In today’s episode you’ll travel with Jennifer and Dan as they talk about some of their favorite holiday/vacation experiences. You’ll learn about trips they took as children, what’s on their bucket list for the future, and some of the most memorable experiences.
You’ll also learn a bit more about glamping, how to use “go + gerund” to talk about activities, and some common differences in British and American English vocabulary.
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heck ya!: (slang)
to launch a boat:
Language Focus - GO + Gerund
In English, we often use a particular structure to talk about leisure or sports activities. When talking about these types of activities, use the verb “GO” and the gerund.
You will hear this structure being used many times throughout the episode....
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British and American Differences in Vocabulary
holiday: (UK) vacation: (US)
The word holiday in the UK is synonymous with vacation in the US. Although Jennifer uses “holiday” throughout this episode while talking about vacations, she would normally use the word vacation when talking with other Americans. In American English the word holiday is used to talk about a special day of the year.
to hire: (UK) to rent (US):
The word “hire” has different meanings in the UK and the US, because in British English “hire” means to pay for something to use temporarily. In American English, this word would be “rent”. So, “rent” and “hire” are synonyms. In the US, the word “hire” means to give someone a job.
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Tell us about your holiday highlight! What has been the best experience?
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Have you ever gone glamping? What activities do you normally do on vacations?
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