Exercise 1 – How to get there
Listen to Mark and Allie and mark the sentences T (true) or F (false).
1 Allie’s feeling worse.
2 Mark thinks Allie might get cold.
3 They’re going to get a taxi to the bay.
4 Allie wants to be at the hotel again at 1.00 p.m.
5 She’s expecting an important visitor.
1 F She’s feeling better.
2 T 3 T 4 T
5 F An important phone call.
M = Mark, A = Allie
M Hi, Allie. How are you feeling today?
A Much better.
M Good. Are you going to be warm enough with just that sweater? It might be a little cold on the boat.
A I’ll be fine. Are we going to walk to the bay?
M No, it’s too far. It’s better if we get a cab.
A How long does it take by cab?
M About ten minutes.
A And how long’s the boat trip?
M I’m not sure. I think it’s an hour. Why?
A Well, I have to be back here by 1.00 – I’m expecting an important phone call.
M Not from Brad, I hope?
A Well, actually … No, of course not! From the New York office.
M OK. Let’s go.
Exercise 2 – Buying tickets
Listen and complete the sentences.
The next boat leaves at ____ a.m. The trip takes ____ hour(s) and costs ____.
The next boat leaves at 10.00 a.m. The trip takes an hour(s) and costs $40.
M = Mark, T = ticket seller, A = Allie
M Good morning.
T Good morning, sir.
M What time does the next boat leave?
T At 10.00.
A How long does it take?
T About an hour.
M Where exactly does the boat go?
T It goes under the bridge, round Angel Island and past Alcatraz, and then back here.
A Can we get anything to eat or drink on the boat?
T Yes, ma’am, there’s a snack bar.
M Can I have two tickets, please?
T Sure. Two adults.
M How much is that?
T That’s $40.
M Here you are.
T Thank you, sir.
M Thank you.
Exercise 3 – On the boat
Listen and answer the questions.
1 Does Allie prefer San Francisco to London?
2 Does she think she could live there? Why (not)?
3 What did the building on Alcatraz use to be?
4 What’s the weather like?
5 What does Mark ask the boatman to do?
2 No. Because it’s a long way from London and she would miss her family and friends.
3 A prison.
4 It’s cold.
5 To take a photo of the two of them.
M = Mark, A = Allie, B = Boatman
M So, what do you think of San Francisco?
A It’s beautiful, Mark. I love it.
M Better than London?
A Not better. Different.
M Do you think you could live here?
A No, I don’t think so.
M Oh. Why?
A Well, it’s a long way from London. I think I’d miss all my family and friends.
M Could you live somewhere else – but in Europe?
A Maybe. Why do you ask?
M Oh, no reason. I just wondered.
Tannoy On your left you can see the island of Alcatraz.
M Look, can you see that building? That used to be the prison, but it was closed in 1963. It’s a museum now.
A Where are we going for dinner tonight?
M It’s a surprise.
A I’m really looking forward to it.
M Me too.
A I’m cold.
M Do you want to borrow my coat?
A No. It’s OK. I’m going to miss you, Mark.
M Hey, excuse me! Could you take a photo of us, please?
B Sure. Are you ready?
B Say cheese!
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