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Real English: Phrases for finding an apartment

Hi, guys, and welcome back to www.engvid.com. Today,
we are doing accommodation, and particularly, London accommodation. What do you do? You
come to London. You need to find a place to live. This could apply to anywhere in the UK.
If you don’t know someone and have a place to go to, you might need to check out a
website like Gumtree or Rightmove.co.uk. Now, what we’re going to be doing in today’s
lesson is looking through a couple of different flats, apartments that I found on the Internet
and talking through the key phrases. And then, we’ll talk about useful questions to ask if
you were to visit a house that you wanted to live in. So I’ve — obviously, question No. 1 you have
to ask yourself is how much money can I afford to give? So London accommodation can be a
little bit expensive, so I gave myself a budget — “budget” is the maximum I can spend —
of 800 pounds a month. So it’s quite a lot. What I found was a bedsit, a “cozy” — meaning
a comfortable bedsit — which was priced at 195pw. That means per week.
Okay? Now, some of the useful phrases I found on
this advert for this particular place was that it was a “cozy” bedsit. So this means
comfortable. You could also say that it means “small”. So the positive is, “Mmm. Nice and
comfortable.” But the negative, “Ugh. There’s no room.” Okay? A “bedsit”. What a “bedsit” means is that there is a bedroom,
but there is no living room. There is no room for a television, sofas, chairs. It’s kind
of bedroom, kitchen. Okay? So it’s quite a small flat. “Presented in” — that’s just a load of crap,
really. So you kind of just go, “Oh, it’s in a charming” — what does that mean? “It’s
in a nice — “period” just means “old”. It’s in a nice, old building. Okay? So it’s
a small place in a nice, old building. It has an open plan. That means if I’m lying
in bed, I can see the kitchen. Okay? There’s no wall between bed and kitchen. So “open
plan” means no wall. “Fully fitted kitchen” — so we talk about when a kitchen is “fitted”,
it has refrigerator. Maybe there’s a microwave. Put your pizza in. Heat up some food. There’s
a kettle. Maybe a dishwasher. I can clean my clothes — those kinds of things would
be a “fully fitted”. So I can do everything I need in the kitchen. A “shared bathroom” — to “share” — if I
share my pen with you, then you can use my pen. So if I’m sharing a bathroom, then someone
else is peeing on the toilet seat, okay? “Selected Sky channels”, so that does not
mean all. All — no. It means the landlord chooses what I can watch on the Sky, so typically,
one sport channel, and a couple of useless channels that you don’t
really want to watch. “The rent includes” — that means it’s 195 a week
— I don’t have to spend more on electricity, water, gas, etc. And then, at the bottom of the advert, it
says “to arrange”. That means to organize — I’m looking at — because I’ve got the
advert here, so you know, just scanning through it. “To organize a viewing” — that means to
have a look around — “please call — well, the number is — what is she called? Maria,
at 07 55 79 11 636. Maria is going to get loads of calls now. Sorry, Maria. But maybe it’s
good practice for her because she’s clearly Spanish, so she can practice
speaking English to you guys. “Double bedroom” — this is a slightly different
part of time. So this place was in Earl’s Court, a nice central part of London. My next
one is in Shoreditch. This is like, the super cool, kind of, where artsy people are in,
so East London. And here, you have a double room. That means there is a bedroom — somewhere
where I sleep. And then, there are other people who I am sharing with. Okay? So I’m sharing with
other people. Maybe there are three bedrooms. Now, my key features — a “feature” is a good
point. Okay? It has an eat-in kitchen. That means I make my food — boiling — I’ve made
a cooking video. You should check it out. So I’m cooking in the kitchen, and then I
can eat in the kitchen because there is a table to sit at. So “eat-in” means plus
table. Hopefully with a chair as well. Again, all bills are included. So my price
here, my price here — kind of where I looked there. There, 145 a week. So for a month,
that’s going to be — what? Who’s good at math? 580 a month. Not too bad. Okay? So it’s
going to be cheaper if you are sharing with other people, and maybe quite good
practicing English with them as well. Now, this place has numerous windows throughout.
That means “a lot of” or “many”. Yeah? You can see the root. “Numero”, from the Latin,
