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Living Downtown

Living Downtown

Date: Jun 26 2001


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Miguel and I have been living together for the past year. We’ve had a great time, but our lease is up and it’s time to find another place.
Miguel found his new apartment last week, but I’m still looking. Here’s a conversation that Chad and I had about one of the apartments I was considering moving to.


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Chad:  So, I overheard Miguel talking about moving. Since he’s your roommate does that mean you’re moving too?

John:  Yeah. It’s unfortunate. We had a nice little place in Southeast Portland. Now we’re, we’re all going our own separate ways.

Chad:  Oh yeah? Or have you found a new place?

John:  I thought I did. I found a really neat apartment in downtown and I like the space of it and the layout, but, man, when you live downtown there’s no place to park and I don’t know what I’m going to do with my car.

Chad:  Yeah. I heard you talking about the, uh, the price to find a place to park is pretty high.

John:  I called around, and it was, like, a hundred and twenty five bucks a month to put my car somewhere and so it basically boils down to, do you want to live downtown without a car or do you want to live in the suburbs with one?

Chad:  Do you think most of the people in that new complex own cars?

John:  Yeah. I asked the landlord what he does with his car and he laughed at me.

Chad:  That’s a pretty good indication that he doesn’t own one.

Chad:  That’s a pretty good indication that he doesn’t own one.



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Trying to find a place to live can be tough. I think living in the city would be cool, but there are some tradeoffs – the biggest being how hard it is to park.
This conversation should be nice to listen to. The speed isn’t too fast and there is some good vocabulary. Hopefully you’ve memorized it all already! :)
That’s it for this week. Try the quiz below to see how much you understood!
Good Luck!
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It’s a tradeoff to live in downtown. In fact, one can have all the shops, public transport nearby. However, it’s tough to find a place for one’s car but for everyday life, one may not need car.

08:18 PM Jan 18 2014 |

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