Practice Listening English Exercises for B1 – Travel

Getting Ready

What kinds of travel announcements are these? Check (✓) the correct answer.

Delay

Luggage

Arriving

Departing

1 Your baggage will be on Carousel 12.

2 The 3:15 train to New York will be leaving from Platform 8a in five minutes.

3 We’ll be arriving in Seattle in twenty minutes on Platform 4.

4 Please fasten your seatbelts for landing.

5 Passenger Matt Jones on Flight 37, please go directly to Gate 44 for departure.

6 Please keep your luggage in your possession at all times.

7 The 7:30 train from Belmont has been delayed. It will now arrive at 8:05.

8 The train to Oakland will be arriving at 9:25.

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1 Luggage   2 Departing

3 Arriving   4 Arriving

5 Departing   6 Luggage

7 Delay   8 Arriving

Listening 1

People are making announcements. What is each announcement about? Listen and circle the correct answer.

1   a flight time

b luggage

     c passengers

2   a delayed flight

b departure gate

     c continuing flight

3   a seatbelts

b drinks and snacks

     c luggage

4   a departure gate

b delayed flight

     c passengers

5   a delayed train

b arriving train

     c platform number

6   a platform number

b delayed train

     c train tickets

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1 b   2 b   3 b   4 c   5 c   6 b

Transcript

1

Ladies and gentlemen, we hope you enjoyed your flight to Toronto. When we land, you can locate your bags on Carousel 5 in Baggage Claim. Just stay to your left, go down the steps, and Carousel 5 will be on the right past Johnnie’s Hamburger Stand.

2

Passengers on Flight 87 to Miami, your departure gate has been changed to Gate 64. Again, that’s Gate 64. You need to take a right past the restaurants and the gift shop to find Gate 64. Passengers on Flight 102 to Tampa, your departure gate is still Gate 62.

3

Ladies and gentlemen, our crew will be serving refreshments. We’ll have complementary soft drinks, juices, and coffee. If you are interested, you may purchase snacks like chips, cookies, or pretzels for three dollars a bag.

4

Passengers waiting for Flight 774 to Chicago, may I have your attention, please. Your flight will be departing at 11:30. Will passengers Tom and Carrie Simpson please report to an agent as soon as possible at Gate 16?

5

The 9:20 train to Los Angeles will be departing from Platform 10 in two minutes. All passengers who are waiting for the 9:20 train, will you please proceed to Platform 10 immediately?

6

Your attention, please. The 12:10 train to Concord has been delayed. The train will now arrive on the same platform at 12:30. That’s half past 12:00.

Listening 2

Task 1

People are asking questions about travel plans. Where are they? Listen and circle the correct answer.

1   a at an airport

b at a train station

     c on a train

2   a on a train

b on a plane

     c at an airport

3   a at a train station

b at an airport

     c on a train

4   a at an airport

b on a plane

     c at a train station

5   a at an airport

b at a train station

     c on a train

5   a at an airport

b at a train station

     c on a plane

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1 b   2 b   3 b   4 b   5 a   6 a

Task 2

Listen again. What is the correct response? Circle the correct answer.

1   a It leaves from Platform 5.

b It left 20 minutes ago.

2   a Go to the baggage carousel.

b I’ll be glad to.

3   a Yes, go left past three more counters.

b May I see your ticket, please?


4   a I’d like some hot coffee, please.

b That’s okay. I can do it.

5   a Let’s stand up for 10 minutes.

b There are two over by that window.

6   a I’ll do best to help you.

b You should go to Los Angeles.

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1 a   2 b   3 a   4 b   5 b   6 a

Transcript

1

Could you please tell me which platform the train to Toronto leaves from? And is it on the right or the left?

2

Would you please help me get bags down so I can get off the plane? They’re too high for me to reach.

3

Excuse me, sir. Do you know where the Transamerica Airlines counter is? Is it past the Northern Airlines counter?

4

Molly, we’re about to land, so you need to fasten your seatbelt now. Do you need me to help you?

5

Let’s find window seats so we can see things as they go by. I don’t like having to look around other people.

6

But I have to be in Toronto tonight! Isn’t there another flight I could take? I really have to get there tonight!

Listening 3

Task 1

People are talking about travel experiences. Listen and number the pictures.

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A 3   B 1   C 6   D 4   E 5   F 2

Task 2

Listen again. Are these statements true or false? Check (✓) the correct answer.

True

False

1 Her new flight was one hour later than her original flight.

2 Every seat on his flight was taken.

3 She used a map to find the house.

4 Their air conditioner broke.

5 She took the train to Boston.

6 He finished his book on the train.

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1 True   2 True   3 False

4 True   5 True   6 False

Transcript

1

A: How was your flight?

B: Oh, it was great! flight was overbooked, and the airline asked for volunteers to go on a later flight. I volunteered because the next flight was only an hour later, and the airline gave me $300! It pays to be bumped!

2

A: Did you have a good flight?

B:  Ugh, no, it was terrible.

A: Oh, no! Why?

B:  The flight was fully booked, so every seat was taken. I was crammed between this guy who was snoring the whole time and a really messy kid who got his chips all over me. I couldn’t wait for it to be over!

3

A: Did you have any trouble finding the house?

B: No, not at all. We used the GPS. But it sure was a long drive.

A: Did you stop anywhere?

B: Yeah, we stopped at a rest stop about halfway here to get a cold drink and stretch our legs. It was really hot out, and there were a ton of people there. I guess it was a good weekend for road trips.

4

A: How was the drive?

B: It was okay.

A: Really? You look worn out.

B: Well, I guess we are pretty exhausted. It was so hot out, and the air conditioning broke an hour into the trip. We stopped at the halfway mark to switch drivers and eat lunch. Then we had trouble starting the car.

5

A: Did you enjoy the ride?

B: Oh, it was great! It was nice to just relax and not have to worry about driving. I read book and did sudoku puzzles the whole way. And I met some really nice people, too. They were on their way to Boston, too. I don’t know why I’ve never taken the train before!

6

A:  How was the trip?

B:   Pretty good, I guess. I don’t really know because I was asleep the whole time.

A:  Really?

B:   Yeah, pretty much. I started reading a book, but then I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until ten minutes after stop. I had to get off the train and get on another one going the other direction. I’ll have to set the alarm on phone next time.

Conversation Corner: Travel stories

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A: Welcome back! Tell me about your trip!

B: Oh, it was so much fun! First, ________. ________. ________. New York.

A: Did you go to the Museum of Modern Art?

B: Yes, we loved it. I had always ________. ________. ________. that museum. We also went to Central Park, of course, and lots of other sites.

A: Where did you go after that?

B:  After New York, we went to Philadelphia for three days. And then we went to Boston for two days. It was ________. ________. ________.!

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner. Be sure to reduce to.

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A: Welcome back! Tell me about your trip!

B: Oh, it was so much fun! First, we went to New York.

A: Did you go to the Museum of Modern Art?

B: Yes, we loved it. I had always wanted to see that museum. We also went to Central Park, of course, and lots of other sites.

A: Where did you go after that?

B:  After New York, we went to Philadelphia for three days. And then we went to Boston for two days. It was a great vacation !