The Words You Need To Understand Apartment Listings

 

Categories: Renting an apartment Speak Easy

 
Apartment ads
 

To help you master the apartment hunt, here is a quick task to revise the key words you need!

 

Task (advanced): Read the advertisements below and fill in the gaps.

Task (lower-intermediate/intermediate): Read the advertisements and fill in the gaps using the words from the box. You will NOT need all the words, and you will need to use some of the words MORE than once.

 Print this page if you can or take a piece of paper to note down your answers.

appliances – counter – viewings – hardwood- shower – repaired – shed – heart – floor – renovated – tub – space – closet – tuba – play – block – utilities – usage – applications – contrary – tenants – neighborhood – deposit

Ad # 1
Beautiful spacious 4-bedroom, 2-bath detached home in the h…………………. of (place). Entire main floor was r………………………. last year with bamboo floors throughout and original character maintained. Kitchen has quartz c……………………… tops, stainless steel a…………………………. and large eat-around island. Formal dining room and large living room with built-in shelving, French doors and fireplace. Main floor bathroom has shower and t………………. Upstairs has 4 good sized bedrooms with hardwood f……………………. Master bedroom has built-in shelving. Upper-floor bathroom also has s………………….. and tub. Backyard has a patio with garden table and chairs and grassed and mulched p………….. area for kids. Backyard s……………. for bikes and gardening tools. Front has large porch and garden. One parking space on the property with additional street parking available. Two b…………………….. walk to shops, restaurants, subway and schools. Appliances included new oven, fridge/freezer, dish washer, microwave, BBQ, washer, dryer, air conditioning, and high-efficiency boiler. 1-year lease starting August 1, 2015. $3,700 per month plus u………………………. For private showing contact (name & phone number).
 
Ad # 2
3-Bedroom main and second f…………………… of semi-detached house. Newly Renovated Space. No previous rental t……………………… Large living and dining s…………………. Main bedroom with walk-in c………………….. New washer and dryer. Street parking (with permit). Parking /garage space negotiable. Quiet and children-friendly n……………………………… Close to park and mall. Metro under construction across the street. Walking distance of junior schools and community centers. Available for v……………………….. on weekends.
 
Ad # 3
Fully renovated 2-bedroom suite with balcony, available June. Suite features: modern European style cabinetry. Stainless steel appliances including microwave and dishwasher. H…………………….. flooring throughout. Bath featuring tub and porcelain tiles imported from Italy. Building offers onsite laundry. Above/Underground parking available for $80/$100/month.Security d…………………….: 1/2 month’s rent.
 

VOCABULARY

backyard = garden or grassed play area behind a house

built-in shelving = shelves and doors built into the walls that can be used for storing things

cabinetry (noun) = cabinets, pieces of furniture with doors, drawers and shelves for storing things in the apartment

mulched (adjective) = covered with dirt and leaves

negotiable (adjective) = can be negotiated, discussed with the owner (e.g., price, rent)

semi-detached house = a house (usually with garden or backyard) joined to another house by a shared wall

walk-in closet = a room with no windows in the apartment which can be used for storing things (e.g., clothes)

 

ANSWERS:

Ad #1: heart/renovated/counter/appliances/tub/floor/shower/play/shed/block/utilities

Ad #2: floor/tenants/space/closet/neighborhood/viewings

Ad #3: hardwood/deposit

 

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