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Date: Jan 27 2020

Themes: Travel

Grammar: Used to Do vs Be Used to


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Traveling by airplane is fast and convenient, but going to the airport can be terrible. You usually have to arrive at least two hours before your flight departs, and even earlier if you’re taking a cross-continental trip.

Airports can be a fun place to watch people. At arrivals, there are people from all over the world! However, it’s definitely not fun for passengers to go through security. There are so many regulations about what you can and can’t bring with you on the plane. It’s hard to remember everything!

Marni is taking a trip soon. Does she like airports or hate them? Read this English lesson to find out!


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Marni:  I have to go on a cross-continental trip, and I just absolutely am dreading the airport and flying, security, all of that…

Rafael:  I feel like airports are some of the most exciting places to be. You have people waiting for arrivals. I mean, sure the security can be kind of boring and all the regulations, but getting to the terminal, seeing all the art, seeing all the happy faces, it’s just one of the most exciting places in my opinion.

Marni:  Wow. I just feel like it’s so stressful. Going through security and all the things you have to remember about sizes and carry-on bags. And every passenger is trying to cram as much stuff in their carry-on bags. And then you end up having to check things, and it costs you extra money. And everybody’s always in a bad mood because they’re always trying to get somewhere. I don’t know. I think traveling back in the day used to be so exciting, but now everybody’s angry. And there’s never any room on the plane. And they’re making seats smaller and smaller. I’m dreading it.

Rafael:  I totally hear you. I think you have a good point there.

Marni:  Really?

Rafael:  Really.

Marni:  Well, you’re not helping me love airports anymore.


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Oh no! Marni has to take a cross-continental trip, and she’s not looking forward to going to the airport. She hates the lines, the security, the regulations, and all of the people.

Rafael disagrees. He thinks airports are exciting. For him, traveling by plane is usually a happy experience.

Marni reminds Rafael about all the regulations at airports and the long lines at security and rules for carry-on bags and all the other passengers and the small seats. She complains so much that Rafael actually agrees with her: going to an airport really is a lot of work!

What’s you opinion about airports? What do you like about flying? What do you dislike?



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I like airports! I still remember my first flight. I needed to go back home, because I was on vacation. My older brother was living in São Paulo, and he took me with him so I could finally know how that city was. Since he was responsible for me, I didn’t pay any attention on what he was doing, which directions we took and all that stuff when we were on our way there.

When it was time to go home, I almost freaked out: I was a 14-year-old boy alone at a huge airport in São Paulo. I went in, heard what the woman on the speaker was saying, read the signs, headed to my terminal and sat on a chair.

After that I didn’t know what else I should do. That was when I mustered up the courage to make friends with an old woman (a stranger) who was sitting near to me. To my surprise, she was going to the same place that I was. I kept her busy with me as much as I could, until it was time for the plane to take off. I copied all her movements, and everything went well!

It may not sound so exciting for some people, but I was really afraid to get lost! After that day, I never forgot what to do at an airport… :)

04:53 PM Feb 13 2014 |

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