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"roll with the punches" = adjust to difficult situations

"Living in a new country can be hard, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches."

"go to pieces" = lose emotional control

"She went to pieces at the airport when couldn't understand what the immigration officer was saying."

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[ Quiz Script | Explanation of Answers | Text Completion Quiz]

Immigration and Customs
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type: Speakers:Length:
easytravelconversationman - woman 00:51

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Finding discount plane tickets and cheap tours is only the first step to traveling abroad. Once you arrive at your destination, what things would you expect to do when passing through immigration and customs in a foreign country?

HELPFUL TIP: Nowadays, global travel is commonplace for pleasure or business; however, be sure to check with your airline about items that you shouldn't carry in your luggage. Otherwise, you might have to give them up.

What does it mean to have the world in the palm of your hand?

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the purpose of the woman's visit?
A. business
B. pleasure
C. business and pleasure

2. Where will the woman stay during her trip?
A. at a friend's home
B. at a hotel
C. at a university dormitory

3. About how long will the woman be in the country?
A. one or two days
B. three or four days
C. more than four days

4. What things are in the woman's luggage?
A. clothing, computer, and books
B. CD player, clothing, and books
C. books, gifts and computer

5. What other piece of information do we learn about the woman?
A. Her parents are on the same trip.
B. She enjoys traveling to different countries.
C. She was born in that country.

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script. Then, read the Explanation of Answers.

3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What advice would you give a friend when preparing to pass through an airport in your country (e.g. what documents should you have ready, can you buy souvenirs at the airport, where you need to go to find public transportation into the city, etc.)? What things can you carry on the airplane and what are the size requirements?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Many airlines have rules or restrictions on the size of luggage or bags you can take on the plane. Use the Internet to search for two companies that sell bags specifically for airline travel. Compare the bags based on price, quality, durability, and style.

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