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Learn English conversations: travel!

 In this Learn English conversations lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about travelling. Remember, for lots of great English class materials and a FREE gift, visit our homepage: www.learnhotenglish.com

Lesson order

  • First, you’re going to learn some useful language for the video.
  • Then, you’re going to watch a video with two people talking about this topic. This will help you remember the language.
  • Finally, you’re going to answer some questions on the subject so you can practise speaking about it. Ready? OK, let’s go!

Travel (verb)

If you “travel” somewhere, you go there, often as part of your holiday. The expression “to go travelling” is very common. Remember, “travel” is a verb.

“We went travelling around Asia, which was amazing!”

A trip (noun)

If you go on a “trip”, you travel somewhere, often for a short period of time. “Trip” is a noun and we often use it with an adjective or modifier: a short trip, a business trip, a school trip…

“We went on a short trip to the city, where I got loads of great photos.”

Journey  (noun)

If you go on a “journey”, you travel from one place to another. We use “journey” to describe the experience of travelling, or to say how long it took.

“The journey through the jungle took over six days.”

Stressful

If something is “stressful”, it makes you feel worried or nervous.

“The return trip was stressful because the plane was delayed for over 6 hours.”

Exciting

If something is “exciting”, it makes you feel happy. Adjectives with –ing at the end describe something and say what it’s like: interesting, tiring, boring, exciting…
“The journey across the desert was exciting.”

Excited

If you’re “excited”, you’re feeling very happy. Adjectives with –ed at the end describe how you feel about something: interested, tired, bored, excited…
“I’m really excited about the trip next week.”

The experience of a lifetime

If something was “the experience of a lifetime”, it was an amazing thing you did, and an event that left a big impression on you.

“Visiting India and seeing all those incredible things was an experience of a lifetime!”

Questions

Now, you’re going to watch a video with two people talking about the topic. Watch it and answer the questions.

  1. What’s the trip that Kennedy is preparing?
    2. Where do Kennedy and her family usually travel?
  2. Where was Katie recently?
  3. Who did she go with and when?
  4. Where did she go on Sunday?

Here are the answers:

  1. What’s the trip that Kennedy is preparing?
    The trip she’s preparing consists of five European countries in 10 days.
  1. Where do Kennedy and her family usually travel to?

Kennedy and her family usually travel to places close to her hometown.

  1. Where was Katie recently?

Katie was in Barcelona, Spain, recently.

 

  1. Who did she go with and when?

She went with a couple of friends last weekend.

 

  1. Where did she go on Sunday?

On Sunday, she went to Valencia (in Spain) for the day.

 

Now, watch the video and read the script at the same time to develop your listening skills.

Speaking

Now it’s your turn! See if you can answer these questions about the topic. Good luck!

Have you travelled much in your life? Where have you been?

What are some of the best trips you’ve been on?

What do you find exciting or stressful about travelling?

Have you ever done anything that you consider to be an “experience of a lifetime”? What was it?

What are your favourite forms of transport? Why do you like them?

Have you ever been away for a weekend? Where did you go?

Have you ever been on a long journey? Where did you go?

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