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Budget Hotels - Part I

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I. Warm Up

Finding cheap hotels with some nice amenities is often important to budget travelers like international students. Youth hostels, traditional inns, and pensions are also possible accommodations that would suit travelers. Listen to this conversation on the topic. What problems to Ryan and Alex encounter on their trip?

II. Conversation - Listen

Pronunciation Tip: DO YOU changes to DO YA or DYA.

Background: Ryan and Alex are attending a conference in Hawaii for three days. They have just been dropped off near several hotels.

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Ryan: Ah, here we are. What dya think of the hotel?

Alex: Ah man. Just looking at it from the outside, this hotel is sweet. [Really?] You're the man. An outdoor swimming pool, an awesome view of the beach [We're close, somewhere.], and free continental breakfasts [Yeah, I think it was in there.].

Ryan: Hmm. That's not our hotel. Uh, it's the one next door.

Alex: What? Wh. . .? That place? [Yeah.] You honestly mean that place? [Um-hum.] You've got to be joking. I mean, man, that place looks like it's been condemned for years. [Just a few.] Uh, please, please. Just tell me you're pulling my leg.

Ryan: Nope!

Alex: This isn't happening to me. I mean how dya come across such a dump?

Alex: Easy. My uncle's best friend's second cousin said his grandfather stayed here once during the War, I guess back in the 1940s, [Ah, man.] so I went online, found the place listed under budget accommodations [Oh.] in a search engine, and then booked the hotel.

Ryan: I'm speechless. Un . . . now . . . So, now that we've arrived at the five-star Palace Hotel (You mean, uh, the Purple Flamingo.) Ah . . wha . . . Well, what are you in the mood for this afternoon?

Ryan: Well, to be honest, I just want to take a dip in the green pool (if it's even open), lounge around until the evening, and then catch something on TV after that. I think it's black and white. What dya think?

Alex: Ah, man, bag that idea.

Ryan: What idea?

Alex: The idea about hanging aroundhan the room and watching TV. I mean you're always glued to the tube [So?], whether we're at the apartment or at your parent's house. I mean, what a drag!

Ryan: So, what dya want to do?

Alex: Well, look. There's . . . see that sign. Right there saying that the hotel NEXT DOOR is throwing a Hawaiian luau at the beach tonight.

Ryan: Ah, I'm beat from all this traveling. I'm going to crash early tonight.

Alex: You've got to be kidding. We booked this hotel along the beach, and you're going to hit the sack before the excitement begins! [Yeah.] Well, I'm not going to hang around here. I mean it's party time tonight! I mean, what's wrong with some clean fun on this trip?

Ryan: Okay. Fine. While your having a grand old time at the beach learning the hula dance, I'll be writing our girlfriends telling them what we're BOTH up to this evening. Remember they may not see it the same way.

Alex: Ahhh! . . . so, what's playing on TV tonight anyway?

Ryan: Yeah. NOW we're on the same page. [Ah!] Anyway, let's just relax, forget about condition of our hotel, and get some early shut-eye. You'll feel better about the whole thing in the morning.

Alex: Ah, man . . .

Key Vocabulary: [ Sample Sentences ]

  • man (interjection): used to emphasize what you are saying, particularly in emotional situations
  • sweet: great, fantastic
  • the man: used to praise someone for having done something very well
  • awesome: very good
  • pull someone's leg: tell something that isn't true as a joke
  • nope: informal for no
  • come across: find
  • dump: an old, rundown, or messy place, often used to refer to apartments, houses, or hotels
  • go online: connect with the Internet
  • book: make a reservation
  • be in the mood: have the desire to do something
  • take a dip: go swimming
  • lounge around: spend time doing nothing particular
  • catch something on TV: watch
  • bag: decide not to do something
  • hang around: spend time at a place with no specific purpose
  • be glued to the tube: watch intensely the TV
  • drag: something that is boring
  • throw: have or organize an event
  • be beat: very tired, exhausted
  • crash: go to sleep
  • hit the sack: go to bed
  • clean: not offensive or objectionable
  • play on TV: be shown or performed (playing at the theater)
  • be on the same page: be in agreement
  • get some shut eye: go to sleep

Origin of Idioms:

It has been said that the source for the expression, to pull one's leg, comes from a time when street thieves caused their victims to trip or stumple before robbing them.


III. Catching the Meaning

Read the following sentences and select the best expression for each:

1. Let me know if you ____________ an ad for a cheap hotel in New York City.
A. are in the mood for
B. hit the sack
C. come across

2. The trip was a real _____________. A typhoon hit the island, and we were stuck indoors for the entire time.
A. drag
B. cinch
C. sweet

3. If you decide to ____________, don't forget to take a towel so you can dry off.
A. lounge around
B. take a dip
C. hang out

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