A. Listen to Tony’s conversations with two passengers, first Nicola and then Dan.
1 Who wants to go to:
a a bank?
b a hotel?
c the airport?
2 Who asks Tony:
a for a receipt?
b to wait?
c how much the journey will cost?
B. Can you remember if these sentences are true or false? Listen again to check.
1 It’s Nicola’s first time in Canada.
2 She wants to go to a hotel.
3 Dan goes to the bank to get some money.
4 He’s going on a business trip.
5 It costs more than $30 from the bank to the airport.
1 a bank: Dan b a hotel: Nicola c the airport: Dan
2 a Dan b Dan c Nicola
1 F – She came 15 years ago.
2 T – The Park Inn
3 F – He goes to get some papers.
4 T – He’s got business meetings in Calgary.
5 T – It costs $35.75.
NICOLA Hi. Er, how much is it to the city centre?
TONY Er, that depends on the traffic. It’s usually about thirty, thirty-five dollars.
N OK. Can I put my case in the back?
T I’ll do that for you. So, where are we headed?
N Erm, can you take me to the Park Inn?
T The Park Inn on Broadway, right?
N Um, yes, that’s the one.
T All right … So, is this your first time in Canada?
N Well, no. I came here with my parents, like, fifteen years ago but I don’t remember much.
T Right, so what brings you back here?
T Here we are. The Park Inn.
N Thanks. Er, how much is it?
T Thirty-one fifty, please.
N Just make it thirty-five dollars.
T Thanks very much … And here’s your change, fifteen dollars.
N OK. Thanks.
T Now, let’s get your case.
DAN Hello. The Royal Bank on Howe Street, please.
T OK, that’ll be eight dollars and fifty cents.
D Actually, could you wait her for five minutes? I just have to get some papers.
T Well, OK, but can you pay me first?
D Of course … here’s ten. I’ll be back in five minutes.
D Thanks for waiting. OK, I’d like to go to the airport, please.
T OK. Which terminal?
D Domestic, please.
T All right, the domestic terminal … So you’re going somewhere on business, right?
D Yeah, I’ve got some meetings in Calgary.
T So do you work for the bank?
T OK, that’s thirty-five dollars and 75 cents.
D And can I have a receipt, please?
T Sure … here you are. Have a safe trip now.
D Thanks, bye.
Listen to Osman’s and Annie’s stories. Which sentence in each pair is about Osman and Bernd? Which is about Annie and Lukas?
1 a They met in Germany.
b They met in France.
2 a They were going to the US on business.
b They had French lessons together.
3 a They met one or two years ago.
b They met a long time ago.
4 a They met a few times.
b They only met once.
5 a They’re not in contact now.
b Now they’re pen friends.
1 a OB b AL
2 a OB b AL
3 a AL b OB
4 a AL b OB
5 a OB b AL
OSMAN Well, er, I was travelling to the USA on business and, uh, I got a plane from Germany, from Frankfurt. Anyway I was just reading the airline magazine and relaxing, when suddenly some late passengers arrived. A few of them came into Business Class, where I was sitting. One of them was this really big guy with a huge beard and sunglasses. He was wearing a black biker jacket, black leather trousers and he had a lot of tattoos. He looked kind of scary, actually. Anyway, he sat down next to me and before I could pretend to fall asleep, he introduced himself and we had a good chat. He was a nice guy. Interesting. His name was Bernd, I think, but it was a long time ago. Then, recently, I was in Germany again and, er, I turned on the television and there he was, on a news programme. He’s a top manager for the Harley-Davidson clothing company in Germany, and he was speaking at some big conference. And he was still wearing his biker clothes, so I recognised him immediately.
ANNIE I went to Montpellier, er, one or two years ago. I was looking for a little restaurant to eat on my own. It was in February but in Montpellier it was really nice weather so you could eat outside. So I sat at a table for two. At one point a man arrived and there was only one table for five available, so he asked me if he could sit at my table, erm, and we started having a chat. He was a really nice person. He was from Switzerland and he was studying, er, French, erm, in Montpellier, so I started teaching him a bit. We met several times when I was there and, erm, next to Montpellier there is a nice town, next to the sea, erm, so we, we had a day trip there and, and that’s it really. We became pen friends but of course I have my boyfriend at home so, erm, that’s it.
A. Listen to three people talking about how they learn languages outside the classroom. Which things A-E does each person talk about?
B. How do they use the things in the pictures? Listen again and make notes.
Astrid – read children’s books
Astrid: B Tom: D Masha: A, C, E
1 Astrid – read children’s books
2 Tom – changed the language on his computer games
3 Masha – watches DVDs, uses a dictionary, changed the menu on her mobile phone
ASTRID When I was learning French, once I knew a few basic words, I liked reading children’s books. I found it very useful, because the sentences are very simple.
TOM When I was learning German, I used to change the language on my computer games to German. Then I could pretend to my parents that I was learning, instead of playing. But it really did help me learn.
MASHA When I learn a foreign language, I like watching DVDs in that language, er, with subtitles on so I can, er, pause and look in a dictionary what the word means and see how it’s spelt. And also when I was in Germany learning German I changed the menu of my mobile phone into German, so that helped.
A. Listen to a conversation between Tony and Valérie.
1 Why’s Valérie in Vancouver?
2 What does she do?
1 She’s visiting friends from university.
2 She owns restaurants in Montreal.
VALÉRIE Good morning, can you take me to the Holiday Inn, please?
TONY Sure. Which one?
V Er, the one on Broadway, please.
T So, what brings you to Vancouver?
V I have some old friends here. Actually, we were at university together.
T So it’s not your first time here?
V Oh, no. I visit every three or four months.
T Right. So you like it here?
V Yes. In fact, I’d really like to live here.
T Oh, yeah? Where do you live?
V In Montreal. Well, actually, I’ve got a small business there.
T Really? What do you do?
V I own a couple of restaurants.
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