General Listening Quiz

"Vacation Plans"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Time:
intermediate vacation plans two men 01:49

Pre-Listening Exercise

Learning about the culture is another important part of travel and sightseeing. What customs should visitors be aware of when visiting a home in your country? What should and shouldn't people do? What are the expected customs and behaviors in this situation?

Idioms

"put your best foot forward" = give a good impression
"You can put your best foot forward and impress the people of that country by learning about the culture and speaking their language."

"jump at the chance" = do some form of service in return for something in return
"I wanted my dad to pay for the movie tickets, so I jumped at the chance to do some extra work to pay for them."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where is the man going on vacation?

Pete: Well, I'm thinking about going to Germany this summer [Great!], and I need some advice. You're the best person I know to answer my questions since you're German.

Where did he meet Claudia?

Pete: Well, don't laugh, but I met this really nice woman through an online music mailing list, you know, a discussion group on the Internet [laughter]. I need some advice. You see, Claudia, . . .

What advice does Markus give Pete about meeting Claudia's parents?

Markus: Ah, okay, okay. Now if you're meeting someone formally for the first time, like Claudia's parents, you should make sure you arrive on time.

What is one thing Markus does NOT say about greeting Claudia?

Markus: Ah. You can call her Claudia [Okay], shake hands, and why don't you take her some flowers?

Markus' final suggestion for Pete is that he should ____.

Markus: Humm. Honestly, I think you need to take a crash course in German before you leave. Claudia might think you're speaking Chinese or something if you don't.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Discuss the do's and don'ts that visitors should be aware of when visiting your country. Topics could include eating manners, dress, attendance at weddings and funerals, dating, giving and receiving gifts, etc. Share an experience where you or someone you know unintentionally did something inappropriate in another culture.

Online Investigation

Choose one of these places below. Then, use the Internet to find the information to these questions:

Spain, Thailand, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Germany

  1. What is the best way to travel there?
  2. How much does it cost to get there?
  3. Where are some of the best places to stay?
  4. How much do they cost?
  5. What are two places that are interesting to visit?