Topic: Travel - Getting to Your Destination

Topic: Travel - Getting to Your Destination

Language Skills for Travel

  • Learn key vocabulary about travelling: Includes modes of transportation (el coche - car, el tren - train, el autobús - bus, el avión - airplane), directions (a la derecha - to the right, a la izquierda - to the left, todo recto - straight ahead), and common travel phrases (¿Dónde está la estación? - Where is the station?, ¿A qué hora sale el tren? - What time does the train leave?).

  • Understand prepositions of place: These are critical when asking for or giving directions. This includes “arriba” (above), “abajo” (below), “enfrente de” (in front of), “detrás de” (behind), “al lado de” (next to), “entre” (between).

  • Familiarize yourself with airport and station dialogues: This could involve understanding security check instructions, asking for information about baggage collection, or inquiring about departures and arrivals.

  • Utilise the future tense: Expressing plans about a journey requires the future tense. For instance, “voy a viajar a España” (I am going to travel to Spain).

  • Describe past trips: A good grasp of the past tense is also necessary for this topic. You could describe where you went, what you did, and how you liked it, such as “Fui a Barcelona y visité muchos monumentos” (I went to Barcelona and visited many monuments).

  • Talk about preference: You may have to discuss your preferred method of transport and why. This involves using the verb “preferir” (to prefer) and providing reasons, such as “Prefiero viajar en tren porque es más cómodo” (I prefer travelling by train because it’s more comfortable).

Cultural Knowledge

  • Explore cultural practices: Know the common modes of transport in Spanish speaking countries and when they are typically used. For example, in many Spanish cities, bicycles (bicicletas) and motorbikes (motos) are widespread.

  • Remember that different countries may have different travel customs: Understanding these cultural nuances will deepen your knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and help you communicate more effectively.

Language Practice Techniques

  • Use online resources: Practice listening and comprehension skills using podcasts, videos, or interactive lessons about travel in the Spanish-speaking world. This will also give you exposure to a range of accents and colloquial language while broadening your cultural understanding.

  • Practice dialogues or role plays: Create scenarios where you have to buy a ticket, ask for directions, or explain a problem during a journey. This will help your confidence in the language and extend your vocabulary usage.

General Tips

  • Discuss travel experiences: Use a range of vocabulary to describe past and future travel experiences in varied countries and cultures.