- 2018年01月31日16:52 来源：小站整理
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Listen to a conversation between two students.
(man) Hey, Beth, how are things?
(woman) Not great.
(man) Why? What’s wrong?
(woman) I just found out I have to move out of my apartment, like, right away.
(man) You’re kidding! Why?
(woman) Well, my apartment, it’s in a house, a kind of old house. And now something’s wrong with the water pipes. I think some of the pipes burst or wore out or something. Anyway, we don’t have any water in the house, and apparently it’s gonna take two weeks to fix the problem.
(man) So you need to find a place to live for what? two weeks or so?
(woman) Yeah, bad timing, huh? With mid-term exams coming up and everything!
(man) So you’ve figured out what you’re going to do?
(woman) Well, some friends said I could stay at their place. They don’t have an extra bedroom but they said it’d be OK for me to sleep on their living room couch.
(man) You could probably handle that for a couple of weeks, right?
(woman) I guess so. I mean it’s really nice of them to offer. And it’s free! The only problem is they already have four people living there so it could be a little crowded. (man) And not ideal for studying for mid-terms.
(woman) Yeah, too many distractions.
(man) Hmmm, any other options?
(woman) Well, I did find this place. It’s a small hotel over on 3rd street right near campus.
(man) Oh, right! A lot of kid’s parents stay there when they come for a visit.
(woman) Right. So I could get a room there. They have a weekly rate and it’s pretty reasonable. But, I don’t know..
(man) At least at the hotel you’d have a space of your own, you know, so you could get more done.
(woman) That’s definitely a plus. But I have to think about it. Even though it’s pretty cheap, it’ll still end up costing me some money. And my budget is pretty tight right now.
Briefly summarize the problem the speakers are discussing. Then state which solution you would recommend. Explain the reasons for your recommendation.
The woman has to move out of her apartment right away because there is something wrong with the water pipe and it’s going to take about two weeks to fix it. Also, the mid-term exams are coming up. The first solution is to stay at some friends’ place. The woman can sleep on the living room couch. But their place has already got four people, it’ll be a little crowded. Plus, there will be many distractions. The second solution is live in a hotel near campus. She could get a room there. But her budget is very tight now, even if the weekly rate is reasonable, it’ll still end up costing her some money. Considering the options and problems, I would recommend her to choose the first solution. Since her budget is tight, living at the friends’ place can save her money. Concerning the problem of distractions, she can just study in classrooms and only sleep on the couch at night.