General Listening Quiz

“Bus Trip”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate bus travel man and woman 02:14

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling by bus on a trip over flying or driving?


hit the road” = start to travel
It’s getting late. Let’s hit the road before it gets dark. I don’t like driving at night.”

off the beaten path” = an area that people usually don’t visit
When the bus stops in the next city, I want to take you to a restaurant off the beaten path. The food is great.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The bus was late because ____.

Man: Yeah. The bus broke down about 50 miles back. Actually, the bus driver lost control of the bus when he split hot chocolate on himself.

The man grew up in _____.

Man: Well, you see, I was adopted when I was a baby. I was told that I was born in New York City, but I can't be sure about that. Then, my new parents raised me in a small town Texas.

The woman wants to go to ________ on her trip.

Woman: I thought this bus was heading to Chicago . . . in the opposite direction!

The woman realizes that _____.

Woman: Las Vegas. Las Vegas? I thought this bus was heading to Chicago . . . in the opposite direction! Man: Ah. You're on the wrong bus.

The bus is going to make its next stop in _______.

Man: Relax. Anyway, once this bus left the station, it ain't gonna stop until the next stop . . . three hours from now.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

How do most people travel on vacation within your country? Are there reasons why people choose one form of transportation over another? What is the best way to travel if you want to meet new people?

Online Investigation

Imagine you want to travel from Los Angeles to New York,and you are interested in seeing as much of the country as possible. Which form of transportation would be best for you: plane, bus, rental car, or train? Use the Internet to collect information on cost, convenience, possible routes, and time, for each of these methods from these Web sites or others you might know: