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Renting a house

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

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About the verb "To give notice", what I read in the Cambridge Dictionary is that "to ask someone who works for you to leave one's job usually after a period of time." But here is different. Could you explain it?
How about using "hand in my notice"?

Hello Kien Alang,

The meaning of notice here is warning. We can use it in the phrase without notice to mean that something was sudden and unexpected:

The storm hit without warning.


In the context of jobs and work, warning means information that a person is leaving their job. This may come from the worker or from the company, and this is difference between the two phrases:

If I want to leave my job then I give in my notice or I give them my notice.

If the company wants me to leave then they give me my notice.



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well, I guess it depends on how high your income is, so if you can afford buying a house then this will be a better option, but also it rely on peoples preferences .

From my point of view, i think buying a house is better.

As a person that has rented several apartments in different cities, I think affording an apartment is not the most important point for buying one. I would buy an apartment where I am sure that I am going to stay for a long period of time. Of course, I assumed I afford it! My own apartment brings me the freedom of how to decorate it, not being worried of the owner or making a small hole in the wall for the board, etc. However, it is costlier than a rental apartment, on short time scales, since I need a loan to pay for it. Hence, I would go for buying an apartment whenever I am very much sure that I am going to live there for years and years.

Personally, I think that most of the time it's better to buy a house if you can afford it, of course, but also it depends on the situation if you are a person who moves very often you should rent a house instead. buying a house nowadays is too difficult for an average person even for a family and it's getting worse each day everything gets more expensive, so if you have the opportunity of buying a house you should think carefully about what kind of house and neighborhood you want to live in.

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?



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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'.



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