Session 32

Safe as houses

In today’s programme we will be discussing issues around housing in different cultures.

ఈ పాఠ్యాంశం లోని సెషన్స్

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Safe as houses

Look at the Session Vocabulary – make sure you know what these words and phrases mean:

  • (to be) as safe as houses
  • rent
  • landlord

Quiz

What percentage of their salary does the average London tenant spend on rent?

a. almost 30 %
b. almost 40%
c. almost 50%

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

రాత ప్రతిని చూపు రాత ప్రతిని చూపవద్దు

ዘሩባቤል
ሰላም፥ ስለአንድ ጉዳይ ወደምንወያይበትና ስለጉዳዩ ለማውራት የሚያስፈልገውን ቋንቋ ወደምናቀርብበት የEnglish Together ዝግጅት እንኳን በደህና መጡ። ዘሩባቤል እባላለሁ። አብረውኝ ደግሞ…

Tom
Hi everybody, I’m Tom. Welcome to today’s episode of English Together.

Sam
Hello, I’m Sam.

ዘሩባቤል
You’re in a good mood today, Sam!

Sam
Today’s payday! I just got paid!

ዘሩባቤል
Oh nice! Are you going to spend it on anything special?

Sam
No, I like to keep my money in the bank, where it’s as safe as houses!

ዘሩባቤል

What? Are you going to buy a house?

Tom
No! If something is as safe as houses, it means that it’s very secure or stable. It comes from the British belief that buying a house is one of the best investments you can make.

Sam
You’d be lucky! It’s so difficult to buy houses here! Most people struggle to pay their rent.

ዘሩባቤል

‘Rent’ ኪራይ ማለት ነው። ስለእርሱ ካወራን አይቀር የዛሬው ጥያቄ ይሄው። አንድ የለንደን ነዋሪ ከደመወዙ ውስጥ በአማካይ ምን ያህሉን የቤት ኪራይ ላይ ያውለዋል?
ሀ) ሰላሳ በመቶ አቅራቢያ
ለ) አርባ በመቶ አቅራቢያ
ሐ) ሃምሳ በመቶ አቅራቢያ

Tom

Well, I won’t spoil the answer for our listeners, but I will say that rental costs in London are ridiculous!

Sam

The thing is, there’s so much demand for rented property in London that landlords can afford to charge whatever they want!

ዘሩባቤል
አዎ! ‘Property’ ንብረት ማለት ሲሆን ‘landlord’ ደግሞ አከራይ ማለት ነው። እስቲ የዛሬውን ዜና እንስማ። ከ BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours, መርኃ ግብር ላይ የተወሰደ ነው። የለንደን ነዋሪዎች ከፍተኛ ኪራይን ስለሚያስቀሩባቸው መንገዶች ያወራሉ።

Presenter:
In London, a growing number of people are saving money on their rent by living as caretakers in empty buildings. They call these people property guardians and there are 7,000 of them in the UK now, most of them in the capital. The idea came from the Netherlands, and it really took off in London after the financial crash. Thirty companies manage property guardian services there. But new research for York University for the London Assembly has found that property guardians are sometimes in substandard housing with very few rights. Rex Deuce is a property guardian in London.

Rex:
I became a property guardian because I’d been living in private renting for about 4 years in London and I was able to get cheaper space and a larger space as a guardian. I’ve lived in about eight or nine properties, and on average they range from about six months, nine months to about eighteen months. I am currently living in a very run-down pub, I’m about to move out, in fact, in a week and a half. It’s full of holes. It leaks. When it snows outside it’s as cold inside as outside, so it’s probably the worst-condition building I’ve ever lived in.

Tom
What a horrible living situation!

Sam
Well, if you can’t rent cheaply, why not take care of someone else’s property for a while?

Tom
I think you’re missing the point here, Sam. These people are having to pay too much money to live in poor-quality accommodation. They are being exploited because the housing market in London is too crowded!

ዘሩባቤል

‘Exploited’ የተበዘበዘ ማለት ነው። Well, nobody is forcing them, I suppose.

Sam
Yes, the man in the interview agreed to live there. What’s exploitative about that?

ዘሩባቤል
ይህንን ጉዳይ ካወራን አይቀር የዛሬው ጥያቄ መልስ ይሄው። መልሱ ሐ ነው። አማካዩ የለንደን ነዋሪ ከደመወዙ ውስጥ 49 በመቶውን ለቤት ኪራይ ያውላል።

Tom
49% of your salary on rent! That’s ridiculous! I don’t think it’s fair that landlords are able to extort all this money out of people just because they own a few houses! I think this is something that we need to do something about!

Sam
I think you need to calm down, Tom. There are lots of benefits to life in London, rent’s just something you have to put up with.

ዘሩባቤል
‘To put up with’ መቻል፥ ችሎ መቆየት ወይንም መቋቋም ማለት ነው። Yes, you shouldn’t get so upset over something you can’t control. People here put up with lots of things.

Tom
Well, I suppose your money is ‘safe as houses’ if you’re a landlord. I still don’t think it’s fair that their high rent is something we have to put up with, though…

Sam
Tom, you know the other expression that uses ‘put up’?

Tom
No…

Sam
Put up, or shut up!

Tom
Hey!

ዘሩባቤል
ሃሃ አዎ! ቶም እባክህን ሁሌም ማማረሩን ተው! እርስዎስ? ኃሳብዎን ያካፍሉን።አብራችሁን ስለቆያችሁ እናመሰግናለን። ለተጨማሪ የኢንግሊሽ ቱጌዘር ዝግጅቶች በሚቀጥለው ክፍል ይጠብቁን። Bye! 

Meaning & Use

Can you complete the table with the missing words? Use the sentences below, taken from the transcript, to help you.

Word Forms

Noun       Verb         Adjective
   invest          invested
rent    (x2)
exploitation    
extortion    extortionate

It comes from the British belief that buying a house is one of the best investments you can make.

I will say that rental costs in London are ridiculous!

There’s so much demand for rented property in London that landlords can afford to charge whatever they want!

If you can’t rent cheaply, why not take care of someone else’s property for a while?

They are being exploited because the housing market in London is too crowded!

Yes, the man in the interview agreed to live there. What’s exploitative about that?

I don’t think it’s fair that landlords are able to extort all this money out of people just because they own a few houses!

Safe as houses

3 Questions

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Session Vocabulary

  • (to be) as safe as houses
    ደህንነት የሚሰማው መሆን

    to make an investment 
    ገንዘብን ማፍሰስ

    caretaker / take care of
    ተንከባካቢ/መንከባከብ

    rent
    ኪራይ

    landlord
    አከራይ

    to exploit
    መበዝበዝ

    to extort
    በማስፈራራት ገንዘብ መውሰድ

    to put up with
    መቻል መቋቋም