Story Writing Project – Travel Vocabulary – Part 9

In part 8, we asked you to look for verbs that are used with speech. We have highlighted them in yellow for you.

In part 9, look for words and phrases that create the dramatic atmosphere.

~ My trip to Paris ~

Part 8: The balloon

Hot air balloonThere was a hot air balloon hanging in the sky in front of me.

“Where did that come from?” I asked a woman next to me.

“Look,” she replied. “The pilot is waving at us.”

I looked at the pilot and waved back. He continued to wave.

“I don’t think he’s saying ‘Hello’,” said the woman. “I think the balloon is in trouble.”

She was right. The balloon was getting nearer to us. It was quite low.

“Will it hit the tower?” I asked the woman.

Before she could answer, the lift attendant shouted, “Evacuate now!”

 

Part 9: The film director

People started screaming and were ordered to evacuate. The tourists began running and shouting.

I was very confused and frightened. So, I quickly started running towards the stairs, crying out loudly, “Where’s the exit?”

Director's chairIn the midst of my fear, I noticed some people sitting calmly in chairs. One of the chairs was red and had some writing on the back. It said ‘Director’.

Surprised, I suddenly realised they were shooting a movie!

At that moment, I remembered where I had seen the man in balloon before. It was in a Jackie Chan film.

I stopped running, started laughing and relaxed. Things went back to normal. I could continue gazing at the sky from the most beautiful tower in the world, the Eiffel Tower.

But, I didn’t see the man who was coming towards me.


Many thanks again to Shehnaz for writing this part of the story.

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Story Writing Project – Travel Vocabulary – Part 8

Before we continue the story, have a look back at part 7. Notice how we used ‘could’ to talk about possibility. In part 8, look for verbs that are used with speech.

~ My trip to Paris ~

Part 7: The Eiffel Tower

I remembered I could use the internet and the navigation system on my phone. This was a very good idea. I only needed to walk for ten minutes to get to the hotel.

Eiffel Tower

It was a little hotel in an old house. It had lovely rooms in the French style. A few minutes later I was on my way to the Eiffel Tower, the most famous building in Paris. It has always been my dream to visit it.

It was easy to find because I could see it from the hotel. However, when I arrived there, all I could see were a lot of people standing in queues. I’d understood that you could go up the Eiffel Tower inside the four legs. There are elevators in two of the legs. The other two only have stairs. Unfortunately, one elevator had broken down and its entrance was closed.

I decided to take the stairs because the queue was not so long. When I arrived at the first platform, I was pleasantly surprised by the view over Paris. Then I looked again and I couldn’t believe what I saw.

Part 8: The balloon

Hot air balloonThere was a hot air balloon hanging in the sky in front of me.

“Where did that come from?” I asked a woman next to me.

“Look,” she replied. “The pilot is waving at us.”

I looked at the pilot and waved back. He continued to wave.

“I don’t think he’s saying ‘Hello’,” said the woman. “I think the balloon is in trouble.”

She was right. The balloon was getting nearer to us. It was quite low.

“Will it hit the tower?” I asked the woman.

Before she could answer, the lift attendant shouted, “Evacuate now!”


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Homophones 2

Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but have different spellings and meanings.

The words but are easy to say but it’s important to know the spellings and meanings of the most common English homophones.

Our first homophones quiz was so popular that we decided to make another one. This one is more challenging than the first.

Test yourself now.

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Homophones interactive quiz

Pronunciation is important when you speak another language. If you have good, clear pronunciation it is easier for people to understand what you say.

What aspects of English pronunciation do you find most challenging? Use the comment box at the bottom of this page to tell us.


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Homophones

Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but have different spellings and meanings.

The words but are easy to say but it’s important to know the spellings and meanings of the most common English homophones. Even native-speakers of English sometimes make mistakes in there their writing.

Test yourself with our interactive homophone quiz.

