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Exam Practice

This is a great topic for role-plays. You may very well have to do one that concerns buying tickets or petrol or dealing with a breakdown. Here are some examples of phrases that you may have to use. Try and work out what you would say if this turned up in your speaking exam. If you get stuck, look at the suggested answers.


  1. Ask for a second-class single to Bonn.
  2. Ask for a first-class return to Düsseldorf.
  3. Find out if there is a bus to Mannheim.
  4. Ask what time the bus arrives.
  5. Ask what time the train departs.
  6. Say you would like to reserve a seat.
  7. Say that you have reserved a seat.
  8. Find out where the station is.
  9. Find out where the lost property office is.
  10. Ask if you have to change trains.
  11. Ask if you have to pay a supplement.
  12. Find out which platform the train departs from.
  13. Find out where the waiting room is.
  14. Ask for 10 litres of leadfree petrol.
  15. Ask the attendant to fill up the tank.
  16. Ask the attendant to check the tyres.
  17. Say you have a puncture.
  18. Say that the windscreen is broken.
  19. Say you have run out of petrol.
  20. Say you have had an accident.


  1. Einmal einfach nach Bonn zweiter Klasse, bitte.
  2. Einmal nach Düsseldorf, hin und zurück, erster Klasse, bitte.
  3. Gibt es einen Bus nach Mannheim?
  4. Wann kommt der Bus an?
  5. Wann fährt der Zug ab?
  6. Ich möchte einen Platz reservieren.
  7. Ich habe einen Platz reserviert.
  8. Wo ist der Bahnhof, bitte?
  9. Wo ist das Fundbüro, bitte?
  10. Muss man umsteigen?
  11. Muss man Zuschlag zahlen?
  12. Von welchem Gleis fährtt der Zug ab?
  13. Wo ist der Wartesaal?
  14. Zehn Liter bleifrei, bitte.
  15. Volltanken, bitte.
  16. Würden Sie bitte den Reifendruck prüfen?
  17. Ich habe eine Reifenpanne.
  18. Die Windschutzscheibe ist kaputt.
  19. Das Benzin ist alle.
  20. Ich habe einen Unfall gehabt

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You may have to write an account of a journey or an accident that occurred while you were travelling. So, let's look at the sorts of things you would include in both of these pieces of writing.

1. Eine Reise(a journey)

  • This account is going to be written in the perfect or imperfect tenses. Most likely, you will be using the perfect tense. The key thing to remember is that verbs of motion take "sein" in the perfect tense. Also, they are irregular. So, check your work very carefully. It would be an excellent idea to learn these verbs anyway!
  • You may want to start your account with details of the reason for the journey - holiday, school trip, etc.
  • Say what time you had to get up, where you caught the coach, train or plane.
  • Who did you go with?
  • What was the weather like?
  • Describe the different stages of the journey. Were there problems?
  • What did you eat on the journey?
  • What did you do? Read a magazine, listened to music?
  • Give some opinions of the journey - fast, efficient train or dirty, delayed ferry
  • Perhaps compare this journey with others you have made.
  • If you are going to the same place again, how would you improve the journey?

2. Ein Unfall (an accident)

  • If you have to write an account of an accident this will, of course, be written in the imperfect or perfect tense. Most likely, you will be using the perfect tense.
  • Make sure you check your word order carefully.
  • Have you used the correct past participle?
  • In explaining what happened in the accident, you may have to give a description of some of the people involved.
  • What were they wearing?
  • You will have to say how they were injured.
  • Try and say how you felt at the time.
  • Give an account of what happened after the accident.
  • Try and use the future tense by saying what the people involved will be doing next - flying home... etc...

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