English Travel Dialogue – Tour of London


Hi, my name’s Olivier. Welcome to Oxford Online English! Let’s take a tour of London. Have you been to London before? If so, what did you do? If not, what would you most like to see? In this lesson, you’ll go on a tour of London. You’ll learn useful language to deal with
common tourist situations, like buying tickets, going to museums or talking to taxi drivers. Before we start, don’t forget to check out
our website: Oxford Online English dot com. We have many free lessons to help you practise
and improve your English, and you can also study in one-to-one classes with one of our
professional teachers. But now, here’s an interesting fact: last
year, London was the second most visited city anywhere in the world, with nearly 20 million
visitors. Which city do you think was number one? Don’t cheat by looking it up; we’ll tell
you at the end of the video. Anyway, don’t worry about that for now. Let’s take a tour of London. Where shall we go first? Hi, good morning. Hi. Can I help you? My friends and I are thinking of doing your
bus tour tomorrow. Could you tell me more about the route and
where we’ll go? Actually, we offer many different routes. Is there anything in particular you’d like
to see? Well, I think we want the classic London experience:
Big Ben, the Tower of London, and so on. In that case I’d recommend our original
route. It starts and ends at Grosvenor Gardens, just
near Buckingham Palace. You’ll cross the river by the Houses of
Parliament, then back again near the London Eye. You’ll also go past the Tower of London,
St Paul’s Cathedral, and several other London landmarks. That sounds good. How long does it take? The whole route takes about two hours, but
it’s a hop on-hop off tour, so you can get off wherever you want. And how much are tickets? If you book online, they’re 25 pounds each,
or 35 if you buy from the driver. Do you do any kind of group discount? We offer a family ticket, which includes two
adults and two children. I’m travelling with friends, so I guess
that’s no good. I just have one more question: is there a
guide, or an audio guide? There’s a live guide, who speaks English. If any of your group want a tour in another
language, we have audio guides available in 11 different languages at no extra cost. That sounds great. Thanks for your help! First question: can you name five famous London
landmarks? If you don’t know, ‘landmarks’ means
famous places. For example, the Eiffel Tower is possibly
the best-known Paris landmark. So, can you name five London landmarks? You heard several examples in the dialogue. Here are the examples you heard before: Buckingham
Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. You could mention others, like Marble Arch,
Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, or famous football stadia like The Emirates or Wembley. In the dialogue, I was asking questions about
a bus tour of the city. Can you remember any of the questions I asked? You heard: ‘Could you tell me more about
the route and where we’ll go?’ ‘How long does it take?’ ‘How much are tickets?’ ‘Do you do any kind of group discount?’ ‘Is there a guide, or an audio guide?’ You could ask these questions in many common
travel situations; they aren’t only useful when booking a tour bus! For example, you could make questions like
this: ‘Could you tell me more about the tour, and what’s included?’ ‘How much is the transport?’ ‘Do you do any kind of student discounts?’ The bus tour we were talking about is ‘hop
on/hop off’. This means you can get off the bus to visit
places on the way, and then get back on another bus later. Let’s make our first stop, and go to one
of London’s famous museums. Good morning, welcome to the Tate Modern. Good morning. I’d like four tickets please. Actually, general admission to the Tate modern
is free; you just have to pay separately for the exhibitions. Oh… Great! I didn’t realise that. What do you have on at the moment? We have a wonderful Picasso exhibition, which
I’d highly recommend. We also have exhibitions by Franz West and
Dorothea Tanning. I’d love to see the Picasso exhibition. How much are the tickets? They’re eighteen pounds for adults and five
pounds for children under 18. We also have a 7-year-old with us. Do we need a ticket for him? No, under-12s get in free. OK, so two adults and one child then, please. What time would you like the ticket for? Excuse me? With exhibitions, especially popular ones
like the Picasso, your ticket is for a specific time. There’s a 30-minute slot, and you have to
enter the exhibition hall within that time. You mean, I only get 30 minutes to look around?! That’s not long enough! No, no! You can stay as long as you like; it just
regulates when you can go in. I see! In that case, what times are available? Well, it’s 10.45 now. I could give you tickets for the eleven to
eleven-thirty entrance slot. That’s fine. That’s £36, please. Do you take euros? I’m afraid not. I’ll pay by card, then. Do you like going to art galleries or museums? Which London museums have you heard of? The Tate Modern, which you heard about in
the dialogue, is a famous modern art museum. There are many other well-known London museums,
such as the British Museum, the National Gallery, or the Natural History Museum. For now, let’s look at some useful language
from the dialogue. Near the beginning, you heard this question:
‘What do you have on at the moment?’ Do you know what this means? ‘On’ refers to an event, performance,
or exhibition which is happening now. You can use it in different situations; for
example, at the cinema: ‘What films are on at the moment?’ At the theatre: ‘Are there any good plays
on?’ Or, at a museum: ‘There’s a really interesting
exhibition on at the Science Museum.’ You also heard some more useful questions
