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Future Trip

Kate talks a travelling the places she plans to visit.
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Jessica: So Kate what is, what's this future trip? What are you gonna do next year?

Kate: Next year, so when I leave Japan, I'm going back to Australia to work for another 8 weeks and then I'm off to New Zealand to see the rest of New Zealand and then Fiji and then, and then it'd be nice there cause I get to spend some time lying on the beach and then go to the Cook Islands.

After the Cook Islands I'm going to go and see my best friend. She lives in Kuala Lumpur, so I'm going to go and do the East Coast of Malaysia and then I'm gonna go to Thailand and the Cambodia and then Vietnam and Lao and then India, and that's as far as I got.

Jessica: OK, so after that point you don't know where you're gonna go?

Kate: No, I don't know where I'm gonna go. Probably, probably I'm gonna head towards Canada because one of my best friend's immigrated there so I'd like to see him.

Jessica: Wow, so how long do you think you're going to be traveling for then?

Kate: Three years.

Jessica: For three years. Wow, so now, do you have, like a plan after that or?

Kate: Yeah, after I finish my travels I'm going to go back home and I've just finished my Master's before I came up, so I'm going to go back and do my PhD. in Psychology and then I'm going to train to be a psychologist.

Jessica: Wonderful. Great. Well thanks Kate.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

off (to)

I'll go back to Australia to work, and then I'm off to New Zealand.

'Off to' is an informal way to say 'going to' or 'leaving for.' Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe you're off to college next fall.
  2. He's off to summer camp next week.

the rest of

I want to see the rest of New Zealand.

If you want to see 'the rest of' something this tells us that you have seen part of it, but you want to see the parts that you haven't already see.  It is like saying 'the part that remains.' We can also use this to talk about food, movies, work, a group of people, etc. Notice the following:

  1. I'm going to watch the rest of the movie I started last night.
  2. Did you eat the rest of the pizza?

spend time

I'd spend some time lying on the beach.

When you use your time to do something you 'spend time' doing it.  Notice the following:

  1. My neck hurts from spending so much time on the phone.
  2. He spends a lot of his time outside.

head (towards)

After that, I'm going to head towards Canada.

'Head towards' is used to show that you are traveling in the direction of something.  This can be used when telling someone how to get to a place and giving them points of reference to travel towards.  Notice the following:

  1. He said he was going to head towards Boston after New York.
  2. You should head towards the supermarket take a left at the second stoplight.


One of my best friends immigrated to Canada.

If you 'immigrate' to a non-native you come with the intention of living there for a long time or making it a permanent residence. Notice the following:

  1. He immigrated to this country five years ago.
  2. My grandparents immigrated here from the Czech Republic.

Vocabulary Quiz

off to • the rest of • spends time
head towards • immigrated
  1. Do you want to downtown after lunch?
  2. His whole family here when he was really young.
  3. On the weekend he fixing things in the garage.
  4. I really want to read my book this weekend.
  5. I'm Mexico for a vacation next Tuesday.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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