1. Pre-Listening Exercise
Think of a bus journey you make regularly
or invent one.
Try to write or speak about it in
sentences, using the following words:-
bus stop, time-table, fare, conductor,
driver, bell, ticket.
Michele: Excuse me, is this the right
stop for St. Paul's cathedral?
Andrew: Yes, it is. There is a map
here which tells you the number of
Michele: Oh, yes, I see. So, the
number 8 bus goes to St. Paul's?
Andrew: That's right. And it tells
you on the time-table how often they
go. I am going in that direction.
I'll tell you when to get off.
Michele: That's very kind of you.
Andrew: No problem. The driver will
tell you if you ask but they sometimes
Michele: Look, here comes the bus
Andrew: Let's sit downstairs, it's
easier to get off.
Michele: Thank you. Is it a long
Andrew: Yes, it is quite far but
you will see a lot. Have you got a
Michele: No, I haven't. Should I
have bought one?
Andrew: Well, it's cheaper if you
buy a ticket for the day. But don't
worry, you can pay on the bus.
Michele: Only problem is, I don't
have much change for the fare.
Andrew: Don't give him a large note.
He won't like it. Give him coins if
Michele: I've got one or two. Oh
look! There's the Houses of Parliament!
Andrew: You get a good view from
the bus. It's more interesting than
the Underground but, of course, it
takes much longer.
Michele: Well, I've got plenty of
Andrew: Here's the ticket man now.
One to St. Paul's, please... There
you are, I'll get it for you.
Michele: Let me give you the money.
I'm so glad I met you.
Andrew: And I'm glad I met you. In
fact, I think I'll take a trip to
St. Paul's as well. I can 'phone and
cancel my other business. We'll ring
the bell in a minute. Do you mind
if I join you?
Michele: Not at all, but let's have
a coffee first. Then we'll be proper