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Thailand Travel Plans

Gloria talks about a place she will visit.

Todd: Gloria, what are your plans for the summer?

Gloria: I'm going to Thailand for two weeks and then I'm going to England for three weeks and then
back to the US.

Todd: OK , wait, Thailand, you're going to Thailand?

Gloria: Yes.

Todd: OK, what are the plans for Thailand?

Gloria: I'm going with a friend of mine, Adrienne and we're going to go to the Bridge over the River Kwai and then we're going to go to the beaches and I hope to take a scuba diving course.

Todd: OK, so you've never been Scuba diving before.

Gloria: No, I've only been snorkeling

Todd: Oh, actually, you know what, I got trained in scuba diving in Thailand in Ko Tao.

Gloria: Ah, that's where I'm going.

Todd: Really!

Todd: Yeah

Gloria: Oh, it's really good. It's pretty cheap too.

Gloria: Yeah, yeah, I got the brochures from that.

Todd: Oh, great. So who is this Adrienne person?

Gloria: She's another teacher, that for two semesters we lived, one semester next door, and another semester she lived upstairs from me and we've just become really, really good friends and then this semester even thought we're not living near each other, somehow we still remained being friends and we love to go to flea markets and buy cheap kimono

Todd: Cheap kimonos?

Gloria: Yeah, we'll spend 500 or 1,000 yen maximum and find used antique flea market kimono.

Todd: Cool, how many have you bought so far?

Gloria: Dozens, probably.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!


We're going to go to the bridge over the River Kwai.

To go 'over' something means to pass above it.  In this case the bridge is used to pass above water. Notice the following:

  1. We live next to the airport, so planes fly over all the time.
  2. Do you think you can climb over that fence?

got trained

I got trained in scuba diving in Thailand in Ko Tao.

When we 'get trained' to do something we learn how to do a specific task. Notice the following:

  1. He had to get trained in first aid to work here.
  2. You will get trained during the first week that you work here.

pretty cheap

Scuba diving is pretty cheap in Thailand.

If something is 'pretty cheap' it is not expensive. It costs a little money, but not a lot. Notice the following:

  1. This restaurant has really good food and it's pretty cheap/
  2. It's pretty cheap to travel here, but not as cheap as in Vietnam.

good friends

Adrienne and I are good friends.

A 'good friend' is somebody that you are emotionally close to and can trust.  You know a lot about that person and she knows a lot about you. Notice the following:

  1. They have been good friends their whole lives.
  2. We were very good friends when we were younger.


We love to go to flea markets to find used antique kimonos.

Something 'antique' was made a long time ago in the past or is not modern.  We would not use this word to describe something that was made only a few years ago. Notice the following:

  1. She goes shopping for antique jewelry with her friends.
  2. My grandparents still have an antique telephone.

Vocabulary Quiz

over • get trained • pretty cheap
good friends • antique
  1. Most of her house is decorated with furniture.
  2. How long does it take to on all of these machines?
  3. My mother and his mother are very .
  4. The airplane ticket was actually for this time of year.
  5. The cat tried to jump the pool but she fell in.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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