Dialogs: Trains

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.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.5(225 votes)
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.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.2(129 votes)
Pro
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.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.6(66 votes)
Pro
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.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.3(53 votes)
Pro
In this lively conversation, two friends discuss the relative merits of the women-only train cars.
Notes: This is a great example of friendly debate, featuring informal verbs and other casual language.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.0(53 votes)
Pro
Two friends decide what to do when their train is delayed.
Notes: This dialog features both polite language in station announcements and informal speech as the friends discuss their next moves.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.5(44 votes)
Pro
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.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.1(41 votes)
Pro
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.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 2.6(39 votes)
Pro
A traveler asks for help when she realizes she has accidentally left her bag on the train.
Notes: This dialog features polite language (desu/masu with a few extra polite expressions) appropriate to a customer service interaction.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.2(27 votes)
Pro
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.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.2(27 votes)