Category English for Travel

Using the language

Asking for information

Listen to the examples on your tape and then try to do the exercise without looking at your book. You will hear each correct answer after you say it.

1 You want to know if there’s a train from Stockholm to Malmo.

Could you tell me if there’s a train from Stockholm to Malmo, please?

2 You want to know where the toilet is.

Could you tell me where the toilet is, please?

You want to know

providing if reduction making less reservation booking in advance return (USA: round trip/two way) going to a place and back again shower I’d like a bath or shower. single x l

single (USA: one way) going to a place but not coming back

space an empty place not already booked

special having something extra toilet (USA: bathroom/rest room) VC

travel agency shop where you buy travel tickets

wash-basin (USA: washbowl) You wash your hands in a wash-basin.

how much it costs to fly to Tokyo, how much a letter to France costs, if there’s a bus to the airport, what time breakfast is. when the next train leaves, if you can book a seat in advance.

Checking information

Listen to the information and then check that it is correct by making sentences with is it: or are they?

1 Sleeping accommodation is included.

Sleeping accommodation is included, is it?

2 The prices are for second class.

The prices are for second class, are they?

3 It’s a three-hour journey.

4 These are return tickets.

5 Л berth is extra.

6 Couchettes are cheaper.

7 Two-berth compartments are more expensive.

8 It’s double fare for the return journey.

At a travel agency

Listen to this dialogue.

Travel agent Can I help you?

Traveller Could you tell me if there’s a bus from Chicago to Cleveland in the morning?

Travel agent They’re at 6.30, 8.00 and 9.50.

Traveller What time does the 8.00 arrive in Cleveland? Travel agent It gets into Cleveland at 4.05.

Traveller And how much does it cost?

Travel agent $26-25.

Traveller Well, I’ll call back. I’ll have to think about it first.

Travel agent You buy your ticket on the bus.

Traveller I see. Thank you.

Go back and play the role of the traveller. Say the traveller’s words at the same time as she does. You can look at your book if you need to. Now go back again and this time play the role of the traveller without looking at your book. Stop the tape after the travel agent’s words and say the traveller’s words.

Listening for information

Now you will hear a conversation in which a traveller asks for infor­mation. Listen to the conversation and try to understand it without looking at the words in your book or at the Key Words on pages 3 and 4.

Traveller Good morning. Could you tell me if there’s a night ferry from Hull to Rotterdam?

Travel agent Yes, it’s six o’clock every evening.

Traveller And what time does it get into Rotterdam?

Travel agent Eight o’clock the following morning.

Traveller Uh-huh. There’s just the one ferry, is there?

Travel agent Yes, it goes at six o’clock every evening.

Traveller Uh-huh. And how much does it cost?

Travel agent That depends on the sort of

accommodation. How many passengers are there?

Traveller Well, we’re two adults and two children, and we’d like a cabin. What sort of accommodation is there on the boat?

Travel agent Well, there’s either a two-berth cabin — a two-berth standard cabin — what time of year?

Traveller We’re going in July.

Shower

Washbasin

Toilet

Travel agent July. Well, for a standard cabin that would be £32, that’s per person, and for a special cabin, which has got wash-basin, shower and toilet, that’d be £36 per person. It’s half fare for the children, under twelve.

Traveller Oh, 1 see. Well, they’re both over twelve.

Travel agent Oh, well, they’re both full then. So that’d be four adults. So, as I say, up to the end of September a special cabin is £36 and a standard cabin is £32, or there are couchette cabins which are a bit cheaper, that’s £25-80.

Traveller £25-80.

Travel agent And that’s just for the passengers, that’s single journey, and that includes dinner, berth and breakfast, so there’s two meals involved as well as the accommodation.

Traveller And the car is extra, is it?

Travel agent Yes, the car depends on the length. What make is it?

Traveller Oh, it’s a Datsun 240. I don’t know how long it is.

Travel agent And the year? Datsun 240. What year is it?

Traveller 78.

Travel agent That’d be £31-60 each way.

Traveller £31-60.

