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Summertime Vacations

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Vocabulary (in this context)

Words

 

Definition

road trip

noun

A trip you drive somewhere

سفر جاده ای

get real old, real fast

expr.

to become boring quickly

 

(to be) headed for

 

go somewhere

رفتن

Check in

 

a place where you report your arrival at an airport, hotel, hospital etc.

 

hassle

noun

something with problems

هر چیزی که پر دردسر باشه

double bed

 

a bed for two people but not as big as king size bed

تخت دو نفره

king

 

a large bed for two people

تخت دو نفره بزرگ

Lodging

 

a place for short stay specially at nights

محل سکونت

tourist attractions

 

places that tourists are interested to see or visit

جاذبه های توریستی

Customs

 

the place at an airport where your bags are checked as you come into a country

گمرک

to declare

 

get permission or pay tax for something that you are bringing into a country

declare

Immigration (airport)

 

the place at an airport, sea port etc. where officials check the documents of everyone entering the country

اداره مهاجرت

a pain

expr.

hassle; something that causes problem

هر چیزی که پر دردسر باشه

nature of

 

reason of something / the most important part of something

دلیل / قسمت اصلی

permit

 

allow

اجازه

destination

 

the place that someone or something is going to

مقصد

tourist traps to sidetrack

 expr.

a place as a sham to get money from tourists by charging with unfair amount of money

هر چیز که توریستها رو از مسیر اصلی منحرف کنه و با کلاهبرداری پول ازشون گرفته بشه

home sweet home

expr.

to show that someone is happy when they returns to the place they live (home, city or country)

شبیه: "هیچ جایی شبیه خونه خود آدم نمیشه"

 

 

Grammar

I've ever taken

present prefect

subject + have/has + [ever] + past participle

راجع به هر عملی (فعل) که از گذشته تا حالا انجام شده استفاده میشود.

The best vacation I have ever taken is ... .
یعنی میخاید راجع به کل مسافرتهایی که (از گذشته) تاحالا رفتید یکی رو انتخاب کنید.

two-week

two weeks

به معنای دو هفته میباشد که از s جمع برای week استفاده شده.

اما

two-week

بدون s جمع و با استفاده از hyphen (-)  به عنوان صفت قبل از اسم بکار میرود.

a two-week trip

یعنی مسافرت دو هفته ای

fairly

بعنوان قید و به معنی "نه کم ولی نه خیلی زیاد" میباشد.

 

 

Transcript

I think the best summer vacation I've ever taken was when I went out East a few years ago. Two of my friends and I went on a two-week road trip. At the time, I was living in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the Midwest of the United States. Anyway, we started off camping every night, but that got real old, real fast. So we started checking in to hotels after about the third day. We were headed for Washington, DC first. Checking in to the hotel was always a bit of a hassle. I wanted to sleep in a double bed, my friends wanted to get a king to share. Lodging is more expensive at a hotel than in a campground, but it is much, much more comfortable!

 

We went to the major tourist attractions in Washington, D.C. - the Capitol, Lincoln's Memorial, the White House. We then headed north, passing through Boston and headed towards Canada, to Quebec City. When we arrived at the Canadian border, we had to pass through customs and immigration. Customs was easy. We had nothing to declare. Immigration was more of a pain. We were asked the standard questions. How long will you be staying in Canada? What is the nature of your visit? Finally, we were permitted to enter, and we drove on to our destination

 

Quebec City is beautiful! Unlike many cities, there are no tourist traps to sidetrack you. We spent two days there, then drove on to Montreal. Of course, we had to pass through customs and immigration again when we re-entered the United States. Our bags were searched in customs, but other than that we got through fairly easily. A few days later, we were back in Minnesota--home sweet home.

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