Classified ads are a popular way for people to sell houses, furniture, and secondhand items.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.
1. An item in good condition is undamaged.
I think I can sell my car for a good price because it’s still in good condition.
2. A non-smoking household refers to a smoke-free home.
I bought this secondhand sofa from a non-smoking household.
3. An item that is free to a good home means that any buyer who agrees to take good care of it can have it.
I’m leaving the country next week and need to clean out my apartment quickly, so I’m listing all of my things as free to a good home.
II. Which expressions can you use to describe the photo below?
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
/ kuh n-dish-uh n /
It’s in good / kuh n-dish-uh n /.
Yuko needs to buy furniture for her new office, so she’s reading some classified ads.
Wardrobe with mirror
Leaving for Canada in a week. Interested buyers contact me ASAP.
Selling white bedsheets and curtains.
Used one month. In good condition. From a non-smoking household. Contact via e-mail at email@example.com.
European style dining room set
Includes glass table, 3-seater sofa, 1-seater sofa, Moroccan carpet, center table, side table, glass chandelier all free to a good home.
Sale closes on 9/24. Contact me ASAP at +81-427-84-8320
50-sq m office space for rent in Shibuya area. 180K/mo.
HTOP Ginza Office closing. All items must go!
30 steel filing cabinets … 3K/ea
25 swivel chairs … 500/ea
30 wooden desks … 5K/ea
All items in good condition.
Shipping cost to be covered by buyer.
In need of private English teacher. E-mail at kaorishita@…
In English, the letter K is often used in prices to mean 1,000. It’s actually a shortening of the Greek word kilo, which you see in many measurements such as kilometer (one thousand meters) and kilogram (one thousand grams).
STEP A EXERCISE
Match the sentences to the correct classified ad expressions. Some expressions may be used more than once.
- No need to pay if you will care for it.
- I only used it once.
- We don’t use tobacco at home.
- I took very good care of it.
- I won’t ask for payment if you promise to take care of it.
- We used it a bit, but it doesn’t have any damage.
STEP B EXERCISE
Read the classified ads below. Then, choose T for true and F for false. If F, give the correct answer.
- The oak cabinet is in good condition. ( T / F )
- The laptop bag is only 3,000 yen. ( T / F )
- The blue sedan is in good condition. ( T / F )
- The bed frame smells like smoke. ( T / F )
Your foreign friend just moved to Japan. You want to help him/her get settled. Read the online classified ads section. Then, share what you read with your friend.
- in good condition
- a non-smoking household
- free to a good home
10M for 1 BR APT in Chiba.
Close to station, restaurants, and shops. In good condition.
Studio apt. in Tsuboihigashi. 70K/month.
FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES
Secondhand Kitchen Appliances Sale
- Microwave only 3K
- 2-door fridge only 9K
- Electric kettle free to a good home
For pick up only near Chiba Station. Order form here.
Living room set including 2 sofas, 2 side tables, 1 coffee table, and 2 modern lamps. All wood from a non-smoking household. Get all for 17K or pay 5K per item. Rugs free to a good home. Shipping covered by buyer. Order form here.
I’m a Brazilian leaving Japan in April. Selling all my things including a queen-size bed, pillows, lamps, tables, refrigerator, TV, computer, bike. All steel and modern designs. All in good condition and prices negotiable. Linens free to a good home. Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everything must go! Please buy all ASAP!
HELP WANTED! …
Discuss your ideas.
BUYING FROM CLASSIFIED ADS
2BUYING FROM CLASSIFIED ADS
I can read and understand a classified ad.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to manage a conversation