Welcome to our "English for new immigrants" section. We have created this section for newcomers to an English-speaking country to be able to practice English related to things you might have to do every day. The new English vocabulary you learn will help you integrate into society, and make life in your new country easier. Most of these questions use our patented approach, which combines both grammar and vocabulary training, and spans a range of levels from low-intermediate to low-advanced.


 







TOPIC: TALKING TO THE PLUMBER


VOCABULARY BUILDER:

Leak = A hole or crack (in a pipe etc.) where water comes out of

To flush (a toilet) = To press a button to make water flow through and clean (a toilet)

Clogged =
Blocked
Rusty =
Covered in rust
Gunk =
The dirty, unpleasant substance that often gathers in pipes over time
Appliances =
Dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, etc.


EXERCISE/VOCABULARY PRACTICE TEST:
Remember to choose the most natural-sounding answer:

1. My bathtub has been ____________ for the past couple of days.
  clogged
  full
  stuck

2. My toilet won't ____________.
  flash
  flush
  flesh

3. How much do you _____________ for this service? = How much does this service cost?
  charge
  cost
  take

4. My landlord will pay the ______________.
  check
  bill
  receipt

5. The water is ______________ brown.
  coming in
  coming about
  coming out

6. The ________________ is spraying water everywhere.
  plunger
  screw
  faucet

7. I don't have a _________________ ( = tool with a plastic end used to unclog toilets)
  plunger
  faucet
  screw

8. Can you give me the _____________ time that you'll be here?
  exacting
  exact
  exactly

9. Is there a way to increase the water _____________ ( = strength of the water flow) in the shower?
  plunger
  press
  pressure

10. Will you _____________ after you finish?

  clean up
  clean out
  clean off

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THINGS TO LISTEN FOR:

This is a flat rate. = This is what you'll pay for the whole job. (it's not an hourly rate)

You don't have to pay up front. = You can pay when the job is finished.

This will require a major overhaul of the piping system. = This will require a big job to change the entire piping system.

I'll throw that in free of charge. = I won't charge you for that additional work/item.

I'll have to shut off the main water supply for about three hours. = You will not have water for about three hours.





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