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Unit 1: Transport
 
Listen  3: In the Underground station
 
On the platform
 
 
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.
 
Instructions for exercise
 
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Complete the conversation
 
Fiona:
So, we take this blue line?

John:
And then you take this black line, the 'Northern' line, and go north.
Mine's direct, but you have to get off and change.
Yeah, it's called the 'Piccadilly' line, but which direction?
OK this will take us east into town then.
 

Fiona:
Well we're at the end of the line so we go eastbound.

John:
And then you take this black line, the 'Northern' line, and go north.
Mine's direct, but you have to get off and change.
Yeah, it's called the 'Piccadilly' line, but which direction?
OK this will take us east into town then.
 

Fiona:
Do we have to change trains?

John:
And then you take this black line, the 'Northern' line, and go north.
Mine's direct, but you have to get off and change.
Yeah, it's called the 'Piccadilly' line, but which direction?
OK this will take us east into town then.
 

Fiona:
But I can change at King's Cross, so we can both get off together.

John:
And then you take this black line, the 'Northern' line, and go north.
Mine's direct, but you have to get off and change.
Yeah, it's called the 'Piccadilly' line, but which direction?
OK this will take us east into town then.
 

 
Language tips - vocabulary
 
"mine is direct" - I can complete my journey without changing trains
eastbound - the train direction is east

 
Language tips - grammar
 
'Get on' and 'get in'

We say get on and get off public transport, and get in and get out (of) a car.


 
 
  Units
 
 
Unit 1: Transport
 
 
 
Listen 1: Choosing transport from Heathrow into town
 
 
 
Listen 2: At the ticket office
 
 
 
Listen 3: In the train 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