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Road Trips
Road Trips

Learn English with this road trips English lesson

Date: Mar 03 2014

Themes: Travel

Grammar: Imperative Form

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Jumping into a car and driving away down the open road is a dream straight out of Hollywood. Who knows where the road will lead? Maybe you’ll end up on a beautiful beach or on a rugged mountain or in a hot, dry dessert. Anything could happen on a road trip!

It’s these unexpected options that make traveling by car so exciting. You can definitely map out a route that will take you to all the major tourist attractions, but if you change your mind along the way, there’s nothing to stop you from going somewhere else. You’re not stuck in a plane or on a train. You’re free to go wherever you want, even if it’s off the beaten path!

Sometimes it’s smart to book hotels ahead of time. That way, you can make sure you have a place to sleep. But if you forget, you can always sleep in your car. It might not be very comfortable, but it’s free. Having the right music, food, and friends along for the ride is also important. You’ll be in a small space for a long time, so choose who’s invited wisely!

Find out who’s planning a road trip in this English lesson about travel.

Dialog

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Jeff

Jeff

Lily

Lily

Lily:  Jeff, I am planning a road trip, and I need your help.

Jeff:  Am I invited?

Lily:  Sure. Do you want to come with me?

Jeff:  Yeah, on one condition.

Lily:  What?

Jeff:  I hate driving.

Lily:  OK.

Jeff:  I’ll do everything else.

Lily:  All right. So can you map out our route and everything?

Jeff:  Yeah. I’ll book the places to stay.

Lily:  Cool.

Jeff:  Pick up the food, pick up the, you know, whatever.

Lily:  Awesome. So we have to make a packing list of things that we’re going to need. Make sure that when you book the hotels they have awesome amenities. And, what am I forgetting?

Jeff:  All right. OK, another condition. I like to road trip to places off the beaten path. Not like mom and pop tourist attractions that everyone goes to.

Lily:  What? You don’t like Foamhenge? That’s like the coolest thing ever!

Jeff:  Something that’s unexpected.

Lily:  OK, I can deal with that.

Jeff:  It’s a date.

 

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Lily is planning a road trip, and she needs Jeff’s help! He agrees to help her, but there are a couple things that are important to him.

First, he doesn’t like driving. Jeff’s willing to book a hotel and plan the route, but Lily will have to drive. Secondly, Jeff likes discovering new places. He isn’t interested in seeing the same things everybody else always sees, so he wants to go somewhere off the beaten path.

Lily tries to make sure that they have thought of everything, like hotels and packing lists. Even though Jeff has a different travel style than she does, she seems happy to have him along for the trip.

Do you think Lily and Jeff’s road trip will be successful? Have you ever gone on a road trip? Where was it? Did you have fun?

 

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samine_sh

samine_sh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

sometimes difrencess can be fun and alow you to try new things  ..so maybe you like your new experience, and you were just unaware of your taste and desire.


to me their trip will be fun as they talked about their condition before and both agree on them, not wana impose their own willing during the trip

03:38 AM Jun 27 2014 |

samine_sh

samine_sh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

sometimes difrencess can be fun and alow you to try new things  ..so maybe you like your new experience, and you were just unaware of your taste and desire.


to me their trip will be fun as they talked about their condition before and both agree on them, not wana impose their own willing during the trip

03:38 AM Jun 27 2014 |

ahmet55

ahmet55

Austria

Maybe they will have. However my experience showed that people with a big different attitude make the trips awful bcz each one would like to do something and goes somewhere but others don’t. It does not sound good for a group anyway.


Yes, I did. As i’ve told before i love traveling. Some cities like Kerman, Qeshm, Isfahan, Tabriz, Yazd, Zanjan, Bandar Abbas, Shahrood, Tehran and …., where those places on our road trips. Certainly, in most cases i had a lot fun but in one of them we took one of other friends with different taste and he screw up our holiday. 

01:04 PM Mar 12 2014 |

bravevivian

Ecuador

I think their trip will be successful, they are friends, so even if they disagree about some things, they will be able to change their route at any point.


I have gon on road trips many times and it was really fun.  I have traveled in my country and the scenery is awesome.  As it’s written before you have to choose who goes with you wisely.

10:23 AM Mar 06 2014 |

chiyoko

United States

In my opinion, this trip won’t be successful. To be success for Lilly and Jeff’s trip is plan more detail before. On the trip, it is not daily life. It will happen a lot of some unexpected events. Going to not decided place is one of fun for travelers, however, the park where they want to go will close because of closed day. Not planning trip has some lists. I want to propose them to plan before. If they do it, their trip will be more happy.

01:12 PM Mar 05 2014 |

sandraa95

sandraa95

Sweden

there is special expresstion in my mother tongue let me say here bcz it relates to traveling: ’’friends are known by traveling with them’‘
it means that u can get to know your friend’s manner and inside personality by traveling with them! its simple u can try it. there are always some misunderstandings in traveling esp by car! the place to stop and rest ,choosing hotel, u may like a kind of food but your friend does’nt,you may like play a kindof music but they dont, and so on…
if your friend respects your ideas So good for u! its an inttactive approch :)

06:17 AM Mar 05 2014 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

It’s good that Lily and Jeff negotiated the terms of the trip. I think their trip will be successful.


