Module 5, Unit 2

“Asking About Furniture and Places to Live”

Base Sentences – (616-630)

616 We’re looking for a house to rent for the summer.

616 Estamos buscando una casa para alquilar para el verano.

617 Are you trying to find a furnished house?

617 ¿Está tratando de encontrar una casa amueblada?

618 This split-level house is for rent. It’s a bargain.

618 Esta casa de dos niveles es de alquiler. Es una ganga.

619 That house is for sale. It has central heating.

619 Esa casa está a la venta. Dispone de calefacción central.

620 We have a few kitchen things and a dining room set.

620 Tenemos algunas cosas de cocina y un juego de comedor.

621 This is an interesting floor plan. Please show me the basement.

621 Se trata de una planta muy interesante. Por favor, muéstrame el sótano.

622 The roof has leaks in it, and the front steps need to be fixed.

622 El techo tiene goteras en ella, y los escalones de la entrada necesita ser arreglado.

623 We’ve got to get a bed and a dresser for the bedroom.

623 Tenemos que conseguir una cama y un armario para el dormitorio.

624 Does the back door have a lock on it?

624 ¿La puerta trasera tiene un candado?

625 They’ve already turned on the electricity. The house is ready.

625 Ya se han convertido en la electricidad. La casa está lista.

626 I’m worried about the appearance of the floor. I need to wax it.

626 Estoy preocupado por el aspecto de la planta. Debo encerar.

627 If you want a towel, look in the linen closet.

627 Si desea una toalla, mira en el armario de la ropa.

628 What style furniture do you have? Is it traditional?

628 ¿Qué mobiliario de estilo tiene? Es tradicional?

629 We have drapes for the living room, but we need kitchen curtains.

629 Tenemos cortinas para la sala de estar, pero necesitamos cortinas de la cocina.

630 The house needs painting. It’s in bad condition.

630 La casa necesita pintura. Está en mal estado.

Verb Study

1. worry (about), be worried (about) =

(A) I’m worried about the appearance of the floor. (B) Aren’t you worried about the roof? It has leaks in it. (C) I’m worrying about my new job. (D) There’s nothing to worry about. (E) Mr. Cooper worries about his health. (F) Did you worry about me while I was away? (G) I’m worried about our front steps. They need to be fixed. (H) I’ve never known anybody who worried as much as you do. (A) Estoy preocupado por el aspecto de la planta. (B) ¿No estás preocupado por el tejado? Se tiene fugas en ella. (C) Me estoy preocupando por mi nuevo trabajo. (D) No hay nada de qué preocuparse. (E) El Sr. Cooper se preocupa por su salud. (F) ¿Te preocupas por mí mientras yo estaba fuera? (G) Estoy preocupado por los escalones de la entrada. Ellos necesitan ser corregidos. (H) Nunca he conocido a nadie que se preocupaba tanto como usted lo hace.

2. rent => rented, renting, rents 

(A) We’re looking for a house to rent for the summer. (B) Who rented the house next door to you? (C) We’re renting this house for the summer. (D) Would you rather rent the house than buy it? (E) Who’s renting your house in Florida this winter? (F) Did you rent this house just for the summer? (G) She rents two houses: one for the summer; and one for the winter. (H) I’m sorry. We’ve already rented the house to somebody else. (A) Estamos buscando una casa para alquilar para el verano. (B) ¿Quién alquiló la casa de al lado de usted? (C) Estamos alquilando esta casa durante el verano. (D) ¿Prefiere alquilar la casa de comprarlo? (E) ¿Quién es el alquiler de su casa en Florida este invierno? (F) ¿Sabía usted alquila esta casa sólo para el verano? (G) Se alquila dos casas: una para el verano y otro para el invierno. (H) Lo siento. Ya hemos alquilado la casa a otra persona.

3. show => showed, showing, shows

(A) This is an interesting floor plan. Please show me the basement. (B) The usher will show you to your seats. (C) The salesman showed me a new car yesterday afternoon. (D) She’s sick, but she doesn’t show it. (E) The waiter is showing them to a table. (F) Mr. Cooper is going to show me his new house at 2 o’clock. (G) Why didn’t you show me the front steps? They need to be fixed. (H) May I show you to the door? (A) Se trata de una planta muy interesante. Por favor, muéstrame el sótano. (B) El acomodador le mostrará a sus asientos. (C) El vendedor me mostró una nueva tarde de ayer coche. (D) Está enferma, pero ella no lo demuestra. (E) El camarero les está mostrando a una mesa. (F) El Sr. Cooper me va a mostrar su nueva casa a las 2:00. (G) ¿Por qué no me enseñas los escalones de la entrada? Ellos necesitan ser corregidos. (H) ¿Puedo mostrar a la puerta?

