TOEIC lesson 18: Buying a House

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-6 question from TOEIC speaking test. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 60 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will give your opinion about a specific topic. Be sure to say as much as you can in the time allowed. You will have 15 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 60 seconds to speak.

Question 11

What are the most important things you look for when you buy a house?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. Brainstorm your opinion on the topic
    • Location of the house (e.g. neighborhood, access to public transportation)
    • Condition of the property (e.g. when it was built)
    • Price
  2. Come up with three reasons to back up your argument
    There are some key factors to consider when I buy a house.

    • Reason #1: Location is very important. For example, I think a moderate property in a good neighborhood is better than really good property in a bad neighborhood. Also, access to public transportation is very important because I don’t want to drive all the time.
    • Reason #2: I also look at the condition of the property, such as when it was built. If the house is more than 50 years old, I will probably have maintenance problems and may have to spend extra money to renovate the old structure.
    • Reason #3: Last but not least, I have to consider the price. If the property is too expensive, then I can’t afford to buy it.
  3. Conclude with your argument
    • In conclusion, location, condition of the property, and price are the most important things to consider when I buy a house.

Sample Answer

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Sample Answer

There are some key factors to consider when I buy a house. First of all, location is very important. For example, I think a moderate property in a good neighborhood is better than really good property in a bad neighborhood. Also, access to public transportation is very important because I don’t want to drive all the time. Secondly, I also look at when the condition of the property, such as when it was built. If the house is more than 50 years old, I will probably have maintenance problems and may have to spend extra money to renovate the old structure. Last but not least, I have to consider the price. If the property is too expensive, then I can’t afford to buy it. In conclusion, location, the condition of the property, and price are the most important things to consider when I buy a house.

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

property (n) house; things belonging to someone
e.g. He was caught trespassing on private property.
access to~ (n) a way of being able to use or get something
e.g. We have access to the Internet at the library.
neighborhood (n) a community within a town or city
e.g. The whole neighborhood heard about it.
moderate (adj) neither too much nor too little
e.g. There were moderate levels of chemicals in the lake.
maintenance (n) the work needed to keep a building in good condition
e.g. The building has suffered from years of poor maintenance.
renovate (v) to make changes and repairs to an old house, building, room, etc.
e.g. She wanted to renovate an old farmhouse
structure (n) something that is built by putting parts together and that usually stands on its own
e.g. The structure was damaged by fire.
afford to~ (v) be able to pay for
e.g. They couldn’t afford to buy new coats for the children.
proximity (n) nearness in space or time
e.g. I like the proximity of the bus stop to my home.
gentrification (n) the process of wealthier residents moving to an area, and the changes that occur due to the influx of wealth
e.g. Their neighborhood was undergoing gentrification.
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TOEIC lesson 16: Airlines

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-4 question from TOEIC speaking test. Take a look at the information provided below. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions based on the information provided. You will have 30 seconds to read the information before the questions begin. For each question, begin responding immediately. No additional preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to question 7 and 8 and 30 seconds to respond to question 9.

Information Provided

Flights from New York to Hong Kong (all flights listed below are non-stop flights).

All airlines offer flights from New York to Hong Kong (NY to HK). Tickets start at $906, and ticket prices are subject to changes depending on the departure date. The average flight time is around 17h 26m.

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*Prices, flight times, and schedules for flights from New York to Hong Kong may change. Please search on specific dates for the actual schedule on our website. Once you pick up your flight ticket, a 20% cancellation fee will be charged. For more information, either call us at (123) 456-7890 or visit http://www.allflights.com.

