Whether you are going on a short holiday for a few days or planning to travel around various countries for a few months, having a basic understanding of the vocabulary and phrases you might need to use for communication is quite important.
English is a widely spoken language in the majority of countries that welcome tourism, so it would be beneficial to familiarise yourself with some useful phrases before departing.
In addition, if you could find out how to say some basic phrases in the country’s native language, I’m sure the local people there would appreciate your efforts!
Basic phrases in English that you should translate and try to use in the native language of your destination:
Book: as opposed to the noun (reading material), this verb means to arrange and confirm a place on a flight, a room in a hotel or a ticket for an event in the future.
Depart: to go away or leave, especially on a journey.
Arrive: to reach a place, especially at the end of a journey.
Reservation: an arrangement in which something like a seat on a plane or a table in a restaurant is kept for you.
Destination: the place where someone is going, or something is being sent or taken.
Complimentary: if tickets books or any other items are complimentary, it means they are given free, especially by a business.
All-Inclusive: Including everyone or everything. In holiday terms, this would refer to a hotel deal where the price usually includes accommodation, meals and drinks (any extra activities or facilities would be charged separately).
Travel Agency: a company or shop that makes travel arrangements for people.
Ticket: a small piece of paper or card given to someone, usually to show that they have paid for an event, journey or activity.
Brochure: a type of small magazine that contains pictures and information about a product or a company.
Leaflet: a small piece of paper that gives you information or advertises something.
Last Minute Deals: these are promotions that are advertised at the latest possible time for those who are more spontaneous!
Promotion: publicising a product to increase sales or public awareness.
Package Deal: an offer or agreement involving a number of related items or the acceptance of one being dependent on acceptance of another.
Half-Board: if you request ‘half-board’ at a hotel, breakfast and dinner would be included in the hotel price (as part of the package).
Full-Board: if you request ‘full-board’ at a hotel, that would include all three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the price of your accommodation.
Self-Catering: if you stay in self-catering accommodation, you would be in a place where you are provided with the facilities to prepare and cook your own meals.
Accommodation: a room or building in which someone may live or stay. Different types of accommodation include apartments, hotels, guesthouses and backpacking hostels.
Vacation: the American term for ‘holiday’.
Camping: the activity of spending a holiday (vacation) living in a tent or campervan.
Backpacking: to travel or hike carrying one’s belongings in a backpack.
Transfer: the act of moving someone or something from one place to another.
Budget Holiday: (adjective) meaning inexpensive. Planning a trip using a minimal amount of money. (Budget – noun) Having a limited amount of money for expenditure:
Travel Documents: all the necessary documents you would need to take with you on a holiday i.e. passport or ID card, driving license, flight/bus/ train tickets, visa confirmation etc.
Outbound: travelling away from a particular place, usually the first half of a journey.
Inbound: travelling towards a particular place, especially when returning to the original point of departure.
Two-way, Return Ticket (UK), Round Trip (US): a ticket that allows someone to travel to a place and back again.
One-way, Single Ticket: a ticket that allows a passenger to travel only to his/her destination, without returning.
Transport: (verb trans-PORT) to take or carry goods or people from one place to another. (noun TRANS-port) A system or means of conveying people or goods from place to place by means of a vehicle, aircraft or ship.
Splash out: a phrasal verb (mainly used in British English) meaning to spend money freely.
You can find more information in http://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/travel-holiday-vacation-vocabulary-list/
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Hello Everyone! as you may know Christmas is near our doors, How do you feel about it? Are you a X-mas person? if yes, tell us what is that you like the most about this Holiday; Do you travel to see your family, friends? How do you celebrate this amazing day? Please leave a comment with your answers, we would like to know about it!
Check the links below to Find out about Christmas Vocabulary and other interesting facts about it.
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In this video you will see how thanksgiving is celebrated nowadays in the United States. It is a family celebration full of traditions: food, games, shopping…
Watch the video to practice your listening skills. Read the subtitles is you need any help. Answer the quiz below to check your understanding.
4th of July
In all the world
In the United States
The oldest male or the head of the family
The oldest person
Sweet potatoes and green bean casserole
Bitter potatoes and black bean casserole
Big potatoes and some cheese
Play some board games
Watch football after dinner
Watch Baseball during dinner
On November 27th.
The fourth Thursday of November
The last Thursday of November
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Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days.
Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance.
Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all of the ‘father’ figures in a particular extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and even other male relatives. In the days and weeks before Father’s Day, many schools and Sunday schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers.
Father’s Day in USA is celebrated with great enthusiasm and lot of fanfare on third Sunday of June. Observing the day, people reflect on the invaluable role played by fathers in building the character of children and in the development of the nation. On Father’s Day people honor their father and express gratitude for his love and affection. As a Father’s Day tradition, people in US also pay tribute to grandfather, stepfather, foster father, uncle or any other men who are like father.
Here are some tips to celebrate Father’s Day!
Organize dinner at a nice restaurant and lean on your siblings, if you have any, to be there. Dinner out with the family is a man’s number one wish for Father’s Day.
Present Dad with a thoughtful gift from the family–something he really wants or would never buy for himself.
Provide your undivided attention. Yes, that means turning off your cell phone, not putting it on vibrate. Turning if off. Honestly, you won’t die.
Make an effort to please your dad, whether that means letting him use the Wii, being nice to your sister, or keeping your complaints to yourself for an entire day.
Offer a heartfelt toast to your dad, one that you’ve prepared in advance.
Take a tip from Thanksgiving and ask everyone at the table to state why they are grateful for Dad. Yeah, it’s cheesy. But he’ll love it.
End the evening by telling your dad how much you love him and giving him a big hug–even if you’re now a grown man yourself.
Como se indica en el calendario escolar de este cuatrimestre, el próximo lunes 18 de marzo no habrá clases. Así mismo, nuestras oficinas y el SALC estarán cerrados debido a la celebración del aniversario del natalicio de Don Benito Juárez.
Si quieres seguir aprendiendo o repasar lo que has visto, en este blog encontrarás mucho material para hacerlo.
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