1042 Nabeel's Place
Nabeel talks about his apartment and his neighbors.
Nabeel: Yeah, I'm still there.
Ginger: Good. How's it going?
Nabeel: Oh, it's great. I'm actually quite satisfied with it now.
Ginger: Oh, good because I though you wanted to move at one point.
Nabeel: Yeah, I thought about it for awhile but then I decided to stay there. There's a lot of good points there. It's a quite neighborhood. It's not too far from the train, so I can get to work easily. For awhile I thought it might be a little too expensive, just slightly above my budget, but I've gotten used to it, and my cats love it. They're really comfortable there, so I think I'm going to stay.
Ginger: Oh, great. I love your cats. Do they have a lot of room to roam around?
Nabeel: They have enough room. Of course, they're better off in the house. I was living there last year but they've adapted pretty well, so there's a roof there. I can take them up and roam around. There's plenty of places for them to hide.
Ginger: Now, what about your neighbors. Are you still living near Matt and Laura.
Nabeel: Matt and Laura.
Ginger: Right, right.
Nabeel: Actually, it's really funny. They'd been there for about four months, and last weekend they invited some people over, about five or six of their colleagues. They had a little party. They played poker, had lots of booze around, but unfortunately, the neighbors complained to the landlord, and the landlords were just really angry.
Ginger: Oh, no.
Nabeel: And sent them this really harsh e-mail and said they wanted them out by the end of the week, so yeah, Matt and Laura have been kicked out of the building.
Ginger: You are kidding.
Ginger: Wow, and just five people over.
Nabeel: Yeah, it was like five or six people and apparently it was loud enough. I think it is because the neighborhood is kind of family-oriented, so people are used to people having parties.
Ginger: Mm, right. Maybe the voices carry a lot.
Nabeel: Yeah, there's a lot of echo in the building actually for some reason.
Ginger: Well, that's too bad for them. Where did they move?
Nabeel: They just moved down the street to another apartment building. It's smaller so I don't think they're happy about it. Oh, well.
Ginger: Well, tell them I said 'Hey' when you see them.
Nabeel: I will.
Do they have room to roam around?
In this context, "room" means space and "roam" means to wander or walk casually and aimlessly.
- When I go to a new city, I like to roam around for the first few days just to get the feel of the place.
- The Louvre is a huge museum, there's room to roam around for days.
They're better off in the house.
"Better off" means a superior situation or condition to the present.
- It's going to rain tonight, the visitors will be better off in the house than outside in the tent.
- Your health will be better off if you choose the fruit salad rather than the chocolate cake.
They sent them this harsh e-mail.
"Harsh" means hard or critical and "e-mail" is short for electronic mail, meaning it is a message sent via a
- The response to Janet's job application was a harsh email saying only "do not apply again".
- Yesterday I got a virus in my computer from a message sent by a friend, so I sent a harsh email telling them to be more careful.
They have been kicked out.
To be "kicked out" of somewhere means to be expelled or thrown out of a place.
- Jack was so drunk on Saturday night he was kicked out of the pub for bad behavior.
- When I was five I was kicked out of ballet class because I was too dreamy and kept bumping into the other girls.
Maybe the voices carry a lot.
When "voices carry" it means they can be heard from a distance, the sound is carried further than expected.
- The couple's voices carried across the lake and everyone heard Tom ask Melanie to marry him.
- The concert hall has very good acoustics and the singer's voice carried clearly to the back of the room.
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