Lesson 10: My Last Vacation



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Vacation. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about Kevin’s vacation.

Dorothy: How was your trip to Cancún?
Kevin: It was so much fun that I didn’t want to return home.
Dorothy: That sounds amazing. Was this your first time visiting Mexico?
Kevin: I’ve been to Mexico several times, but it was my first time in Cancún. Also, it was my first time staying at a beach resort with a proper beach!
Dorothy: What did you do there?
Kevin: Gina went snorkeling and I mostly chilled on the beach. We wanted to go sightseeing, but there was so much to do at the resort we ended up just enjoying the beach.
Dorothy: That’s great! Do you plan to go back?
Kevin: Definitely! Next time, I want to explore different cities near Cancún as well.
Dorothy: I always wanted to visit the ancient Mayan ruins.
Kevin: You should definitely plan to go there!


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition Example
trip a journey for some purpose How was your business trip to New York?
first time the initial time It was my first time traveling abroad.
have been to visited (=a way to form the perfect tense of verbs) I have been to other countries in Southeast Asia.
beach resort a resort located on a beach The beach resort was so beautiful and relaxing!
proper right or suitable for some purpose or situation You need to eat a proper meal instead of junk food.
snorkeling to swim underwater while using a snorkel I saw so many tropical fish while snorkeling.
chill to relax I just want to chill at home tonight.
sightseeing the activity of visiting famous or interesting places in an area Did you go sightseeing while you were in New York?
explore to travel over or through (a place) in order to learn more about it or to find something The young mom decided to explore the community center to look for a good Japanese program.
ancient ruins the remaining pieces of something from long ago I really want to visit the ancient Inca ruins in Machu Picchu.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Where did you go for your last vacation?
    1. I went to the ski resort in the Alpines.
    2. I went to Phuket to do scuba diving.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  2. Who did you go with?
    1. I went with my family.
    2. I went with my friends from college.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  3. What did you do?
    1. We went skiing every day, then had a nice meal and hot chocolate every night.
    2. I just chilled at the beach and read many books.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  4. Do you like traveling?
    1. Yes, I like to visit new places every time.
    2. No, I do like going on vacation, but I don’t like going on airplanes.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  5. Where is your next destination?
    1. I want to go to Istanbul.
    2. A backpacking trip to Europe is next on my list.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Have you traveled abroad?
  2. Which countries or places have you visited?
  3. Do you like traveling alone or with other people?
  4. Do you usually try local food during your trip?
  5. How often would you like to travel?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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