Question 7

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

I am looking for the cheapest flight ticket from New York to Hong Kong departing on June 14th. Could you tell me which airline offers the best deal on airfare?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • China Airline offers the cheapest ticket at $906.
  • The ticket price may change depending on the departure day, so I will have to check this for you.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 8

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

I would like to stop in Tokyo on the way to Hong Kong from New York, so could you tell me which airlines provide stopovers in Tokyo?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • All flights from New York to Hong Kong are nonstop.
  • I am afraid that there aren’t any flights with a stopover in Tokyo.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 30 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 9

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

Could you tell me about any early morning flights to Hong Kong from New York and about your cancellation policy?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • The early morning flights to Hong Kong are on Japan Airlines, Asiana Airlines, and Singapore Airlines.
  • The average flight time is 17 hours and 26 minutes.
  • A 20% cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel after you pick up your flight ticket.

Sample Answer

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Sample Answer

Q7: China Airline offers the cheapest airfare at $906, but the ticket price may change depending on the departure day. I will have to check this for you give you the exact price.

Q8: You said that you are looking for a stopover flight to Tokyo on the way to Hong Kong from New York. I am afraid that we only offer nonstop flights on our website.

Q9: For early morning flights, you have Asiana Airline departing at 5:30am, Japan Airline at 6:30am, and Singapore Airline at 6:25am. The average flight time is 17 hours and 26 minutes, and the planes’ arrival times are 8:23 am, 2:20 am, and 6:25 am, respectively. Regarding cancellation fees, a 20% cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel after you pick up your flight ticket. For further information, you can visit our website at http://www.allflights.com.

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

airfare (n) the price charged for transportation by airplane
e.g. He has round-trip airfare.
round-trip (n) a trip to a given place and back again
e.g. It’s a 50-mile round-trip to my parents’ house.
open ticket (n) ticket without fixed returning date
e.g. Do you have a fixed date in mind or do you want an open ticket?
flexible (adj) capable of being bent, usually without breaking; easily bent
e.g. He found a material that is both strong and flexible.
departure (n) the act of departing
e.g. What is your time of departure?
offer (v) give, provide, or supply
e.g. They offer a wide range of services at reasonable prices.
 on the way to~ (idiom) moving toward a place
e.g. My car stopped suddenly on the way to the hospital
stopover (n) a brief stop in the course of a journey, as to eat, sleep, or visit friends
e.g. We have a six-hour stopover in Puerto Rico.
respectively (adv) in precisely the order given; sequentially
e.g. The boy and girl are 12 and 13 years old, respectively.
cancellation fee (n) penalty incurred for annulling a confirmed arrangement or order
e.g. If you cancel your reservation, you will be charged a cancellation fee.
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TOEIC lesson 15: Vacation

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-3 question from TOEIC speaking test. Read the following question out loud and give your answer in your own words first.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions. For each question, begin responding immediately. No preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to Question 4 and 5 and 30 seconds to respond to Question 6.

Question 4

Imagine that a French marketing firm is doing research in your country. You have agreed to participate in a telephone interview about vacations.

When was the last time you went on a vacation? Where did you go?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. How to answer questions that start with “When was the last time…?”
    • Last summer in 2015
    • Last/this spring
    • e.g. I went on vacation this spring.
  2. How to answer questions that start with “Where did you go…?”
    • To a resort in Phuket, Thailand
    • Backpacking in Europe
    • e.g. I went to a resort in Phuket, Thailand for four days.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Read the following question out loud and give your answer in your own words first. You get 15 seconds, starting immediately.

Question 5

What do you usually do during your vacation?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. How to answer questions that start with “What do you usually do…?”
    • Chill at the beach
    • Go hiking
    • Go shopping
    • e.g. I like to chill at the beach and read as many books as I want.
    • e.g. I like to go hiking and enjoy nature.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Read the following question out loud and give your answer in your own words first. You get 30 seconds, starting immediately.

Question 6

Do you prefer to go on a vacation alone or in a group?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. How to answer ‘Do you prefer…’ questions?
    • I prefer to travel alone (=on my own) rather than travel with a group of people.
      • Enjoy more freedom
      • I can make my own itinerary
      • Set my own pace
    • I like to travel in a group
      • I enjoy the company of my friends
      • Group activities are more fun

Sample Answer

Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.

