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General Listening Quiz

“Train Tickets – Script”

Listening Exercise

Listen to the recording on train tickets and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.

Man: Uh, where am I? Tsk, hum . . .

Woman: Excuse me. Do you need any help?

Man: Nah, I . . . I’m just looking . . . well . . . [Okay . . .] Uh, well, actually . . . yeah. Um . . . I want to go to the science museum, but I’ve been lost for the past few hours, and I can’t make heads or tails of these ticket machines.

Woman: Ah, well, just press this button. [Oh, yeah] And from here, it’s a dollar fifty.

Man: Okay.

Woman: Then, get on the train at platform number 4.

Man: Alright. Oh, and how often do the trains come around this time of day?

Woman: Usually, they come about every six minutes.

Man: Okay. And where do I get off the train?

Woman: Get off at State Street Station, three stops from here.

Man: Okay. I got it. Thanks for your help.

WomanNo problem. Good luck.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • nah: informal for no 
    – Nah. I don’t want to go, but thanks for asking.
  • not make heads or tails of (idiom): not be able to understand something at all 
    – I can’t make heads or tails of this train map.
  • platform (noun): the place next to the railroad tracks where you wait for a train
    – Please meet me on the platform 15 minutes before the train is scheduled to leave.
  • get something (verb): understand something
    – Most of the time, she doesn’t get what the teacher says.
  • no problem: used after someone thanks you for your help, similar to “You’re welcome”
    – A: Thanks for helping me buy a train ticket.
    – BNo problem.
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