Scenes #1 Room for Rent
Rebecca needs a room to rent. She disusses her situation with Diego.
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Rebecca: Hey, Diego, I hear you've got a room available.
Diego: Yes, my roommates moving away for two months because he got an internship in the city.
Rebecca: Oh, wow, so you've got one room spare for somebody for two months.
Rebecca: OK. I'm actually moving home and I need to move out of the house that I'm in.
Diego: OK. When would you be moving out of your house?
Rebecca: Next week.
Diego: Next week! OK.
Rebecca: Could I rent a room?
Diego: Well, my roommate is going away if five days so I think it's possible.
Rebecca: So what would the rent be?
Diego: Well, I was actually thinking of splitting it with roommate. His room is going to stay empty, but might be interested in leasing his room to you for a month, so you can work out the details with him.
Rebecca: OK, so how much do you pay?
Diego: We're paying 650 dolllars.
Rebecca: Per month?
Diego: Yeah, but there's two rooms. I have the bigger room so I pay 350 and the smaller room pays 300 dollars.
Rebecca: OK, so I would take the smaller room for 300 dollars per month?
Diego: Yes, plus utilities like internet, water.
Rebecca: Oh, that would be great, OK, so it would just be the rent and that was it.
Diego: And utilities and your own groceries.
Rebecca: So, OK, so with food arrangement, do you we cook together? Do we buy the food together or separately?
Diego: Well, it depends up to you, but what I usually did with my roommate is we buy food for a week and we just cook together. I usually do all the cooking, so I can still do that but you have to do the dishes, and we can go from there.
Rebecca: OK, so the condition is that I do the dishes...
Diego: If I cook you, do the dishes. If you cook, I do the dishes. Yeah.
Rebecca: OK, so you like cooking obviously.
Diego: Yeah, I really enjoy cooking.
Rebecca: Are you a good cook?
Diego: Yeah, I've been told that.
Rebecca: So, OK, so for one month, I can move in to a room for three hundred dollars and then just extra for utilities, and you've got wireless internet?
Diego: No, pets are allowed in my my building so...
Rebecca: That's OK, I don't have any pets.
Diego: OK, just making sure.
Rebecca: Is there a big closet? I do have a lot of clothes.
Diego: Yeah, there's a closet big enough for your clothes.
Rebecca: OK, great. Awesome.
Diego: There's not a lot of storage space so only for your clothes, like...
Rebecca: OK, so clothes put in... yep.
Rebecca: OK. Great. Well, can I take the room? Or do I contact you?
Diego: We can meet up tomorrow and discuss it with my roommate but I'm pretty sure you can take the room. Yes.
Rebecca: OK, awesome. I would love to move in with you.
Diego: OK, well, I'll see you tomorrow at 8 o'clock.
Rebecca: OK, thank you.
He is leasing his room for two months.
When you lease something, you rent it for a closed period of time. Notice the following:
- I have a two-year lease on my car.
- When you lease a car, you have to give it back eventually.
You must pay utilities like internet, water, etc.
Utilities are costs like water, electricty, and garbage collection. Notice the following:
- We split the utility bill.
- My utilities are 50 bucks a month.
You have to do the dishes, and we can go from there.
The phrase, 'we can go from there' means you can start something and make final decisions later. Notice the following:
- Let's go to the beach first and then we can go from there ( i.e. decide where to go next later )
- For your first job, you can organize the files and then we can go from there on what to do next. ( i.e. decide what to do next later )
Yeah, I've been told it is a good gym.
We use this phrase to let people know we have previously heard information about something, even though we do not have firsthand experience with it. Notice the following:
- I've been told New York is very expensive.
- I've been told Bangkok is now a very modern city.
We can meet up tomorrow and discuss it.
The phrase 'meet up' means 'get together' to do something. Notice the following:
- Let's meet up downtown for dinner.
- So, do you want to meet up tomorrow?