Speaking practice - buying a ticket - Foundation

Train station ticket office

Role plays give you a chance to have a more structured conversation. You will use either the or usted pronoun form of the verb depending on whether you are talking to a friend or if you are in a more formal situation.

What would you say for this role play? You are talking to somebody that you don't know, so you will need to use the usted form.

The bullet points give an idea of what will be asked, so use these to prepare what you will say. Where there is an exclamation mark (!) a surprise question will be asked, and where there is a question mark (?) you will need to ask a question yourself.

Estás hablando con el empleado/la empleada en la taquilla de una estación de trenes en España.

  • Viajar - a dónde
  • !
  • ? Información sobre el tren
  • Opinión sobre los trenes en España
  • Llegada a España - en el pasado - transporte

Listen to this example.


- Buenos días.

- Quiero viajar a Madrid.

- ¿Cuántos billetes quiere?

- Dos billetes por favor.

- Muy bien.

- ¿De qué andén sale el tren?

- Sale del andén número dos. ¿Qué opina usted de los trenes aquí en España?

- Son muy cómodos.

- ¿Cómo llegó usted a España?

- Viajé en avión.


- Good morning.

- I want to go to Madrid.

- How many tickets do you want?

- Two tickets, please.

- Very good.

- What platform does the train leave from?

- It leaves from platform number two. What do you think of the trains here in Spain?

- They are very comfortable.

- How did you arrive in Spain?

- I travelled by plane.