English Learning A trip to london Lezione 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Marco arrives at the hotel. At the hotel Good morning sir. Can I help you? All’albergo 1-2 Yes, please. Can I have a room for Fare richieste 3 three night? Silvia arrives at the hotel. Certainly. A single room or a double Decidere cosa 4-6 Good morning madam. How can I help you? room? vedere Good morning, I’m Ms. Fidanzia and I Single, please. Dare opinioni, fa- 7 booked a room. re proposte And what’s your name, sir? Decidere cosa 8 All right, let me check… Could you repeat mangiare your name, please? It’s Corsini. Sorry sir, could you spell it for me plea- Domandare e dare 9-10 Yes, sure it’s Fidanzia. se? Thank you. Yes. You booked a single room for three nights, is that correct? Yes, it’s C O R S I N I. Would you like a room with a shower Right. inali or with a bath? ri cardI nume Can you sign here please? A shower, please. How much is the 6 sixth th st fir st 1 ___ Yes, of course. room rate per night? 7 ____ th nd second Here is your key. Your room is 34, on the Its 20£ plus VAT, and that includes a 2 th 8 eigh th rd _______ third floor. I hope you enjoy your stay. full English breakfast.. 3 h 9 nint th Thank you very much. Ah, sorry, what th fourth That’s ok. 4 ___ time is breakfast served? 10 ___ th So, heres your key. Thats room 55, Mr th ______ 5 Breakfast is from 6.30 to 10, in the Corsini, and youll find the room on the Restaurant on the ground floor. fifth floor. Thank you. Thank you very much. 1. True or False? Read these statements about the dialogues above. Are they true or false? Correct them if it is necessary. T F 1. Marco booked a room. _______________________________ 2. Silvia has a single room. _______________________________ 3. Marco’s room has a shower _______________________________ 4. Silvia’s room is at the fifth floor _______________________________ 5. Breakfast is included in the price _______________________________ 6. The restaurant is on the first floor _______________________________
LEZIONE 2 Pagina 22. Who speaks? You are at the hotel and you want to get 3. What happens? Put the correct letter(s) nearthe room: who says these words? the situations: Receptionist You - Mi chiedono il nome __A) Can I help you? - Mi chiedono se ho bisogno di aiuto __B) I booked a room. - Mi danno la chiave __C) What’s your name, please? - Mi chiedono di ripetere __ - Mi chiedono di fare lo spelling __D) Here’s your key. - Mi salutano __E) How much is the room? F) Could you spell it please? - Dico che ho prenotato una stanza __G) What time is breakfast? - Chiedo quanto costa una stanza __H) Enjoy your stay! - Chiedo a che ora è la colazione __I) Could you repeat it, please? In the room At reception4. Finally we arrived at our hotel!!!Choose the correct words and complete the dialogue between you: and the receptionist:R. - Good morning sir/madam. How can I/could you help you?Y. - Good morning! I’m Mr/Ms ______________ and I booked a ______________ .R. - Ok, let’s have a look. Can I/Could you repeat your name, please?Y. - Yes, it’s _____________________.R. - Yes Mr/Ms ______________ , you booked a single/double room for three nights. Is that correct?Y. - Yes.R. - Can I/Could you please sign here?Y. - Sure. Can I/Could you tell me what time is ______________ ?R.. - It is served between 7 and 10 am. Here is your ___________. Your room is 16, on the first ________ .Y. - Thank you. And can I/could you tell me where the ____________ is?R. - It’s over there, at the end of the corridor on the left.Y. - Thank you!R. - Enjoy your ____________.
