LARRY: I really appreciate your driving me around.
CONRAD: It's no problem.
I have time today, and I think it's important that you find a good place.
LARRY: It would be hard for just me to do it. I don't know the city at all.
CONRAD: So what do you see in there?
LARRY: This one sounds good. "Efficiency with view of the lake."
Utilities and parking included. Newly remodeled kitchen. $470.
CONRAD: Can you afford that much?
LARRY: No, I guess not. But that's what I want, isn't it? An efficiency.
CONRAD: Yes, an efficiency is a small apartment.
Usually one large room and a small bathroom.
There is often a small kitchen too. So it's good for one person.
LARRY: How about this one?
"Downtown efficiency. Furnished..." What does furnished mean?
CONRAD: That means the apartment has furniture in it.
LARRY: That's good.
CONRAD: Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad. You have to like the furniture.
LARRY: "Furnished. Parking included. $400."
CONRAD: It's still pretty expensive.
LARRY: Yes, but it's downtown. I would like to take look at this one.
CONRAD: Alright. What's the phone number?
CONRAD: Got it. What else do you see?
LARRY: This one. "Two male grad students seeking roommate."
Must be quiet. Comfortable downtown apartment."
Does this mean I have to share a room with them?
CONRAD: No. It probably means they have a large apartment.
Probably a living room, kitchen and three bedrooms.
They need someone for the empty bedroom.
LARRY: That sounds alright.
CONRAD: Yes, it might be an advantage for you. You are a foreigner, after all.
If they're alright roommates, you could learn a lot from them.
LARRY: Here's the number, 256-4367.
CONRAD: Got it.
Let's call these two and see if we can make appointments to see the apartments.
LARRY: Sounds good to me. I really appreciate your help on this.
CONRAD: Don't mention it, Larry. What are friends for anyway?