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toofee604
Sep 19, 2006, 04:55 AM
Passenger: Hey Taxi! Ah great. Thanks for pulling over.



Driver: Where to?



Passenger: Well, I'm going to the National Museum of Art, and . . . .



Driver: Sure. Hop in. No problem. Hang on!



Passenger: Uh. Excuse me. How long does it take to get there?



Driver: Well, that all depends on the traffic, but it shouldn't take more than twenty minutes for the average driver. [Oh]. And I'm not average. I have driving down to an art, so we should be able to cruise through traffic and get there in less than twelve minutes.



Passenger: Okay. Uh, sorry for asking [Yeah?], but do you have any idea how much the fare will be?



Driver: Oh, it shouldn't be more than 18 dollars . . . not including a . . . uh-hum . . . a tip of course.



Passenger: Oh, and by the way, do you know what time the museum closes?



Driver: Well, I would guess around 6:00 O'clock.



Passenger: Uh, do you have the time?



Driver: Yeah. It's half past four. [Thanks] Uh, this IS your first time to the city, right?



Passenger: Yeah. How did you know?



Driver: Well, you can tell tourists from a mile away in this city because they walk down the street looking straight up at the skyscrapers.



Passenger: Was it that obvious?



Driver: Well . . .



Passenger: Oh, before I forget, can you recommend any good restaurants downtown that offer meals at a reasonable price?



Driver: Umm . . . Well, the Mexican restaurant, La Fajita, is fantastic. [Oh] It's not as inexpensive as other places I know, but the decor is very authentic, [Okay] and the portions are larger than most places I've been to.



Passenger: Sounds great! How do I get there from the museum?



Driver: Well, you can catch the subway right outside the museum. There are buses that run that way, but you would have to transfer a couple of times. And there are taxis too, but they don't run by the museum that often.



Passenger: Okay. Thanks.



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Key Vocabulary



pull over (verb): to stop a vehicle to the side of the road

- We pulled over so we could rest and enjoy the scenic view.



down to an art (verb): to learn something very well

- My brother has skiing down to an art.



cruise (verb): to drive at a moderate speed, often leisurely or aimlessly

- The football players cruised around the city after the big game.



do you have the time (verb): "Do you know what time it is?"

- Excuse me. Do you happen to have the time?



skyscrapers (noun): very tall city buildings

- The city has decided to build a new skyscraper in the downtown area.



offer (verb): to provide or furnish

- This travel agency is offering discount travel tickets to students until the end of the week.



reasonable (adjective): fair, not excessive or severe

- The prices at that department store are very reasonable.



fantastic (adjective): super, wonderful, unbelievably great

- The musical last night was fantastic.



decor (noun): the indoor furnishings of a building or home

- The hotel's decor was designed by a local decorator.



authentic (adjective): real, not counterfeited

- The teacher create a very authentic classroom atmosphere for her students.



portions(noun): an individual amount of food

- The portions were so large that we couldn't finish the meal.

TieuThoBuiDoi
Sep 19, 2006, 05:48 AM
1. What is the current time in the conversation?

A. 3:40 PM

B. 4:15 PM

C. 4:30 PM

D. 4:45 PM



2. How does the driver figure out that the passenger is a first-time visitor to the city?

A. The passenger catches a taxi for a short one-mile trip.

B. The passenger does not understand the rules for tipping drivers.

C. The driver finds the passenger lost on the street before picking him up.

D. The driver notices the passenger gazing upward at the tall buildings.



3. What sort of restaurant is the man looking for?

A. one that is relatively inexpensive

B. one that is not very crowded

C. one that offers large servings

D. one that is situated close to his hotel



4. What is one item the driver did NOT mention about the restaurant?

A. the price

B. the service

C. the interior design

D. the serving size



5. The driver suggests that the passenger go ______ to the restaurant.

A. by taxi

B. by bus

C. by subway

D. on foot

TieuThoBuiDoi
Sep 19, 2006, 09:25 AM
P: hey taxi ! thiet la` he^n qua', ca'm on anh dda~ dung lai



D: vang, toi dang muon den vien bao tang quoc gia day, va`....



P: duoc thoi, nhay len di, ko co van de gi ca, bam chat nhe



D: duoc thoi, nhay len di, ko co van de gi ca, bam chat nhe



P: xin loi, phai mat bao lau thi moi toi do duoc



D: cai nay thi tuy thuoc vao tinh hinh giao thong, nhung co' le ko hon 20 phut cho mot nguoi tai xe binh thuong, va toi ko phai la mot tay mo* dau, toi lai' xe cu* lam dda^y, chung ta co the se den do chua day 20 phut



P: duoc roi , xin loi cho toi hoi, bao nhieu tien mot chuyen di vay?



