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A Trip to New York

An English Conversation, Intermediate Level



Chen Yang is from Beijing, China. He has just arrived in New York for a two-week trip. He has a hotel reservation booked in advance. At his hotel, he asks the concierge for information.

Chen: I've just arrived in New York today. I have some questions.

Concierge: Please go ahead, Mr. Chen Yang.

Chen: First, how can I find out about neighborhood restaurants?

Concierge: Would you like to try our restaurants on the premises first?

Chen: Maybe.

Concierge: We have two dining rooms. One is casual and self-served. The other is French gourmet, and formal attire is required.

Chen: I'll take a look at the casual diner tomorrow. Today, I want to eat out.

Concierge: Okay. You'll find New York City restaurant listings on our computers. We have a few laptops in the lounge. They're all connected to the Internet.

Chen: How can I sign in?

Concierge: Login with your room number first. On the desktop you'../daily-conversations/trip-to-new-york.php#menu">menu. The menu also includes restaurant reviews.

Chen: Do you recommend any restaurant off the cuff.

Concierge. I'll try, Mr. Chen Yang. Give me a minute, please.

The concierge goes behind the information desk. He appears again in seconds with a brochure in his hand.

Concierge: Here'../daily-conversations/trip-to-new-york.php#guide">guide for restaurants. I would recommend the City Grill on 72nd and Broadway.

Chen: City Grill? What kind of food do they serve there?

Concierge: Mostly continental cuisine. It'../daily-conversations/trip-to-new-york.php#mp">moderately priced.

Chen: I have one more question if I may?

Concierge: Please go ahead, Mr. Chen Yang.

Chen: Tomorrow I have a ferry-boat tour on the Hudson River. How can I get to the ferry-boat terminal?

Concierge: You can either ask them to pick you up before the hotel. Or take a cab to the terminal. I'll give you the address. Do you need it now?

Chen: Okay.

The concierge gives Chen another brochure. Chen thanks him and leaves for a dining adventure at the City Grill.

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concierge: noun. a usually multilingual hotel employee who handles luggage and mail, makes reservations, and arranges tours

premises: noun. building or buildings belonging to a company, organization of private persons.

on premises: adverb phrase. in the building or buildings of a company, organization or private individuals. "We don't have public telephone boots on premises but there is one outside the main entrance." This sentence means: "We don't have public telephone boots in our building..."

casual: adjective. not structured or strictly coordinated in accordance with any cuisine (in this conversation)

cuisine: noun. a style of cooking belonging to one culture, ethnic group of region. French cuisine; Tai cuisine; Turkish cuisine

self-served: adjective. It is not served by hosts, waitress or waitresses

find out: verb intransitive. to learn about something by making an inquiry; to inquire

eat out: prepositional verb. to go out to eat a meal; not to eat home. "I like to eat out on weekends."

neighborhood: noun. the immediate surrounding of a location or address. "I live in an upper-class neighborhood." means this: My house is located in an area where upper class people live.

gourmet: noun. strictly styled cooking in accordance with one cuisine, for example, "French gourmet".

continental cuisine: compound noun. a few styles of cooking belonging to diverse European cultures or ethnic groups, including North American cooking.

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attire: noun. clothes

in advance: time adverb. before an event occurs. "Please buy the tickets in advance but not in the movie theater."

include: verb transitive. to hold inside, to contain

review: verb transitive. to examine a product or service for evaluation. "The committee has reviewed the report on climate change."

review: noun. evaluation of a product or service. "This magazine includes reviews of recent movies."

guide: noun. a published material to give information on a topic (in this conversation)

appear: intransitive verb. to come out into view; to become visible. "She appeared from the dark all of sudden in the movie."

off the cuff: adjective. without thinking hard about something; without preparation. "Tell me off the cuff what you know about this novel."

serve: transitive and intransitive verb. to provide a service of food, medical attention, advice or any professional service to others. "I've served my country well." "The president served for two terms and did a good job."

continental: adjective. possessing the properties of a continent. European and North America (in this conversation)

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lounge: a large room to seat and relax in public places such as in hotels

sign in: verb intransitive. to sign a document to be admitted to a place

login: verb intransitive. to key a user name and password to be able to use a computer

menu: noun. a list of food served in a restaurant (in this conversation)

grill: verb transitive. to cook food, especially meat, over a rag heated from underneath by electricity of fire

moderate: adjective. in a balanced quantity volume, not expensive (in this conversation)

moderately priced: inexpensively priced

if I may: a polite phrase for "Please let me do what I want..."

trip: noun. a travel used in the United States both for short and long travel

ferry: noun. short trip on the water

ferry-boat: compound noun. transportation boat used for short trips over the water

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book: verb intransitive (in this conversation). to make a reservation for a product or service

reservation: noun. the act of making a reservation for a product of service

cab: noun. taxi used in the United States

terminal: noun. a closed area for buying tickets or waiting for a transportation vehicle to board for a trip

pick up: idiomatic verb. to go to the customer's location and give the customer a ride in a travel schedule (in this conversation)

brochure: noun. a booklet to give information on a certain topic published by a business, government or private individuals

dining: eating a meal, usually a full course meal, such as a meal in a restaurant

diner: noun. a room reserved to eat meals, such as in hotels

adventure: noun. an experience of facing unknown, pleasant or unpleasant. "The young man had a lot of adventures abroad."


You'll: You will. The abbreviation for "you will' in spoken English. The sound 'wi' in "will"' is omitted from pronunciation so "you will' sound like "yull'.

I'll: I will. The same concept as in you'll explained above. The pronunciation of "I'll" sounds like 'Il'../pronunciaton-dictionary/pronunciation-ch-f-v-l-r-w-wh.php">video lesson for the pronunciation of letter 'L'.

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