Scenes #2 Chores
Rebecca and Diego discuss what chores need to be done around the house.
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Rebecca: OK, Diego, so now that I've moved in, what chores do we have to do? Like are we going to split the chores or yeah?
Diego: I think we're both very independent so as long as we keep our own areas clean it should be enough. There are some things that have to be cleaned like the shower the dishes the balcony and the toilet of course. So we don't have a very strict policy about dividing chores which is cleanest it goes, so your room is your own responsibility as well as my room is my own responsibility, but the common area we'll just split it.
Rebecca: OK, so do you have a vacuum cleaner or do we need to go and buy one?
Diego: I have a vacuum cleaner. It's very small but it does the work.
Rebecca: OK, so we have to vacuum. What about the rubbish bins? Does that go out once a week or...?
Diego: We have a trash shed so we can take it out every single night but we have a big recycling policy, so we have three different garbage bags. We have a green one, that it's for burnables and then we have a pink one, that it's for cans and plastic, and we have a silver one, that it's for everything else.
Rebecca: Maybe I need to print out this list so I know what to throw out.
Diego: It's posted on the fridge so you can just take a quick look at it before throwing away anything.
Rebecca: OK. OK. So, shower and toilets: how often do you clean them?
Diego: The toilet, as it goes, I don't know. every time it gets dirty. And the shower, maybe once every two weeks.
Rebecca: OK. Clean shower.
Diego: Yeah, very clean shower.
Rebecca: Cool. So do you want to do it so that I clean it first and then you clean it next?
Diego: I cleaned it yesterday so it should be OK for the next two weeks, but one thing about the shower is you have to turn the hot water on every time you take a shower.
Rebecca: Good to know.
Diego: Yeah, so you have to press the little button that it's next to the kitchen, and yeah, just press it and that's it. You're good to take a shower.
Rebecca: OK, so I need to remember that.
Rebecca: What else is there? Oh, the balcony. There's no grass so we don't need mow the lawn. There's just a balcony. Do you have any plants that we need water?
Diego: I have a cactus. Yes. So we water that once every month.
Rebecca: Yeah, cactuses don't need...
Diego: Yeah, they don't need a lot of water, so it should be OK.
Diego: And for the balcony, yeah, I don't know, just dust it once in awhile.
Rebecca: OK. Great. Alright, so we've worked that out.
Rebecca: That'll be good. So I will wash the bathroom next time around in two weeks, and then our bedrooms we'll do ourselves, and everything else, yeah.
Diego: Do you want go get groceries right now?
Rebecca: Yeah, I'm starving.
Diego: Yeah. me too. Let's cook some dinner. OK, great.
Are we going to split the chores?
When you split something, you share it or divide it. Notice the following:
- Let's split the dinner bill. We'll both pay half.
- We split the chores. I do the dishes and he does the bathrooms.
We don't have a very strict policy about dividing chores.
A strict policy is rules, usually written down, that everyone must follow. Notice the following:
- We have a very strict policy agaist smoking at work.
- Our school has a strict policy against wearing jewelry.
But the common area, we'll just split it.
A 'common area' is a space shared by people in an apartment or dormitory. Notice the following:
- The TV is in the common area.
- It is hard to study in the common area because everyone ends up talking.
Just dust it once in awhile.
The phrase 'once in a while' means not that often, or less than sometimes. Notice the following:
- I play soccer once in awhile, about once every two months.
- I have parties once in awhile, but not that often.
Yeah, I'm starving.
This means you are very hungry. Notice the following:
- I'm starving. Let's eat.
- You skipped breakfast. You must be starving.