tutorStudy Options
Click the grey panels below to download free audio files or view bonuz quizes.
Audio Downloads
To download the audio, put your cursor (mouse arrow) over any blue audio link, right click and save.
Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
  1. He is a member of our .
  2. There is a new system at work for all trash.
  3. I am not happy with my interent cause the line is often down.
  4. I have your documents and ready to sign.
  5. Is it OK if I at the corner instead of the front gate?
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the questions below. Some questions have more than one answer. Scroll down to view the answer button.
Quiz 3: Questions for You!
Play the audio and answer the following questions. Click the blue box to view the questions and possible answers.

character illustration by Kazue Takahashi

Scene 24 : Getting Connected
Mari talks with her landlady, Shirley, about how to get the internet connected in her apartment.

  • Transcript
  • Audio Slide Show
  • Audio Notes

all fixed up

I got the papers all fixed up for you.

When something has been fixed up that means it has been prepared and is ready to use. Notice the following:

  1. I have your room all fixed up for you. (Ready for use)
  2. We should have the documents are fixed up and ready to sign by noon.

drop off

I dropped the papers off.

When you drop something off, such as some documents, you take them to a place and give them to someone or leave them there for them. You can also drop off people, as in, dropping off the kids to school. Here are a few other examples:

  1. I need to drop off my laundry at the dry-cleaners.
  2. Just drop the papers off at my desk.

service provider

Telecom is the main service provider.

A service provider is a company that provides a service, usually access to something. People usually need a service provider for their phone, internet, and cable TV. Notice the following:

  1. My internet service provider just raised my rates again.
  2. I want to change my service provider for my phone. The range of my phone is terrible.

separation system

We have a separation system for the trash.

A separation system is just a way of separating something, in this case trash. In most countries, a trash separation system consists of dividing paper and food products from plastic products, or glass and cans. Notice the following:

  1. The trash separation system in Japan is very difficult to understand.
  2. We don't have a separation system. It all goes to the same place.

local council

The pamphlet is issued by the local council.

A local council is just the local government. The word council is mainly only used in Common Wealth countries like England and Australia. It is not used in American English very much in reference to government. Here are a few examples:

  1. He ran for a seat on the local council.
  2. The local council approved funds for a new park.