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Name two customs or traditions visitors to your country may have difficulty adjusting to. As part of this discussion, talk about any points that visitors should be aware of when staying as a guest at a home in your country.
"take a bath" = lose money
"His family business took a real bath when the giant superstore moved into town."
"doesn't/won't wash" = used to say that you don't believe someone's explanation or attitude about something
"Your excuse that your dog ate your homework won't wash with the teacher."
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions. The story describes the very old-style baths that are often not seen today.
Phil: First, you take off your shoes before you enter.
Next, you get undressed in the dressing room. And I was very surprised . . . and a little embarrassed to see that the woman who took my money was sitting on a platform where she had a clear view of the men's side of the dressing room.
Nate: Wow. And do you wear a bathing suit or something? Phil: Oh no! You don't wear anything.
Phil: Yeah. Traditionally, the bath played an important role in the community. It gave neighbors an opportunity to socialize while bathing.
Phil: When you're all done bathing, people relax in the dressing room by watching TV, drinking tea or juice, or talking to friends. It's quite an experience.
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