Exercise 1

A. Listen to a radio program about good and bad vacations. Write good (G) or bad (B) next to the vacations.

a) a camping vacation with your family

b) a beach vacation with a friend in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia

c) a group sightseeing weekend in Paris, France

d) two months in China alone

e) a walking vacation in Perú with a friend

B. Underline the correct information. Then listen again and check.

1   He went camping in Canda/Cambodia.

2   The didn’t have tea/television.

3   He lost his passport/girlfriend.

4   He had some bad food/water.

5   She got/didn’t get to Paris.

6   She ate lunch/dinner on the train.

7   She met English/Chinese people.

8   She spoke/didn’t speak Chinese.

Answer & Audioscript


a) G   b) B   c) B   d) G   e) G


2 television   3 passport   4 food   5 got   6 dinner

7 Chinese   8 spoke


A:   Welcome to Good and Bad. This week we talk about vacations—good vacations and bad vacations. Our hotline is 123 2222. And here’s our ­first caller. Hello, Ken?

B:   Hi.

A:   So, tell us about your two vacations.

B:   Yeah, well my family went camping in Canada when I was twelve. We had one tent for six people, and we didn’t have water or electricity.

A:   Oh, right. Did you like it?

B:   Yes, I did. It was … fantastic. No TV, no Internet … we cooked on a ­fire and played games.

A:   Sounds great. And your other vacation?

B:   Last year I went to Australia with my girlfriend, to Surfer’s Paradise. I lost my passport on the first day.

A:   Sorry to hear that.

B:   But the beach at Surfer’s Paradise was beautiful. The water was fantastic. We went swimming and just relaxed … but then I ate some bad food … fish … and I became very ill. I was ill for a week.

A:   Ow. So that was a bad vacation. But as you say Surfer’s Paradise is a beautiful place.

B:   Yes, it is.

A:   OK, Ken. Thank you for calling. Next caller, Clare? Are you there?

C:   Yeah, hello.

A:   Hi. Tell us about your vacations.

B:   Well, last year we went to France, on a group tour.

A:   Oh, where did you go?

B:   We went to Paris, but … there was a problem with the plane. We waited for ten hours at the airport. Then they said there weren’t any seats on the next plane. Or the next plane.

A:   Oh, no! What did you do?

B:   We went by train! We had five hours in Paris. We saw some interesting buildings and a museum and then we came home.

A:   By plane?

B:   No, by train. We had dinner on the train. Expensive sandwiches!

A:   So that wasn’t very good. How about your other vacation? The good one?

C:   Ah yes, it was in China. I was there for two months. I was alone, so I met a lot of local people. They were very nice.

A:   Did you speak English with them?

C:   No, I didn’t. I spoke a little Chinese and they liked that.

A:   Great. Thanks, Clare. And next we have Dan. Hi, Dan.

D:   Hi.

A:   Is your first vacation good or bad?

D:   Good–really good. I went to Perú. It was a walking vacation and it was wonderful.

A:   Why was that?

D:   Well, I went with a friend and we …

Exercise 2

A. Listen to three conversations. What does the person what to find? Write the number of the conversation next to the food.

vegetables ___     bread ___     fish ___

fruit _1_     cereal ___     cakes ___

snacks ___     meat ___

B. Listen again. Match places a)—f) below with the food. Do not use two of the places.

fruit _f_     bread ___

cereal ___     cakes ___

Answer & Audioscript


bread–2   cakes–3


bread e)   cereal d)   cakes a)


Conversation 1

A:   Excuse me, where’s the fruit?

B:   Do you see the vegetables over there?

A:   Vegetables? What are they?

B:   Vegetables … you know, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots.

A:   Oh, vegetables.

B:   Yeah. Vegetables.

A:   OK … vegetables.

B:   The fruit’s behind the vegetables.

A:   Sorry?

B:   You see the vegetables? They’re in front of the fruit. Over there.

A:   Let me check. The fruit’s behind the vegetables.

B:   Yes, that’s right.

A:   Oh, OK. Thanks.

B:   No problem.