I have travelled from the west coast across country to states near the east coast. You have two choices in driving:


1. Driving straight through and stopping only for food, rest, and fuel.


2. Driving a certain number of miles and staying in a motel for the night and resume driving in the morning.


The US has interstate highways connecting the north, south, east and west. Therefore, you can travel and come off the interstate highway for refreshment and then resume the travel.


During the trip you pass by large cities and then you’re back in the rural areas. You lose radio reception, so it’s good to have your own CD’s. It’s nice driving all day and see the sunset and you continue driving during the night and in the early morning see the sunrise.


When you are tired, you can stop at a rest stop and snooze for a few hours.


It’s fun to see the various small towns and the local people; it’s like traveling through a history book. There is a big difference between city folks and country folks. Country folks are friendlier than city folks but country folks are very conservative.


The US is over 90% undeveloped and you can tell that by traveling in a vehicle.


It can be a fun experience to travel the US by car.


11:37 AM Mar 04 2014 |

amitsagial

United States

Using be going to is one way to form the simple future tense, as in, “I am going to watch a movie tonight.” Another way to form the simple future tense is with will, as in, commercial skylight “I will see you soon.


01:12 AM Mar 04 2014 |

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hattomi

hattomi

Yemen

yes yes ,I think that it will be awesome i think that any trip is soooooooooo awesome because it’s like changing in your lifestyle rotian .yes many times but with my family I really willing to go with poeple I like to be with ,,  but as soon as possible I’ll hit the road _ ..

08:12 PM Mar 03 2014 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

The last road trip was to New York. Everything was gorgeous, the scenery, the mountains, the nature is magnificent, but in Syracuse we got lost since the highway was closed and we were cruising around looking for the way out. We stopped at one of the traffic light and it wasn’t quite safe for us. The gang was approaching us and we couldn’t go since it was red light. And the town was totally deserted, so nobody could help us. Anyway we escaped. The funny thing  was when making a circle and, not knowing about it, we stopped right at the same traffic light with the same gang. Now the guys were puzzled and where pointing at us, and we again stuck at the red light. We managed to escape the second tim. Out of fear or something else, on the third time, we found our way to New York :)

04:43 PM Mar 03 2014 |

alexa1

alexa1

Saudi Arabia

i think it will be successful because they made a deal before they started. with agreements always everything become as you plan to.


i love traveling in general but i get sick of all that if it takes a long time.

02:20 PM Mar 03 2014 |

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ttsuka

ttsuka

Japan


I feel I am witnessing a disaster in the making. To start off, they have very different ideas about what they want to do, what they consider fun: Lily wants to see famous sightseeing spots while Jeff wants to avoid them.  Another problem is that Jeff seems fickle, adding a new condition right after suggesting there is only one. It’s very likely he adds more even after they have started driving.  What makes the trip a disaster is the high likelihood of their cutting short of the trip. Imagine the pain of they disagreeing while being confined in a car for hours. Then, imagine their surly silence while driving back!  I only wish their friendship survives after they will have returned.

08:19 AM Mar 03 2014 |

raybanbcn

raybanbcn

Spain

the last year I would to do and road trip by Europe with some friends.


If you find the appropriate people the travel can be fantastic. And like that was ! 


We took a car and we went for the north of Italy, Slovenia and croatia. 


I would repeat sure but I think that this year will be more complicated. 


fucking money 

07:31 AM Mar 03 2014 |

Lankiks

Denmark

yes, I often go on a roadtrip with my husband. e love to travel. I like to plan what to see, and often we drive off the beaten path. We travel in Europa and in Californien, too. We like to go where few people go.

04:15 AM Mar 03 2014 |

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 Wtina

Wtina

China

I love travel,it is just like sunshine that can light up my world…...

03:19 AM Mar 03 2014 |

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S&W

S&W

China

Hope Lily and Jeff can have a nice trip.I’ve never gone on a road trip.But i  like getting off the beaten path which make me feel i am totally free.

02:00 AM Mar 03 2014 |

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Majids

Majids

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Travel broadens the mind…....................

01:25 AM Mar 03 2014 |

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angel_ eyes

Pakistan

I wanna go on aroad trip. 

11:32 PM Mar 02 2014 |

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Eric_

Eric_

China

I like road trip.  I often go with my family or relatives. It’s so fun!

09:42 PM Mar 02 2014 |

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Jobee

Jobee

China

I have never been on a road trip,but I am expecting one.


I prefer one without GPS,but with a map.Reading map to navigate may lead to wrong way off the beaten path.However,you find an unexpected place in the way.tourists attractions are boring.

09:41 PM Mar 02 2014 |

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