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Intro

Alex: Imagine you're in Mexico and would like to book a sightseeing tour. How do you do it? Where should you go? Hola, soy Alex. Alex here. Anyone can learn how to book a sightseeing tour in Mexico. In this lesson, you'll learn how. Mark and Karen are at a travel agency. They want to book a package tour to Chichen Itza. Let's watch!
DIALOGUES
Travel agent: Buenos días, ¿Cómo puedo ayudarles? Por favor, tomen asiento.
Mark: Buenos días, gracias. Estamos interesados en visitar Chichen Itza, ¿Tiene algún paquete de viaje para allá?
Karen: De preferencia que incluya los cenotes en el recorrido.
Travel agent: Sí, tenemos uno que incluye transporte, visita guiada, y visita a los cenotes.
Mark: Suena bien, ¿También, está incluido el lunch?
Travel agent: Sí, lunch buffet en un restaurante de comida Yucateca.
Mark: Queremos cuatro boletos para mañana, sábado. Dos adultos y dos niños. ¿A qué hora es la salida?
Travel agent: El autobús sale a las 7 de la mañana, frente a la entrada principal del hotel.
Alex: Now with English!
Travel agent: Good morning. How may I help you? Please, have a seat.
Mark: Good morning, thank you. We would like to visit Chichen Itza. Do you have a package tour that goes there?
Karen: Preferably that includes a visit to the cenotes.
Travel agent: Yes, we have one that includes transportation, a guided tour, and a visit to the cenotes.
Mark: Sounds good. Is the lunch included as well?
Travel agent: Yes, a buffet lunch in a Yucatan restaurant.
Mark: We want four tickets for tomorrow, Saturday. Two adults, and two children. What time is the departure?
Travel agent: The bus departs at 7 a.m., in front of the hotel's main entrance.
KEY VOCAB
Alex: Here are the key words from the scene.
Karen: poder, poder
Becky: to be able to
Karen: poder, poder, poder
Karen: interesado/interesada, interesado/interesada
Becky: interested
Karen: interesado/interesada, interesado/interesada, interesado/interesada
Karen: tomar asiento, tomar asiento
Becky: to have a seat
Karen: tomar asiento, tomar asiento, tomar asiento
Karen: paquete de viaje, paquete de viaje
Becky: package tour
Karen: paquete de viaje, paquete de viaje, paquete de viaje
Karen: transporte, transporte
Becky: transportation
Karen: transporte, transporte, transporte
Karen: ayudar, ayudar
Becky: to help
Karen: ayudar, ayudar, ayudar
LANGUAGE USAGE
Alex: And now, a breakdown of some of the Spanish you heard in the scene.
Becky: In the scene, how did Mark ask if lunch was included in their tour package?
Mark: ¿Está incluido el lunch?
Laura: ¿Está incluido el lunch? ¿Está incluido el lunch?
Becky: You can use the word...
Laura: incluido
Becky: meaning "included" to ask what comes with your package tour. Simply say...
Laura: ¿Está incluido...?
Becky: "Does it include...?" and add what you would like to know about. Easy, right?
Becky: If you want to ask if your tour includes transportation you can say...
Laura: ¿Está incluido el transporte?
Becky: "Does it include transportation?" The words...
Laura: el
Becky: "the" for masculine nouns, combined with
Laura: transporte
Becky: "transport."
Becky: Now, it's your turn! Say Mark's line.
Mark: Suena bien.
Mark: ¿También está incluido el lunch?
Becky: How did Mark ask what time they would leave?
Mark: ¿A qué hora es la salida?
Laura: ¿A qué hora es la salida? ¿A qué hora es la salida?
Becky: "What time is the departure?" Use this phrase when you want to know what time you will leave somewhere.
Laura: A qué hora es...
Becky: "at what time is..."
Laura: la
Becky: "the" for feminine nouns, and lastly
Laura: salida
Becky: "departure.”
Becky: You can use this to ask about the time of any event.
Laura: A qué hora es...
Becky: And add what event you want to know about.
Becky: If you want to ask "What time is the museum tour?" You can say...
Laura: ¿A qué hora es el recorrido por el museo?
Becky: The words...
Laura: el
Becky: "the" for masculine nouns,
Laura: recorrido
Becky: "tour" and lastly...
Laura: museo
Becky: "museum.”
Becky: Now you try! Say Mark's line.
Mark: Queremos cuatro boletos para mañana, sábado. Dos adultos y dos niños.
Mark: ¿A qué hora es la salida?