Conversation 2

A:   Excuse me, where’s the bread?

B:   Er … Do you see the snacks?

A:   Snacks? I don’t know “snacks”.

B:   Snacks, for example, chocolate, nuts and potato chips.

A:   Oh, I understand.

B:   The bread is on the right of the snacks.

A:   Can I check? On the right of the snacks?

B:   Yes. Across from the fruit.

A:   Thank you.

B:   You’re welcome.

Conversation 3

A:   Excuse me, where are the cakes?

B:   I think they’re near the snacks.

A:   Near the snacks. Which way?

B:   I’m not sure. I know the cereal is across from the snacks …

A:   Cereal? What’s that?

B:   Cereal. Like Corn Flakes.

A:   Er …?

B:   Erm, for breakfast. You have it with milk.

A:   Oh, OK.

B:   Yes, so the cereal is across from the snacks.

A:   OK, and the cakes?

B:   I think they’re on the right of the cereal.

A:   On the right. Thank you.

B:   No problem. Or maybe …

A:   Thank you!

Exercise 3

A. Look at the pictures. Why did the man have a bad vacation? Use the words/phrases in the box below.

bored  –  it rained  –  noisy  –  expensive  –  missed the plane

B. Listen to the man tell the story. Which picture is different from his story?

Answer & Audioscript


Suggested answers: The man had a bad vacation because … ­first, he missed the plane. Then it rained, so he stayed in the hotel and he was bored. He didn’t sleep because the hotel room was noisy, and the hotel restaurant was expensive. He was happy to go home.


Picture C – the man didn’t watch TV. He read a book.


This is my bad vacation story. Last year I went to Hawaii on vacation. First, I missed my plane, so I took another plane. I arrived in Honolulu one day late. The weather was very bad, and it rained for the ­first three days. I stayed in my hotel room and read a book. The hotel was noisy because my room was next to the road. There was a restaurant, but the food was expensive, and it wasn’t very good. I was there for two weeks, and I was very happy to go home.

Exercise 4

A. Listen to five people at the Adolfi Hotel and complete the times in the table.




1 Receptionist

a) Mr. Black and Mr. Brown went out.


b) They went back to their hotel rooms.


2 Waiter

Two men and a woman left the restaurant.


3 Hotel guest

The radio was on in the Blacks’ room.


4 Night receptionist

a) Mr. Black went out.


b) Another man went out.


5 Hotel guest

I came back to the hotel


B. Listen again. Are the sentences true (T) or false (F)?

1   Mr. Black came back to the hotel alone.   F

2   A man and a woman danced for half an hour in the restaurant.

3   Two people went out of the hotel at 10:15 p.m.

4   The other person was Mr. Brown.

5   The other person was a woman.

Answer & Audioscript


1 b) 3:30   2 10:00   3 10:00–11:00   4 a) 10:00

4 b) 10:15   5 10:30


2 T   3 F   4 F   5 T



My name’s Sara. I’m the receptionist in the hotel. Mr. Black and Mr. Brown went out yesterday afternoon at a quarter to two. They came back together … at about half past three, and they went to their rooms.


My name’s Alan. I’m a waiter in the hotel restaurant. I was in the restaurant last night. There were two men and a woman in the restaurant all evening. One man and the woman danced for about half an hour—from half past nine to ten o’clock. They all left at ten o’clock.


I’m a guest in the hotel. My room is on the right of Mr. and Mrs. Black’s room. Their radio was on last night from about ten to eleven. It was very noisy!


I’m the night receptionist. Mr. Black went out at ten o’clock. He said he wanted to take a walk. Then at a quarter past ten, another man went out. I didn’t see him very well. Maybe it was Mr. Brown. I don’t know.


My name’s Mary White. I’m a guest in the hotel. I came back from the town at about half past ten. I saw a woman in front of the hotel. She had men’s clothes: a man’s jacket, a man’s pants and a man’s hat. I was surprised, you know. A woman in a man’s clothes. Was there a party or something?

Exercise 5

A. Listen to Jocelyn and Andreas. What is the same about them?

B. Complete the table. Then listen again and check.






1   studied together?



