Day 8 - At The Hotel (Conversation Practice)

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Are you ready to check back in with Santa and Banta?

Last time we saw them, they were on their way to their hotel in a rickety cab. Now that they've arrived, tired after a long international flight, they find that checking into the hotel isn't as easy as expected.

The taxi drops Santa and Banta off on a bustling avenue with wide streets and buses zipping crazily back and forth. They lug their suitcases through the entrance of a tall, dark building. The receptionist looks up as they enter.

Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

Follow along with their conversation by playing the audio.

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Receptionist: Suprabhaat, srimaan. Mai aapki kyaa madad kar sakatee hoon.?
Santa: Mera dow log ke liye aarakshan hai. Mera naam Santa Singh hai.
Receptionist: Aarakshan kab ke liye hai?
Santa: Aaj ke liye.
Receptionist: Mujhe khed hai, srimaan. Aapka naam hamaare register mein nahi hai.
Santa: Kahin mere dost Banta Singh ke naam par to nahi?
Receptionist: Nahi, srimaan. us naam se bhi nahi hai.

Now, play the conversation again, trying to hear each word and phrase in terms of its English meaning.

Receptionist: Good morning, sir. How may I help you?
Santa: I have a reservation for two. My name is Santa Singh.
Receptionist: For when is the reservation?
Santa: For today.
Receptionist: I’m sorry, sir. I don’t have your name in the book.
Santa: It’s might be under the name of my friend, Banta Singh?
Receptionist: No sir, it's not there in that name too.

Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of the conversation.

Listen along.

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Mai aapki kyaa madad kar sakatee (m. sakataa) hoon? How may I help you?

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hai have

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aarakshan reservation

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ke liye for

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Mera naam..... hai. My name is...

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aaj today

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dost friend

Now, back to the story.

Santa looks back at Banta grimly. He looks tired. It was a long flight, and both of them just want a shower and a nap. Santa turns back to the receptionist.

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Santa: Kyaa koi aur kamaraa hai?
Receptionist: Aapko kyaa chaahiye? Dow log ke liye ek kamaraa?
Santa: Haan.
Receptionist: Dow alag bistar?
Santa: Haan, kripayaa.

The receptionist looks through her book, shaking her head.

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Receptionist:: Yahaan nahi hai, mujhe khed hai.
Santa: ek do-bistar wala kamaraa bhi theek hai.
Receptionist: Dekhate hai...vaisaa bhi nahi hai. ek single room hai.
Santa: Theek hai, hum vahi le lenge.
Receptionist: Ye bahut hi chhotaa kamaraa hai.
Santa: Koi baat nahi.

Here’s their conversation in English. Play the conversation again as you follow along with the English words.

Santa: Do you have another room?
Receptionist: What do you need? A room for two?
Santa: Yes.
Receptionist: Two single beds?
Santa: Yes, please.
Receptionist: There isn’t one, I’m sorry.
Santa: A room with double bed is okay.
Receptionist: Let's see... There isn’t one either. There’s a single room.
Santa: Well, we’ll take that one.
Receptionist: It’s a very small room.
Santa: I don’t care.

Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of the conversation.

Listen along.

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koi aur kamaraa hai? Do you have another room?

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aap-ko kyaa chaahiye? What do you need?

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do bistar wala kamara a room with twin beds

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bhi either

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vahi that one

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chhotaa small

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koi baat nahi I don’t care

Banta watches gratefully as the receptionist starts writing their details in the book. “We can change the room tomorrow,” he tells Santa. The receptionist hands Santa a sheet of paper to fill in.

Listen along.

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Receptionist:Bhugataan kaise karenge? credit card se, cheque se, yaa nakad?
Santa: Credit card se.
Receptionist: Kyaa aap apnaa credit card mujhe denge?
Santa: ye rahaa.(He gives the receptionist his credit card.)
Receptionist: Aap kamaraa number 5(paanch) me rahenge. Ye rahee chaabhi. Is imaarat kaa mukhya dwaar raat ke gyaarah baje band ho jaataa hai. Uske baad aapko ander aane ke liye ghantee bajaani padegi. Aapko subah dus baje kamaraa khaali karanaa hai.
Santa: Dhanyavaad.
Receptionist: Kyaa saamaan le jaane ke liye madad chaahiye?
Santa: Nahi, Dhanyavaad.

Now, look at the conversation again, this time in English.

Receptionist: How would you like to pay? By credit, check, or cash?
Santa: By credit, please.
Receptionist: Could you give me your credit card?
Santa: Here it is.
Receptionist: You will be in room number five. Here is the key. The main doors to the building close at eleven o’clock at night. After that you’ll have to ring the bell to enter. You have to leave at ten o’clock in the morning.
Santa: Thank you.
Receptionist: Do you need help with your luggage?
Santa: No, thanks.

Here are some of the important words and phrases that you should be able to pick out of the conversation.

Listen along.

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Bhugataan kaise karenge? how would you like to pay?

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crédit card se by crédit card

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cheque se by cheque

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nakad cash

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kyaa denge? will you give?

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ye rahaa here it is

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kamaraa number paanch room number five

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chaabhi the key

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imaarat the building

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mukhya dwaar the main doors

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ghantee ring (the bell)

Wearily, Santa and Banta carry their bags up to their room. “After a nap,” Santa promises, “we’re going to explore the city!”

I hope that this lesson has given you lots of useful words and phrases. Getting a hotel room can be a difficult and scary task in a south Asian country … especially if the receptionist doesn’t know any English as is the case in most of the smaller towns/cities.

From my experience, most major hotels either have someone who knows some English or can offer you a printed list of their rooms and services in English. However, be warned: sometimes the person who knows a little English can be worse than the person who knows no English.

Well, that’s it for now. In just a few days, you'll get to learn what happens to Santa and Banta as they take to the streets to see what Delhi can offer them.

 

Practice Now!

Let’s see how good you would do if you had to get a room in a hotel.

Exercise 1

Fill in the blanks in the conversation below.
Receptionist: Namaskaar, kyaa mai aapki koi madad kar sakata hoon?
You : Mujhe ________________________ (a room) chaahiye.
Receptionist: Kitane log hain?
You : Sirf _________________________ (two people).
Receptionist: Kyaa aap double-bed wala kamaraa lenaa chahenge?
You : ______________________________ (No, two single beds).
Receptionist: Kis naam se?
You : ___________________________ (My name is …).
Receptionist: Aap bhugataan kaise karenge?
You : _______________________________ (By cash).
Receptionist: Dhanyavaab, aapka din sukhad rahe.

How well you do?

Now, take a few minutes to score your answers.

That's all for today's lesson.

 

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Exercise

Receptionist: Namaskaar, kyaa mai aapki koi madad kar sakata hoon?
You : Mujhe _____ek kamaraa__ (a room) chaahiye.
Receptionist: Kitane log hain?
You : Sirf ___dow log____ (two people).
Receptionist: Kyaa aap double-bed wala kamaraa lenaa chahenge?
You : __________Nahi, do alag bistar. (No, twin bed).
Receptionist: Kis naam se?
You : ____mera naam XYZ hai_____ (My name is …).
Receptionist: Aap bhugataan kaise karenge?
You : ____Nakad (rupayaa)______________ (By cash).
Receptionist: Dhanyavaab, aapka din sukhad rahe.

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