Listen to four different people talking about their experiences with renting accommodation to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Dear Kirk,
Plz explain me this sentence: "I'm averaging three stars because of one bad review that brought my average down from four and a half stars". Thanks you

Hello Hoàng Nhung,

We'll be happy to help you, but I think it will be easier if you can tell us which part of the sentence you find confusing. Is it a particular phrase, for example, or something about the way the sentence is structured?



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter,
The structure of sentence is ok. I think the meaning of the sentence:
The landlord for rent his house, he was averaging price of house at four and a half star but he is underselling the house at three stars because of one bad review. But he thinks that he will raise prices on tourist season. Is it correct ?

Hello again Hoàng Nhung,

On various online sites there is a reviewing system which averages out the reviews a particular seller or product has to provide an overall score.

Let's say a landlord rents out his house five times. The first person gives him five stars and the second gives him four stars, so his average is four and a half (9/2=4.5. But then the next person gives him zero stars. Now his average is only three (9/3=3). In this situation he might say 'I'm averaging three stars because of one bad review that brought my average down from four and a half stars'.



The LearnEnglish Team

Oh, I have to check the paragraph again.
Thank you very much Peter

I want to buy a house so i can decorate it's up to me.

Renting or buying? which one is better is depending on what context you're facing and how do you want to live. How do you want to live? Renting is better if you want to live freely that you might easily move from one place to another place. Buying is better if you want to settle in somewhere, for example, with your own family. However, things are depending not only on what you want but also on how much money you're able to afford. If you don't have enough money to buy a dream house, then renting should be a good choice instead.

If all the living conditions remain stable in the future, it may be better to rent a house rather than buy it. Then you won't need to get a big portion of your capital blocked in that.
How ever, it is actually impossible to witness a zero inflation in the society and house prices will continually be increasing. Therefore it looks like our money are losing its value. Accordingly many people tend to buy a house, so they not only provide their shelter, but also are making their investment.

Off course buying a house is better , but not all of people can afford it .

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