Hello everyone. This week I have chosen "House Swap" from 6 Minute English.
A house swap is when, on holiday, you exchange your house for someone else's in a foreign country. Supposing you want to go to London for a holiday, and you know a family in London who want to come to Rome. No worries! Instead of spending a fortune in a hotel, you arrange to exchange, or swap, houses. Do you know anyone who has done this?
In 6 Minute English, the speakers discuss this idea, and you will hear from people who have had this experience. Before you listen, look through these questions:
1. Official Question: According to a recent survey, which is the most popular destination for UK home swaps?
2. The first woman you hear likes home swapping because:
a) it's ________; (one word)
b) it's a great opportunity to _____ ______ _____ ____ . (up to four words)
3. Home swapping is cheap because you don't have to pay for:
a) ________________ (one word)
b) a ________ (one word)
4. The woman speaker mentions a "wide range of options" when you are house-swapping. Which two does she mention on this list?
(a) a houseboat; (b) a cottage; (c) an apartment; (d) a town house: (e) a penthouse.
5. In the family who spoke, the girl liked house swapping because "you don't .........." Complete the sentence according to what you hear.
6. The man said, "... you can feel like a _______ , not like a ________ ."
Now listen to Six Minute English!
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I'll buy an 'aperitivo' for the first person who gets all the questions right!
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More next week! - Mike