Online Class Notes (Li)[R]

Vocabulary

savour: to enjoy food or an experience slowly, in order to enjoy it as much as possible

eg. It was the first chocolate he’d tasted for over a year, so he savoured every mouthful.

pint: a pint of beer

eg. You can grab a cheap pint at the bar next door.

contagious: A contagious disease can be caught by touching someone who has the disease or a piece of infected clothing.

eg. The infection is highly contagious, so don’t let anyone else use your towel.

take the plunge: commit yourself to doing something you feel nervous or uncomfortable about

eg. I’d been putting it off for years, but I finally took the plunge and enrolled in a college course.

Grammar

If I travel with a group of men, I prefer to accommodate in a youth hostel – If I travel with a group of men, I prefer to stay in a youth hostel

They feel a superior than others – They feel a sense of superiority over others  

That was not season with many young travellers – It was the off-peak season so there were not many young travellers

attend a local meeting with a topic of environmental protection – attend a local meeting/conference about environmental protection 

Speaking

When I was younger, I had no chance to stay at a youth hostel. Now, there are single room and double room at youth hostel. So I choose to live in this kind of room. My friends can’t accept living in bunker rooms. The guests at a two-star hotel care much about the price. I know some friends they enjoy staying at a five-star hotel because they feel good.

We hate that kind of travelling where people go to 9 countries in 10 days. We only book hotel 1-day in advance. We want to be flexible so we miss out on cheaper prices and better locations.

Revised: 

When I was younger, I had no chance to stay at a youth hostel. Now, there are single rooms and double rooms at youth hostels. So I prefer to live in this kind of room. My friends can’t accept living in bunker rooms. The guests at a two-star hotels care a lot about the price. I know some friends who enjoy staying at a five-star hotel because they feel good.

We hate the kind of travelling where people travel to 9 countries in 10 days. We only booked the hotel 1-day in advance. We want to be flexible so we usually miss out on cheaper prices and better locations.

Pronunciation

advisor – ad-vai-sor

Reading

The hotel’s disclaimer states: ‘Those wishing to stay at the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Amsterdam, do so at their own risk and will not hold the hotel liable for food poisoning, mental breakdowns, terminal illness, lost limbs, radiation poisoning, certain diseases associated with the 18th century, plague, etc.’

The hotel operates a strict eco-friendly policy, which includes no hot water in its showers and eco-friendly elevators (the stairs). It also encourages customers to dry off using the curtains to save the planet.

The hotel manager Tijmen Receveur says the hotel’s approach is a hit with travellers and students. “’ They love our humour and sarcasm – and they have diminished their expectations to less than nothing,” he explains.