A collection of dialogs that occur at train stations or on trains.
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A traveler gets assistance in purchasing her ticket from an unbelievably helpful stranger.
Notes: This dialog is a great example of friendly interaction between strangers. It also demonstrates how to explain how to do something and make recommendations.
A man asks for directions from a helpful fellow traveler before leaving the vast Tokyo Station.
Notes: This dialog is a good example of a conversation between strangers on the street, featuring polite verbs, and well-formed sentences.
A confused traveler asks for help after she boards an express train by accident.
Notes: This dialogue is a great example of friendly speech between strangers, featuring polite verbs, a few contractions, and very natural interactions. There are a few names of places and types of express trains, but don't let that trip you up.
Two friends, one of whom has a borderline obsessive interest in trains, discuss the Shinkansen they're riding on.
Notes: This article is a little technical but is a great opportunity to learn how to discuss vehicle speeds, transit times, and other trip-related info.
Two friends discuss food options on the platform when one suddenly realizes he's massively hungry.
Notes: This dialog is a realistic portrayal of very casual conversion between two close friends, including plain verbs, blunt-form questions, and a few rougher-sounding words.
A man asks a passerby for directions to a nearby donut shop.
Notes: This is a great example of natural conversation between two strangers on the street, featuring polite verbs and conversational devices like stalling sounds.
A concerned traveler asks a station attendant to help a man on the platform who appears to be intoxicated.
Notes: This dialog is a great example of a conversation between strangers in a customer service situation, where both speak politely, but one is clearly more polite than the other.