Where would you like to go? – useful phrases for travel

Travel agent’s questions:

Where would you like to go?
When would you like to go?
Where would you like to stay?
What type of accommodation would you prefer?
How much are you prepared to spend?

Tourist’s questions and answers:

I’d like to go to the seaside.
What is the best season/time of year to go there?
How long does it take?
How much does it cost per night/ per person?
Which is faster/cheaper?
How can I get there from Kumamoto?
Where do I have to leave from?
Where/when do I arrive?

Asking for and making suggestions and recommendations

What’s your recommendation for an interesting place to visit?
Where’s the best place to try champon?
Where should I go to have a good sea view?

My recommendation is…
I suggest…
How about… ?

Miscellaneous phrases

several hundred yen
two and a half hours
Route 3 goes straight there.

At/on/in phrases

– in the daytime
– in the evening
– at night
– in the city
– in the countryside
– in the mountains (but on a mountain)
– at the beach/seaside
-on an island

I want/I would like

“I would like” is more polite than “I want”. You should normally use “I would like”, especially when speaking to people you don’t know well.

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When? How long?

(A) When and how long?

In today’s class, we looked at how to talk about events in the past and things that we are still doing today.

(1) Events in the past

I played tennis

when I was at junior high school.

“when” + verb in past tense

from 1995 to 1998.

“from (Point 1) to (Point 2)”

for three years.

“for” + length of time

I went on a trip to Kyoto

when I was 15.

when” + verb in past tense

in 2001.

point in time

last year.

relative point in time

(2) Events or states that started some time in the past and are still continuing.

I have

been living

in Kumamoto

for three years.

for” + length of time



since” + point in time


I was at junior high school.

since” + verb in past tense

all my life.

don’t need “for” or “since”

We don’t usually use the “have been …ing” form with the verbs “to be” and “to have”

I have had a car since last year. I have been having a car since last year.

Exception: I have been having problems/I have had problems with my computer (ever) since I bought it (suggests repeated but not continuous problems).

PDF file: When and how long

(B) Other useful phrases: what you don’t/didn’t do

(i) I want to … but I (can’t because I) don’t have enough money/time/space. (NOW)
I want to go to Australia but I don’t have enough money.
I want to get/keep/have a dog but I can’t because I don’t have enough space.
(ii) I wanted to … but I (couldn’t because I) didn’t have enough money. (IN THE PAST)
I wanted to go abroad last summer but I didn’t have enough money.
I wanted to be in the athletics team at school but I couldn’t because I wasn’t a fast enough runner.

(C) Write your autobiography (the story of your life!) in the comments section!

What did you do in Golden Week?

1. Phrases for asking about holidays:

What did you do in Golden Week?
– I went on a trip.
– I went home to my family.
– I went to my grandparents’ house in Kagoshima.
– I went to work at my friend’s hotel.
– I worked at my part-time job.
– I prepared for the lab seminar.

Where did you go?
– (I went to) Fukuoka.
– I went back home.

What for? (reason)
– To see Hakata Dontaku.
– To visit my grandmother.
– To stay with my friends.

How long did you stay?
– A few days.
– Six hours.

What kind of place?
– A Japanese-style hotel.

How did you go?
– By train
– By car

What is it like?

What kind of place is it?

2. Some vocabulary:

festival, countryside, relax, island, recently, visitor, customer, guest, poisonous, round, specialist, training, attack, carrot, potato, detective, murder, traffic jam, footbridge, pedestrian, specific, milk a cow, sales, cash register

3. What did you do in Golden Week? Please add a comment!!

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First English Conversation Class! – Introducing yourself

1. How often do you do things?

I practise table-tennis every day.
I read “Jump” every week.
– every day 毎日
– once a day 一日一回
– twice a day 一日二回
– every two days 二日間一回
– every week 毎週
– once every two weeks 二週間一回
– every month 毎月
– twice a month 一ヶ月二回
– three times a week 一週間三回

How long do you play table-tennis every day?
(I play for) three hours.

2. Some words and phrases

many different kinds
How do you study English?
Next month I will be 22 (years old).
Have you been to Saga?
I’ve been through it (but I haven’t stopped there).
I can’t decide.
Do you like watching sports on TV?
The north of Fukuoka (福岡の北部)
North of Fukuoka (福岡より北の方)
I played tennis when I was at junior high school. (an activity that I’ve now stopped doing)
I have been playing sax since I was at junior high school. (an activity that I’m still doing)
Are you good at tennis?
I’ll challenge you to a game of table-tennis.

3. Questions
(a) Where do you come from? What are your hobbies and interests?
(b) Do you practise some kind of sport, musical instrument or other activity? How often do you practise it? How long do you do it for each time? How long have you been doing it for?

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