related to buying tickets; for example: ‘Do we need a ticket for him?’ ‘What times are available?’ ‘Do you take euros?’ Like much of the language in this lesson,
you can adapt these for different situations, like this: ‘Do we need a ticket for my son?’ ‘What kind of rooms are available?’ ‘Do you take dollars?’ Hi, how can I help you? Hello! We haven’t planned this very well, but we
decided this morning we wanted to see a show while we are here, and thought it might be
possible to get some cheap last-minute tickets. Any idea of what you want to see? No, I don’t even know what’s on right
now, actually. Well, were you thinking a musical, or a play? I think… a musical. It’ll be more fun for the kids. Here, take a look at this. These are the musicals we have on at the moment. I really don’t know. Can you recommend something? How old are your children? Five and nine. I think the Lion King would be perfect. It’s one of our longest running shows, and
it’s good fun. That sounds perfect! How much are the tickets? Well, first of all, what time would you like
to go? We have matinee and evening tickets available. The matinee tickets are slightly cheaper. What time is the matinee? It’s at two-thirty, so in about an hour. The evening performance is at seven-thirty. Two-thirty is too soon. I guess it’ll have to be the evening. OK, evening it is. The second question is: where would you like
to sit? You can choose from stalls, Royal Circle or
Grand Circle. Take a look at this seating plan. Hmm… We’re kind of on a budget. Which tickets are the cheapest? You could sit in the Grand Circle, near the
back. We have four seats together, just here. How much would they be? Normally, they’re eighty pounds each, but
because it’s last minute, they’re down to forty-five. Is it cheaper for children? No, I’m afraid not. All tickets are the same price. Alright, I guess we won’t get another chance
anytime soon. We’ll take them! Look at five words and phrases which you heard
in the dialogue. They’re all connected with going to the
theatre. Do you know what these words mean? How would you explain the meaning? If you’re on a budget, you might want to
look for last-minute tickets. You might buy last-minute tickets close to the time
of the show you want to see. Last-minute tickets are often cheaper. You can use ‘last-minute’ to talk about
other things as well; for example, last-minute plane tickets, or a last-minute hotel booking. A musical is a play—or a film—which includes
songs and dancing routines. Can you think of any other famous musicals? A ‘matinee’ is a performance which starts
earlier in the day, usually in the afternoon. You can also use the word ‘matinee’ to
talk about films at the cinema. A typical theatre has two types of seating:
stalls and circle. The stalls are the seats in front of the stage,
and at the same level. The circle is higher and further back, so
seats in the circle tend to be cheaper. Now, you’ve been looking around London all
day, and you’re feeling tired. It’s time to jump in a taxi and go back
to your hotel. Where to? Excuse me? Where are you going? Oh, sorry. Trafalgar Square, please. Do you know how much it will be? It’s all on the meter, but should be around
£25. OK, that’s fine. How’s your day going? Typical Saturday, innit? Very busy, but can’t complain. Are you just here visiting? Yeah, I’m from the US. Are you from London originally? Yep. Proper Londoner. Born and bred here. So, you like it here? It’s a blinding place to live. Oh, right. Obviously there a few places that are a little
dodgy, but I think you get that in any big city. Of course. I mean, it just does my nut when people talk
about how dangerous London has become. Well… Yes… I mean you’ve got to say the old bill do
a good job around here. The old who? The old bill. That’s what we call the police here. Ah… actually could you drop me off here? I’d like to walk down The Mall. Yeah, no problem. That’s 25 quid please. If you didn’t understand all of that, don’t
worry. We included some colloquial words and phrases
that are typical in London. Have you heard any of these before? ‘Innit’ is used instead of question tags
like ‘are you?’ or ‘doesn’t it?’ For example, instead of ‘The weather looks
nice, doesn’t it?’ you might hear ‘The weather looks nice, innit?’ This is colloquial, and as an English learner
you probably shouldn’t use it, but you might hear it in the UK. ‘Blinding’ is a slang word which means
‘very good’. On the other hand, something which is ‘dodgy’
is not good at all. ‘Dodgy’ means that something is wrong. If you describe a person as dodgy, you mean
that this person shouldn’t be trusted. If you talk about a dodgy area of a city,
you’re talking about an area which isn’t always safe to walk around. If something ‘does your nut’, it annoys
you. For example, you could say ‘This music really
does my nut.’ Again, this is very colloquial! Use it for fun if you want, but expect people
to give you some strange looks. The ‘old bill’, as you heard, are the
police. This is London-specific slang. Finally, ‘quid’ is another word for ‘pounds’. This is common, and you’ll probably hear
it if you visit the UK. So, if something costs ten pounds, you can
say that it costs ten quid instead. ‘Quid’ is too colloquial to use in writing;
also, ‘quid’ doesn’t change in the plural: one quid, two quid, three quid… Anyway, we hope you feel ready for a trip
to London now! Do you have any recommendations for things
to do in London? Please share your ideas in the comments! Thanks for….. Hang on….you promised you would tell me
what was the number one most visited city in 2018! Oh yes, I completely forgot. What do you think? Which city was visited more than London last
year, to make it the number one? It was actually Bangkok, with almost 21 million
visitors. Well, you learn something new every day. Thanks for watching! See you next time!

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