted that tree 25 years ago. Get off that ladder.

Neighbor: Listen. Even though the trees are in your yard, some of the branches hang over into mine, and I am getting sick and tired of raking up your leaves and picking up all the branches that fall off during storms throughout the year. And the walnuts off this tree . . . they litter my yard and damage my lawnmower when I cut the grass. And my dog eats them, and he ends up with terrible diarrhea.

Man: Still. You can't cut off those branches.

Neighbor: Watch me. It's completely legal. I check the city code and law regarding this issue, and I am well within my rights.

Man: I'm not sure about that. Anyway, It's just not right. You didn't say anything to us about it . . .

Neighbor: I don't have to.

Man: Yeah, but you could have said something. Anything! I mean I want to stay on friendly terms with you, but the basic courtesy of informing your neighbors is the least you could have done.

Neighbor: Okay. I'm cutting down your branches. You've been informed . . . now, stand back!

Man: Hey. Don't expect an invitation to our next barbecue or book club!

Neighbor: See if I care. Hey, what are you doing? Stop shaking the ladder. You're acting juvenile now. Help!

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • ladder (noun): a piece of equipment used to climb up to high places
    - Be careful if you use the ladder to get into the trees.

  • get sick and tired of something (idiom): become exhausted and/or upset about something
    - I just get sick and tired o picking up garbage in the yard.

  • litter (verb and noun): make a place messy or untidy with trash or other objects left on the ground
    - I hate it when people walk through the park and litter.
    - Please don't throw litter out the window as we drive.

  • right (noun): something you are legally allowed to do by law
    - The government should protect our individual rights to the freedom of speech and to vote in public elections.

  • inform (verb): tell, make aware, or notify
    - It is often a good idea to inform your neighbors if you are planning to make major changes to your yard and landscaping.

  • juvenile (noun or adjective): a young person, or someone who is acting inappropriate for an adult
    - Several juveniles were arrested for destroying the landscaping of our company.
    - Stop acting juvenile! You can't play games and jump over seats in a movie theater.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]

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