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Unit 5 Business Travel

Video 1

(George is going abroad on business. This is his first time traveling abroad. Now he is going through customs.)

  • The inspector: Good afternoon. May I see your passport, please?
  • George: Of course. Here you are.
  • The inspector: Thank you. What’s the purpose of your visit? Business or pleasure?
  • George: Business.
  • The inspector: I see. How long will you be staying in our country?
  • George: About a week.
  • The inspector: Is this your first time in the country?
  • George: Yes, I’ve been invited by our business associates to attend a trade fair.
  • The inspector: Fine. Is this all your luggage?
  • George: Yes, that’s all my luggage, one suitcase and one bag.
  • The inspector: Do you have anything to declare?
  • George: I guess not. I mean I’m not quite sure about it. You see, this is my first time…
  • The inspector: I see. Well, would you mind opening your suitcase?
  • George: Oh, not at all.
  • The inspector: Thanks. What’s inside the bag?
  • George: That’s my laptop computer. Do I have to pay duty on it?
  • The inspector: No, it’s duty-free.
  • George: By the way, I’m carrying four packs of cigarettes for my own use. Are they dutiable?
  • The inspector: No, goods for personal use rather than commercial use are not subject to duty. And they are within the limit.
  • George: Good. And thanks for the information.
  • The inspector: All right. Here’s your passport.
  • George: Is that all the customs formalities?
  • The inspector: Yes. You’re through now. Have a pleasant stay.
  • George: Thanks a lot.

 

Video2

  • Receptionist: Good morning, reservations. Can I help you?
  • Secretary: Good morning, this is Mary Woods calling from Canada. I’d like to book a room, please
  • Receptionist: When would you like to stay?
  • Secretary: Oh, I’m sorry. I should have said, I want to make a reservation for my boss. He will be in London on the 23rd of this month.
  • Receptionist: Hang on. Let me check whether there are any vacancies
  • Secretary: Thank you.
  • Receptionist: I’m sorry, miss. We are fully booked till the end of the month due to the trade fair. I’m very sorry we can’t help you on this occasion. Thank you for calling.
  • Receptionist: Reservations. How can I help you?
  • Secretary: Hello, I’d like to reserve a room for my boss. I wonder if you still have any rooms available.
  • Receptionist: When does your boss plan to stay here?
  • Secretary: From the 23rd to the 25th of this month.
  • Receptionist: Wait a minute. Let me see.
  • Secretary: Ok.
  • Receptionist: Yes, we still have some rooms available. What kind of a room would your boss line, miss?
  • Secretary: A single room with a private bath overlooking the park, preferably.
  • Receptionist: I’m sorry, miss. All the single rooms overlooking the park have been booked up. How about a room with a side view? It overlooks a quiet street.
  • Secretary: That would be fine. What’s the rate per night?
  • Receptionist: $150 a night.
  • Secretary: What services comes with that?
  • Receptionist: That include breakfast and there is a coloring television, an IDD telephone and a computer with internet access.
  • Secretary: That sounds fine. By the way, is there an air conditioner in the room? It’s hot there day, and my boss kind of hates being too hot.
  • Receptionist: OH, yes. Every room has air conditioning. Don’t worry, miss.
  • Secretary: Thank you. I would, do you offer other service like laundry, food, etc.? My boss may need them.
  • Receptionist: Certainly. We provide room service, wake-up call, laundry, dry-cleaning, translation, ticket purchase, etc. and we have two restaurants and bar that are open until midnight.
  • Secretary: I think he’ll be glad to hear that. Ok, thank you I’ll take it for him.
  • Receptionist: Very good. What’s his name, please?
  • Secretary: Smith, John Smith
  • Receptionist: Thank you. Can you give me a contact number, please?
  • Secretary: 892-2239
  • Receptionist: All right. So a single room with a side view, for Mr. John Smith, from the 23rd to the 25th,two nights in total.
  • Secretary: That’s right.
  • Receptionist: Thank you very much. We look forward to seeing Mr. Smith on the 23rd.
  • Secretary: Good. That’s all settled then. Thank you, goodbye.
  • Receptionist: Goodbye.