means “number”. So there’s lots of windows all over the place. “Making it full” — “full”.
“My glass is full of water.” This house is full of natural light. So that means, you
know, light from outside comes in, which is, you know, good, except in winter
when there isn’t much natural light. Now, they want something from you. I’ll tell
you something. These adverts, many people looking at these adverts and going, “Hello.
Can I come and have a look at your house, please?” So these people are choosing you
in London, okay? So what do they want? They want you — “You must be” — okay? An imperative.
“You must be an easy going person.” That means, “Yeah. I’m okay. No problems. I just, you
know — I pay my rent, and I go to work, and I’m cool.” Yeah? Easy going — no problems,
a no problems person. “And sociable”, okay? From the same sort of root as “society”, means
a collection of people. So if I’m “sociable”, I like talking to people. I don’t just sit
in my room and read my magazine and then go out. I have to be able to talk to people.
So very good if you’re an ESL student. And it says “a pretty”, which means — these are
quite English adjectives. “Pretty”, “quite”, “a bit” — because we like to be polite in
our speech. We don’t say things, kind of, very directly. So we say, “It’s a little bit
of a flexible contract.” What that means is you don’t definitely have to stay there for
a year. You could stay there for a shorter amount of time. Now, I’m not going to give this person’s number
out because I’m a bit worried about poor old Maria over there. But I’m going to give Laura
a ring and see if we can go and pay her a visit. Back in a sec. Oh, hi, there. Maria? Yes. My name is Benjamin.
Yeah. No. I saw your advert on Gumtree. Yeah. It looks really nice. I think I’d like to
come and have a look at it. Is that okay? Right. You’ve got two Swedish girls living
there? They’re single and aged 20. Right. Okay. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
When would be a good time to come and see it? Monday afternoon. Yeah. Okay. That works
for me. That’s a good time for me. And how exactly do I find it? Where is it? What was
the address? Right. I get out of the Tube. I turn left, and it’s the third house. I get
out of the Tube. I turn left, and it’s the third house on the right. Great. Okay. Well,
I’ll see you at 4:30 on Monday afternoon. I look forward to it. Yeah.
Okay. Bye, Maria. Ah. She sounds nice. So obviously, we’ve looked
at our advert, and we think it looks really nice, especially the Swedish girls. So we
ring up. Okay? And, “Hi, there.” Tell them your name, you’d like to come and have a look,
when would be a good time, how to find it. Now, a knock on the door. “Hi, Maria.” I’m
at the place. These are some things we might want to say if we are looking around a flat, a
house, a bedsit, a cozy bedsit, even. Start with small talk. Here, in Britain, we love
talking about the weather. “Ah. It’s been raining all day today.” Or we like talking
about the traffic. “The traffic was bloody awful.” Okay? “Bloody awful.” That means really
bad. “The traffic was awful.” So start with a bid of “small talk”. It means a bit of
chat. Okay? Unimportant conversation. Now, you might want to ask about some rules.
“Am I allowed to play loud music? Practice my guitar? Am I allowed to smoke? Am I allowed to
cook in the kitchen?” Okay. Find out the rules. “Do I have to share?” Again, really useful
verb when we’re talking about accommodation. “Do I have to share the bathroom with the
Swedish girls? Okay. That’s fine.” “How much notice?” If I want to leave the flat, I have
to give my notice and say, “I’m really sorry, Maria. I’m going to leave now.” Normally, they
ask you to say that one month in advance. Okay? So one month is normal. And they
might ask you to write it down. Okay? And if you really like it, if you really like
them all, you say, “When can I move in? When can I move here?” But you say “in”. “When can
you move into the house?” But if you don’t like it, you would say, well — because you
don’t want to say “no”. “No. I hate it. It’s rubbish. I don’t like it. It’s a really nasty
flat.” You don’t say that. You say, “I think I’d like to think about it. Yeah. Thank so
much.” So you don’t say “no”; you say, “I’ll think about it.” So I want you to think about my quiz. You
will find it on www.engvid.com. Fill out the answers. Yeah? Check out my videos on YouTube.
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do check out Exquisite English, link below. Thanks for joining me again.