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Homophones interactive quiz

Did you find this useful? We’re always interested to get feedback or suggestions so feel free to use the comment box below and send us a message.

 


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Using email templates

Every day, all around the world, business people write hundreds of millions of emails.

However, there is a limited number of different types of business emails. This means that many of the emails you send are very similar. For example, they are emails requesting information, asking for and confirming payment, arranging and confirming meetings and so on. They contain the same standard email phrases. It’s just the specific details that vary.

One way to save time and make your emails more accurate is to use emails templates. A template has the structure of a common email. All you need to do is change the details to fit the specific situation.

Watch the video to see some examples of using email templates.

The emails in the video use standard business email phrases. Download this pdf for more information about those phrases.

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Story Writing Project – Travel Vocabulary – Part 7

Atfer a break for the summer, here is part 7 of our story.

You can catch with parts 1, 2, 3, part 4 and parts 5 and 6.

~ My trip to Paris ~

Part 7: The Eiffel Tower

I remembered I could use the internet and the navigation system on my phone. This was a very good idea. I only needed to walk for ten minutes to get to the hotel.

It was a little hotel in an old house. It had lovely rooms in the French style. A few minutes later I was on my way to the Eiffel Tower, the most famous building in Paris. It has always been my dream to visit it.

Eiffel Tower

It was easy to find because I could see it from the hotel. However, when I arrived there, all I could see were a lot of people standing in queues. I’d understood that you could go up the Eiffel Tower inside the four legs. There are elevators in two of the legs. The other two only have stairs. Unfortunately, one elevator had broken down and its entrance was closed.

I decided to take the stairs because the queue was not so long. When I arrived at the first platform, I was pleasantly surprised by the view over Paris. Then I looked again and I couldn’t believe what I saw.


Many thanks to Angela for writing this part of the story.

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Story Writing Project – Travel Vocabulary – Part 6

Here is the next part of our story. We’ve highlighted the functional phrases in part 5. Look out for question forms in part 6.

You can read earlier parts of the story here: Parts 1, 2, 3 and part 4.

~ My trip to Paris ~

Part 5: The train journey

I said, “I’m sorry. I don’t speak French. Do you speak English?

Of course,” she said. “You need to go to platform 3. The next train leaves in 5 minutes.”

I thanked her and walked quickly to platform 3. I checked my ticket for the carriage and seat reservation. My seat was in carriage D. It was a window seat but there was someone sitting in it.

Excuse me,” I said. “I think that’s my seat.”

The man said, “Oh! I thought it was my seat.” He checked his ticket. “You’re right. I’ve got the aisle seat. Sorry about that.”

He stood up to let me sit down.

The sights along the journey were very interesting. I saw some beautiful English and French countryside. There were also some traditional buildings in the distance.

Gard du Nord
Gard du Nord railway station in Paris

Suddenly we were travelling through the suburbs of Paris. Finally, the train arrived at the Gard du Nord. I collected my bag and jumped off the train.

As I walked out of the station, I could smell the French perfume which I love. I’d always dreamed of visiting the Eiffel Tower. I wanted to go there straightaway but first I had to drop my bag at my hotel.

I decided to walk to the hotel but after 5 minutes I realised I was lost.

Part 6: Lost!

Paris Street by FreeImages.com/ Javier Rodriguez
Paris Street by FreeImages.com/ Javier Rodriguez

I said to myself, “OMG! Where am I going? Should I go right or left? I don’t know.”

I stopped walking for a little bit to collect my ideas.

“OK, no problem,” I thought. “ I should ask a policeman.”

Luckily, there was a policeman standing on the corner of the street. I went over to him. “Do you know the way to L’hotel de Ville?” I was surprised he didn’t understand me. Maybe he didn’t speak English.

I tried again but I didn’t have a card with the address of the hotel. “What am I going to do?” I asked myself.

Then I had an idea. I got out my phone.


Thanks again to Shehnaz for her ideas for this part of the story.

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