Differences between travel trip and journey

Differences between travel trip and journey

Differences between travel trip and journey

In today’s post we are describing the Differences between travel trip and journey. One of the main things that we need to consider is whether the noun is countable or uncountable.

TRAVEL

Differences between travel, trip and jouney: TRAVEL
  • travel is an uncountable noun. We cannot say ‘three travels’.
  • Use travel to talk about the act of travelling.
    • Travel can be both exhilarating and exhausting
    • His job requires frequent travel to Asia.
  • Travel is most commonly used as a verb
    • We travelled to Egypt last year.
  • It can also be used as an adjective
    • There is a travel ban in place and we cannot leave.

TRIP

  • Trip is a countable noun.
  • Use trip to talk about a specific journey where you visit someone or something and return home.
    • He went on three trips this year!
    • When was the last time you took a trip and just got away from everything?

JOURNEY

  • Journey is a countable noun.
  • Use it to talk about the physical travel from one place to another.
    • I’m looking forward to the trip, but not the journey there. It’s very long.
    • We take advantage of the journey to watch movies or listen to audio books.

Common Mistakes

  • I had a great travel trip to Paris.
    • Remember that travel is uncountable and refers to the general concept of travel.
    • Trip is countable and is used to speak about specific trips, like a trip to Paris.
  • The travel journey from Madrid to Chicago is long.
    • Use journey to tal about the physical act of travelling.

Vocab Rehab

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Vocab Rehab: attrition
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English Vocabulary: Attrition

English Vocabulary: Attrition

English Vocabulary: Attrition. Yes, there is a word for everything. There are also words with several meaning. Attrition is both of these.

ATTRITION

  • Primarily used in the UK to refer to a reduction in the workforce due to not replacing employees who leave.
    • Staff attrition is only going to bring longer working days for those of us who are left.
    • By means of attrition, the workforce will be reduced.

RATES OF ATTRITION / ATTRITION RATES

  • Used in the US to refer to people who leave an educational course before they complete it.
    • There are higher attrition rates among teenagers in the US than in Europe.
    • If the rate of attrition continues to increase, they will cancel the course.

WAR OF ATTRITION

  • Gradually weakening something and destroying it, usually an enemy.
    • The continuous attacks are an ongoing war of attrition.

Vocab Rehab

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Have a crack at something

Have a crack at something

Have a crack at something. This is a way of showing your enthusiasm to try to do something but making it clear that you don’t think you will be successfull.

HAVE A CRACK AT SOMETHING

  • an attempt to do something
  • usaully meaning that you don’t think you will be successful
  • can be used with ‘crack’, ‘go’, ‘stab’ or ‘whack’
  • can also be used with take
    • I’ve never ice skated before, but I took a crack at it this weekend and I rather enjoyed it.
    • Dad would like to have a go at it if you don’t mind.
    • Look, I know this isn’t your job, but would you mind taking a stab at it?
    • Can you have a whack at the new TV, please? I can’t figure anything out.

Expression Session

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Word Formations: loss, loser, lost, lose

Word Formations: loss, loser, lost, lose

Word formations: loss, loser, lost, lose. Why are word formations so important for Language learning? Well, from just one word, you can learn to create 5 more! Think about how your vocabulary base grows just by learning how to build word formations.

LOSS (noun)

Word Formations: loss
  • to have less than you previously had of something
    • Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar business.
  • a disadvantage due to have someone leave or due to something being taken
    • If you want to leave that’s fine. It’s your loss.
  • a death
    • the family is grieving from a recent loss.

LOSER (noun)

  • a person or a team that does not win
    • The loser has to buy the first round of drinks.
  • someone that never succeeds.
  • this is a very negative word to use and not appropriate in most cases.
    • I don’t know why she always dates losers.
loser

LOST (adjective)

lost
  • to now know where you are.
    • Hi, I’m calling to say that I will be a bit late to the interview. I am lost.
  • when no one knows where something is.
    • If you don’t try to talk to them, your money will be forever lost.
  • when you don’t know what to do.
    • If you have advice, I would be happy to here it. I feel pretty lost about what I should be doing.

LOSE (verb)

  • Present simple: lose
  • Past simple: lost
  • Past participle: lost
  • to become unable to find something.
    • Do you know where you lost your earrings? We can go back and look.
  • to have something taken away from you, including people by means of death
    • 50 people lost their jobs last month.
    • We lost our brother to Cancer 5 years ago.
  • to have less of something than you had before
    • She has lost the desire to go to trial.
  • The opposite of win
    • I can’t believe Madrid lost!
lose

LOST (verb) vs LOST (adjective)

lost vs lost

This can get a bit complicated. Note that the past tense of ‘lose’ is ‘lost’ and ‘lost can also be an adjective.

  • Verbs describe the action
    • I lost ·$5.00.
  • Adjectives describe a noun or pronoun.
    • I found the lost money.

Vocab Rehab

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Vocab Rehab: oversight
Vocab Rehab: discrepancy

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English Expression: be worth it.

English Expression: be worth it

English Expression: be worth it. In Spanish you say ‘vale la pena‘ and in English we say ‘it’s worth it’ The word ‘worth’ means having value.

