TOEIC lesson 13: Hotel

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-1 question from TOEIC speaking test. Take 45 seconds to read the text out aloud. Then go over the text again with your tutor to correct any mispronunciation.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will read aloud the text on the screen. You will have 45 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 45 seconds to read the text out aloud.

Question 1

Overlooking Wichita Market, the Planet Star Hotel is the ideal location for discovering all that the historic and unique city of Manhattan has to offer. Stay in brand-new, stylish but spacious guest rooms and suites. The Planet Star Hotel has completed the final stage of its $24 million renovations that include guest rooms, the lobby, and the courtyard driveway entrance. Our new exciting dining venue, North 26 Restaurant, features contemporary New Mexican cuisine.

Vocabulary

Work with your tutor to go over these key words. Pay attention to the pronunciation and intonation when you read them out loud.

Key Words

Wichita (n) the largest city in Kansas state
unique (adj) the only one of its kind
e.g.The shape of each and every snowflake is unique.
Manhattan (n) chief business district of New York City
spacious (adj) roomy
e.g. a spacious room/office/house
suite (n) a group of rooms of hotel
e.g. She checked into a suite.

Directions

Try it again with a 2nd question. Take 45 seconds to read the text out aloud. Pay attention to your pronunciation, intonation, and speed. Your tutor will correct when you pronounce something incorrectly.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will read aloud the text on the screen. You will have 45 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 45 seconds to read the text out aloud.

Question 2

I was delayed on my way home from Lincoln to Madison this evening. Below is the service announcement apologizing for the delay:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, we apologize for the delay in your journey this evening. It was caused by the train in front of us stopping. Apparently, a teenage boy onboard the train was unhappy that it was not scheduled to call at his stop, so he pulled the emergency stop cord, smashed the window, and jumped out. We will be delayed for a few minutes and will then proceed slowly to the next set of lights in case he is still wandering along the tracks.”

Vocabulary

Work with your tutor to go over these key words. Pay attention to the pronunciation and intonation when you read them out loud.

Key Words

delay (v) put off to later time
e.g. The doctor wants to delay surgery for a few weeks.
apologize (v) saying sorry
e.g. I want to apologize (to you) for what I said. I didn’t mean it, and I’m sorry if it hurt your feelings.
emergency (n) unexpected and dangerous situation
e.g. Here’s a phone number where I can be reached in (the event of) an emergency.
proceed (v) continue to do something
e.g. “Before we proceed further, does anyone have any questions?”
wander (v) moving randomly
e.g. They wandered down the street.

Further Study

Got more time? Here is a list of common vocab words related to the text you studied today. Go over each one with your tutor.

Additional Expressions

historic (adj) important in history
e.g. a/an historic event
ideal (adj) something in its perfection
e.g. It was an ideal spot for a vacation.
renovate (v) to restore to good condition; repair
e.g. It’s an old factory that has been renovated as office space.
courtyard (n) area surrounded by walls
e.g. The apartment overlooks a courtyard.
contemporary (adj) modern
e.g. contemporary jazz/poetry/art/furniture
announcement (n) formal public statement
e.g. Many people were surprised by the government’s announcement that there will be a cut in taxes.
journey (n) the act of traveling from one place to another
e.g. a long journey across the country
complaint (n) a statement that you are unhappy or not satisfied with something
e.g. The company has a system to handle customer complaints.
smash (v) hit hard
e.g. He smashed the vase with a hammer.
occurrence (n) the fact of happening or occurring — usually + of
e.g. The occurrence of the disease is low. [=the disease does not occur commonly]

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