Sample Answer

Q4: I went to a beautiful resort in Phuket, Thailand, for four days in mid-winter of 2008. It was very exotic, and I really enjoyed the lovely weather and the white sandy beaches. Plus, the resort also provided all of the amenities I needed. More than anything, I loved the private jacuzzi.

Q5: I love outdoor activities so I usually go hiking in the mountains or diving in the ocean. I really like visiting exotic places and exploring hiking trails that I have not been to.

Q6: I prefer to go on vacation alone rather than in a group. First of all, I can make my own itinerary as well as change it spontaneously without asking anyone. Also, I can enjoy more freedom and avoid conflicts. For these reasons, I would rather go on vacation alone.

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

itinerary (n) a planned route or journey
e.g. Our itinerary included stops at several famous cathedrals.
spontaneous (adj) natural and unconstrained; unplanned
e.g. She had a spontaneous laughter.
exotic (adj) very different, strange, or unusual
e.g. She’s known for her exotic tastes.
avoid conflict (idiom) keep away from disagreement
e.g. The best way to avoid conflict is to compromise.
chill (v) become more relaxed
e.g. He thinks his parents are way too uptight and says they should just chill.
jacuzzi (n) whirlpool bath
e.g. Im looking forward to soaking in that jacuzzi.
backpacking (n/v) hiking or traveling with a backpack
e.g. We’re planning to go backpacking in a national park this summer.
outdoor activity (n) activities happen outside and not in a building
e.g. If you enjoy outdoor activities, this is the trip for you.
amenities (n) any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure
e.g. The hotel has other amenities such as a restaurant, swimming pool, and exercise room.
explore (v) travel over or through a place
e.g. I decided to go out and explore the town.
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TOEIC lesson 14: Business Meeting

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-2 question from TOEIC speaking test. Describe the photo in your own words; you have 60 seconds to answer.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will describe the picture on your screen in as much detail as you can. You will have 30 seconds to prepare your response. Then you will have 45 seconds to speak about the picture.

Question 3

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Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. What is the theme of the picture?
    • There are some people having a business meeting.
  2. Organize the photo into 3 parts:
    • Describe the person’s main action
    • Describe the objects in the picture
    • Describe what you see in the background
  3. Think of expressions and vocabulary that describe person, objects, and background
    • Have a business meeting
    • Dark brown hair tied in a ponytail
    • Light gray work dress
    • Give a presentation holding a marker in her right hand
    • Graphs on a whiteboard
    • Listen to her while sitting around the table
    • Wear a shirt and tie
    • Blue tone tie with stripes
    • A light blue dress shirt
    • Four glasses of water
    • Take memo on a notepad with a pen
    • Judging by the people’s body posture in this picture
    • The woman have their whole attention
  4. Combine the expressions above to describe the picture in your own words.

Sample Answer

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Sample Answer

I think this is a picture of some people having a business meeting. A woman with brunette hair tied back in a ponytail is giving a presentation while holding a white marker in her right hand and keeping eye contact with a listener. She looks very confident. The presenter is wearing a nice gray work dress with a black belt on her waist. There are four different graphs that seem like are printed on papers attached to the whiteboard. There are three businessmen and one businesswoman listening to her presentation. Three of them are looking at the presenter while one man on the right side of the table is jotting down notes. All the men are wearing dress shirts with a tie while a woman listener is wearing a short-sleeve white shirt and beige color trousers. There are four glasses of water and a glass jar on the table. Judging by the people’s body postures in this picture, the presenter has the listeners’ full attention.

