Topic: Travel

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Travel. First, 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

backseat driver 1) A passenger in a car who insists on giving the driver directions. 2) Anybody offering unsolicited or unwelcome advice.
e.g. My brother is such a backseat driver. When it comes to driving, he has a “my way or the highway” when he is not even the one driving the car.
my way or the highway This expression is used to say that people have to do what you say; otherwise, they will have to leave or quit the project.
e.g. My brother is such a backseat driver. When it comes to driving, he has a “my way or the highway” when he is not even the one driving the car.
put the cart before the horse To put things in the wrong order
e.g. Traveling without research is like putting the cart before the horses.
sail through problems To pass or progress quickly and easily.
e.g. You just cannot expect to sail through problems when you are not familiar with the place.
get/have itchy feet Feeling of a need to travel.
e.g. I always have itchy feet. Hitting the road is the best feeling in the world.
hit the road To begin traveling; to leave a place; to go away.
e.g. I always have itchy feet. Hitting the road is the best feeling in the world.
globetrotter a habitual worldwide traveller, esp a tourist or businessperson
e.g. So many globetrotters use Cambly!
road rage Aggressive driving habits sometimes resulting in violence against other drivers is called road rage.
e.g. A number of accidents today are a direct result of road rage.
homesickness Acutely longing for one’s family or home.
e.g. I am so homesick that I can get on a plane right now.
jet lag the feeling of being very tired and sometimes confused because you have traveled quickly on an airplane across parts of the world where the time is different
e.g. I had bad jet lag after that last trip overseas.

Conversation

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. What kind of places have you visited in your life?
  2. Have you traveled to any different countries? Which ones?
  3. Which place would you really like to visit? Why?
  4. What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?
  5. Talk about some of the interesting people you have met while traveling.
  6. When was the last time you travelled somewhere new?
  7. Is it easy to travel around your country?
  8. Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? Why?
  9. Where would you like to travel next?
  10. Lao Tzu says, ““A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Do you agree or disagree?

Wrap-up

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

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