4. wax => waxed, waxing, waxes

(A) I need to wax the floor. (B) Did you wax your car yesterday as you planned to? (C) I couldn’t wax the car because it rained all day. (D) My car looked new after I finished waxing it. (E) My wife waxed the dining room table because we were having guests. (F) John waxes his car once a month. (G) This floor needs waxing. Look at its appearance! (H) When was the last time you waxed the kitchen floor?

(A) (A) Tengo que encerar el piso. (B) ¿Has encerar su coche ayer que planeaba? (C) que no podía encerar el coche porque llovió todo el día. (D) Mi coche parecía nuevo después de haber terminado encerado él. (E) Mi esposa crecía la mesa del comedor porque estábamos invitados. (F) John ceras su coche una vez al mes. (G) Esta planta necesita cera. Mira su apariencia! (H) ¿Cuándo fue la última vez que encerado el suelo de la cocina?

Word/Phrase Sentence Substitution

1a We’re looking for a house to rent for the summer.

1b We’re looking for an apartment to rent for the summer.

1c We’re looking for a cottage to rent for the summer.

1d We’re looking for a cabin to rent for the summer.

1e We’re looking for a room to rent for the summer.

2a Are you trying to find a furnished house?

2b Are you trying to find an unfurnished house?

2c Are you trying to find a 3-bedroom house?

2d Are you trying to find an inexpensive house?

3a This split-level house is for rent. It’s a bargain.

3b This colonial style house is for rent. It’s a bargain.

3c This efficiency apartment is for rent. It’s a bargain.

3d This duplex apartment is for rent. It’s a bargain.

3e This third-floor room is for rent. It’s a bargain.

4a That house is for sale. It has central heating.

4b That house is for sale. It has air conditioning.

4c That house is for sale. It has a nice fireplace.

4d That house is for sale. It has a big back yard.

4e That house is for sale. It has all the modern conveniences.

4f That house is for sale. It has a double garage.

5a We have a few kitchen things and a dining room set.

5b We have a few kitchen things and a few pieces of furniture.

5c We have a few kitchen things and some antiques.

5d We have a few kitchen things and an automatic washing machine.

6a This is an interesting floor plan. Please show me the basement.

6b This is an interesting floor plan. Please show me the attic.

6c This is an interesting floor plan. Please show me the hallway.

6d This is an interesting floor plan. Please show me the laundry room.

6e This is an interesting floor plan. Please show me the den.

6f This is an interesting floor plan. Please show me the stairway.

7a The roof has leaks in it, and the front steps need to be fixed.

7b The roof has leaks in it, and the house needs to be painted.

7c The roof has leaks in it, and the grass needs cutting.

7d The roof has leaks in it, and the flower beds have to be weeded.

7e The roof has leaks in it, and the side door ought to be repaired.

8a We’ve got to get a bed and a dresser for the bedroom.

8b We’ve got to get a sofa and chair for the living room.

8c We’ve got to get a lamp and a desk for the den.

8d We’ve got to get a mirror and a rug for the bathroom.

8e We’ve got to get a sink and a stove for the kitchen.

8f We’ve got to get a telephone stand for the hallway.

8g We’ve got to get a refrigerator for the kitchen.

9a Does the back door have a lock on it?

9b Does the mailbox have a number on it?

9c Does the front porch have a street number on it?

9d Does the garage have a sliding door on it?

9e Does the wall have a picture on it?

10a They’ve already turned on the electricity. The house is ready.

10b They’ve already installed the telephone. The house is ready.

10c They’ve already carpeted the floors. The house is ready.

10d They’ve already put in the plumbing. The house is ready.

10e They’ve already completed the interior. The house is ready.

11a I’m worried about the appearance of the floor. I need to wax it.

11b I’m worried about the looks of the woodwork. I need to scrub it.

11c I’m worried about the condition of the steps. I need to repair it.

12a If you want a towel, look in the linen closet.

12b If you want some sheets, look down in the laundry room.

12c If you want a trunk, look up in the attic.

12d If you want scissor , look over the table.

12e If you want your shoes, look down under the bed.

12f If you want a paper clip, look inside the drawer of the desk.

12g If you want a wastebasket, look beside the desk.

13a What style furniture do you have? Is it traditional?

13b What style furniture do you have? Is it modern?

13c What style furniture do you have? Is it period furniture?

13d What style furniture do you have? Is it rattan?

