Vocabulary Lessons

"Train Vacations"

Introduction

Being able to buy train tickets and understanding subways schedules and maps will make it easier to get around the world on your vacations. No one wants to feel lost on a train in a distant city. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such 

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  • aisle
  • announcement
  • cable car
  • conductor
  • fare
  • platform
  • reservation
  • schedule
  • seat
  • standing room only
  • station
  • subway
  • ticket
  • ticket machine
  • train pass
  • crowded
  • empty
  • get off
  • get on
  • give up your seat
  • offer your seat to someone
  • stand
  • take a seat
  • transfer
  • wait

Practice

During rush hour, there are so many people on the train that all of the seats are taken, so it's ______ if you want to ride.

The conductor just made _______ that the train would be delayed for about 15 minutes due to an accident.

These seats are reserved for senior citizens and the physically impaired, so you might have to ________ your seat if needed.

Follow-Up Activity

What are the most important points you look for when choosing an airline for your next flight? Rank the following points from the most to least important: price, destination, length of flight, on-time record, meals, comfort and seating, and customer service. Then, choose a destination and compare two different airlines and see which company suits your needs for your next flight.