Unit 6

Household Chores

1. Transcribe the following words. Mark and comment on the sound phenomena under study.

floor cloth surface scrubbing brush
washing-up garbage can dishwasher
sewing fortune washing machine
economical spotless hoovering
broom vacuum filthy
routine gardening microwave oven

2. Mark the words that do not have diphthong sounds.

3. Listen to the recording and fill in the missing functional words. Comment on the intonation of the reporting phrases from the text.
A study says people not think housework is quality exercise. It said people did the most housework usually the most overweight. study questioned housework keeps healthy. It tried find out if activities like do-it-yourself, gardening and housework met recommendations health. It said activity is better none, there is danger that people incorrectly think housework is proper exercise.

A total 4,563 adults took a survey about their weekly activities. The research showed people included housework exercise heavier. Professor Marie Murphy said physical activity will burn calories. However, study found fatter people did the most housework. She said people overestimate housework as exercise, eat too much because they think they lost lots calories doing the washing cleaning.

4. Sam and Cheryl are newlyweds. They are talking to their friends about their marriage. Listen and tell what problems they are having. Listen again and fill in the gaps.
a) Keith: Hey, Sam, congratulations! I haven’t seen you since you are things going?
Sam: Ah, it’s not like I thought it’d be.
Keith: Really? I thought you were in love with Cheryl. She seems like .
Sam: Yes, she is, but ...
Keith: But what?
Sam: She . Please don’t laugh at me. I’m serious. She .
Keith: So what? Lots of people .
Sam: No, you don’t understand. I mean, she really . I mean, she tries, but she can’t even or without . And she tries to , but they’re just . They’re nothing at all like used to make for me.
Keith: Well, maybe it’s just that you have to to her style. And maybe you should . Ever thought of that?
Sam: Me? Cook? Come on. That’s a .

b) Heidi: Hey, hi, Cheryl. I haven’t seen you since you . Congratulations.
Cheryl: Thanks.
Heidi: How are things going?
Cheryl: Ah, well, not as ... not as well as I thought.
Heidi: What do you mean? I ... I thought you were with Sam.
Cheryl: Well, I am.
Heidi: Well, he seems like .
Cheryl: Oh, oh, he is. He is, but ...
Heidi: But what?
Cheryl: Well, I don’t know. Well, he ... he’s such a ... well, he’s a klutz.
Heidi: A klutz? What do you mean?
Cheryl: Well, you know we bought , and it needs , and, well, I just assumed that Sam knew how .
Heidi: You did?
Cheryl: But, you know, he can’t even ! Oh, it’s such . You know, I remember – they all knew how , and build things, and ... Why can’t Sam?
Heidi: Well, I don’t know. Well, maybe, Cheryl, that not all guys are that kind of stuff. And, you know, have you ever thought how to ?
Cheryl: Me?
Heidi: Yeah.
Cheryl: ? Come on. That’s .