Lesson focus

Alex: Now, the lesson focus. Here is how to book a sightseeing tour at a travel agency.
Becky: Have you ever booked a tour with a…
Laura: agencia de viajes
Becky: "Travel agency?" If you haven't, here are some tips to help you out.
Becky: If the agency isn't well-known, it can be risky to give out your credit card information online. So, if you want to book a tour to a popular destination, it's best to do so with your hotel's travel agency.
Becky: If you want to book a tour to a more rural area, you could also try to book the trip with a travel agency outside of the hotel. There are many in the downtown area of any city or town.
Becky: Some tours offer guides to pick you up directly from your hotel. They come early in the morning, and take you back late at night.
Becky: Also, if you are traveling with family or friends, it is good to ask what kinds of deals they offer. Many tours offer price reductions or...
Laura: descuentos
Becky: "discounts" for kids, the elderly, and students.
Becky: Now that you know where to book, and how to get a good price. Let's talk about how to communicate with your travel agent.
Becky: Usually, people in Mexico are very friendly. So, even if you are unable to say exactly what you want to say, you can still get your message across, and be understood.
Becky: A good idea, though, is to to bring a list of some places you'd like to visit in Spanish. That way, the travel agent knows where you want to go.
Becky: If you find yourself having difficulty communicating, you can also pick up a brochure. Many travel agencies have brochures in English, French, German, and other languages. Bigger travel agencies have even more languages to choose from!
Becky: Also, it is a good idea to pick up a...
Laura: horario de autobuses
Becky: "bus schedule" from your travel agent. Because many places are easily accessible by bus.
Becky: If aren't familiar with Mexico, or don't know where to start, looking up some Top 10 lists on the Internet can help narrow down your search.
Becky: Some really popular destinations you can get to by bus in Mexico City are...
Becky: …the National Palace, the Great Temple Ruins, the Fine Arts Palace, and many more emblematic parks, and monuments.
Becky: In many cities, such as...
Laura: Yucatan, Chiapas, Tabasco, Queretaro, and Mexico City...
Becky: You can go on tours to archaeological sites, natural reserves, parks, emblematic buildings, museums, and landmarks.
PRACTICE
Becky: Now it's time to practice your new ability.
Becky: You are at a travel agency and you want to ask the travel agent some questions. Ready? Here we go.
Becky: How do you ask the travel agent if something is included in your package tour?
Laura: ¿Esto está incluido?
Becky: How do you ask if transpiration is included?
Laura: ¿Está incluido el transporte?
Becky: Is transportation included?
Becky: How do you ask what time you will leave?
Laura: ¿A qué hora es la salida?
Becky: At what time is the departure?
Becky: Great job!
Laura: ¿Esto está incluido?
Laura: ¿Está incluido el transporte?
Laura: ¿A qué hora es la salida?

Outro

Alex: ¡Buen trabajo! Now, watch the scene one more time. After that, Now you are ready to book your trip! Have a good time! ¡Hasta pronto!
DIALOGUES
Travel agent: Buenos días, ¿Cómo puedo ayudarles? Por favor, tomen asiento.
Mark: Buenos días, gracias. Estamos interesados en visitar Chichen Itza, ¿Tiene algún paquete de viaje para allá?
Karen: De preferencia que incluya los cenotes en el recorrido.
Travel agent: Sí, tenemos uno que incluye transporte, visita guiada, y visita a los cenotes.
Mark: Suena bien, ¿También, está incluido el lunch?
Travel agent: Sí, lunch buffet en un restaurante de comida Yucateca.
Mark: Queremos cuatro boletos para mañana, sábado. Dos adultos y dos niños. ¿A qué hora es la salida?
Travel agent: El autobús sale a las 7 de la mañana, frente a la entrada principal del hotel.

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