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Hi everyone, I'm Bridget, and welcome to today's lesson. The topic for this lesson is "10 Phrases to Survive at the Station." Let's get started.
"I'd like to go to…" "I'd like to go to this hotel." When you tell someone, "I'd like to go to this town." The person selling you a ticket will be able to tell you which train you need to take to get there. "I'd like to go to" means this is the destination I want. How do I get there?
"Is this the right platform for…" "Is this the right platform for the train to Greenwich?" A platform is where you wait for a train to pull up. So, if you're on a platform and you aren't sure if you're on the right one for the train you need, you might ask someone else who's standing there. "Excuse me, is this the right platform for the train to Greenwich?" And they will tell you if you're in the right place.
"What time is the last train? "What time is the last train to San Francisco?" You might ask someone, "What time is the last train?" depending on which city you're in. The last train of a day might be at 10:00 p.m. For example, you're going to want to make sure you get to the station to get that last train.
"Where do I change for…" "Where do I change for the express train?" When you're taking a train, sometimes, you might need to do a transfer at a particular station. This means if you're on one train, you might have to get off at a certain train station and wait for another train. That will take you all the rest of the way to where you need to go. Asking, "Where do I change for the express train?" You're asking, "What station do I need to get out off the train and wait for the correct train?"
"Where can I buy a ticket?" "Where can I buy a ticket in town?" You should ask where to buy a ticket so you know whether you need to purchase your ticket on the train itself or if you need to go up to a kiosk and buy your ticket there. It's always important to know ahead of time where to buy your ticket because you don't want to get on a train and find out you were supposed to buy your ticket at the station.
"How much is it to…?" "How much is it to the airport?" You might ask this question to find out how much it costs to take a train or a bus or a taxi to where you need to go. If you get into a taxi, for example, and you ask, "How much is it to the airport?" The taxi driver will tell you $30. He'll tell you the price you need to pay to get to the airport. If you're taking a train, you might ask the ticket seller, "How much is it to the airport?" And the ticket seller will tell you the train to the airport costs $10, for example. That way, you know how much it costs to go to where you need to be.
"Does this bus go.." "Does this bus go to the suburbs?" "Does this bus go to…" is a way of asking whether or not the bus that you're looking at has the destination that you need. So, you might get on the bus and ask the bus driver, "Does this bus go to the suburbs?" Whatever destination and the bus driver will answer and tell you, "Yes, get on." Or "No, you want a different bus."
"What time is the next bus?" "What time will the next bus arrive?" By asking, "What time is the next bus?" You're asking when the bus is going to come to the bus stop or whatever station the bus will stop at. This way you know what time you need to be at that bus stop.
"The train is running late." "The train is running late again." This is something I say all the time in New York City. "The train is running late." If the train is running late that means you will probably be running late when you get off the train.
"Where are the ticket machines?" "Where are the ticket machines in this station?" A ticket machine is a machine that you go to to purchase your tickets. You might see this in any station, whether it's a subway station or a regular train station or sometimes even a bus station. There will be kiosks that you can go to to enter the information and purchase your ticket.
That brings us to the end of today's lesson, "10 Phrases to Survive at the Station." How often do you need to take public transportation and how often do you rely on phrases like these? Please leave a comment below. Give us a thumbs up if you liked this video. Don't forget to subscribe to our channel and of course, don't forget to go to EnglishClass101.com to learn more English.
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