Clase digital 7. Viajar por cuestiones de trabajo y/o turismo

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Viajar por cuestiones de trabajo y/o turismo


Hi again!

Nice to be around one more time!!!
It is a pride that you continue as a student of this course. I hope you continue to persevere until the end, for now I invite you to review this seventh session.
In this lesson we are going to talk about travel, review some useful verbs on the subject and vocabulary related to it.

Do you know how to book a reservation in English?

Before I go on vacation, I always plan my trip. For starters, I usually take a look at travel guide books or go online and review possible destinations. Then, I check the costs involved in traveling to that particular place. If I’m going by plane, then I have to compare prices on airfare for different airlines. If I’m traveling by train, then I have to look into train passes or tickets. I also need to locate hotel accommodations. Fortunately, I don’t mind staying at cheap hotels or even a youth hostel. Finally, I try to budget money for meals and other sightseeing expenses. If I plan carefully, I usually have a good time.

What advice can you give to someone who is planning to visit your country? 
Could you include information about what to pack, accommodations, places to see?

Let´s review the necessary elements so you can have such important skills…

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Do you remember phrasal verbs?

Check the following video for an explanation: 

There is a great number of phrasal verbs related to travel the next are some very useful ones:

get on, get off, get in, get out of, go by, go on, travel on, check in, check out, stop by, sort out, look after, take off, get away, look around, hurry up, put on, look forward, hold up, bring out, break up.

We can review some of them in the following videos: 

Then you get away when you go on vacation, get on and get off a bus, train, plane, bike, boat, etc. This is because you need to take a step up to get on the means of transport.

You get in and get out of a car, or taxi.
You may find that you take off for landing of a plane.
You can travel or go by bike, train, car, tube. But you travel on or go on foot (=walk).
You may stop by, when you need to get off near a specific location
You can drive a car, taxi or train.
You ride a bike, motorbike or horse.
You fly a plane.
Common error: Don’t say “I take my car to work”. Say “I drive to work” or “I go to work by car” or “I travel to work by car”.
bring out is to make something more evident; emphasize something.
check in is to register, confirm your stay. 
check out confirmation that you are leaving or pay the bill. 
hold up means support and prevent something from falling.
hurry up is to move fast with urgency.
sort out is to resolve a problem or difficulty.
look after is to take care of someone or something.
look around is to walk around a place and see what is there.
look forward means «to expect (something) with pleasure.» It is used to say that you are happy that something is going to happen. 
Put on is to dress oneself according to the occasion, to make part of one’s appearance or behavior.
If you feel confident about your knowledge, take the following video quiz:

Many of these phrasal verbs are going to become handy while traveling or using the different types of public transport:

Buses and coaches (a bus travels in towns and cities, with people getting on and off at bus stops, while coaches travel further, often from city to city and people travel the entire distance).
The underground (or tube) in London
Trains (often “intercity”)
Trams (in some places) – a sort of bus run on electricity
Taxis (for example the famous black cabs in London)
Ferries (boats that cross water such as rivers and seas)
There’s also private transport such as cars, bikes, motorbikes and scooters. In addition, lorries (truck in American English) transport goods, and vans (large cars) are used by small businesses to transport goods, or work equipment such as ladders or tools.

Words to describe transport and travel

a journey = the trip between the start and end.
“My journey to work / school takes twenty minutes.”

a commute (to commute) = the journey to work
“His commute takes him half an hour.”

bus route = the journey the bus does
“The bus route follows London Road as far as the cinema, then turns left.”

a bus lane = special part of the road only for buses “Don’t drive in the bus lane!”
traffic jam = when there are too many cars, buses etc., and everything goes slowly – or stops. “I’m in a traffic jam – I’ll be late for work.”
bus stop = where the bus stops for people to get on or get off (also tram stop)
railway station = where you get on or off a train (also tube station)
single or a return (ticket) = a bus, train or air ticket to go only (single) or to go and come back (return)
one-day return (for the train) = when you go and come back the same day
travel card = a card where you can make multiple journeys in one day.
A season ticket= a train ticket where you can go by train every day for a month/year

What about if I want to buy a ticket? The following expressions can help:

I’d like (+ noun / + infinitive)

  • I’d like a return ticketI’d like to buy a return ticket…

Or you can use a “Can I” question: 

  • Can I have a … (single / return to London) please?

On the bus, when you need to be quick, the question can be short: A single to main square, please.

  • A single to main square, please.

Tips for understanding native English speakers

It isn’t always easy to understand native speakers at train stations or on the bus. This is because people are often in a hurry – you need to ask a question quickly on the bus, for example.

1. Prepare your question before you speak. What do you need to know? Information about the bus route, for example? Or do you want the bus driver to tell you when to get off the bus?

Use simple grammar to help you make the question. Here are two questions using the present simple tense:

Does this bus stop at …… (name of place)/Does this bus stop at London Bridge?
Do you stop anywhere near ….. (name of place)/Do you stop anywhere near London Bridge?

Here is a question asking the bus driver to help you:

Can you tell me where to get off for …. (name of place)/Can you tell me where to get off for the shopping center?

2. Listen for the information words. These words are stressed in a sentence, while the grammar words (articles, prepositions etc. usually are unstressed.) For example: Do you stop anywhere near London Bridge? ‘Yeah, on the ‘other ‘side of the ‘road.

For some exercises on the matter check: Transporte-Tierra

Imagen 1. Vocabulario de viaje.

Travel related vocabulary: package vacation, backpack travel, adventure vacation, trek, safari, expedition, cruise, academic field trip, exploratory vacation, ecotourism, cultural tour, wildlife tour, discover archaeological and historical sites, voyage, journey, budget, congress, travel expenses, conference, shared room, vacancy, no vacancy, do not disturb, housekeeping, single room, double room, adjoining rooms, amenities, attractions, bellboy, reservation, booking, brochures, full, vacancies/ no vacancies, complimentary breakfast, deposit/damage charge, floor, front-desk/reception, concierge, gym, spa, babysitting service, laundry service, guest, confirmation, hotel manager, chambermaid, late charge, linen, lobby, luggage cart, maximum capacity, stairs, elevator, emergency exit, evacuation route, parking pass, rate, room service, valet parking, vending machine, ice machine, view, wake up call, indoor/outdoor pool, hotel transportation/ shuttle, taxi.

Here is a video about vacations:

If you feel proficient in the subject, maybe time to try to solve some exercises:Air travel | LearnEnglish


  • Have you ever traveled by air?
  • What is the longest flight you have taken?

Check these dialogs

We have reviewed plenty of vocabulary that we could use for packing and making a checklist of your personal items when planning a trip, use recommendations for packing like the ones in the video:

Then, using these in real life, imagine you are going to have a vacation and you are planning a trip. There are many arrangements for a trip that you and your friend are taking next week. What will you pack?


Viajar es una experiencia maravillosa en muchos sentidos; de hecho, es una manera perfecta para aprender y afianzar tu inglés. Tanto si tienes pensado un viaje de fin de semana como si has planificado una estancia de varias semanas en otro país, te beneficiarás de varias maneras pues viajar es una manera inmejorable de exponerse al inglés real.

Interactuar con nativos y con personas de otros países es enriquecedor a un nivel cultural.

Es tu oportunidad de perder la vergüenza y lanzarte.

Are you planning on going anywhere for your next vacation?

In this class we have reviewed plenty of vocabulary on travel form useful phrasal verbs and many words useful in land and air travel.   Use it all in your next adventure.

We have reached the end of this interesting class. I hope you have completely liked its content and above all that you have learned more about the subject. 

Don´t forget about your consignas, see you next time!!!

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