English Speaking Exercises for A2 – Planning a holiday

1. Complete the tourist attractions with a, e, i, o and u.

m__n__m__nt

m__s__c__l

s__f__r__p__rk

f__st__v__l

c__rn__v__l

ch__rch

c__nc__rt

sq__r__

th__tr__

10 __ld t__wn

11 r__st__r__nt

12 p__rk

13 sh__pp__ng d__str__ct

14 __p__r__ h__s__

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1 monument   2 musical   3 national park   4 festival

5 carnival   6 church   7 concert   8 square

9 theatre   10 old town   11 restaurant   12 park

13 shopping district   14 opera house

2. Put the phrases into the correct groups.

Do you fancy ___ ?      Either suggestion is fine by me.

I don’t mind.      I don’t think that’s a great idea.

I like that idea.      I’d rather not.      It would be nice ___

I’m not sure about that.      I’m not very keen on that idea.

Let’s do that.      Shall we ___ ?      Yes. Why not?

That sounds like a great idea.      That’s a really good plan.

They’re both good ideas.      We could always ___ Let’s ___

What a good idea!      What about ___ ?      Why don’t we ___ ?

Making suggestions

1 _________

2 _________

3 _________

4 _________

5 _________

6 _________

Accepting a suggestion

7   _________

8   _________

9   _________

10 _________

11 _________

12 _________

13 _________

Declining a suggestion

14 _________

15 _________

16 _________

17 _________

Expressing no preference

18 _________

19 _________

20 _________

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3. Complete the sentences with the words below.

main      buy      nice      park      repeat

say      town      walk      recommend      worth

1 The nicest restaurant is in the ____________ centre.

2 I ____________ the Queens hotel near the station.

3 There’s a ____________ little hotel in the Old Town.

4 There are some good restaurants in the ____________ square.

5 It’s near the cathedral, which is also ____________ a visit.

6 Sorry, did you ____________ ‘Indian restaurant’?

7 Could you ____________ that, please?

8 The cathedral near the ____________ is very historic and atmospheric.

9 You can ____________ or you can take a tram or bus.

10 I recommend you ____________ a travel card.

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1 town   2 recommend   3 nice   4 main   5 worth

6 say   7 repeat   8 park   9 walk   10 buy

Transcript

1 The nicest restaurant is in the town centre.

2 I recommend the Queens hotel near the station.

3 There’s a nice little hotel in the Old Town.

4 There are some good restaurants in the main square.

5 It’s near the cathedral, which is also worth a visit.

6 Sorry, did you say ‘Indian restaurant’?

7 Could you repeat that, please?

8 The cathedral near the park is very historic and atmospheric.

9 You can walk or you can take a tram or bus.

10 I recommend you buy a travel card.

4. Listen to two people discussing a trip to a city. Choose the correct answers.

1   They choose the more expensivecheaper hotel.

2   There are a number of restaurants that serve localforeign food.

3   They decide to buynot to buy a travel card.

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1 more expensive   2 local    to buy

Speaking Strategy

If you don’t understand something someone has said, don’t panic! Ask for clarification. You can use these phrases:

Sorry, did you say ___ ?      Could you repeat that, please?

Pardon?      Sorry, what does ‘tourist attraction’ mean?

5. Read the Speaking Strategy and the task below. Then make notes on each of the four points.

You are planning a trip with a friend to a famous town in your country. Discuss the trip with your friend and agree on:

–  places to stay

–  ways to travel around

–  interesting buildings, monuments, etc.

–  good restaurants

Are there any good places to stay? How much do they cost? Where are they?

___________________

What interesting buildings or monuments are there to see?

___________________

What’s the best way to get around?

___________________

Are there any good places to eat? Type of food? Where?

 First recommendation: ________

 Second recommendation: ________.

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6. Now do the task from exercise 5 using your notes.

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