[Listening Difficult] Home Repairs

Pre-Listening Exercise

Discuss with a partner three common repairs or home improvements people do in and around their apartments or houses (e.g., kitchen cabinets, roofing, siding, etc.).

  • The walls need to be repainted because there are stains and holes in different places.
  • The kitchen table needs fixing because a part is broken.
  • The kitchen cabinets need to be refinished because they are scratched.


on the fritz” = broken, not working
We need to get the air conditioning repaired because it’s been on the fritz for three weeks.”

clean as a whistle” = perfectly clean
Wow! Your bedroom is clean as a whistle.”

Script (only click after finishing the exercise below)

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.