TRAVELLING: business trips, research journeys and tourist travels;
While being on a trip the most popular language to be used is English and with the increasing number of such opportunities students need to obtain necessary and often vital knowledge of how to handle simple of more complicated situations travelling. This Module provides extensive language practice and special vocabulary selection for such area of Business English as travelling. Moreover, students try themselves to act out the frequently arising situations, e. g. at the airport, hotel registration, shopping, visiting necessary specialized institutions, etc. If there is a chance students are also involved into similar activities with the participation of native speakers of English.
TASK. Traveling vocabulary and useful phrases are given below. You are to create a situation using some words and phrases and send to the teacher in the form of a dialogue or a polilogue with several people (audio or video).
Useful travel expressions
General travel vocabulary
Public transportation (British public transport) is a system of vehicles such as buses and trains which operate at regular times on fixed routes and are used by the public.
Means of transport
The road / the highway / the port / the airport
Arrival / departure time
Where's the information desk, please?
To commute is to make the same journey regularly between work and home.
It's exhausting commuting from Brighton to London every day.
A journey is traveling from one place to another, especially in a vehicle.
I love going on long journeys.
To journey (verb - usually used with adverb or preposition) = to travel somewhere.
We journeyed south.
At the airport
Show me your passport, please!
l'm here on business / vacation
l'm traveling alone / with my family
Customs is the place at a port, airport or border where travellers' bags are looked at to find out if any goods are being carried illegally
Customs officer is a person whose job is to look inside travellers' bags to make certain they are not taking goods into a country without paying taxes
Anything to declare?
No, there's nothing to declare / Nothing to declare
You've got a lot of baggage! Why don't you use the baggage cart
How much is a one-way ticket (British usually single) to New York?
If you make a round trip, you go on a journey and return to where you started from.
A journey in an aircraft is a flight. Flight also means an aircraft that is making a particular journey.
I'll never forget my first flight.
Flight 474 to Buenos Aires is now boarding at gate 9
First class / Business class / Economy class
What time does the plane for.... take off / land?
Check-in is the place at an airport where you show your ticket so that you can be told where you will be sitting.
A representative from the tour company will meet you at the check-in.
At the train station
How much is a ticket to...?
Direct / transfer train
Is there a reduced fare for children / large families?
Where is the station?
Where can we buy tickets?
What time will the train to...leave?
Where is platform number ...?
By ship / boat
A ferry (boat) is a boat or ship for taking passengers and often vehicles across an area of water, especially as a regular service.
We're going across to France by/on the ferry.
A cruise is a journey on a large ship for pleasure, during which you visit several places
By bus / coach
Where is the the bus station, please?
When does the bus leave for...?
How many stops before...?
A bus with/without air-conditioner
Where is the parking lot, please?
Where can I park my car?
Can I park my car here?
Where can I rent a car?
I would like to rent a car for.... days / weeks.
The car costs £30 a day to rent, but you get unlimited mileage (= no charge for the miles traveled)
A car breakdown
I had a breakdown (= my car stopped working) in the middle of the road
A garage is a place where cars are repaired.
The car's still at the garage getting fixed.
Where can I find a garage to repair my car?
I'll need to take out extra car insurance for another driver.
VOCABULARY (use the words in your dialogue, the number of the words used increases the number of points you can receive for the task)
- airline - Company which commercializes air travel.
- airport - Large area where aircraft land and take off.
- aisle - Corridor between the rows of seats on a plane.
- arrivals area - Area for passengers getting off a plane.
- baggage - Bags, suitcases, etc.
- baggage claim - Place where passengers go to get their luggage at the end of a flight.
- board - Get on or enter a plane
- boarding pass - Card which authorizes passengers to board a plane.
- bus - Large motor vehicle carrying passengers along a fixed route.
- bus stop - Area where passengers get on and off a bus.
- cab - Taxi
- car - Motor vehicle for carrying passengers.
- check-in - Register as a guest at a hotel or as a passenger at an airport.
- connection/connecting train/or flight - Train or plane leaving the station or airport soon after the arrival of another, enabling the passengers to change from one to another.
- customs - Government department that collects taxes on goods imported from other countries.
- departure board - Large display showing times and destinations of departing flights.
- departure lounge - Place where passengers wait before boarding a plane.
- direct - Without any connecting trains or flights.
- domestic flight - Within the country, not international.
- duty-free - Without payment of taxes called 'custom duties'.
- excess baggage - Baggage that weighs more than the amount allowed.
- fare - Cost of a journey by bus, boat or taxi.
- flight - Journey in an aircraft.
- gate - The place in an airport where a particular flight arrives and departs.
- hand luggage - Light baggage (bags, briefcases, etc.) that you are allowed to carry on board.
- jet lag - Tiredness after a long flight due to differences in time zones.
- label - Card showing your name and address which is used to identify luggage.
- luggage - Bags, suitcases, etc.
- motorway - Wide road for fast-moving traffic.
- off-peak - A time that is less busy (and tickets are usually cheaper).
- passport - Official identification document for citizens travelling abroad.
- peak time - When the greatest number of people are travelling.
- pilot - Person who navigates the plane.
- platform - In a railway station, area next to the track where passengers get on and off trains.
- return - Ticket for a journey to a place and back again.
- runway - Ground on which aircraft take off and land.
- shuttle - An aircraft or bus that travels regularly between two places.
- single - Ticket for a one-way journey to a place.
- station - A place where trains stop on a railway line.
- steward/stewardess - Personnel on board a plane
- stopover - A temporary stop during a long journey.
- subway (US) - Underground urban railway system.
- suitcase - Case for carrying clothes when travelling.
- tag - A sort of label.
- taxi - Car for hire for which you pay a fare.
- taxi rank - Place where taxes park while waiting to be hired.
- terminal - Building at an airport where passengers arrive and depart. End of a railway line or bus route.
- ticket - Printed paper giving the holder the right to travel by plane, train, bus, etc.
- tracks - Set of rails for trains.
- train - Railway engine with several carriages linked behind it.
- tram - Public passenger vehicle running on rails (tramlines) along the streets.
- transit - Transit passengers stop at an airport which is not their final destination.
- tube (UK) - Informal word for the underground railway system in London.
- underground (UK) - Underground urban railway system.
- visa - Stamp or mark put on a passport to authorize entry, exit or transit.
Imagine you are chosing a tour to one of the following destinations think about your questions to the tour agent. Report these question to me and be ready to present the corresponding dialogue.