A) Travelling and holiday-making are in a way related to each other. Read the following dialogue for enlarging your topical vocabulary (A — student of English; В — teacher)
A: How d'you explain it when people go abroad in a group, with all the arrangements приготовлениями taken care of by a travel agency?
В: You go abroad on a package tour турпутёвка, включающая проезд, проживание, питание, экскурсии.
A: What about someone who doesn't like planning, but just likes doing what he feels like at any particular moment or going where he feels like?
B: People like that play it off the cuffдействуют по обстановке.
A: So, it's all right if I say I like playing it off the cuff when I'm on holiday?
B: Yes, perfect. That's what you plan doing, isn't it?
A: Well, for some of my holiday, anyway. What about when I'm on the beach and lying in the sun?
B: Use to sunbathe or to do some sunbathing or to soak up the sunпринимаете солнечные ванны.
A: And if I soak up the sun for two weeks?
B: Then you become tannedor you get a tan. The simile сравнение, by the way, is as brown as a berryзагорелый.
A: And if I just go horribly red?
B: As redas a lobster красный как рак.
A: Well, I just want to get a lovely tan and be lazy.
B: A good verb for just being lazy and relaxing is to laze aroundвылёживать.
A: So it's correct if I say I'm going to spend two weeks lazing around on the beach?
B: Yes, I hope you have good weather.
A: So do I. Talking of weather how d'you explain it when you take a chance on having good weather?
B: That's the actual expression, to take a chance with the weather понадеяться на хорошую погоду.
A: Assuming the weather's good and I have a good time, how will I feel when I get back?
B: Well, you can say my holiday did me the world of good or I feel as fit as a fiddleподняли мне настроение.
A: I see. Now what about expressions connected with places which have been discovered and those which haven't? If, for instance, I want to find somewhere well away from the usual tourist places?
В: Use off the beaten trackместа, лежащие в стороне. For instance there are hundreds of lovely places in Britain off the beaten track.
A: And if a hotel, for example, is miles from anywhere у чёрта на куличках?
B: Just say, "I stayed at a hotel in the middle of nowhere."
A: My car once broke down in the middle of nowhere в безлюдном месте. What about when a place is full of tourists ?
B: Well, if it's one of those places that's really crowded use to be swarming with быть заполненным. For example, "St. Paul's Cathedral was swarming with tourists when I was there."
A: And if all the hotels are full?
B: Just say the hotels were booked solidне имеют свободных местor there wasn't a bed to be had anywhere.
A: And if a person doesn't stay in a hotel, but sleeps in parks or railway stations, and so on?
B: Use to sleep roughночевать под открытым небом. I remember I used to sleep rough sometimes when I was a student.
A: How about a few expressions connected with camping?
B: Well, I suppose most people who go camping like to get back to nature. Don't forget, by the way, that the place where you camp is the camp site кемпинг and not "the camping лагерь (спортивный, детский, учебный) ". What else? You either pitch or put up the tent. You take some camping equipment полевое снаряжение with you. Equipment, by the way, is always singular.
A: What about people who take everything with them? There's an expression, isn't there?
B: Yes, they take everything bat the kitchen sink.
A: I like that one. Getting back to town, what's the expression for having a look at the famous places?
В: Well, use to do some sightseeing or to go sightseeing or to see the sights.
A: Well, thanks for all that.
(From: "BBC English by Radio and Television")
b) Make up dialogues of your own describing your travelling or holiday impressions. Use the vocabulary of the dialogue above. (Keep it in mind that most of it represents informal style.)
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