Daily Life - Hiring Help (C0364)

A:  Can you help me write a newspaper ad?
B:  Sure, what are you looking to buy or sell?
A:  Actually, I want to hire someone to help me around the house.
B:  Oh, you want to get a maid?
A:  Well, I think it’s better if you call her a cleaning lady or domestic help.
B:  Ok, so what do you wanther to do?
A:  Well, let’s see. I wanther to come in three times a week for a couple of hours to clean the kitchen, bathroom and maybe do some cooking.
B:  Got it. And how much do you offer per month?
A:  I would pay her hourly, I don’t know what the going rate is though.
B:  I know for sure it’s more than minimum wage but maybe you should just negotiate with the person that answers the ad.
A:  Great! Thanks for your help!

Key Vocabulary

adand advertisement or advert
hireto give work
maida female who's job is to clean and cook
cleaning ladya person that is hired to clean, a maid
domestic helpa servant who is paid to perform tasks around the
hourlyper hour
going ratethe current price or fee of something
negotiatediscuss and reach a mutual deal
minimum wagethe lowest legal salary a person can earn

Supplementary Vocabulary

servantOne who is privately employed to perform domestic services.
cookA person who prepares food for eating.
gardenerOne who works in or tends a garden for pleasure or hire.
plumberOne that installs and repairs pipes and plumbing.
electriciana person whose occupation is the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical devices

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