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"kick back" = relax

"After we checked into the hotel, we kicked back at the pool and enjoyed the sun."

"crash" = go to bed because you are very tired

"I crashed as soon as I got to my room because I was exhausted from traveling all day."

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Budget Hotel Rooms
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What points do you consider when making a hotel reservation? Rank these ideas in the order of importance to you and share your reasons for your choices.

HELPFUL TIP: Searching the Internet can be a great way of finding information on hotels near your destination. You also might be able to save money if you book a hotel, flight, and rental car together.

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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. Where is the man's room in the hotel?
A. the first floor
B. the second floor
C. the third floor

2. What time is breakfast served in the morning?
A. 6:00-10:30 a.m.
B. 6:30-10:30 a.m.
C. 6:30-10:00 a.m.

3. Where can the man get a free wireless Internet connection?
A. in his hotel room
B. in the restaurant and lobby
C. outside of the hotel

4. What is the cost for a refrigerator in the man's room?
A. $7.50
B. $10.00
C. It's free. Of course!

5. What does the man decide to do at the end of the conversation?
A. He accepts the unfortunate circumstances and stays at the hotel.
B. He is really upset and decides to stay at the hotel across the street.
C. He reschedules his hotel reservation for a different day.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Think about good and bad experiences you have had when staying at a hotel or other travel accommodation. How was the service and room? Did the hotel promise something that it didn't provide in the end? Do you feel you were charged unreasonable fees?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Choose a city you want to visit and use the Internet to find three cheap, affordable accommodations (hotels, youth hostels, etc.) that interest you. Then, compare prices, location, and amenities of each.

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