Jan 1, 2015, 10:06 pm Reply

Awesome English teacher!!

peace& love

Jan 1, 2015, 10:18 pm Reply

Benjamin's   I LOVE YOUR British Accent

ibrahim kaouache

Jan 1, 2015, 11:15 pm Reply

hii sir
how are youuu ? i hope you are fine ! first of all i wanna say thank you for all these great lessons ,
well i have a question which is how can i join the school that you've made a lesson about ?
best regards

Alexis Walker Murs

Jan 1, 2015, 12:01 am Reply

That beautiful accent He's got !! I love it !!

George H.

Jan 1, 2015, 3:17 am Reply

If my roommates were those Swedish girls i would move in immediately.

Bruno Chagas

Jan 1, 2015, 3:26 am Reply

Best teacher ever!

Max Liulchuk

Jan 1, 2015, 8:49 am Reply

Dat Swedish gals lol

Paulo Silva

Jan 1, 2015, 5:35 pm Reply

Ben, definitely you're the guy! Best teacher ever!

Éder Massa

Jan 1, 2015, 11:54 pm Reply

If anyone want to talk in the Skype….edermassa

Thank you

phong nguyễn

Jan 1, 2015, 5:11 am Reply


Mohamed Farouk

Jan 1, 2015, 8:02 pm Reply

Jeez! What else would the kitchen be for if it wasn't for cooking? lol

Mohamed Farouk

Jan 1, 2015, 8:04 pm Reply

That was awesome video! Thanks Ben!

Igor Zinenko

Feb 2, 2015, 2:57 am Reply

gr8, thank you Benjamin you are an excellent teacher.:)


Feb 2, 2015, 11:30 am Reply

Thanks you a lot! You have Very understandable speech, and you give interesting definitions of words. Thank you again

Ludmila Strelnikova

Feb 2, 2015, 2:20 pm Reply

Thank you soooo much Benjamin! You are one of the best!

German Ch

Feb 2, 2015, 2:50 pm Reply

It was cool indeed. Such a lovely accent

ศีรณา คงตะโก

Feb 2, 2015, 8:23 am Reply


Sagi corn

Feb 2, 2015, 2:42 am Reply

Great video

Oğuz Kapucuoğlu

Feb 2, 2015, 7:33 pm Reply

Thank you so much..)

Midian Silva

Feb 2, 2015, 6:56 pm Reply

I realy like your accent, I love British accent.
I really would like to learn this accent, But I think so hard 


Feb 2, 2015, 9:02 pm Reply


Stefam Magnum Fernandes de Mendonça

Mar 3, 2015, 3:55 pm Reply

Hi Benjamin, great class. beautiful accent.
could you give us more tips about IELTS test?

Thank you.

Alejandro Sánchez

Jun 6, 2015, 12:43 am Reply

clever and witty sense of humour, thumbs up!

Mariola Owczarek

Jun 6, 2015, 7:10 am Reply

Hi Benjamin, Besides good teacher you are also a good performer. Great, I enjoy your classes.

Musik Mews

Nov 11, 2015, 1:53 pm Reply

Strange english terms of the strange world which is real estate's.


Jan 1, 2016, 4:29 am Reply

Thank you , Ben.

Marjan F

Mar 3, 2016, 6:22 pm Reply

I really like your videos and I learned a lot. Could you please make a video about small talks in British. For example which words British people usually use to speak about weather? Also I noticed people use some words and sentences a lot like obviously, all right, it's up to you, it's weird, give it a go, good value for money… Could you make a video about them please? I like to seem more like native speakers.

cathit titou

Apr 4, 2016, 6:29 pm Reply

hello ben thank you so much its very helpfull but could you make a video abourt how to complain to a rental agent just some phrases and examples and thak you


Sep 9, 2016, 8:51 pm Reply

could I know what benjamin's accent name is?

johart tantowi

Nov 11, 2016, 8:27 am Reply

can you give me you summary? please

Yee Nuyongyee

Feb 2, 2017, 12:55 am Reply

Thanks Ben…I really like your vedio…

Guilherme George

May 5, 2017, 5:26 pm Reply

How much notice? Wouldn’t it be better to say HOW LONG … IF not, thats a new one 🙂

Fathi Mehdi

Jul 7, 2017, 10:24 pm Reply

Amazing lesson! I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much.

Karl Jo

Apr 4, 2019, 3:48 pm Reply

so cute!

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