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

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Advanced: C1


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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Dear Team,
thanks a lot again for helping us.Is there anything wrong in the phrase''...our landlord was really helpful, couldn't do enough for us.''? How can we say someone being ''helpful'' without him be able to do ''enough for us''?

Hello nikoslado
Yes, I can see how that would sound strange. When we say that someone 'can't do enough for us', it means that the person is always trying to do more to help us. It's as if, from that person's point of view, they can't do enough for us, because they always want to do more for us.
It's a somewhat strange way to say it, but the expression is quite common!
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team