Other ways to make requests / invite /offer 5. Do you know which is the appropriate situation? 1. Can you… ? A) Asking someone a favour (or something) less formal 2. Could you … ? B) Asking permission formal 3. Would you mind if I … ? C) Inviting someone 4. Can I … ? D) Asking someone a favour (or something) more formal 5. May I … ? E) Asking permission / offering help. 6. Would you like to (do something) … ? F) Check if you are causing trouble by doing something. 7. Would you like (something) … ? G) Offering something 7. Use some words of exercise 3 to complete the sentences: s it mean?6. What doe … ? __ Between you and your friends: piace se ioa . Le/Ti dis ? __ a. __________________ pass me the salt, please? /potrebbe … b. Potresti ? __ b. __________________ have a beer at the pub? rmesso) … c. Po sso (mi è pe … ? __ e qualcosa) c. __________________ a drink? piac erebbe (far d. Le/Ti ? __ d. __________________ ask you a favour? e. Posso … i … ? __ f. Puo/Puo (qualcosa) … ? __ In a train: g. Le/Ti piacerebbe e. It’s a bit hot here. __________________ open the window? In a class f. __________________ use the toilet, please? Making requests Nota l’uso d Le richieste in inglese vengono normalmente fatte con l’aiuto dei ei pronomi I / you nelle ri modali may, can, could, will, would. May è usato chieste, sempre con I Can è considerato il meno formale di tutti ed usato per lo più May I … ? (c hiedere il perm con amici e familiari. Di regola non è educato fare richieste Will would esso) sempre con con la forma negativa. you Would you / Per chiedere il permesso di fare qualcosa, in inglese si usano: Will you …? (c Can could hiedere qlc) May formale con I o you Could meno formale Could I /Can I … ? (chiedere il permesso) Can informale Could you / C an you … ? (chiedere qlc) La frase Would you mind è molto usata per fare richieste e chiedere permesso. Chiedere a qualcuno di fare qualcosa : Would you mind + gerund Would you mind opening the window? Chiedere permesso : Would you mind + if I + simple past Would you mind if I open the window? Qualche volta "Would you mind" diventa "Do you mind", che è un po’ meno formale. Do you mind opening the window? Do you mind if I open the window? Typical responses to requests Formal Im afraid its not possible. / Id like to, but... style: Im very sorry, but… / I wish I could (help), but... Formal style: Id be glad to. / Id be happy to. Less formal: Yes, of course. / Of course. / Certainly. Less formal: Sorry. / Sorry, I cant Informal: Sure. / No problem.Pagina 3 A TRIP TO LONDON
LEZIONE 2 Pagina 4Deciding what to see - SightseeingIn London there are many things to see. We need to decide where to go and what to visit first … We have only three days!! 8. What is yo ur plan? What Why you want to go there Where it is Read the follo wing descrip- tions and then First day 1. have a look at the city map and see 2. near which Tube station the attraction s are. Make Second day 3. some notes in the chart, about the th 4. ing you would like to see, and when. Third day 5. If you know some other nice places in London, wri- 6. te them down too!1. Buckingham Palace It is the official London residence and office of the British monarch. It is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. The Buckingham Palace Garden is the largest private garden in London. The Forecourt is used for Changing of the Guard, a major ce- remony and tourist attraction (daily during the summer months; every other day during the winter). The ceremony of changing the Life Guard then takes place on Horse Guards Parade at 11am weekdays (10am Sundays). 2. The British Museum One of the worlds greatest museums of human history and culture. Its per- manent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the fi- nest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. The British Museum is free to all visitors Opening times The Museum is open daily, 10.00–17.30 3. The Westminster Abbey It is London’s oldest and perhaps most famous Church. English kings and queens have their coronation here - from the time of William the Conqueror in 1066 to today in the twenty-first century. Opening times Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm) Wednesday 9.30am - 7.00pm (last general admission 6.00pm, last group admission 3.30 pm) Saturday 9.30am - 2.30pm (last admission 1.30pm) Sunday Worship only - No Tourist Visiting A TRIP TO LONDON
4. Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery Trafalgar Square is a public space and tourist attraction in central London. At its centre is Nelsons Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. There are a number of statues and sculptures in the square, with one plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art. On the north side of the square is the National Gallery and to its east St Martin-in-the-Fields church. The National Gallery is an art museum founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 pain- tings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection (though not some special exhibitions) is free of charge. Opening hours Daily 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 9pm Closing commences at 5.55pm and 8.55pm. Closed 1 January and 24–26 December 5. The Houses of Parliament It is the home of the British government. The clock high up on the building is called Big Ben, but really Big Ben is the bell in the clock. You can hear Big Ben ring every hour. Four smaller bells ring on the quarter-hours. Tours are available from 27th July to 1st September (Monday to Saturday 9.15am – 4.30pm). On Wednesday 15th, 22nd and 29th August, tours will be running from 1.15pm – 4.30pm. Tours will be available again from 19th September to 6th October (Wednesday to Saturday 9.15am-4.30pm) 6. The Tower of London and Tower Bridge The Tower of London is the City’s oldest buliding. It stands by Tower Bri- dge, and next to the river Thames. In the past, it was a palast and a prison. It is not just one tower, but eleven towers in different buildings. The Beefeaters are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. Opening times Tuesday - Saturday Sunday - Monday Last admission 09:00 - 17:30 10:00 - 17:30 17:00 Tower Bridge is more than 100 years old. It is one of London’s most famous bridges. When tall ships go up the river, the centre of the bridge opens.Pagina 5 A TRIP TO LONDON
Pagina 6LEZIONE 2 7. Notting Hill & Portobello Road Notting Hill has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fash- ionable area; known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, and high-end shopping and restau- rants Portobello Road runs almost the entire length of Notting Hillfrom north to south. It runs parallel to Ladbroke Grove. It contains Portobello Road Market,one of Londons best known markets, containing an antique section and second-hand, fruit and veg andclothing stalls. 8. Camden Town and markets The Camden Market began in 1974 simply as a Sunday craft market and has tur- ned into one of the largest and busiest markets in the UK and today they are loca- ted over six areas. You can buy anything from vintage clothing, artisans crafts to bijou clothing and wide range of unique alterna- tive items. It is the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting approximately 100,000 people each weekend. 9. Covent Garden The Covent Garden area is associated with both entertainment and shopping. It has 13 theatres, and over 60 pubs and bars around the main shopping area of the old market. Covent Garden is licensed for street entertainment and there are street performances at Covent Garden Market every day of the year, except Christmas Day. Shows run throughout the day and are about 30 minutes in length. 10. Piccadilly Circus Its status as a major traffic intersection has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attrac- tion in its own right. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesburymemorial fountain and statue of an archer popularly known as Eros. Piccadilly now links directly to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, and is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End.
9. Our final plan We decide together where to go and what to see, and we make a plan of our tours using the map. Give your opinion/suggestion using these expressions: Agreement You’re right. Why don’t we go to / visit … (place) first , and then …(place)? That’s true. What about going to /visiting … first, … ? I think so too. I think (that) - it is better to go first to ... (place), Good idea!* and then to … (place) It sounds good!* is (very)/(not so) far. Not completely * they are very informal - … (place) is nearer (than…). agree... is (not) on the way. Disagreement I agree, I disagree / I don’t agree / You’re wrong. You’re right, BUT … I don’t think so. / I think otherwise. Nice idea, 10. Comeplete the sentences I think that ... On the first day, we can go to ______________________ and to ______________________, in the morning. There we can ______________________ and ______________________ . In the afternoon we could visit / see ______________________ and ______________________. In that way we can ______________________ and ______________________ . On the secon day we could … __________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________. On the third day we finally … __________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________. What Where First day 1. 2. Second day 3. 4. Third day 5. 6.Pagina 7
LEZIONE 2 Pagina 8Deciding where to eatWe are in Soho. We are hungry and we would like to eat at a nice restaurant. Our guide says that thereare some good restaurants: 1. Picante - Dean Street - Mexican restaurant Fresh Mexican food in the heart of Soho. You can enjoy our freshly made Burritos, Tacos, Salads, Quesadillas and other genuine Mexican food! Opening time Lunch Mon to Fri 11.30 am - 3.30 pm Breakfast Wed to Fri 8.30 am - 10.30 am2. The Old Star - Bedford Avenue - Pub with traditional food The Old Star is over 300 years old. Here you can find a vast selection of quality ales and enjoy some hearty pub food. Choose from pub classic such as Suffolk Pork Sausage and West Country Cheddar mash, to Fish & Chips and Gourmet Burgers. We serve food from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm 3. Osteria dell’Angolo - Newman Street - Italian restaurantSituated in the heart of Soho, Osteria dell’Angolo offers the finest of con-temporary Italian cuisine, regional dishes and classic dishes.Opening timesMon - Fri 12.