14a We have drapes, but we need kitchen curtains.

14b We have drapes, but we need pictures to hang on the walls.

14c We have drapes, but we need paint to paint the house with.

14d We have drapes, but we need carpets for the floor.

15a The house needs painting. It’s in bad condition.

15b The house needs repairing. It’s in bad condition.

15c The house needs remodeling. It’s in bad condition.

16a What style furniture will you buy?

16b What style of furniture will you buy?

16c What type furniture will you buy?

16d What type of furniture will you buy?

16e What kind of furniture will you buy?

16f What sort of furniture will you buy?

Reading Practice

There are many things to consider when you are looking for a house, whether you intend to buy or only rent. After all, it is going to be your home, perhaps for quite a long time, and you want to be happy with it. Hay muchas cosas a considerar cuando usted está buscando una casa, si tiene intención de comprar o alquilar solamente. Después de todo, va a ser su casa, tal vez desde hace mucho tiempo, y usted quiere ser feliz con él.

You have to decide exactly what kind of house you want, how much you can afford to pay, and the type of neighborhood you wish to live in. Usted tiene que decidir exactamente qué tipo de casa que desea, la cantidad que puede pagar, y el tipo de barrio en el que desea vivir,

Last week my wife and I arranged to see a house that was for sale. The agent said it might need a few repairs, but he thought we should look at it anyway. He told us it was a bargain. La semana pasada mi esposa y yo dispuestos a ver una casa que estaba en venta. El agente dijo que podría necesitar algunas reparaciones, pero pensó que deberíamos verlo de todos modos. Él nos dijo que era una ganga.

Some bargain! The roof leaked and the plumbing didn’t work. The front steps were broken and the back door had no lock on it. It needed to be painted both inside and outside. It was in terrible condition. Algunos ganga! El techo goteaba y la fontanería no funcionaba. Los escalones de la entrada estaban rotas y la puerta de atrás no tenía cerradura en él. Tenía que ser pintada por dentro y por fuera. Estaba en muy mal estado.

“What do you think?” the agent asked. “It isn’t exactly what we want,” we told him. “You’re very difficult to please,” he said. “Perhaps you’d better have your house custom built.” “¿Qué piensa usted?” preguntó el agente. “No es exactamente lo que queremos”, le dijimos. “Es muy difícil de complacer”, dijo. “Tal vez es mejor que tener su costumbre casa construida.”

Questions

1. What should you consider before buying a house?

2. What did the agent tell my wife and me about the house that was for sale?

3. What was wrong with the house?

4. Do you think this house was a good “bargain”?

5. What did the agent say when we told him we didn’t want this house?

Conversation Practice

AGENT: Good morning! May I help you? MR. PITT: Yes, you may. My wife and I are interested in renting a house for the summer. MRS. PITT: We want something near the beach, if you have it. AGENT: Do you want a furnished house or an unfurnished one? MRS. PITT: Furnished. But we have our own sheets and towels. AGENT: Very well. How long do you want the house? All summer? MR. PITT: No, not all summer. Just for six weeks. AGENT: I’m afraid I can only rent it for two months. MR. PITT: My vacation is only for six weeks, but I think my brother and his family would take it for the other two weeks. MRS. PITT: Is the house in good condition? AGENT: Yes, it is. It was just painted it has all the modern conveniences, including air conditioning. MRS. PITT: Wonderful. Let’s take it, John. MR. PITT: Not so fast, Eva. We haven’t seen it yet, and we have no idea how much it costs.

Word List

air conditioning

antique

appearance

attic

automatic

back

bargain

bedroom

beside

cabin

central heating

colonial

condition

convenience

cottage

curtain

den

double

drapes

drawer

dresser

duplex

efficiency

electricity

fireplace

floor plan

flower bed

front

furnished

garage

grass

hallway

inexpensive

interior

laundry

leak

linen

lock

looks

mirror

modern

paint

paper clip

period

plumbing

porch

rattan

refrigerator

roof

room

scissors

set

sheet

sink

sliding

sofa sofa

split-level

stairway

stand

step

stove

style แบบ

towel

traditional

trunk

unfurnished

washing machine

wastebasket

woodwork

yard

Verb Forms

carpet

cut, cut (p. and p. part.)

hang, hung (p. and p. part.)

install

need

paint

put in

remodel

rent

repair

scrub

wax

weed

Expressions

for rent

for sale

have got to

Supplementary Word List

(Conversation and Reading Practice)

agent agente He is a real-estate agent for Century 21.

vacation vacaciones Have you taken your vacation yet?

custom built hecha a la medida This car is custom built.

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