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New York English Lesson: How to Find an Apartment

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, May 27, 2011 @ 08:35 AM

New York English LessonToday we have a New York English lesson. In this lesson, you can practice your listening and learn how to find an apartment in New York.  Finding an apartment in New York can be daunting! There are many things to think about! Which neighborhood is right for you? What kind of apartment do you want? And most importantly, what is your budget? I remember apartment hunting during the summer of 2006. After viewing twelve different apartments, I finally found the perfect place and I had an hour to get to the broker's office to sign the lease before someone else took the apartment. Apartment hunting is done a little bit differently in New York than in other cities. There is a lot of competition and prices are high so if you are learning English, you need to be prepared and know the correct phrases and vocabulary words to use when you start your search. In this New York English lesson series, we will give you some ideas about great neighborhoods to check out and the vocabulary words and phrases that you need to get the apartment you want.


Location: To find a great apartment open your mind



Many English students who come to New York to live for a few months or a year want to live in Manhattan. But in reality, New York is so much more than Manhattan. Also, well-known areas like SOHO and the West Village have recently been taken over by tourists who flood the streets with shopping bags. Is this the best way to have an authentic New York experience and practice your English as much as possible? In my opinion, there are a lot of other great neighborhoods that you should explore. In this listening practice, you will hear two native English speakers discussing the most popular up-and-coming neighborhoods in New York today.



Our favorite neighborhoods in New York:


  • South Park Slope, Brooklyn
  • Sunnyside, Queens
  • Astoria, Queens
  • East Williamsburg/Bushwick, Brooklyn
  • Long Island City, Queens


Listen to the conversation to learn more about these neighborhoods:




Check your listening comprehension:


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Topics: Advice for English Students, Daily Life in the US, Life in New York, Listening Practice

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