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零距离美语会话[住房]Lesson 1:Do you rent an apartment or own it?

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Unit 6    Housing1     住房问题
One      Do you rent an apartment or own it?

 1   Introduction  
The issue of housing is something that China and America generally have in common.  In the U.S., like here, houses and apartments are usually more expensive in the cities and the suburbs2.  The places to live in rural3 America are usually much less expensive.

2 Sample Sentences
1.  They live in the apartment above ours.
2.  The kitchen sink is broken.
3.  Are there friends or family in the neighborhood?
4.  Would you like a duplex or a mobile4 home?
4. This one is furnished, and the neighborhood looks nice.
6.  Does the garage apartment have a fenced yard?
7.  The suburbs usually have their own churches, schools, and shopping centers.
8.  Many people prefer to live near the center of cities, but because houses there are expensive, they often commute5 from suburbs.
9.   There are only two crimes this year so far in my neighborhood.
10.  The place I’m living now has planes flying over day and night.  I can’t stand the noise sometimes!

3.  Conversations
1.  House and employment6.
A:  Susan, I am inviting7 you and Frank8 to our “house warming” party this weekend.
B: A house warming party?
A:  Yes, Deborah and I are going to buy a new home in Woodlawn.
B:  Congratulations! That’s wonderful. I bet9 both of you are quite happy.
A:  Well, we have always dreamed of owning our own home, but real estate1 in this area is extremely expensive.
B:  I understand. That’s why Christopher and I want to find a place in a small town, far from the city.
A:  That’s a good idea if you can find employment nearby.
B:  I agree. That’s why Christopher is already looking for a job in Maine, or Wisconsin.

2.  High rent.
A:  I can’t believe the cost of apartments in New York City.
B:  Oh, you didn’t know that apartments here are considered valuable, even if they are small and crowded?
A:  Of course I had heard about that, but now I know how expensive it is to rent a place here.
B:  I don’t mind paying high rent to live in New York.
A:  Why?  You pay so much for such a tiny2 space to live.
B:  Yeah, but so what!  I’m proud to live in the world’s most excting city. And, the salaries here are the highest in the nation, too.

3.   Meeting new neighbors.
A:  Hi, my name’s Karl.  My wife and I are moving in next door.
B:  Hello, Karl.  I’m Chuck Jones.  We’re going to be neighbors.
A:  I’m happy to meet you.  It seems everyone in town is so friendly.
B:  This is a small town, and we like to be neighborly3.  We know everyone who lives around here.
A:  Well, I’m from Chicago.  There few people take the time to get to know their neighbors.
B:  So, tell me, Karl, why did you come all the way to Minnesota to live?
A:  We wanted to live in a more peaceful4 community and have more space.  Another reason is, we can afford to buy a home here, but we can’t in Chicago!
——我们想住在一个更加安宁,地方也更加宽敞的居民区。 还有一个原因是,在这里我们可以买得起房子,但是在芝加哥却不行!


4.  How much is the rent?
A:  Let’s move out of here.  This apartment is too small.
B:  I agree.  I’ll look in the paper.
A:  A house would be great.  I could plant a garden.  And you could use the garage for a workshop.
B:  Here’s an interesting ad:  For rent.  Two-bedroom, unfurnished5 house, fenced yard, one-car garage.  Pets6 OK.
A:  How much is the rent?
B:  The ad says $325 plus deposit7.
A:  When is the place available?
B:  It’s available now, and it’s got a very good location8.  You won’t be far from work.

 4   Words and Expressions
1. real estate10 不动产
2. tiny 极小的; 微小的
3. neighborly 像邻居的; 亲切的; 和睦的
4. peaceful  平静的; 安宁的
5. unfurnished 没有家具设备的
6. pet 供玩赏的动物, 宠物
7. deposit  保证金; 押金; 定金
8. location 位置; 场所, 所在地


1 housing YqzzxS     
  • Do you think our housing sales will turn around during this year?你认为今年我们的住宅销路会好转吗?
  • The housing sales have been turning down since the summer.入夏以来,房屋的销售量日趋减少。
2 suburbs 9112fbe5b7505b1970f54b03ee463b57     
n.郊区,城郊( suburb的名词复数 );四乡;隧;四郊
  • The poor suburbs traditionally formed the bedrock of the party's support. 贫穷的郊区在传统上构成了支持该党的牢固基础。
  • The new college will be located in the suburbs. 这所新建的学院将设在郊区。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 rural OC8za     
  • He lived a rural life.他过着田园生活。
  • We left the city for a rural home.我们离开城市,去农村安家。
4 mobile l6dzu     
  • The old lady sits on a mobile chair every morning.那位老妇人每天上午坐在一把可携带使用的椅子上。
  • She's much more mobile now that she's bought a car.自从她买了汽车后,活动量就大多了。
5 commute BXTyi     
  • I spend much less time on my commute to work now.我现在工作的往返时间要节省好多。
  • Most office workers commute from the suburbs.很多公司的职员都是从郊外来上班的。
6 employment HpGxe     
  • A large office requires the employment of many people.一个大办事处需要雇用好多人员。
  • The state of employment in this city is improving.这个城市就业状况正在改善。
7 inviting CqIzNp     
  • An inviting smell of coffee wafted into the room.一股诱人的咖啡香味飘进了房间。
  • The kitchen smelled warm and inviting and blessedly familiar.这间厨房的味道温暖诱人,使人感到亲切温馨。
8 frank JibxK     
  • A frank discussion can help to clear the air.坦率的谈论有助于消除隔阂。
  • She is frank and outgoing.她很爽朗。
9 bet ddZy8     
  • I bet you can't do this puzzle.我敢说,你解决不了这个难题。
  • I offered to bet with him.我提出与他打赌。
10 estate InSxv     
  • My estate lies within a mile.我的地产离那有一英里。
  • The great real estate brokers do far more than this.而优秀的房地产经纪人做得可比这多得多。
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