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English in New York: Vocabulary for an Apartment Search

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Sat, May 28, 2011 @ 07:57 AM

English in New YorkOne of the most important tasks where you will need your English in New York is finding an apartment. In the last New York English lesson you learned which neighborhoods are up-and-coming. Now that you have some neighborhoods in mind that you want to check out, you will learn some vocabulary words and expressions that you can use to communicate with the landlord, the broker or your potential roommates. Try the quiz below to test your vocabulary for apartment hunting. Choose the correct words to fill in the blanks in this typical telephone conversation between a landlord and an apartment hunter.


"I'm Calling about the Apartment": A Typical Phone Conversation


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A: Hi, I'm calling about the ______ on 68th street. Is it still available?

B: Yes, it is.

A: Great, can I ask you a few questions about it?

B: Sure, what are your questions?

A: I don't have any furniture. Is the studio _______?

B: Yes, it is.

A: What is the size of the apartment?

B: It is _____ but it is in a _____ location, a block from the subway.

A: What is the monthly rent?

B: It is $1,500 per month. Heat and hot water are included.

A: You have to pay for the other _____ like electricity and gas.

B: That sounds a little ______. Is it possible to negotiate the rent?

A: Sorry, the rent is non-negotiable.

B: Ok, do you require a ____   ____?

A: Yes, and I also need to see a letter from your previous _____ and your employer.

B: What do I need to pay to move in?

A: You need to pay the first and last month's rent plus the ____  _____.

B: Ok I need to think about my ______ and I will call you tomorrow if I want to view the apartment.

A: Ok, thanks a lot and have a nice day.

B: Thank you.


Check your answers to the quiz



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