D: oh, khoang chung 18 dong thoi, va` tat nhien la` chua ke tien boa



P: oh, a` na`y, anh co biet may gio vien bao tang se dong cua ko



D: well, i doan la khoang 6g



P: uh, may gio roi thua anh?



D: yeah, 4 30 roi, uh, day la lan dau tien anh den thanh pho nay phai ko?



P: yeah, lam sao anh biet duoc?



D: a`, ban co' the thay nguoi nguoi du lich tu rat xa tu thanh pho nay boi vi ho. lu'c nao cung nhin len nhung toa nha cho.c troi trong luc di bo



P: oh, truoc khi toi quen, anh co the gioi thieu cho toi mot quan an nao ngon o*? trung tam thanh pho ma` gia' ca? thi` hop ly' ko?



D: umm, de coi, qua'n an cua nguoi Me, la fajita, thi` rat ngon. No' ko mac bang nhung noi khac ma toi biet, nhung canh trang tri' rat la` my~ thuat, va phan an thi` nhieu hon nhung noi khac ma toi dda tung an



P: vay thi tot qua'! la`m sao dde toi ddi den ddo' tu vien bao tang thua anh?



D: well, anh co the don xe dien ngam ngay ben ngoai vien bao tang. Co nhung chiec xe buyt' cung chay ve ddo', nhung anh phai chuye^? xe va`i lan, Va` cung co' taxi nua, nhung taxi khong chay ngang vien bao tang thuong xuyen lam



P: duoc roi, cam' on nhe'

Diep Phi Yen
Oct 24, 2006, 01:33 PM
Hi Tieuthubuidoi,



For some people, these questions was quite simple to answer. But for me, I've learned many new vocabulary and sentences structure. So, It sounds great to me and I'll try to complete all exercises as much as possible.



Kindly correct if i'm wrong. Thanks a lot / DPY





Answers



1. What is the current time in the conversation?

C. 4:30 PM



2. How does the driver figure out that the passenger is a first-time visitor to the city?

D. The driver notices the passenger gazing upward at the tall buildings.



3. What sort of restaurant is the man looking for?

A. one that is relatively inexpensive



4. What is one item the driver did NOT mention about the restaurant?

B. the service



5. The driver suggests that the passenger go ______ to the restaurant.

C. by subway

Babie Lisa
Oct 24, 2006, 09:38 PM
WOW! sis Diep ... It's been a long time eh? ... I'm glad you're using the forum to continue learning even though you can't join us in the room. Very admirable of you!

ngahoang
Jan 15, 2009, 01:08 PM
ca nha oi giup em tim mot conversation ve dat ve may bay voi ! cam on cac anh cac chi nhiu !

ngahoang
Jan 15, 2009, 01:09 PM
các anh các chị ơi giúp em tìm một đoạn hội thoại yêu cầu đặt vé máy bay với! Em cảm ơn các anh chị nhìu !

Tu-An
Jan 16, 2009, 12:13 PM
Nga Hoang,

Cái này của thầy Tân cho học hôm trước nè.

Clerk: Vietnam Airline, this is Tam. May I help you?
Phuong: Yes, do you have any flights to Da Nang next Tuesday afternoon?
Clerk: One moment, please... Yes. There´s a flight at 16:45 and one at 18:00.
Phuong: That´s fine. Could you tell me how much a return flight costs? I´ll be staying three weeks.
Clerk: Economy, business class or first class ticket?
Phuong: Economy, please.
Clerk: That would be $85
Phuong: OK. Could I make a reservation?
Clerk: Certainly. Which flight would you like?
Phuong: The 16:45, please.
Clerk: Could I have your full name, please?
Phuong: My name is Phuong Bui, my 1st name is P H U O N G, and last name is B U I
Clerk: How would you like to pay, Ms. Bui?
Phuong: Can I pay at the check-in desk when I pick up my ticket?
Clerk: Yes, but you will have to confirm this reservation at least two hours before departure time.
Phuong: I see.
Clerk: Now you have been booked, Ms. Phuong. The flight leaves at 16:45, and your arrival in Da Nang will be at 18:00, local time. The flight number is NWA 476.
Phuong: Thank you.