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Flathunting Scene 1

Ashlie is not happy with her flat, so Stephen offers to help her find somewhere better. That sounds easy, doesn't it?

Preparation

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.

Transcripts

Ashlie: Can you pass me the wrench, Stephen?

Stephen: This one?

Ashlie: No, that’s a screwdriver. The big one next to it.

Stephen: This?

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.

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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: Thanks.

…..

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.

…..

Ashlie: No...

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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.

Task 1

Can you match the flats with the descriptions?

Exercise

 

Task 2

Type the missing word or words in the space to finish the sentence.

Exercise

 

Task 3

Finish the phrases for describing flats by using the words given.

Exercise

 

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

Hello Anastasia,

The verb here is a phrasal verb: 'fed up'.

You can find the meaning and examples in any online dictionary, such as this one.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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