Buying a Used Bike – Lesson 42 – English in Vancouver

Buying a Used Bike – Lesson 42 – English in Vancouver


[music]
[music] TASHA: Oh, here’s one. [Reads from the paper]
“Ten-speed youth bike. Excellent condition.” Oh! It’s in Abbotsford.
That’s too far away. LISA: [Disappointed] Oh, we’ll never find
one. TASHA: Oh, here we are! [Reads from the paper]
“For sale. Child’s bike. Twenty-inch wheels. Like new.” And look at
the address! LISA: 1267 Pine Street. Is that close to us?
TASHA: Well, it’s not too far. That address seems familiar to me.
LISA: Can we look at it now? TASHA: [Hesitates] Well …
LISA: Please, Mom! Before somebody else buys it.
TASHA: [Checks her watch] Well, I still have some time left. Sure, let’s
go. ‘– LISA: Thanks, Mom.
TASHA: [After Lisa] And don’t forget your helmet!
[In the lane] TASHA: Hello. Anybody there?
LUIGI: [From inside] Just a minute. TASHA: [Surprised] Luigi?
LUIGI: Oh, hi, Tasha! Hi, Lisa! How are you? . TASHA: We’re fine. And you?
LUIGI: Very well, thank you. What can I do for you?
TASHA: [Shows Luigi the ad] Well, we saw the ad in the newspaper. And
“‘lie came to look at the bikea LUIGI: Oh great! Well, I have it in the garage.
I’ll just go and get it. LISA: [To Tasha] D’ you think it’s red? TASHA:
Maybe, or maybe it’s blue. LUIGI: [To Lisa] There it is!
LISA: Oh, it’s purple. LUIGI: It’s a pretty color, isn’t it?
TASHA: It’s a very nice color. LUIGI: [To Lisa] It looks like it’s about
the right size for you, too. LISA: [Lukewarm] I think it’s a little too
high. LUIGI: I’ll lower the seat. I just have to
loosen this up here. Push that down like that and tighten it up again. There
you go. How’s that? LISA: This feels a little more comfortable.
LUIGI: Good. LISA: Are these the gear shifts?
LUIGI: Yeah, those are the gear shifts. LISA: So it’s a ten -speed bike?
LUIGI: No, it’s eighteen speed. LISA: Eighteen speed?
LUIGI: Yeap, it’s a mountain bike. LISA: A real mountain bike?
LUIGI: Sure is. [To Tasha] Can she go for a test ride?
LISA: Can I, Mom? TASHA: Okay, but be careful. [To Luigi] How
are the brakes? LUIGI: The brakes work very well. Don’t worry.
LISA: I’ll just ride it around the block. TASHA: Okay, watch out for cars.
LUIGI: There you go. TASHA: [To Luigi] It looks like a nice bike.
How much is it? LUIGI: I’m asking $95 (ninety-five dollars). I bought it from the neighbor
two years ago and I fixed it up. TASHA: It’s the third bike we’ve looked at.
It’s more expensive than the other bikes.
LUIGI: Well, I mean, it’s a mountain bike. And it’s like new.
TASHA: I realize that, but $95 (ninety-five dollars) is. a lot of money.
[Pauses] How about $75 (seventy-five)? LUIGI: Seventy-five ($75)? That wouldn’t even
cover my expenses. TASHA: I don’t know.
LUIGI: I’ll tell you what. I’ll let you have it for eighty-five.
TASHA: [Reluctant] Well … LISA: Mom, this bike is great! And I like
the color, too. TASHA: [Not enthused] Oh, that’s good.
LISA: Can I get it? TASHA: [Hesitates] It is a nice bike, but
… [To Luigi] How about $80 (eighty)?
LUIGI: [Laughs] Okay. But only for you, and for Lisa, of course.
TASHA: Okay, it’s a deal! LISA: Thanks, Mom! I really like it.
TASHA: Can I give you a cheque? LUIGI: Of course. I have a receipt in the
garage. TASHA: Great. Thanks!
LUIGI: Thank you! And if you ever need any repairs, just bring it back.
LISA: Free of charge? LUIGI: For you, Lisa, anytime!
LISA: It’s a deal!

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