Learning English — The Flatmates. Lesson 2. In the Flat
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|Episode 2: In the flat|
|Tim:||Alice this is my cousin Michal - our new flatmate. He's really missing his friends.|
|Alice:||Oh, Michal let me take your mind off that...So, where are you from?|
|Michal:||From near Warsaw - the Polish capital.|
|Alice:||Oh, what do you do?|
|Michal:||I'm a guide tourist.|
|Alice:||So interesting! Why are you visiting London?|
|Michal:||To improve my English|
|Alice:||Oh, well, why not come out with us now? Then we can cheer you up and you can practise your English at the same time.|
Compound Words At the flatCompound words are made up of two (or more) separate words. You can combine nouns (a flatmate), adjectives (lovesick) or verbs (jump-start) to make compound words.
Sometimes they become one word:flatmate (noun) lovesick (adjective)
Sometimes they become two words:tourist guide (noun) travel agent (noun)
Sometimes they become hyphenated:low-paid (adjective) film-goer (noun)
Note: There are no hard and fast rules about which category each compound word goes into but a good dictionary will tell you. You can also help yourself by making a note of new compound words you come across and the category they go into.
Generally the stress is on the first word:phone box (noun) smoke-free (adjective) spoon-feed (verb)
a person who shares a rented house or flat with other people
a feeling of such strong emotion for someone that it makes you feel almost ill (but not actually physically ill)
a tourist guide (n):
someone who shows visitors around places of interest
earning a small amount of money for working
to spoon-feed (v):
to feed someone (usually a baby) with a spoon or to give someone so much information or help that a task or job is very easy for them
MEET THE FLATMATES
Tim's ambitious and very competitive. He'd like to start up his own business and is always on the lookout for people and ideas that can help him make his dream a reality. Until recently, he was working as an assistant manager in a department store, selling jewellery. What's new? Tim's been having a hard time of it lately. Some customers returned watches they had bought at his store. when Tim sent them back to the factory where they were made, the manufacturer said that the watches were fakes. Before long the police became involved and Tim was in serious trouble. Tim realised it was his boss who was behind the fake watches and in a show-down with him, Tim resigned. He was unemployed for a while and was feeling quite sorry for himself. Then, his rich friend, Janet, helped him find a job. A friend of hers, Henry, was retiring and Janet persuaded him to let Tim take over his cafe. Tim wants to make a success of the cafe but does he really have what it takes to run a business?