Look at the table of some basic travel vocabulary. Highlight any of the words that you are not sure about and look them up in your dictionary.
Words at sea
Traditionally sailors use different words at sea – a bedroom is a cabin, a bed is a bunk, the kitchen on a ship is a galley, right is starboard and left is port and the group of people who work on the ship is called the crew. These terms are also now used in the context of an aircraft. Sailors also refer to their vessels as ‘she’ rather than ‘it’.
Some international road signs
Some words connected with travel
Last week he flew to New York. It was an early-morning flight. The plane was to take off at 6 a.m. and land at 7 a.m. local time. He was stranded at the airport overnight. The plane was delayed by fog. Air passengers often suffer such delays.
Trains always run on time here. You have to change trains at Crewe.
We are sailing on the QE2. It sets sail at noon. It will dock in New York at 6 p.m. and we shall disembark as soon as we can.
The ship was wrecked. The passengers were marooned on a desert island.
Our car does 10 km to the litre. It goes quite fast. We can usually overtake other cars.
The car swerved into the middle of the road to avoid the cyclist.
He backed the car into the drive and parked in front of the house.