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6. Read the information about these people’s holidays. Make notes about your next holiday.

Jake and Helen

Frank

Me

Where?

Florida, the USA

Budapest

How/ travel?

plane

boat and train

Where/ stay?

a motel

the Hotel Gellert

How long/ stay?

10 days

6 days

What/ do?

visit Hollywood, go to Cape Canaveral

swim in the spa water, go sightseeing

Give five sentences about Jake and Helen’s plans and compare their plans with yours.

a) Jake and Helen are going to Florida in the USA next summer.

b) They …………………………………………………………. .

Complete the conversation between Helen and Frank.

Helen:

…………………. on holiday next summer?

Frank:

To Budapest.

Helen:

…………………….. fly there?

Frank:

No, I’m not. I’m going by boat and train.

Helen:

………………………………………………. ?

Frank:

In a hotel. The Hotel Gellert.

Helen:

………………………………………………. ?

Frank:

For six days, from Friday to Wendesday.

Helen:

And …………………………………………. ?

Frank:

Well, the hotel has wonderful baths, so in the mornings……. and in the afternoons …..

………………………………………………. .

7. Now look through the following text, study the information and render it to your friend. Put the linking words on the right in the correct place. They are given in the right order. Do you find this method of travelling attractive?

The advantages and disadvantages of travelling by TRAIN.

1. Travelling by train has many advantages. There are no stressful traffic jams, and trains are fast and comfortable. You can use the time in different ways. You can just sit and read, or watch the world go by. You can have a meal or a snack in the buffet car.

first of all,

also,

for example,

2. Travelling by train also has some disadvantages. It is expensive and the trains are sometimes crowded and delayed. You have to travel at certain times and trains cannot take you from door to door You need a bus or a taxi to take you to the railway station.

however,

for one thing,

what is more,

for example

3. I prefer travelling by train to travelling by car. I feel more relaxed when I reach my destination.

despite the disadvantages, because

8. Make notes about the advantages and disadvantages of travelling by different means of transport. Then write a text similar to the one above, giving your own opinion.

Types of transport

advantages

disadvantages

road

train

sea

air

9. In these two dialogues find the following information:

1) Where does Ann live?

2) Where does she want to travel?

3) How long is she going to stay there?

1) Complete the first dialogue. Catching a train

A:

Good morning. (a)……. the times of trains (b) …….. Newcastle, please?

B:

Afternoon, evening? When (c) …… ?

A:

About five o’clock this afternoon.

B:

About (d) …… . Right. Let’s have a look. There’s a train that (e)…… 4.45, and there’s (f) …… at 5.25.

A:

And (g) …… get in?

B:

Back at King’s Cross at 7.15 and (h) …….

A:

Thanks a lot.

2) Ann goes to the ticket office. Put the lines of the conversation in the correct order.

A:

Hello. I’d like a ticket to Newcastle, please.

A:

I want to come back this evening, so a day return.

C:

How do you want to pay?

A:

Return, please.

C:

Here’s your change and your ticket.

C:

Single or return?

A:

Twenty, forty, sixty pounds.

C:

Day return or period return?

A:

Cash, please.

C:

Forty-eight pounds fifty, please.

A:

Thank you.

Try to remember the conversations. In pairs, practise saying them.

10. Work in pairs. Continue the dialogue between a travel councellor and a customer at the tour agency according to the logical scheme. When you are ready, join up with another pair and compare your variants.

– Welcome, sir! Can I be helpful in any way?

– I’d like to go on a tour to … (Great Britain, Italy, Egypt etc.) …

Scheme:

  1. asking for information-offering something

  2. regretting and declining an offer of something- asking about preferences

  3. saying what you prefer-advising someone

4. saying you are curious

Formulas:

  1. Asking for information

Could you tell me … (please)?

Will you kindly tell me …, (please)?

Can you help me? Do you happen to know …?

I’d like to know, (please) about…

  1. Offering smth

Would you like…?

Could (can) I offer you …?

What would you say to…?

Won’t you have…?

  1. Regretting

It’s a (great) pity …

I regret …

I’m sorry but …

  1. Declining an offer of smth

Not for me, thanks

I won’t, thanks

Not this time, thanks

I’m not sure I can

That’s very kind, but I won’t…

  1. Asking about preferences

Do you prefer … or …?

Would you rather … or…?

Which would you prefer … or…?

Which seems better to you?

Do you find … or …more enjoyably?

6) Saying what you prefer

I’d prefer …

I’d rather …

I like … more than …

I have a strong preference for …

7) Advising someone

I wouldn’t recommend (advise) …

You’d better not …

I think you should …

Why don’t you …

I’d … if I were you, …

Take my advice and …

8) Saying you are curious

I wish I knew more about …

I wonder …

I’d be very interested to know …

Can you tell me …?

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