General Listening Quiz

“New York Travel”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate travel man 2:05

Pre-Listening Exercise

If you had time and money, what are three places in the world that you would visit and why? Would you travel by plane, ship, or train? Would you rather stay in a big hotel, a small inn, or even a youth hostel?


hit the road” = go somewhere
We plan on hitting the road early tomorrow morning.”

be in the same boat” = be in the same situation
Everyone has to pay for his or her own trip, so we’re all in the same boat.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What time does the plane depart?

Uh, let's see. Okay, everyone should meet at the airport at 6:00 a.m. This will give you time to check in and get through security. Our plane departs at 9:00.

How will the group get to the hotel from the airport?

Uh, our plane arrives in New York at 3:00 p.m, and we will take a bus from the airport to the hotel.

About what time does the hotel restaurant open?

In the morning, for any of you who like to get exercise, we will be meeting in the lobby around 6:00 a.m. to go jogging around Central Park for about 45 minutes, and we'll get back to the hotel about the time when the restaurant opens, so you'll enough time to grab a quick breakfast before we leave the hotel at 8:00.

The group is going to ______ around Times Square for about an hour.

We will go to Times Square where you can have lunch on your own for about an hour from about 1 to 2.

What are they going to do later?

Uh, we will meet back at the hotel at 6:00 p.m., and we'll have dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant downtown, and then we'll catch an exciting Broadway musical around 8:30 p.m.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

What kinds of things do you like to do when you visit a new place for the first time? Explain your reasons.

Online Investigation

Imagine that you are going on vacation to New York City, and you have $1,500 to spend on your entire week vacation. Where would you stay (in a hotel, a youth hostel, a discount motel)? What places of interest would you visit? Where would you eat? Use the Internet to plan your trip and calculate how much these activities would cost. Share your results with a partner.