I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Finding discount plane tickets and cheap tours is only the first step to traveling abroad. Once you arrive at your destination, what things would you expect to do when passing through immigration and customs in a foreign country?

HELPFUL TIP: Nowadays, global travel is commonplace for pleasure or business; however, be sure to check with your airline about items that you shouldn’t carry in your luggage. Otherwise, you might have to give them up.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. What is the purpose of the woman’s visit?

A. business

B. pleasure

C. business and pleasure
2. Where will the woman stay during her trip?

A. at a friend’s home

B. at a hotel

C. at a university dormitory

3. About how long will the woman be in the country?

A. one or two days

B. three or four days

C. more than four days

4. What things are in the woman’s luggage?

A. clothing, computer, and books

B. CD player, clothing, and books

C. books, gifts and computer

5. What other piece of information do we learn about the woman?

A. Her parents are on the same trip.

B. She enjoys traveling to different countries.

C. She was born in that country.

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Correct answers:

Customs Officer: Next. Uh, your passport please.
Woman: Okay.

Customs Officer: Uh, what is the purpose of your visit?

Woman: I’m here to attend a teaching convention for the first part of my trip, and then I plan on touring the capital for a few days.

Customs Officer: And where will you be staying?

Woman: I’ll be staying in a room at a hotel downtown for the entire week.

Customs Officer: And uh, what do you have in your luggage?

Woman: Uh, well, just, just my personal belongings um, . . . clothes, a few books, and a CD player.

Customs Officer: Okay. Uh, please open your bag.

Woman: Sure.

Customs Officer: Okay . . . Everything’s fine. [Great]. Uh, by the way, is this your first visit to the country?

Woman: Well, yes and no. Actually, I was born here when my parents were working in the capital many years ago, but this is my first trip back since then.

Customs Officer: Well, enjoy your trip.

Woman: Thanks.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • attend (verb): to be at or go to
    – I’m planning on attending a language class before I go to China.
  • book (verb): to make arrangements in advance
    – You ought to book a room at least a month in advance.
  • luggage (noun): bags used during traveling to carry your things
    – You are only allowed two pieces of luggage on this flight.
  • belongings (noun): your personal property or possessions
    – Be sure to collect your belongings before you leave the plane.