Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|3. Good neighbours

Look at the pictures and complete the table with the names. Then compare the columns and say why you have the same or different people there

Look at the pictures and try to guess some personality traits of the women. Then listen to the audio and check

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Mrs Grant | Kate

Mrs Grant: Is the mail in yet?
Kate: No, Mrs Grant, not yet.
Mrs Grant: Really? I tell you it seems to be coming later and later.
Kate: Seems that way.
Mrs Grant: Kate, I have a couple of little favours to ask.
Kate: Sure, what is it?
Mrs Grant: I’m going to be away for three weeks. Could you do me a favour and get my mail?
Kate: Certainly, no problem.
Mrs Grant: Oh, thanks so much! That would be great. And I was also wondering, if it isn’t any trouble, ah, could you water my plants?
Kate: I guess so … How often?
Mrs Grant: Every other day, if that’s OK.
Kate: Of course. Do you have a lot of plants?
Mrs Grant: Only thirty. Ah, there’s one more thing. Could you possibly take care of my dog Fifi? She’s absolutely no trouble at all.
Kate: Hmm… you know, I really don’t think so. I’ve got a lot of work and I don’t have that much free time. I hope you understand.
Mrs Grant: Well, sure I do. Thanks for helping me out. Have a nice day!
Kate: Thanks, you too.

Your prediction — Was it correct (Yes/No)?

Listen to the audio again and click on the extra words in the lines

Choose the correct phrase/sentence according to the correct group


The form

We use V+ing after the verb «mind»:

✔️ Would you mind helping me out? Would you mind opening the window? Would you mind lending me $15?

How can we answer the question «Would you mind … ?»

  • «No, not at all», which means that you don’t mind — you agree to do it.
  • «Yes» or «Actually, I do mind», which means that you mind — you don’t want to do it.


— Would you mind helping me out?
— No, not at all. What seems to be the problem?
— Would you mind opening the window?
— No, not at all. It’s really hot here.
— Would you mind lending me $15?
— Oh yes, I do, actually! You’ll never pay back!

Order the sentences to find out what Mrs Grant asked Kate to do for her last week. Then choose the correct options




Match the sentences with the pictures

Politely ask your neighbours to stop doing these activities

Useful language

  • Could you do me a favour and … ?
  • Could you possibly … ?
  • If it isn’t any trouble, could you … ?
  • Would you mind … ?

Example: If it isn’t any trouble, could you turn down the music?

turn down/music
turn down/music






park/car park
park/car park


throw away/garbage
throw away/garbage


no noise/night
no noise/night


Agreeing to a request

  • Certainly, no problem.
  • I guess so.
  • Oh yes, that’s no problem at all.

Refusing a request

  • You know, I really don’t think so.
  • I’m afraid I can’t.
  • I’d really like to help but I’m so busy.

Read the emails below and choose the person you would want as your neighbour. Explain your choice


Imagine that you are the owner of the flat you are living in and you also own the flat above you. This means, you can choose who will be your neighbour living above you. Three candidates have already sent you emails. You will need to decide who gets to rent the flat above you.

Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is Nick, and I’m 27. All my friends say that I’m an organised person. So your flat will always be clean!

I can add that I’m also rather ambitious.

If you’re interested, I’m a teacher.



My name is Jane, and I’m 25 years old. My mum says that I’m quiet and rather introverted. I don’t have many friends, so there will be no parties and loud music.

I work as an IT specialist and I have a high salary, so you can be sure I will always pay the rent.

All the best,


My name is Tom, and I’m 26. I work as a journalist.

You need to know that I’m a creative person and I like trying new things, so I have a lot of hobbies. I’m also extrovert, so I’m sure we’ll become friends.

By the way, I have two good references from the previous landlords.

Hope to become your neighbour soon.


Two weeks later

Nick decided to become a famous singer. As an organised person, he bought special equipment. Now he spends all evenings either listening to music or singing himself. He does it quite loudly.

You want to solve this problem. What would you say to Nick?

Two weeks later

Jane felt lonely so she decided to get a dog. Her salary is so high because she is a hard-working person and she spends a lot of time at work. Her dog misses her and barks all the time.

You want to solve this problem. What would you say to Jane?

Two weeks later

Tom wrote an article about football fans. As an extrovert person, he has found a lot of friends among them. So now nearly every day they watch different matches in his flat. They comment on them quite loudly.

You want to solve this problem. What would you say to Tom?

You may want to ask the following:

  • Not to sing after 10 p.m.
  • To listen to music through earphones
  • To become a pop singer, not a rock one

You may want to ask the following:

  • To come home early
  • To take the dog with her
  • To have a cat instead of the dog

You may want to ask the following:

  • To go to matches instead of watching them on TV
  • To have parties only on Saturdays
  • To go to his friends’ place instead of inviting them over


Listen to the audio and mark the sentences as True or False

Listen to the audio and do the exercise.

Ugly house not allowed

Many cities have laws against air, water and noise pollution. Portland, Oregon has a law against a different kind of pollution — visual pollution. The city government of Portland believes ugly houses are a form of visual pollution, so the law states that at least 15 per cent of the front of new houses must be windows and doors. Also, you cannot build a house whose garage takes up more than half the front of the house.

Sarah with her cat Molly

Order the sentences to find out who is going to look after Molly


Read the text and mark the sentences as True or False

Are you friends or enemies with your neighbours? A new report says that a quarter of people in Britain have had problems with their neighbours in the past year. The researchers asked 2,062 adults about their relations with neighbours. They found out that 27 per cent had experienced problems.

The biggest complaints about neighbours were loud voices and the sound of arguing. Loud music and televisions were also a problem. Only one-third of people spoke to the neighbour about the problem. However, people said the problem became worse if the neighbour did not apologise or continued with their annoying behaviour.

In fact, people usually don’t know where to go to get advice. Lawyers say people need to keep a diary of bad behaviour and go to the police with it.

Read the task and prepare your 2-minute speech on the topic «Neighbours»


  1. «Good neighbours are happiness; bad ones are big misfortunes.» Do you agree with this saying?
  2. How well do you know the people who live next door?
  3. How often do you see them?
  4. What kinds of problems do people sometimes have with their neighbours?
  5. What can people do if they have problems with their neighbours?
  6. How do you think neighbours can help each other?

Allow your browser access to your microphone, press the button «Record» and record the speech you have prepared