Travel agent Yes.

Traveller Is there any reduction for a return journey?

Travel agent No, it’s just a straight double.

Traveller So it would be four times whatever type of cabin we have, from £36 down to £25-80, plus the £31-60 for the car, each way.

I’ravel agent Each way. That’s right, yes.

Traveller And what about reservations? Do you have to hook well in advance?

I ravel agent Well, providing there’s space, we can get you on the same day, but we do have to enquire for each one, you know.

Traveller OK. Well, thank you very much. I’ll probably call back to book the tickets. I’ll have to think about it first.

Travel agent OK. Thank you, sir.

Go back and listen again to the conversation until you can under­stand it without looking at the words. When you understand it, read the questions in your book. Then play the conversation again, and stop the tape to write the answer to each question. Do not read the conversation in your book when you are answering the questions.

1 What time in the evening does the ferry leave Hull?

2 What time does it arrive in Rotterdam?

I How many people can sleep in a standard cabin?

4 How much does a standard cabin cost per person?

5 What three things are there in a special cabin but not in a standard cabin?

6 How much does a special cabin cost per person?

7 At what age do children pay the full fare?

S What are the cheapest cabins called?

l> I low much do they cost per person?

10 Does the fare include dinner?

I I Does it include breakfast?

12 Does it include the car?

14 I low much is the return fare?

а) Ц x the single fare, b) 2 x the single fare.

14 I )ucs the travel agent have to phone the company before she can sell a ticket?

Now check your answers with the Key on page 104.

Reading for information

Look at the information and then answer the questions. Use the Notes if you need to, but try to answer the questions before looking at the Notes if you can.

Vehicle Rates

Rates shown are for single journeys and are applicable to the actual date of travel, return rates are double.

SPECIAL REDUCTION: The summer peak vehicle Tariff (covering journeys on Fridays and Saturdays 15 July to 27 August inclusive) will NOT be applied to bookings made and paid for prior to 1 May.

Cars, coaches mini-buses, caravans and trailers

Length of Vehicle not exceeding

Standard 1 Jan-3 July 5 Sept-31 Dec

Summer 4 July-4 Sept

Summer Peak Fri & Sat only 15 July-27 Aug

3.8m (12’6")

£13.00

£16.60

£19.20

4.3m (14’ Г)

£18.00

£23.10

£26.70

4.7m (15’5")

£23.70

£30.50

£35.20

Over 4.7m (15′ 5"): Supplementary charge per 30 cms (1 foot) in excess.

£ 2.25

£ 2.70

£ 3.15

Motorcycle combinations

£13.00

£16.60

£19.20

Motorcycles

£ 4.50

£ 5.40

£ 6.30

Bicycles

£ 2.00

£ 2.40

£ 2.80

Motorcycle combinations, motorcycles and bicycles are not reservable in advance, bookable at Seaspeed Dover on day of travel only.

Passengers travelling with vehicles

Standard

Summer

Summer Peak

1 Jan-3 July 5 Sept-31 Dec

4 July-4 Sept

Fri & Sat only 15 July-27 Aug

Adult

£8.60

£8.60

£8.60

Child (4 to 13 yrs)

£4.30

£4.30

£4.30

General Information

Motorists should check in at least 45 minutes before departure time at the Hoverports at Dover or Boulogne or Calais.

Always book in advance if possible.

1 What is the single fare for a car 4-5 metres long travelling on Thursday 21st July?

2 What is the return fare for a car 3-5 metres long travelling in June?

3 How can you travel at the summer peak time but not pay the summer peak rate?

a) If you book before 1 May.

b) If you book before 15 July.

4 Does a 14-year-old child pay half fare or full fare?

5 Your hovercraft leaves at 10.30. What is the latest time you can arrive at the Hoverport?

Now check your answers with the Key on page 104.

