General Listening Quiz

"Immigration and Customs"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy travel man - woman 00:51

Pre-Listening Exercise

Finding discount plane tickets and cheap tours is only the first step to traveling abroad. Once you arrive at your destination, what things would you expect to do when passing through immigration and customs in a foreign country?

Idioms

"roll with the punches" = adjust to difficult situations
"Living in a new country can be hard, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches."

"go to pieces" = lose emotional control
"She went to pieces at the airport when couldn't understand what the immigration officer was saying."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the purpose of the woman's visit?

Woman: I'm here to attend a teaching convention for the first part of my trip, and then I plan on touring the capital for a few days.

Where will the woman stay during her trip?

Woman: I'll be staying in a room at a hotel downtown for the entire week.

About how long will the woman be in the country?

Woman: I'll be staying in a room at a hotel downtown for the entire week.

What things are in the woman's luggage?

Woman: Uh, well, just, just my personal belongings um, . . . clothes, a few books, and a CD player.

What other piece of information do we learn about the woman?

Woman: Well, yes and no. Actually, I was born here when my parents were working in the capital many years ago, but this is my first trip back since then.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

What advice do you give a friend before he or she passes through an airport in your country (e.g. What documents should you have ready?  Can you buy souvenirs at the airport? Where do you need to go to find public transportation into the city?, etc.)? What things can you carry on the airplane and what are the size requirements of your luggage?

Online Investigation

Many airlines have rules or restrictions on the size of luggage or bags you can take on the plane. Use the Internet to search for two companies that sell bags specifically for airline travel. Compare the bags based on price, quality, durability, and style.