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Unit 1: Transport

John and Fiona have just arrived in London at Heathrow Airport. John is going to a hotel in King's Cross and Fiona's going to stay with her uncle in Camden. They need to work out how to get into the centre of town and decide on what type of transport to use.

This unit will help you with the following;
Buying a London Underground train ticket
Finding your way around the London Underground system
Comparing things
Using the schwa sound sound in connected speech
 
Listen 1: Choosing transport from Heathrow into town
 
 
 
After they collect their luggage, John and Fiona think about the best way to get into the centre of London. They know a taxi will be too expensive, but they can't agree on the best form of transport.
 
Listen 2: At the ticket office
 
 
 
John and Fiona are about to make their way to their accommodation and have decided to take the tube. John is going to a hotel in King's Cross and Fiona's going to stay with her uncle in Camden. John goes to buy some tickets.
 
Listen 3: In the Underground station
 
 
 
John and Fiona are about to make their way to their accommodation using the tube. John is going to a hotel in King's Cross and Fiona's going to stay with her uncle in Camden. They look at the Tube map on the station platform to help plan their route to their different destinations.
 
Read 1: Comparing travel options
 
 
 
There are many ways to travel from Heathrow Airport into the centre of town, by Tube, Airbus, taxi or the Heathrow Express.
 
Speak 1: Comparisons and the 'schwa' sound
 
 
 
John and Fiona have been discussing which type of transport to use. In their conversation they often use the schwa sound when making comparisons about the different types of transport.
 
 
  Units
 
 
Unit 1: Transport
 
 
 
Listen 1: Choosing transport from Heathrow into town
 
 
 
Listen 2: At the ticket office
 
 
 
Listen 3: In the Underground station
 
 
 
Read 1: Comparing travel options
 
 
 
Speak 1: Comparisons and the 'schwa' sound
 
 
 
Unit 2: Hotel
 
Unit 3: Cinema
 
Unit 4: Shopping
 
Unit 5: Work
 
Unit 6: Eating Out
 
  Useful links
 
 
BBC London travel news