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

pointer (n) something that is used for pointing at things
e.g. It can be used like a laser pointer.
ponytail (n) hair tied up high at the back
e.g. She usually wears her hair tied back in a ponytail.
brunette (adj) black or brown
e.g. She had brunette hair.
work dress (n) formal looking dress suitable for office work
e.g. I need to shop for some work dresses.
keep eye contact (idiom) when two people look at each other’s eyes at the same time
e.g. Keep eye contact and pay attention to what they have to tell you.
confident (adj) certain about your ability
e.g. I am confident about my ability to do the job.
engaged (adj) busy; occupied
e.g. He is engaged in research.
have attention (idiom) receive somebody’s attention
e.g. May I have your attention, please?
jot down (v) write a short note
e.g. Ill just jot down the address for you.
body posture (n) the position in which you stand or sit.
e.g. He can read your emotions from your facial expressions, voice tone, and body posture.
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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 keywords. 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. They met in a spacious room.
suite (n) a group of rooms of a hotel
e.g. She checked into a suite.

Directions

Try it again with a 2nd question. Take 45 seconds to read the text out loud. 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 loud.

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 keywords. Pay attention to the pronunciation and intonation when you read them out loud.

Key Words

delay (v) put off to a later time
e.g. The doctor wants to delay surgery for a few weeks.
apologize (v) saying sorry
e.g. I want to apologize 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. It was a 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. He liked contemporary jazz.
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. He went on 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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TOEIC lesson 12: Mobile Phone Safety

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-6 question from TOEIC speaking test. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 60 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will give your opinion about a specific topic. Be sure to say as much as you can in the time allowed. You will have 15 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 60 seconds to speak.

Question 11

Some people think that cell phones make children safer, and others think that cell phones make them more unsafe. Do you agree with the idea that children under the age of 12 should be allowed to have cell phones?

If yes, why? If not, why not?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. Brainstorm before you choose your position
    • Agree:
      • You can contact your child easily in case of emergencies.
      • There are many educational apps that kids can use these days.
    • Disagree:
      • Children can be addicted to smartphones more than adults.
      • Children might use cell phones to browse harmful sites and spend an excessive amount of money on data.
  2. Choose your position
    Disagree: Children under 12 should be allowed to carry cell phones.
  3. Come up with 3 reasons to back up your argument
    • A cell phone is the best way to contact your child easily in case of emergencies, and they can also contact their parents.
    • Most children use cell phones to communicate and connect with their friends.
    • Although children can get addicted to smartphones more easily than adults, there are also many educational apps for kids these days.
  4.  Give a concrete example of one of the reasons
    • For instance, I know you can have parental control function on the phone for the kids so they do not use it at night.
  5. Conclude with your argument
    • I support the idea that children under 12 should be allowed to carry cell phones.

Sample Answer

Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.

Sample Answer

I think that children under 12 should be allowed to carry cell phones. There are some reasons why it is more beneficial for children to have cell phones. First of all, a cell phone is the best way to contact your child easily in case of emergencies, and they can also contact the parents. Secondly, most children use cell phones to communicate and connect with their friends just like adults. Lastly, although children can get addicted to smartphones more easily than adults, there are also many educational apps for kids these days. For instance, I know you can have parental control function on the phone for the kids so they do not use it at night before going to bed. With some guidance from adults, cell phones will be much more beneficial for children just as it is for adults. In conclusion, I support the idea that children under 12 should be allowed to carry cell phones.

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

emergency (n) an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action
e.g. Her quick thinking in an emergency saved the baby’s life.
be/get addicted to~ (idiom) having an addiction to something
e.g. He‘s addicted to smoking.
excessive (adj) too much
e.g. He drinks excessive amounts of coffee.
contact (v) call or write to
e.g. We were able to contact them by radio.
communicate (v) give information about something to someone by speaking, writing, moving your hands, etc.
e.g. Good teachers communicate effectively.
misuse (v) use incorrectly
e.g. She heard a word that is frequently misused.
parental control (n) a feature designed to let parents set controls for their children’s computer use
e.g. I had to set parental control on your computer. 
beneficial (adj) producing benefits
e.g. He hopes the new drug will prove beneficial to many people.
data usage (n) any download or browser usage on mobile
e.g. Data usage will be reset next month.
guidance (n) the act or process of guiding someone or something
e.g. I couldn’t have done it without her guidance.
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TOEIC lesson 11: Flight Ticket

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-5 question from a TOEIC speaking test. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 60 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will be presented with a problem and asked to propose a solution. You will have 30 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 60 seconds to speak.

