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Train Tickets: Getting Around Tokyo

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation about budget travel in Tokyo, Japan, by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Man: Let me see now. Which train do I need to get on?

Woman: Excuse me. Do you need any help?

Man: Yes, I want to go to Tokyo Tower, but I'm really lost. This is my first visit to Japan, so I have no idea on how to ride the trains.

Woman: First, you need to buy a ticket to your destination. [Um-HUH] From here, it's a hundred and thirty yen.

Man: A hundred thirty yen. Okay.

Woman: Then, get on the Hibiya Subway Line at platform number 4.

Man: Number 4, alright. Oh, and how often do the trains come around this time of day?

Woman: Usually, they come about every six minutes or so.

Man: Alright. And where do I get off the train.

Woman: Get off at Kamiyacho Station, three stops from here. The sign at the station is written in English, so you'll be able to read it.

Man: Three stops. Got it. Thanks for your help.

Woman: No problem. Good luck.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • destination (noun): the place to which you are going
    - It took four hours to arrive at our destination.

  • platform (noun): a raised area where you can get on and off a train
    - Please meet me on the platform 15 minutes before the train is scheduled to leave.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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