English for Travellers
Dialogue 1 : At the Airport
At the Airport
- Airport (n) អាកាសយាន្ដដ្ឋានៈ a complex of runways and buildings for the takeoff, landing, and maintenance of civil aircraft, with facilities for passengers.
- Airplane (n) យន្ដហោះៈ a powered flying vehicle with fixed wings and a weight greater than that of the air it displaces
- Taxi (n) ឡានតាក់ស៊ីៈ transportation used to convey passengers in return for payment of a fare
- Passport (n) លិខិតឆ្លងដែនៈ an official document issued by a government, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries.
- Trolley (n) រទេះរុញដាកឥវ៉ាន់ៈ a large metal basket or frame on wheels, used for transporting heavy or large items, such as supermarket purchases or luggage at an airport or railroad station.
- Luggage/Baggage (n) ឥវ៉ាន់ៈ suitcases or other bags in which to pack personal belongings for traveling.
- Suitcase (n) វ៉ាលីៈ a case with a handle and a hinged lid, used for carrying clothes and other personal possessions.
- Boarding card (n.phr) a card for boarding an aircraft, given to a passenger when the ticket is issued or upon check-in at the airport.
- Baggage carousel (n.phr) a rotating machine or device, in particular a conveyor system at an airport from which arriving passengers collect their luggage.
- Window seat (n.phr) a seat below a window
Mr Fleet is at the airport check-in desk, hoping to board his plane very shortly. He’s talking to the check-in desk attendant.
Mr Fleet: Hi.
Attendant: Good morning. May I see your ticket and passport, please?
Mr Fleet: Certainly. Here you are.
Attendant: Would you like a window seat or an aisle seat?
Mr Fleet: A window seat, please.
Attendant: Could you place your bag on the luggage belt, please?
Mr Fleet: Sure!
Attendant: Did you pack it yourself?
Mr Fleet: Yes.
Attendant: Has anyone interfered with your bag, or asked you to take anything on board the plane?
Mr Fleet: No.
Attendant: Do you have any firearms, hazardous materials or liquids in your bag?
Mr Fleet: No.
Attendant: Oh, I’m afraid your bag has exceeded the maximum baggage allowance, so you’ll have to pay the excess fare.
Mr Fleet: Oh, right.
Attendant: If you just go over to that counter over there, you can pay the amount. Then, just come back here with the receipt and I’ll put your bag straight through.
Mr Fleet: OK. Thanks.
[Ten minutes later, he comes back and hands her the receipt.]
Here you are.
Attendant: Thank you. Here’s your boarding card . Your flight leaves at 13:34. Boarding will commence at 12:45. The boarding gate hasn’t been announced yet, but it should appear on the flight information screens in about half an hour. The security check-in area is just over there. Have a nice flight!
Mr Fleet: Thanks.
Terminal – a place where vehicles, passengers, or goods begin or end a journey.
Flight time / departure time – your “flight time” is the time that the plane leaves.
Check-in desk – a place where you can show your ticket and give the airline your bags so they can put them on the plane.
Baggage allowance – the maximum weight for your bags (it’s usually 20 kilos).
Excess baggage charge – an amount of money you have to pay if your bags are heavier than the baggage allowance.
Luggage belt / baggage conveyor belt –a moving rubber belt that takes your bag from the check-in desk to the plane, or from the plane to the baggage reclaim area.
Departure lounge – a large room in an airport where you can sit before getting on the plane
Security check-in area – the area in an airport where you show your passport.
Boarding gate – the area where you show your boarding pass and get on the plane.
Board – if you “board” a plane, you get on it.
Arrival time – the time your plane arrives at its destination.
Land – if a plane “lands”, it comes to the ground in a controlled manner.
Take off – if a plane “takes off”, it leaves the ground in a controlled manner.
Delayed – if your plane is “delayed”, it leaves later than planned.
Cancelled – if your plane is “cancelled”, it doesn’t leave and you have to get on another flight.
What you say!
• Where’s the check-in desk, please?
• Which terminal does the plane leave from?
• Do you know which gate the plane is leaving
• Where’s boarding gate 34, please?
• Can I have a window seat, please?
• Where’s the security check-in area?
What you hear!
• Can I see your passport, please?
• Did you pack the bags yourself?
• Your plane is delayed forty-five minutes.
• Would you like a window seat or an aisle seat?
• Here’s your boarding card.
• You’ll be boarding at gate number 34.