704 Neighbors


Phil and Todd meet and talk about their guesthouse and their jobs.

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Todd: Hello.

Phil: Hello. Good morning.

Todd: Hi. I don't think we've met. My name's Todd.

Phil: Oh, nice to meet you. My name's Phil. I'm from England.

Todd: Oh, hey Phil, I'm from the states. I've noticed you in the building. How long have you lived here?

Phil: I've lived here for six months actually.

Todd: Oh, really.

Phil: Yeah.

Todd: Well, I've been here for two months and I don't think , you know, we've haven't met yet, so.

Phil: I guess we're always busy at work. I never see you.

Todd: Right. Right. Now, do you live on the fourth floor?

Phil: Yeah, yeah. I live actually quite near to your room, just right around the corner.

Todd: Oh, really. What room number are you?

Phil: I'm 443.

Todd: Ah, OK. Actually, I'm 430, so.

Phil: I'm lucky my room's at the end of the corridor so it's really quiet.

Todd: Yeah, you know, I was wondering though, at night I do my laundry sometimes and the laundry room is near your room and it makes a lot of noise. Does it keep you up at night?

Phil: I've never heard it to be honest. Maybe I'm a really good sleeper.

Todd: Oh, good.

Phil: I never hear it.

Todd: So, what do you do?

Phil: I'm an English teacher near here.

Todd: Oh, really, actually so am I.

Phil: Oh, really. I only teach junior high school, so quite young children.

Todd: Ah, that's cool. I'm the opposite. I teach mainly university students.

Phil: Oh, OK, yeah. Junior high school students are really good but, quite often they like to sleep in the lesson. Maybe, I'm just a boring teacher. I don't know.

Todd: Nah, nah. I think it's just cause when they're young kids. Yeah, the university kids are nice, but I think you have a lot more holidays though.

Phil: Yeah, that's true. Recently, I had five weeks summer vacation. I was really lucky.

Todd: I'm jealous. That's nice.

Hey, so what do you think of the building that we live in?

Phil: Actually, I really like it. The rooms are quite small. The atmosphere, everyone is so friendly, and I get to meet people from all over the world and talk to them in different languages if I can and it's really interesting.

Todd: Yeah, I agree. I really like living here. I mean, you know sometimes, I like to be by myself, you know, but I have to admit, I really like having so many people that you can talk to in the building.

Phil: Yeah, it's really nice and there's really good places to prepare food and everything is really clean and nice so it's a really nice place to live.

Todd: How much longer do you think you're going to stay?

Phil: My contract is for another six months here, so I will stay that long and then maybe longer, I'm not sure.

Todd: OK, well, anyway it was nice to meet you.

Phil: Oh, yeah, nice to meet you, too.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

quite near

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I live actually quite near to your room, just right around the corner.

If you are 'quite near' to something, it means that you are very close to it in terms of location.

Notice the following:

  1. I sat quite near to her in class.
  2. I have always wanted to live quite near a major city.

I was wondering

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I was wondering though, at night I do my laundry sometimes and the laundry room is near your room and it makes a lot of noise.

When you 'wonder' about something, it means that you are contemplating it, thinking about it, or curious about it.

Notice the following:

  1. I was wondering yesterday who would be best person to ask to look after my cats when I go away.
  2. She was wondering if she would ever meet the man of her dreams.

keep you up

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Does it keep you up at night?

When something 'keeps you up,' it means that you are unable to sleep as a result of it. Something might keep you up because it is too loud or because you are thinking about it so much that you can't sleep.

Notice the following:

  1. The noise from the street outside keeps me up all night.
  2. I was worried about money and that used to keep me up at night.

to be honest

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I've never heard it to be honest.

You can use the phrase 'to be honest' if you are giving your truthful opinion about something even though the listener might not agree with you.

Notice the following:

  1. To be honest, I have never really liked him.
  2. I can't go because, to be honest, I have no money.

get to meet

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I get to meet people from all over the world.

When you 'get to meet' someone, it means that you meet them for the first time.

Notice the following:

  1. I take a lot of evening classes, as I find that I get to meet people that way.
  2. She gets to meet lots of interesting people doing the job that she does.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
quite near • wondering • keep
honest • meet
  1. Is it okay if I watch a movie, or will that you up?
  2. Do you get to a lot of celebrities because you live in Hollywood?
  3. To be , everyone loves this restaurant, but I don't think the food's that great.
  4. Our new apartment is your office.
  5. I am what will be the fastest way to get there.