Question 10

In your response, be sure to:

  • show that you recognize the problem
  • propose a way of deal with the problem

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

Hello. This is Bill Gates. I booked a round-trip ticket that is valid for 3 months from Singapore to Munich through your travel agency a month ago. I’ve already used the one-way ticket from Singapore to Munich on July 14th, and the return flight to Singapore is scheduled on October 10th. The problem is that I got in a big car accident in Germany and my doctor advised me to stay in the hospital in Munich for another month to fully recover before boarding an aircraft. The earliest day she suggested is October 31st, which means the ticket may not be valid by then. I need to rebook the return flight on October 31st or later and wanted to check whether this is possible with my ticket. Please let me know what my options are as soon as possible. You can reach me on my cell phone at (213) 123-4567.

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. Make note of the key facts
    • Who is calling? Bill Gates
    • Why is he callingHe had an accident and has to stay in Munich for another month.
    • What is he asking for? He wants to rebook his return flight to Munich from Singapore on October 31st or later.
  2. Come up with a solution
    • Say who you are: Hello, Mr. Gates. This is XXX calling from the Ace Travel Agency.
    • Say why you are calling: I am calling regarding your voice message.
  3. Repeat the problem: You said that you have a round-trip flight ticket to Singapore from Munich that is only valid until October 14th, but you had an accident and need to stay in Munich until October 31st.
  4. Repeat the request: You want to change the date of your return ticket to October 31st or later so that you can make a full recovery from the accident.
  5. Propose a solution:
    • In general, the tickets cannot be used after it has expired.
    • However, you have a medical problem, which is a different story.
    • It looks like we can rebook your return ticket on October 31st, so I will go ahead and reserve your seat.
    • Please send a letter from your doctor to us by fax and we’ll change your reservation.
  6. Wrap up: If you have further questions on this issue, you can reach me at (123) 456-7890.

Sample Answer

Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.

Sample Answer

Hello, Mr. Gates. This is XXX calling from the Ace Travel Agency. I am calling regarding your voice message. You said that you have a round-trip flight ticket to Singapore from Munich that is only valid until October 14th, but you had an accident and need to stay in Munich until October 31st. You want to change the date of your return ticket to October 31st or later so that you can make a full recovery from the accident. In general, the ticket cannot be used after it has expired. However, you have a medical problem, which is a different story. It looks like we can rebook your return ticket on October 31st, so I will go ahead and reserve your seat. Please send a letter from your doctor to us by fax and we’ll change your reservation. If you have further questions on this issue, you can reach me at (123) 456-7890.

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

valid until~ (idiom) acceptable; usable until ~
e.g. My passport is valid until May 24th.
round-trip (n) a trip to a place and back usually over the same route
e.g. It’s a 50-mile round-trip to my parents’ house.
(re)book (v) to make arrangements so that you will be able to use or have something at a later time
e.g. I booked a table at our favorite restaurant.
board (v) to get into or onto (an airplane, a bus, a train, etc.)
e.g. You must have a ticket in order to board the train.
aircraft (n) a machine that flies through the air
e.g. He went on a new military aircraft.
reserve (v) have or keep something for possible use at a future time
e.g. This table is reserved for someone else.
statement (n) a message that is declared (oral or written)
e.g. This is his first public statement about the investigation.
confirmation (n) check to see if something is correct
e.g. We don’t have independent confirmation of the facts.
medical condition (n) a disease, illness or injury
e.g. Her medical condition worried doctors at the time. 
recovery (n) return to original state
e.g. The patient made a miraculous recovery.
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