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"catch a train" = get on a train

"I'm planning on catching the train at 3:10, so I don't want to be late."

"hold up traffic" = slow traffic

"The train tends to hold up traffic when it crosses this busy road in the morning."

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Train Tickets
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

beginning transportationconversationman - woman00:50

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

How do people find cheap or discount train tickets to get around your city in your country? What about train tickets for popular destinations like New York City, London, France, or Japan? Would foreigners visiting your country have a difficult time using public transportation in major cities? Why or why not?

HELPFUL TIP: Buying cheap train tickets is possible if you by a train pass in advance. Check the Internet for discount train tickets at your destination.


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 does the man want to go?
A. to the science museum
B. to the art museum
C. to the natural history museum

2. How much is the train ride?
A. a dollar fifteen
B. a dollar forty
C. a dollar fifty

3. Where should the man get on the train?
A. platform number 3
B. platform number 4
C. platform number 5

4. How often do the trains come?
A. about every five minutes
B. about every six minutes
C. about every seven minutes

5. Where should the man get off the train?
A. at the State Street Station
B. at the Star Palace Station
C. at the Seventh Street Station

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

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4. Follow-up Exercises [Top]

What other forms of public transportation do you have in your country and city? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using public transportation instead of taking your own car to get to school and work? Do universities or companies provide their students or employees a pass for free? Discuss these ideas.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Imagine that you are have received $3,000 to take a three-week vacation to one or more of these cities: Las Vegas, Hawaii, or Paris, and one city of your choice. Use the Internet to determine the cost of airfare and train/subway travel to get there from your current location. Compare prices offered by different travel companies.

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