2   wasn’t very good at Italian?





3   didn’t have any friends in Canberra?





4   loved Indian food?





5   met on the Internet?





6   talked on the bus?





7   moved from Sydney?





8   wrote an email to the other person?





Answer & Audioscript


They both love Indian food.

































J = Jocelyn   A = Andreas

J:   I met Clare last year in an Italian class. I wanted to learn Italian because I love Italy and I wanted to go to Italy on vacation. Anyway, Clare sat next to me in class. At first, I didn’t like her because she was good at Italian and I wasn’t very good. But every day we went home on the same bus and we talked and became friends.

      Then one day Clare called me and said, ‘Hey, let’s go to India together!’ I was very surprised. I said, ‘You mean Italy, not India.’ She said ‘No, India’, because she loved Indian food. I love it, too. We went to India together last summer and we had a fantastic time. We’re great friends now.

A:   I met my best friend Raji on the internet. It was in 2007 after I finished college. My first job was in Canberra. So I moved from Sydney to Canberra. All my friends were in Sydney and I didn’t know anyone in Canberra.

       I was bored in the evenings and I had a lot of free time. So I went on the internet a lot. And there was a blog, called Vindaloo, about Indian food. I love Indian food. And on the blog I talked to a guy called Raji. He knew a lot about Indian cooking. So I emailed him and I got an email back. He lived in Canberra, too. So we met, and we were instant best friends.

Exercise 6

A. Listen to the conversations. Match places 1—4 with A—F in the picture.

 subway   ………

 men’s restrooms   ………

 women’s restrooms   ………

 taxis   ………

Answer & Audioscript

1 D   2 E   3 F   4 B



A:   Excuse me. Where’s the subway?

B:   It’s near the ATM.

A:   Across from the trains?

B:   Yes, that’s right.


A:   Excuse me. Where are the men’s restrooms?

B:   They’re on the right of the ATM.


A:   Excuse me. Where are the women’s restrooms?

B:   They’re on the right of the men’s restrooms.

A:   On the right of the men’s restrooms?

B:   And across from the café.

A:   OK, thanks.


A:   Excuse me. Where are the taxis?

B:   They’re on the left of the buses.

A:   So between the buses and the café?

B:   Yes.

A:   Thank you.

Exercise 7

A. Listen and complete the conversations.


A:   Oh, you’re a teacher. And what’s your husband’s 1__job__?

B:   What’s that?

A:   You 2_______ – doctor, teacher, secretary.

B:   Oh! He’s a pilot.


A:   What 3_______ do they have in the supermarket today?

B:   I don’t understand.

A:   Like do they have apples, bananas, oranges?

B:   Oh, OK. They have apples and oranges.


A:   Do you know another 4_______ for ‘good’?

B:   Another what?

A:   For 5_______, good, bad, hot, cold, happy …

B:   Oh, I understand. I know another word for ‘very good’. Fantastic!

B. Listen and underline the correct alternatives in the conversations.

Conversation 1

A:   (1) Is there/Is it a good restaurant near here?

B:   (2) There’s/Is a good Chinese restaurant over there.

A:   Where?

B:   (3) On the left of/Across from the bank.

A:   I see it. Is the food good?

B:   Well, I think it’s (4) delicious/awful.

Conversation 2

A:   Do you know the Chinese restaurant (5) near/in front here?

C:   Yes.

A:   Is it good?

C:   It’s (6) right/all right, but I like Italian food. (8) There’s/There are a great Italian restaurant (9) across from/on right the school.

A:   Where?

C:   (9) Behind/Between the bus over there. (10) Next to/Next the newsstand.

A:   Oh, right. Yes. (11) How’s/Who’s the food there?

C:   We ate there last night. It was (12) boring/fantastic.

Answer & Audioscript


1 job   2 know   3 fruit   4 adjective   5 example


2 There’s   3 On the left   4 delicious   5 near

6 all right   7 There’s   8 on right   9 Behind

10 Next to   11 How’s   12 fantastic

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