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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Nanning.
Plans for "Watch, Listen & Speak", Semester 2
Listening & Speaking, Direct and Indirect Questions:
to the style of questions used in the conversation.
Bill is looking for a
new apartment. He just moved to a new city in order to start studying at a
university. He is at a Rental Agency in the new city.
Agent: Hi! Welcome to Rental Property Management. How may I help you?
Bill: Hi, yes. I'm
interested in renting a two-bedroom apartment.
Agent: Okay. If you have
a seat, one of our rental agents will be with you in a moment.
Bill: Thank you.
Associate: Hi, my name
is Ann Smith.
Bill: Hi, I'm Bill
Ann: Hi, Mr. Harrington.
So that we will be able to match your needs better, I would like to ask you
a few questions before I show you what we have available. First, what price
range were you interested in?
Bill: Somewhere between
$400-$450 a month.
Ann: Okay. Did you have
a specific location in mind?
Bill: Well, I would like
to live somewhere near the university. Or at least on a bus line.
Ann: And when would you
like to move in?
Bill: On the first of
Ann: Okay. Are there any
other amenities which you would like to have? For example, a dishwasher, a
balcony, a swimming pool or central air conditioning?
Bill: I would definitely
like to have a dishwasher, and with summers like these, central air! A
balcony is not that important. Oh, yes, and two bathrooms would be nice.
Ann: Okay. Here are
photos of the apartments we have available which fit your preferences.
Bill: Thank you. This
one on Broadway Avenue looks nice. I would like to see that one. And the one
on Main Street.
Ann: Sure. Let me get
the keys and we will go look at them. If you choose to rent one of them, we
will need a damage deposit of $250. You will be responsible for all the
utilities. You can sign a lease today, if you like.
Bill: Great! Thank you.