Views #1459 | Intermediate (B1)

Meg has to move

Meg is moving soon and she talks with Todd about all the things she needs to do.

Todd: So Meg, are you busy this weekend?

Meg: Yes, I'm so busy because I'm moving.

Todd: Oh, no.

Meg: Yeah, there's a lot of work to do.

Todd: What do you have to do?

Meg: First, I have to prepare my apartment, so I need to pack all of my things.

Todd: That's not fun.

Meg: No, it takes a long time.

Todd: Do you need help?

Meg: Yeah, do you have time to help me?

Todd: I can help you on Sunday.

Meg: Ooh, are you busy on Saturday?

Todd: Yeah, on Saturday I have to work. I have to teach two classes, and then after I teach, I have to grade papers.

Meg: Oh, it sounds like you're really busy, too.

Todd: Plus, I have to meet my friends that evening.

Meg: Oh, what will you do with your friends?

Todd: I'm helping my friend also. My friend has car problems, so I have to take him to the mechanic, but on Sunday I can help you.

Meg: OK, that would be great because on Sunday I have to take some trash to the dump, and I have to finish some paperwork at city hall to prepare for moving to a new country

Todd: Now, because you're moving, do you have to go to the post office?

Meg: I do have to go to the post office. I almost forgot. At the post office, I have to submit a form to say my new address.

Todd: Ah, that's good because I have to go to the post office, too.

Meg: Oh, really.

Todd: I have to send my mom's birthday gift to her.

Meg: When is your mom's birthday?

Todd: It was one month ago.

Meg: Ah, so you have to send it quickly.

Todd: Yes, I have to get on it.

Meg: OK, well, let's go together.

Todd: So, I'll see you Sunday. What time should I be here?

Meg: I have to go to city hall by three p.m., so can you come at two?

Todd: OK, but if you want to go to the dump, the dump closes at noon, so we have to leave early.

Meg: Ah, OK. Can you come at eleven?

Todd: Yes. OK, so I will see you at eleven o'clock.

Meg: Great, see you then.

Todd: Bye.

Meg: Bye.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary



My friend has car problems.

We use the word problems when we have trouble in some area. Notice the following:

  1. I have problems at work.
  2. He is having problems at school.



I have to take him to the mechanic

A mechanic is a person who fixes cars. Notice the following:

  1. My dad is a mechanic.
  2. The mechanic fixed my car.



I have to take trash to the dump.

The dump is a place you can take trash for disposal. Notice the following:

  1. I took my couch to the dump.
  2. You can smell the dump a mile away.



I have to finish some paperwork

Paperwork is completing documents for official use. Notice the following:

  1. I have lots of paperwork at my job.
  2. I hate doing paperwork!

submit a form


submit a form

When you submit a form, you turn in paperwork or documents. Notice the following:

  1. Did you submit the form?
  2. You can submit the form online.

get on it


I have to get on it.

When you say you will get on it, that means you will take care of something soon. Notice the following:

  1. Tomorrow is the deadline. You better get on it.
  2. I know, I have to get on this.

Vocabulary Quiz

problems • mechanic • dump
paperwork • submit • get
  1. Do you know a good ?
  2. I took the old bed to the .
  3. I need to this application.
  4. My job has lots of .
  5. You need to on this.
  6. He is having money .

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