Notes

actual real

apply to/be applicable to The extra fare is applicable to first-class passengers only and will not be paid by second-class passengers. charge money that you are asked to pay

check in arrive at an airport, bus station etc. and show your ticket cover be applicable to departure time time when the bus, ferry etc. leaves

exceed/bc in excess be more than general information information for all travellers
hoverport place where hovercraft arrive and leave

motorcycle combination motorcycle and sidecar

peak time when most people travel prior to before rate charge

service something arranged for travellers: The bus service to the town is poor, but the train service is good.

supplementary extra tariff charge

trailer something pulled by a vehicle vehicle car, bus etc.

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Coach

(USA: bus)

1

Motorcycle

3

Car

4

Caravan

(USA: trailer)

Unit 2 Making travel arrangements

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4 PA 812 Y 31MAY AKLLAX HS1 2130 1 7054

5 PA 120 Y 2JUN LAXLHR HS1 1830 13354

RCVD/RL0C-PSCR4

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NYC STATION INFORMATION

AIRPORT4 ft MOVE DOWN ft FOR NA INFO

KENNEDY INTL – IS MILES FROM CITY CHECK-IN 60 MIN

CONNECTING TIME IN MINUTES

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Dialogue

Listen to the Dialogue. If you need to, you can look at the words in your book or at the Key Words after the Dialogue.

Peter and Maria Almar decide to go to Athens by air. Maria goes to the travel agency to book the tickets.

Maria Good afternoon. I’d like to book two return air tickets from Istanbul to Athens, please.

I’ravel agent Certainly. When are you travelling?

Maria We want to take the flight tomorrow afternoon and come back next Friday afternoon.

Г ravel agent First class or economy class?

Maria Economy class.

Travel agent Two adults?

Maria Yes.

Travel agent And your name is. . .?

Maria Almar. A-L-M-A-R.

Travel agent Initials?

Maria M. H.

Travel agent And the other passenger? Credit card

Maria P. J. Almar.

Travel agent On the 11th and the 14th, did you say?

Maria That’s right. Do we have to change?

Travel agent No, it’s a direct flight. Here are your tickets, Mrs Almar. These are for the outward journey — Istanbul to Athens on flight SN 862 at 17.50 on 11th July. And these are for the return journey — Athens to Istanbul on SN 863 at 15.10 on 14th July. Don’t forget to be at the airport 45 minutes before departure time.

Maria Thank you. Do you accept credit cards?

Travel agent Certainly. Thank you. That’s TL6796.

Could you sign here, please? Thank you very much.

Maria Thank you.

Go back and listen again to Dialogue until you can understand it without looking at the words. Then practise saying Maria’s words after her.

Key words

accept accept dollars = allow a person to pay in dollars apart from You can travel any day apart from Friday = you can’t travel on Friday. approximately about: The flight takes approximately 10 hours. arrangements make arrangements = make plans, get ready available can be used ’cause because certainly yes, of course change The ticket was $4-50. I paid $5 and got 501 change. change get into a different plane, train etc. in the middle of a journey conditions of this ticket what you are allowed and not allowed to do after buying the ticket copy I have a copy of my letter to the hotel.

credit card e. g. an American Express card

decide choose: After thinking about it, I decided to go by bus. direct flight flight on which you do not need to change economy class second class initials John David Smith’s initials are J. D. S.

monthly return return ticket for trips up to one month ordinary normal, standard outward journey first part of a return journey probably I’ll probably leave tomorrow — I think I’ll leave tomorrow.

rail ticket train ticket restriction There’s a restriction on exporting money. You can only take out £100.

sign write your name slightly a little

surcharge make an extra charge via Auckland to Delhi via Melbourne and Hong Kong

Using the language_________

Saying what you want

Listen to the examples on your tape and then try to do the exercise without looking at your book. You will hear each correct answer after you say it.

1 You want to make a reservation.

I’d like to make a reservation, please.

2 You want to buy a ticket for the ferry to Barcelona. I’d like to buy a ticket for the ferry to Barcelona, please.

book a cabin, have a shower.

You want to

book a single room for 10th August, book a table for this evening, have some US dollars, buy an air ticket to Nairobi.

Asking what you must do

Listen to the examples and then you ask the questions.

