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"put your best foot forward" = give a good impression

"You can put your best foot forward and impress the people of that country by learning about the culture and speaking their language."


"jump at the chance" = do some form of service in return for something in return

"I wanted my dad to pay for the movie tickets, so I jumped at the chance to do some extra work to pay for them."

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Vacation Plans
I. Pre-Listening Exercises
II. Listening Exercises
III. Post-Listening Exercises

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I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Learning about the culture is another important part of travel and sightseeing. What customs should visitors be aware of when visiting a home in your country? What should and shouldn't people do? What are the expected customs and behaviors in this situation?

HELPFUL TIP: The manner of greeting someone can vary from culture to culture. In the US, handshakes are more formal greetings, while hugs and kisses are common in other countries. Ask someone from that country for advice and then observe how it is done when you arrive.

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II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Where is the man going on vacation?
A. Italy
B. France
C. Germany

2. Where did he meet Claudia?
A. at a music store
B. at the post office
C. on the Internet

3. What advice does Markus give Pete about meeting Claudia's parents?
A. be on time
B. take a small gift
C. smile and be friendly

4. What is one thing Markus does NOT say about greeting Claudia?
A. shake her hand
B. give her a friendly hug
C. take her some flowers

5. Markus' final suggestion for Pete is that he should:
A. brush up on his German.
B. buy souvenirs for Claudia's family.
C. visit Berlin during his visit.


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2. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Do the Text Completion Quiz.

III. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Discuss the do's and don'ts that visitors should be aware of when visiting your country. Topics could include eating manners, dress, attendance at weddings and funerals, dating, giving and receiving gifts, etc. Share an experience where you or someone you know unintentionally did something inappropriate in another culture.

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