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon - Sat 6.00 pm - 10.30 pm4. The Mintleaf - Rathbone Place - Indian food Our full à la carte menu offers a mouth watering selection of innovative and contem- porary Indian dishes, prepared using the very finest ingredients. Opening times Mon - Wed 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm ; 5.30 pm -11.00 pm Thurs - Fri 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm ; 5.30 pm - 11.30 pm Sat 5.30 pm - 11.30 pm Sun 5.30 pm - 11.00 pm5. Ichiriki - Denmark Street - Japanese restaurantIchiriki is a cosy and old-fashion restaurant, but we are proud to offer you the real taste of Sushi and Japanese hot food, freshly made by professional chefs. Opening times Mon to Fri lunch 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm dinner 6.00 pm - 10.30 pm Sat (only dinner) 6.00 pm - 10.30 pm Sun closed
11. Marco and Silvia decide to eat somewhere … Put the sentences in the correct order to build a dialogue. Silvia Marco A. Marco, in which restaurant would you like to go? E. What about the Mexican one? I really love spicy Asian food! B. Let’s go! F. That’s a good idea. Let’s have a look at the map… C. I like spicy food too, but as we are in London, why I’m sorry, but I think that the pub is too far from don’t we try English food and beer? Maybe a pub... here. I’m really tired and hungry. D. Well, if you can’t wait, the Indian restaurant is the nearest .. G. It sounds good, it is nearer than the pub and … it’s spicy too!!!!1 / A 2 / ___ 3 / ___ 4 / ___ 5 / ___ 6 / ___ 7 / B Asking preferences - Cosa ti piace? What kind of food do you like? I like Indian / spicy / Italian food (very much). Do you like Japanese food? Yes, I do / No, I don’t. / Yes I like it, but I prefer Indian food. Asking desires - Cosa ti piacerebbe? Where would you like to go? I’d like to go to the Japanese restaurant, because … What would you like to eat? I’d like to eat sushi! 12. We need to decide where to eat. Ask your friends and decide which restaurant is the best. Look at the map and complete the chart with your information. Where would you like to go (and why) ? 1. Mexican 2. English 3. Italian 4. Indian 5. Japaneselikedon’t likenear/far We are going to the ______________ restaurant. And now … we have to find the way! We are here!!! Asking for directions Silvia is asking for directions… Excuse me sir, could you tell me what’s the best way to Rathbone Place? Sure, you are at Soho Square now, so you have to take Soho Street, which is in front of you, and go straight on. Then you cross Oxford Street, which is quite large, and there you’ll be in Rathbone Place. ections: I beg your pardon sir, but I didn’t understand. Asking for dir me could you tell stop? That’s all right. You have to go straight on along Excuse me, … the nearest bus Soho Street, then pass Oxford Street and you are how do I get to ower Bridge? way to … T in Rathbone Place. w hats the best Oxford Street? where is … Oh, yes, I got it! Thank you very much sir! there … Excuse me, is ermarket You’re welcome. a restaurant/sup near here?Pagina 9
LEZIONE 2 Pagina 10 You have to ... It is ... between go straight turn left turn right on / ahead at the corner of ... next to pass ... cross ... opposite 11. Match the correct translation: 7. on/at the corner ___ G) dietro 1. cross … ___ A) tra 8. behind ___ H) incrocio 2. opposite ___ B) attraversa/i ... 9. in front of ___ I) semaforo 3. near ___ C) alla fine di 10. around the corner ___ L) davanti a 4. next to ___ D) vicino a 11. traffic lights ___ M) segnale stradale 5. between ___ E) opposto 12. crossing, junction ___ N) all’angolo 6. at the end (of) ___ F) accanto a 13. sign ___ O) dietro l’angolo 14. Follow the instructions… where are you going to? 1 Supermarket 1. Cross the street and go left. Take the first street on the right. Go down the street. Turn on the right. It’s 3 2 Newsagent on your right . ______________________ Post office 6 Gift shop Book shop 5 2. Cross the street and go right. Take the first street on the left. Take the next street on the right. Go straight 4 on and its on the right. ______________________ Chemist 3. Turn right and go straight on. Its in front of you at the You are here corner of the second crossing on the other side of the road. ______________________ 4 4. Cross the street and go right. Take the first street on 5 the left. Go down to the end of the street and turn right. Go straigt. Pass the post office. Its on your right. ______________________ 3 6 13. We need to find the way… Looking at the map on the other page and using the expressions on the top of this page, try to give the cor- 21 rect directions for : the Italian restaurant the Indian restaurant We need to … the Japanese go straight on the English pub go left/right turn on the left/right cross the square/the road… go across the square/the road take the next/first/second street on the left/right