1 You don’t know if you have to change planes or not. Do l have to change planes?

2 You don’t know if you have to book in advance or not.

Do / have to hook in advance?

book a table or not. have a visa or not.

You don’t know pay in advance or not. if you have to sign the copy or not.

write your address or not. make the arrangements nofr or later.

At a travel agency

Listen to this dialogue.

Travel agent Good afternoon.

Traveller Good afternoon. I’d like a rail ticket to Amsterdam, please.

Travel agent Certainly. When are you travelling? Traveller I’m taking the four o’clock train today.

Travel agent First or second class?

Traveller First class, please.

Travel agent That’s £82-25, please.

Traveller Do you accept credit cards?

Travel agent Certainly. Thank you. Sign here, please.

Thank you very much.

Traveller Thank you.

Go back and play the role of the traveller. Say the traveller’s words at the same time as he does. You can look at your book if you need to.

Now go back again and this time play the role of the traveller without looking at your book. Stop the tape after the travel agent’s words and say the traveller’s words.

Listening for information

Now you will hear a conversation in which a traveller buys a ticket. Listen to the conversation and try to understand it without looking at the words in your book or at the Key

Traveller D<

Travel agent, ,

Traveller 1 need a return ticket from Leeds to

Colchester. I’m going on Sunday and coming back next Friday.

Travel agent That’ll be a monthly return actually, which is slightly less expensive than the ordinary return. Colchester, that’s via London?

Traveller Yes.

Travel agent It’s £19 00 as far as London and an extra £5-55 through to Colchester.

Traveller £24-55.

Travel agent £24-55, yes.

Traveller Can I travel on any trains I like with that ticket?

Travel agent Well, there’s no restriction apart from coming back; on the Thursday you said, didn’t you?

Traveller No, Friday.

Travel agent Friday. Oh, well, there are restrictions coming back on a Friday. It depends what time you’re going to come back — in the morning or afternoon?

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Kailway station (USA: train station)

/ Engine

(USA: locomotive) 2 Carriage (USA: car)

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Traveller Afternoon. I’ll probably want to come back on either the 19.00 or the 19.40 from London.

Travel agent The 19.40’s OK.

Traveller But not the 19.00?

Travel agent No.

Traveller Would I have to pay extra on that one?

Travel agent If you came back on the 19.00, they’d surcharge you up to the normal fare, which would be approximately. . . about £4 extra to pay.

Traveller Oh, well, I’ll take the cheaper one then.

Travel agent There’s no restriction going down, and the only conditions of this ticket are that if you travel. . . well, if you travel on a Sunday, you’re OK ’cause it’s available for return on or after the following day, Monday, so you’re OK. Where you can’t use it is if you were going down on the Monday, for example, you couldn’t return on the Friday, you’d have to wait till the Saturday.

Traveller Well, I’ll take the cheaper one then, the one at £24-55.

Travel agent Monthly return to Colchester. One adult. £24-55. And you’re travelling on the. . .?

Traveller Sunday.

Travel agent Sunday the 19th?

Traveller Yes.

Travel agent That’s your ticket. That one’s for the outward journey, as it says there, Leeds to Colchester, and the copy is to bring you back.

Traveller Thank you.

Travel agent Thank you very much. And 45 pence change.

Traveller Thank you.

Go back and listen again to the conversation until you can under­stand it without looking at the words. When you understand it, read the questions in your book. Then play the conversation again, and stop the tape to write the answer to each question. Do not read the conversation in your book when you are answering the questions.

1 Which is cheaper, a monthly return or an ordinary return?

2 What is the monthly return fare for the whole journey?

3 On part of the journey there is a train you cannot use with a monthly return ticket. Is it on the outward or the return journey?

4 What time is the train you cannot use?

5 How much extra would it cost to travel on any train you like?

6 If the outward journey is on Sunday, what is the first day that the return journey is allowed?

7 If the outward journey is on Monday, what is the first day you can come back?

8 Is the copy of the ticket for the outward or the return journey?

Now check your answers with the Key on page 104.