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1. 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?

2. Conversation

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

Listen to the conversation and answer the questions. Alex and Sarah run into each other at college after not having seen each other for six months since they finished a study abroad program.

One hotel has a beautiful view of the ______.

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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.].

The hotel where the man is staying is very _______.

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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.

The first man wants to ________ and then watch some TV that evening.

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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?

The hotel next door is going to _______ that evening.

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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.

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3. Retelling the Story

InstructionsRetell the story above using the vocabulary you have learned. Explain how the man feels about his recent trip and what he might do differently in the future .

4. Expanding Your Learning

InstructionsSelect one or more of the activities below to expand your understanding and use of the slang studied in this unit.

  • Discussion: Talk with a partner about the best ways to find cheap hotels or accommodations to your city.
  • Improvisation: Give your partner(s) a new vocabulary word from this unit and ask the partner to think up a sentence or more with the slang used in context. Sharing something from personal experience will make the activity more real and interesting to the listeners.
  • Writing: Write a descriptive paragraph or essay about a hotel you stayed at during a vacation. What was they place like? What accommodations did it have or didn’t have that you were expecting?
  • Real Speak: Interview a native speaker at your school or in the local community about what things to look for in different accommodations in your area (e.g., hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, inn, youth hostel, pension, etc).
  • Internet Search: Conduct an Internet search of three types of accommodations in a city you are interested in visiting. Compare prices, room amenities, and location. Report your findings to your class.

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