Living with Roommates

Conversation

After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Many students have to live with roommates while going to school or university. What are some of the important qualities of a good roommate? Use specific reasons and examples to explain why these qualities are important.
    • What makes a good friend?
    • What are characteristics that would bother you with a roommate?
    • What are characteristics that you would appreciate in someone with whom you lived?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
roommate (n) a person occupying the same room as another
She was excited to have her best friend as her roommate
dormitory (n) large bedroom for a number of people
Their dormitory was too small to fit in the refrigerator. 
compatible (adj) able to exist together without conflict
Even though they were very different, they were still compatible as roommates.
amicable (adj) having a spirit of friendliness
When she left the door unlocked, they knew she was not an amicable roommate.
describe (v) give an account of
She described them as a fun group of girls who she wanted to be friends with.
assist (v) help, by doing a share of the work
Can you assist me with the dishes tonight?
get along (expression) have a friendly relationship
Because they were so different, it was a surprise that they could still get along.
put up with (expression) tolerate
Over time, he found it easier to put up with his messy behavior.
take after (expression) resemble someone or something
She took after her mom in how kind she was toward others.
see eye to eye (expression) to agree with someone
Since we differed on so many topics, it was difficult to see eye to eye with her. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
― Thomas Aquinas

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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