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Travel Arrangements

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Travel Agent: Freedom Travel. How may I help you?

Caller: Yes, I'd like to make a flight reservation for the twenty-third of this month.

Travel Agent: Okay. What is your destination?

Caller: Well. I'm flying to Helsinki, Finland.

Travel Agent: Okay. Let me check what flights are available?. [Okay] And when will you be returning?

Caller: Uh, well, I'd like to catch a return flight on the twenty-ninth. Oh, and I'd like the cheapest flight available.

Travel Agent: Okay. Let me see. Um, hmm . . .

Caller: Yeah?

Travel Agent: Well, the price for the flight is almost double the price you would pay if you leave the day before.

Caller: Whoo. Let's go with the cheaper flight. By the way, how much is it?

Travel Agent: It's only $980.

Caller: Alright. Well, let's go with that.

Travel Agent: Okay. That's flight 1070 from Salt Lake City to New York, Kennedy Airport, transferring to flight 90 from Kennedy to Helsinki.

Caller: And what are the departure and arrival times for each of those flights?

Travel Agent: It leaves Salt Lake City at 10:00 AM, arriving in New York at 4:35 PM, then transferring to flight 90 at 5:55 PM, and arriving in Helsinki at 8:30 AM the next day.

Caller: Alright. And, uh, I'd like to request a vegetarian meal.

Travel Agent: Sure, no problem. And could I have you name please?

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • destination (noun): the place a trip ends
    - We'll reach our destination by 3:00 PM.

  • available (adjective): not busy, ready for use
    Are there any seats available on the next train?

  • catch (verb): get
    - You can catch a taxi outside of the hotel lobby.

  • go with (phrasal verb): choose something
    - I think I'll go with the budget tour to Hawaii on this trip.

  • transfer (verb): change to a different transportation line
    - You'll need to transfer to a city bus when you arrive at the train station.

  • departure (noun): the act of leaving
    - Passengers should check in two hours before their departure time.

  • vegetarian (noun): one who eats little or no meat, fish, or animal products
    - Although Charles considers himself a vegetarian, he sometimes eats chicken.

Vocabulary and Grammar Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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