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Exercise 18



With your instructor, see how you would manage the following situations. Share you answers in class.
What do you say when...?


    1. you want to reserve a seat on a train.

    2. you want to find out if you will have to transfer.

    3. you want to know the price of a first-class plane ticket.

    4. you need to find out if you missed your train.

    5. you want to know how long the flight is.

    6. you don’t understand something.

    7. you want someone to speak slowly.

    8. you want to book a trip home.

    9. you want to inquire where the baggage claim area is.

Discuss traffic by sea, land, and air



Exercise 19
Listen to the following announcement (read by you instructor) and select the correct statements.


Script:
Attention s’il vous plaît : embarquement immédiat pour le vol 432 à destination de Bamako. Le vol 786 en provenance de Dakar est annoncé avec un retard de 30 mn.





1. The plane to Bamako

a. is about to leave.

b. is about to arrive.

c. is going to be delayed.


2. The plane from Dakar


a. is delayed.

b. has arrived.

c. will arrive in 15 min.



Exercise 20 (Class Work)
Each class member will read the information about Senegal’s train schedule below and pick a location. Next, verbally, explain the ways to get to Dakar from that departure location in French. Read the notes carefully.

As of March 2005:



Dakar ► Bamako




Bamako ► Dakar


 

 Note C

 Note D

 Note A

             

 

 Note B

 Note E

 Note F

Dakar

-

-

 10:00  Saturday

          

Bamako

 09:15  Wednesday

 09:15

 19:30

Thies

-

-

 12:15  Saturday




Kati

 10:25  Wednesday

x

x

Diourbel

-

-

 15:28  Saturday




Diamou

 00:55  Thursday

x

x

Guinguineo

-

-

 16:56  Saturday




Kayes

 03:45  Thursday

 00:30

 11:35

Kaffrine

-

-

 18:40  Saturday




Kidira (frontier)

 08:25  Thursday

-

-

Tambacounda

-

-

 03:25  Sunday




Tambacounda

 13:00  Thursday

-

-

Kidira (frontier)

-

-

 08:20  Sunday




Kaffrine

 21:05  Thursday

-

-

Kayes

 12:15

 20:15

 13:35  Sunday




Guinguineo

 22:55  Thursday

-

-

Diamou

x

x

 16:40  Sunday




Diourbel

 00:12  Friday

-

-

Kati

x

x

 07:12  Monday




Thies

 03:35  Friday

-

-

Bamako

 05:45

 14:00

 08:15  Monday




Dakar

 05:55  Friday

-

-

Note A:  EXPRESS.  Runs once a week, leaving Dakar on Saturdays and arriving Bamako on Mondays.  1st class couchettes (4-berth compartments), 1st & 2nd class seats and bar-restaurant car.

Note B:  EXPRESS.  Runs once a week, leaving Bamako on Wednesdays and arriving Dakar on Fridays.  1st class couchettes (4-berth compartments), 1st & 2nd class seats and bar-restaurant car.

Note C:  Runs on Tuesdays & Saturdays only;

Note D:  Runs on Sundays only;

Note E:  Runs on Sundays only;

Note F:  Runs on Mondays and Fridays only;

x = train stops at this station, but please check times locally.

Dakar to Bamako is 1,230 km (768 miles).  There is currently no train service between Dakar and St Louis.

Exercise 21 (Group Work)
In groups of 3, discuss the following excerpt from a travel journal. Comment on the differences in American and West African travel. Discuss advanced preparations for train travel in different regions.
The Dakar-Bamako 'Express' (previously known as the 'Mali Express' or sometimes known locally as the 'Mistral International') has 1st & 2nd class seats plus 1st class couchettes with 4-bunk compartments.  It also has a bar-restaurant car selling drinks, snacks and inexpensive meals.

Previously, when the service was twice weekly, one set of Dakar-Bamako coaches was provided by the Mali Railways, the other by the Senegalese Railways, both originally bought second hand from French Railways.  The Senegalese train was considered to be the significantly better train, with stainless steel coaches that allegedly once operated the Paris-Nice 'Mistral'.

You will need to get your passport stamped at each border post.  It may be taken by an official on the train, but you have to collect it yourself by going to the police office at the border, although you may not be told this.  If your passport is taken, ask where and when you have to go to collect it.

Expect a final arrival at your destination anything from 4 to 12 hours late..!
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