391 The Neighborhood


Keith answers questions about the area he lives in.

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Todd: OK, Keith, we're back here in the city. I'm going to ask you some questions about where you live. First, is there a libray by your house?

Keith: No, no libraries near me.

Todd: No, that's too bad. Do you like to read?

Keith: Sure, I love to read.

Todd: OK. Where do you get you books?

Keith: Well, I usually buy them at Tower Records or I order them through Amazon.com

Todd: OK. Note: this is not an advertisement. OK. Next one, is there a park by your house.

Keith: Park, yeah, there's actually two small ones.

Todd: Do you go there very often?

Keith: No, not to often, because usually I don't get home from work until pretty late. Not a lot of part-time in my schedule.

Todd: OK. So hang on. We've got to let the car go by here. Actually, lots of cars here. Lots of traffic. Is there lot of traffic where you live?

Keith: Oh, yeah, in the day time cause there's a lot of shops around my apartment, or near my apartment. But at night time it's pretty quiet.

Todd: OK. Great. Thanks Keith.

Keith: You're welcome.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

too bad

No, that's too bad. Do you like to read?

'Too bad' means that something is a pity or a shame.

Notice the following:

  1. It is too bad that you can't come to the party.
  2. If you can't get enough money together then it is just too bad, you won't be able to come.

park

Is there a park by your house.

A 'park' is a piece of land that the local government has made into a recreational space. There are parks with play areas for children or parks that are just natural  land.

Notice the following:

  1. I like to take the children to the park on a Sunday morning. 
  2. We have a special part of the park that has been set aside just for dogs.

schedule

Not a lot of part-time in my schedule.

A 'schedule' is a list of events and actions that you need to complete in a certain period of time, like a timetable.

Notice the following:

  1. I will need to check my schedule before I can commit to the meeting.
  2. She has a very busy schedule.

hang on

OK. So hang on. We've got to let the car go by here.

'Hang on' means to wait for a short period of time. This is an informal phrase.

Notice the following:

  1. Hang on, I think I have the ticket here.
  2. She is going to hang on and wait for you.

traffic

Actually, lots of cars here. Lots of traffic. Is there lot of traffic where you live?

'Traffic' is the movement of people or vehicles in a particular area. When traffic is a problem it means that there are many cars on the road and you can't drive quickly.

Notice the following:

  1. There is so much traffic today.
  2. Every morning I have to fight my way through the morning traffic in order to get to work.

 

Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
too bad • park • schedule
hang on • traffic
  1. My for next week is pretty full already. I have a free hour on Friday.
  2. We are going to go to the to play some basketball.
  3. It's that you aren't going to be here for the holidays this year.
  4. Can you for a second? I have another call.
  5. There was an accident on the highway so coming home was really bad.