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Do you want to learn English? The best way to learn English is to listen to it often and practice speaking it as often as possible. This audio will help you improve your English speaking skills and your English listening skills.
 
Listen to these common everyday English conversation phrases often and practice saying them. You will improve your speaking and listening ability very quickly this way. If you are studying for TOEIC or TOEFL it will help you comprehend and understand English better.. Each Phrase gets repeated. It's Slow and Easy to Understand.

Updated on 2020年 1月13日 

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Updated on 2020年 1月13日 

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LISTEN & LEARN

 

Origin of the New Year’s Celebration

 

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • celebrate: to honour a holiday with a party or ceremony

  • festive: cheerful and exciting, especially because of a holiday

  • resolution: a goal for the new year

  • improve: to become better in some way

  • take place: to happen

  • introduce: to put something new into use

 

 

 

Gapfill exercise

The Origin of the New Year’s Celebration

 

Today, New Year’s is a festive holiday celebrated all________ the world. The tradition began 4,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, where the people celebrated each year with an 11-day___________ . Even back then, people made New Year’s resolutions. They believed that making________ to improve themselves helped to make sure the gods would stay_______ with the kingdom. During that time, the celebration took place in March, but a new_____________ was introduced over 1,000 years later in Ancient Rome. Since then, New Year’s has mostly been celebrated on January 1st.

 

 

Comprehension questions

 

1. The tradition of celebrating New Year's began

 

1,000 years ago

3,000 years ago

4,000 years ago

 

2. The people of ancient Mesopotamia made resolutions because

 

they wanted to improve themselves

they wanted to make the gods happy

they wanted to make their kingdom a better place

 

3. Originally, the New Year's celebration took place in

 

January

March

November

English for Hotel Staff

 

Working in the hotel industry you will come across many types of travellers. Some will be business guests, others will be tourists and visitors. Many will speak a different language other than your own. Chances are, plenty of your guests will speak English.

Do you know how to speak politely to a guest in English? Can you understand their requests and serve them accordingly? Whether your job is to take reservations or clean the hotel rooms, these information can help you learn important words and expressions to use on the job in the hotel industry

Making a Reservation

Here are some typical phrases and expressions to use when when a guest makes a booking to stay at your hotel. 

 

Front Desk Receptionist

  • Enterprise Hotels, Yuki speaking. How can I help you?

  • What date are you looking for?

  • How long will you be staying?

  • How many adults will be in the room?

  • I'm afraid we are booked that weekend.

  • There are only a few vacancies left.

  • We advise that you book in advance during peak season.

  • Will two double beds be enough?

  • Do you want a smoking or non-smoking room?

  • The dining room is open from 4 pm until 10 pm.

  • We have an indoor swimming pool and sauna.

  • We serve a continental breakfast.

  • Cable television is included, but the movie channel is extra.

  • Take Exit 8 off the highway and you'll see us a few kilometers up on the left hand side.

  • The rate I can give you is ¥7000 with tax.

  • We require a credit card number for a deposit.

 

 

Guest

  • I'd like to make a reservation for next week.

  • Is it necessary to book ahead?

  • Do you charge extra for two beds?

  • How much is it for a cot?

  • Do you offer free breakfast?

  • Is there a restaurant in the hotel?

  • Do the rooms have refrigerators?

  • Do you do group bookings?

  • Is there an outdoor pool?

  • Do you have any cheaper rooms?

  • When is it considered off- season?

Checking Guests In and Out

 

These are typical phrases and expressions to use when when a guest checks in or checks out of your hotel. 

Check In

 

Front Desk Receptionist

  • What name is the reservation under?

  • How long will you be staying?

  • Are you planning on checking out tomorrow?

  • I'm afraid you can't check in until after 4:00 pm.

  • What type of vehicle are you driving?

  • Do you know the license plate number of your vehicle?

  • Complimentary breakfast is served in the lobby between 8 and 10 am.

  • I'll give you two room keys.

  • The dining room is on the main floor at the end of the hall.

  • The weight room and sauna are on the top floor.

  • Just call the front desk if you need any extra towels or pillows.

 

 

 

 

Guest

  • We have a reservation under C. Brown

  • Do you have any vacancies?

  • Is the hotel booked, or can we get a room for tonight?

  • How do we get to our room from here?

  • Is it okay to park out front?

  • What time is the pool open until?

  • What time is breakfast served at?

  • Is it too early to check in?

  • Can we get a wake-up call?

  • When is check out time?

 

 

Check Out

 

Front Desk Receptionist

  • Are you ready to check out?

  • What room were you in?

  • How was your stay?

  • Was everything satisfactory?

  • Will you be putting this on your card?

  • And how will you be paying for this?

  • Would you like to speak to the hotel manager on duty?

  • I'll just need your room keys, please.

  • Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

  • Have a safe trip home.

 

 

Guest

  • We're checking out of room 401.

  • Sorry we're a bit late checking out.

  • I'm afraid we overslept/slept in.

  • We really enjoyed our stay.

  • We have a few complaints.

  • We'll be back next time we're in town

   

Let's explore some useful websites for English reading and listening

 

VOA【中級】

http://learningenglish.voanews.com

 

海外のニュースサイトなら、まずVOAです。

英語学習者向けで、使われている英単語数も制限されておりスピードも少しゆっくり。世界中の英会話中級者が学んでいます。

 

 

CNN Students【中級】

http://edition.cnn.com/cnn10/

CNNの学生対象向けニュースサイトです。語彙も文法も平易で、発音やスピードともに聞き取りやすくなっています。トランススクリプトもサイトで見る事が出来ます。

 

 

Japan Today【中級】
http://www.japantoday.com

日本のニュースを海外に伝える英字メディア。日本の事を海外の人に紹介するレッスンはこのサイトがお薦めです

 

 

Bloomberg Businessweek【上級・ビジネス】

http://www.businessweek.com

活きたビジネス英語にはお薦めです。

What do you know about the young Japanese guy on this Video conversation?  

 

The little research I did shows his name is

Shinjiro Koizumi.

 

He is the son of former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi.

 

He graduated from a private Japanese university and has a master’s degree from New York's Columbia University.

 

He is 38, and the third youngest lawmaker to join a post-World War Two Japanese cabinet. He is currently the new environment minister in Japan.

 

He will be getting married to Christel Takigawa, 42, a French-Japanese television personality known as the face of Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

 

He is a young rising star, who is likely to be the next Japanese prime minster when prime minster Shinzo Abe steps down.

Listening skills

Your listening skills will show the best improvement using this method. The reason is simple enough. You get more chances to listen to English conversations. And most of them are practiced in real life, which means you can “access” to natural English.

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