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19 Jan 2018
Complete the form below.
Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.
Name: Steven Godfrey
No. Of bedrooms: ......four..........
Preferred location: in the 1 area of town
Maximum monthly rent: £ 2
Length of let required: 3
Starting: September 1st
Q1: The key word is location. As we’re expecting, the word appears when estate agent said “What’s about the location?”. We heard that the customer said “It would be nice to be central”. From here we have the answer since Q1 is about preferred location (“it would be nice” can be understood as “preferred”) .
So the answer for Q1 is “central”.
Q2: We know that the answer have to be a number.
The sign that leads to the answer is when the estate agent asked “What's your upper limit for the rent?” (upper limit for the rent is equivalent to Maximum monthly rent)
When Customer said “We'd like something around 500 pounds a month but we could go up to 600 pounds if we have to”. The answer can’t be “500” because the question is about maximum, so “600” is what we’re looking for.
The answer for Q2 is “600”
Q3 The sign of answer for Q3 appears when Estate agent asked “how long you want to rent the house for?”. After that she said “The minimum left is six months as you probably realize”, this may lead to confusion. However, obviously the answer can’t be “six month” because Q3 is about customer’s requirements.
The answer can be heard when customer said “two years” and didn’t want to move during that time which means “two years” is the length of let they required.
So the answer is “two years”
Complete the table below.
Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.
Living/dining room, separate kitchen
Large living room and kitchen, bathroom and a cloakroom
The 5 is too large
living room, kitchen-diner, and a 6
Living room, dinning room, small kitchen
Q4: The keywords are “Oakington Avenue”, “550” and “Living/dining room, separate kitchen”.
In the conversation, we hear all these keywords from Estate agent when she said “There's this one in Oakington Avenue at five hundred and fifty pounds a month, combined living room and dining room with a separate kitchen. It doesn't have a garage though you can park in the road”.
The problem here is “It doesn't have a garage”
So “garage” is answer for Q4
Q5: The keywords are “Meade Street”, “large living room and kitchen, bathroom, cloakroom” and “580”.
we hear all these keywords from Estate agent. The problem appears when customer said that he didn’t think they could cope with the big garden because of being too busy to look after it.
So the answer is garden
Q6: The keywords are “Hamilton Road”, “Living room, kitchen diner” and “550”.
We hear all these keywords from Estate agent “Okay, then there's this older house in Hamilton Road. Living room, kitchen diner and it has a study of 550 a month”. Obviously, the answer can be found right here since we hear “it has a study”
So the answer is “study”
Q7: Q7 is still about Hamilton Road.
As the conversation keeps going, when customer asked about “Hamilton Road”, the estate agent described Hamilton Road as “very noisy” and “pretty lively”. Since the Q7 is about problem, the best answer here is “noisy” (“lively” is a positive word)
So the answer is “noisy”
Choose TWO letters A-E.
Which TWO facilities in the district of Devon Close are open to the public at the moment?
Q9,10: The keywords for Q9,10 are “facilities” and “at the moment”
So the answers for Q9 and 10 are “B” and “E”
You will hear an estate agent talking to a customer who wants to rent a house.
First you have some time to look at questions 1 to 8. You will see that there is an example that has been done for you. On this occasion only, the conversation relating to this will be played first.
Estate agent: Good morning. How can I help you?
Customer: Hello, I'm interested in renting a house somewhere in the town.
Estate agent: Right. Could I have your name please?
Customer: Yes, it's Stephen Godfrey.
Estate agent: And tell me how many bedrooms you're looking for?
Customer: Well we'd need four because I'm going to share the house with three friends.
Estate agent: Okay, there are several of that size on our books. They mostly belong to families who are working abroad at the moment. What about the location?
Customer: It would be nice to be central.
Estate agent: That might be difficult as most houses of that size are in the suburbs. Still, there are a few. What's your upper limit for the rent?
Customer: We'd like something around 500 pounds a month but we could go up to 600 pounds if we have to. But we can't go beyond that.
Estate agent: Do you know how long you want to rent the house for? The minimum left is six months as you probably realize.
Customer: We're at college here for two years and we don't want to have to move during that time if we can avoid it.
Estate agent: All right and how soon do you want to move in? All our let start on the first of the month.
Customer: Well as soon as possible really so that means September 1st.
Estate agent: Okay, let me have a look at what we've got. We have photographs of all the houses on our book so you can get an idea of what they're like. There's this one in Oakington Avenue at five hundred and fifty pounds a month, combined living room and dining room with a separate kitchen. It doesn't have a garage though you can park in the road.
Customer: We prefer to have one if possible.
Estate agent: Right. Then, have a look at this house in Meade Street. It's got a very large living room and kitchen, bathroom, cloakroom.
Customer: How much is it?
Estate agent: That one's 580. It's very well furnished and equipped. It also has plenty of space for parking and it's available for a minimum of a year. Oh and there's a big garden.
Customer: I don't think we could cope with that, to be honest. We'll be too busy to look after it.
Estate agent: Okay, then there's this older house in Hamilton Road. Living room, kitchen diner and it has a study of 550 a month.
Customer: That looks rather nice but where about in Hamilton Road?
Estate agent: Towards the western end. Oh, that'll be very noisy. I know the area.
Estate agent: Yes it's pretty lively, but some people like it though. Well, what about this house in Devon Close?
Customer: That looks lovely.
Estate agent: There's a big demand for houses in that area so prices tend to be quite high but this one hasn't been decorated for a few years which has kept the rent down a bit. It's got a living room, dining room and small kitchen. And it's 595 a month. I think it would suit you from what you've said.
Customer: It sounds fine.
Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at questions 9 and 10. Now listen and answer questions 9 and 10.
Customer: Why is that part of town so popular?
Estate agent: Well, there's a big scheme to improve the district and it'll soon have the best facilities for miles around.
Customer: What sort of thing?
Estate agent: There's a big Sports Center under construction which will be very impressive when it's finished. In fact, the swimming pools already opened ahead of schedule and it's attracting a lot of people. What’s about cinemas? Are there any in the area?
Estate agent: The only one closed down last year and it's now in the process of being converted into a film museum. The local people are trying to get a new cinema added to the scheme.
Customer: I think I heard something about a plan to replace the existing concert hall with a larger one.
Estate agent: Ah, that's due to start next year. Well, it sounds an interesting area to live in. Could I go and see the house please?
Estate agent: Yes, of course.