Listen to a conversation between two students.
Hey, Mike. How's it going?
Something the matter?
Well, sort of.
I'm taking this French class...
And one of the class requirements is a weekend trip to Canada-
to Montreal, which is in the French -speaking part of Canada.
It's only like five hours from here, so next weekend the whole class is going up on a bus. We're supposed to practice French...
you' know, talk to people,
and we're going to a play.
Sounds like fun.
Yeah, I'd love to go...
Well, we'll be crossing an international border, so in order to go, you need a passport.
The professor told us a while ago to be sure to get a passport, but I completely forgot to apply for one.
What are you gonna do?
Well, I talked to my professor, and she said I could fulfill the requirement a different way, if I want.
Instead of going on the trip, I could stay here and write a short paper about Montreal.
I'd have to do a little research and write about three pages, talk about Montreal-its history or whatever-in French.
It wouldn't be too hard...
But then you'd miss out on a great trip to Montreal.
Well, you know, there's another option. You can probably still get a passport in time if you go directly to a U.S. passport office and pay extra.
Then you could go!
Yeah, actually, I looked into that. I can still get a passport in time,
but to get it at the last minute's expensive-
like a hundred and fifty dollars.
And I don't know if I want to spend that much.
[conceding] That is a lot of money...