Before you watch
Think about the following questions:
- Can you describe the place where you live in English?
- How easy is it to find a nice house or flat where you live?
Now watch to find out why Ashlie isn't happy where she lives.
Ashlie: Can you pass me the wrench, Stephen?
Stephen: This one?
Ashlie: No, that’s a screwdriver. The big one next to it.
Ashlie: Thanks. Right... I think that’s done. Phew!
Stephen: Well done, Ash.
Ashlie: That's the third time the taps have leaked this month. Just look at them. I'm fed up with living here.
Stephen: Ashlie's flat is falling apart. She's always repairing things.
Ashlie: I hate this flat! I can't stand the kitchen. I can't bear pink. I want to move out!
Stephen: That’s a great idea!
Ashlie: I want to rent somewhere a bit more modern, stylish, you know? Somewhere where everything works!
Stephen: I know what you mean. This place, I mean, look at this, it’s horrible... and it’s full of old rubbish.
Ashlie: Stephen, that’s mine!
Stephen: Mm, really? Nice...
Ashlie: I’ve decided. I’m going to start looking for somewhere else to live.
Stephen: I’ll help you look if you like.
Ashlie: Ahh... Thanks, Stephen.
Stephen: What about this one?
Ashlie: Ahh.. That one looks just right, yeah - give them a call.
Stephen: Hi. I'm calling about the flat for rent on Kings Road. Is it still available? It is? Great! Can we see it? Really, OK, see you there. Come on, Ash, let’s go - we can see it now.
Ashlie: Oh great! Come on, Poppy.
Ashlie: Hi, I’m Ashlie, and this is my brother, Stephen.
Estate Agent: Hi, I'm Chris. Is it for the two of you? Are you looking for a place together?
Stephen: Ah no, no... it’s just for Ashlie.
Ashlie: Well, it looks great from the outside, and this is a really nice area.
Estate Agent: Yes, it’s lovely, isn’t it? And this flat is perfect for one person. Let’s go and have a look around. After you - this way.
Ashlie: Hmm... It’s not very big, is it?
Estate Agent: Like I said, this place is just perfect for one person. It’s got everything you need.
Stephen: It’s a bit small, isn’t it?
Ashlie: Erm... Where's the bedroom?
Estate Agent: Ah - well look, here’s the bed, and it can also be a sofa.
Ashlie: Do you have anything else?
Estate Agent: Yeah, I can show you something else.
Stephen: This seems better. It’s got much more room, Ashlie. It’s more modern. It’s quite stylish.
Estate Agent: I can really see you living here.
Ashlie: Mmm. It is quite a good size. And the kitchen’s quite big. I like the carpet. No pink in sight!
Stephen: What’s it like round here? I don’t know the area very well.
Estate Agent: Er… It’s really close to the train station. There’s trains every ten minutes into Central London. I’ve got the paperwork with me. You could move in tomorrow.
Ashlie: So how much is the rent?
Estate Agent: What did you say?
Ashlie: Trains every ten minutes? No way!
Stephen: Wow! What a beautiful kitchen!
Ashlie: Ahhh... I love it, it’s so spacious!
Stephen: I think this is the one.
Ash: Come on then. Let’s tell the estate agent. Come on, Poppy.
Ashlie: Oh Stephen, that flat was wonderful! I’ve got to have it!
Stephen: Yes, it’s great, but are you sure?
Ashlie: Yes, I mean I feel really at home here. It’s such a peaceful street.
Stephen: Yes, it does seem pretty quiet.
Estate Agent: If you’d just like to sign the rental agreement, we can go back to the office, get the keys, and you can move in when you like.
Ashlie: Great! I can't wait. Where do I sign?
Estate Agent: Just there.