A diverted flight: Vocabulary exercise

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    Listen to this announcement from the captain of a flight that needs to be to divert sth.etw. umleitendiverted. Afterwards, I will ask you about some of the vocabulary that she uses in her announcement. Ready? Listen.

    Captain: This is your captain speaking. I’ve just switched on the seat beltSicherheitsgurtseat belt sign as we are expecting to meet some turbulence in the next few minutes. Please return to your seats and fasten your seat belts. And I’m afraid I have some bad news for you. Heathrow airport has been closed to all flights for the foreseeable futurefür absehbare Zeitfor the foreseeable future because of persistentanhaltendpersistent thunderstorms in the vicinityUmgebung, Gegendvicinity. This means that we have been diverted to an alternative airport — Birmingham, where we expect to arrive at 15.30.

    Bus transfers are being organized for you back to Heathrow. When we land, our ground staff will be there to assist you. We’ll come back to you with news about flight connections as soon as we have any details.

    We to apologize for sth.sich für etw. entschuldigenapologize for the inconvenienceUnannehmlichkeit(en)inconvenience but, as you know, passenger safety is our priority. Our cabin staff will help with any queries you may have.

    Now, let’s check whether you have understood some of the words and phrases the captain uses. I’ll give you a word or phrase. Then you will hear two alternative explanations, a) and b). In the pause, choose the explanation that best matches the word or phrase. Then you will hear the correct answer. OK? Let’s begin with the first one.

    1. Turbulence. Is this…
    a) erraticungleichmäßigerratic movements in the air?
    b) a slow descentHinuntergehen; hier: Landeanflugdescent?

    a) is correct. “Turbulence” is erratic movements in the air. Next one.

    2. For the foreseeable future. Is this…
    a) potentially for a long time?
    b) for a very short time?

    a) is correct. “For the foreseeable” future is potentially for a long time — for as far as you can see, based on the current situation. OK, next one.

    3. Persistent thunderstorms. Are these…
    a) extremely heavy storms?
    b) storms that go on for a long time?

    b) is correct. “Persistent thunderstorms” are storms that go on for a long time. Next.

    4. In the vicinity. Is this…
    a) nearby?
    b) everywhere?

    a) is correct. In the vicinity means “nearby”. OK, last one.

    5. An inconvenience. Is this…
    a) something that causes a problem or difficulty?
    b) a dangerous situation?

    a) is correct. “An inconvenience” is something that causes a problem or difficulty.

    How did you get on? If there were some words or phrases you did not know, go back and practise them again. This is useful vocabulary if you need to understand flight announcements.


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