TO BE WORTH IT (SOMETHING)

FORM

Subject + to be + worth + object

MEANING AND EXAMPLES

  • The value of something is more than what it cost
    • It’s expensive to have a financial advisor, but it’s worth it. You save in the long run.
    • I think buying a new car is worth it if you have the money.
    • It’s not worth getting upset over. We can replace the bike.
  • The value of something is more than the effort you put into it
    • I know therapy can be difficult, but it is worth it in the long run.
    • I don’t think being upset all the time is worth it.
    • Is it really worth all the time you put into studying?

TO BE WORTH IT (SOMEONE)

FORM

Subject + to be + worth + object

MEANING AND EXAMPLES

  • Someone is worth the effort you put into them (usually in a relationship)
  • Use when you want to emphasize that the worth is the person and not the effort.
    • You seem to be always fighting. Is she really worth it? (Is she more important than all the fighting?)
    • I know I am making a lot of effort with him, but I think he is worth it. (emphasis on he)
    • I know I am making a lot of effort with him, but I think it’s worth it. (emphasis on my effort)

English Expressions

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English Vocabulary: Oversight

English Vocabulary: oversight

English Vocabulary: Oversight. This is a funny word as it almost feels like it has two opposite meanings. On one hand, it means to pay special attention to something and yet it can also mean to make a mistake because you haven’t paid enough attention.

OVERSIGHT (MISTAKE)

  • A mistake due to a failure to see something or pay attention to something
  • Usually referred to as a small mistake. Be careful what you are calling an oversight.
    • I’m sorry. It was an oversight on our part. We will send you the new model today.
    • I would say it was more than just a simple oversight. I needed the model last week.

OVERSIGHT (CONTROL)

NOUN

  • Management of a project
  • Assure that a project is going as it should
    • You will need to speak to my boss about that. I just provide general oversight on the project.
    • If there is no governmental oversight, companies will never reduce their greenhouse gasses.

ADJECTIVE

  • oversight can also be used to decribe the type of committe, board, etc.
    • She sits on the oversight committe for sustainability.

COLLOCATIONS WITH OVERSIGHT

Adjectives with oversight

  • minor, major, lax, strict, effective, ineffective, slight
    • It was due to a minor oversight, but they have corrected the mistake.
  • administrative, technical, federal, financial, logistical, governmental, operational, regulatory,
    • Not having enough chairs for everyone was a logistical oversight on their behalf.

Verbs with oversight

  • to be an oversight
    • I appologise. This was clearly due to an oversight.
  • has oversight of
    • He has oversight of the financial department
  • to avoid, prevent, eliminate
    • I will review the numbers to avoid an oversight.

Prepositions and prepositional phrases

  • due to
  • exempt from
  • subject to
    • Although they are a large and powerful company, they are not exempt from oversight.
  • by/in (accounts, Congress, human resources, sales, the sales department, the state, the police)
    • It was left out due to an oversight by/in accounts.
  • of (the agency, department, industry, operation, project)
    • They claim that there is governmental oversight of the operation.

English Vocabulary

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Vocab Rehab: discrepancy
Vocab Rehab: false friends: career and degree

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English Vocabulary: Discrepancy

English Vocabulary: Discrepancy

English Vocabulary: Discrepancy. Saying there seem to be some discrepancies is a friendlier, more diplomatic way to tell someone they have made a mistake or that you don’t agree with them.

DISCREPANCY

  • use discrepancy when there are two things that should be the same but are not.
  • This word refers to numbers, figures, data, etc.
    • There is a discrepancy in the figures. You say that the company spent $35,000 on travel, but we only have $28,000 accounted for.
    • We need to review the stock again because you and Jack have some dicrepancies in your paperwork.
  • We can also use it to talk about a difference in ideas
    • We are waiting on a decision from the Board of Directors. There seem to be serious discrepancies between some of the members about how to continue.
    • His policies show apparent discrepancies between what he promised and what he is able to offer.

COLLOCATIONS WITH DISCREPANCY

PREPOSITIONS

  • between
  • in

VERBS

  • account for
  • arise
  • be
  • explain
  • exist
  • find
  • note
  • notice
  • notice
  • observe
  • occur
  • perceive

ADJECTIVES

  • apparent
  • great
  • huge
  • large
  • major
  • marked
  • minor
  • obvious
  • serious
  • slight
  • small
  • some
  • substantial
  • understandable

Vocab Rehab

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Vocab Rehab: False Friends: career vs degree
Vocab Rehab: tenacious

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English Expression: drop the ball

English Expression: Drop the ball

English Expression: drop the ball. I have to admit, I love baseball expressions. It’s a sport I started playing at age 6. And I promise that it was never a good thing to ‘drop the ball’. That’s why it is such a good way of expressing how you feel about a mistake you have made.

DROP THE BALL

  • to make a mistake by not doing something you should have done
  • to miss out on an opportunity because you didn’t do something you should have done
    • Joe dropped the ball and waited to too long to ask her out. She’s already dating someone new.
    • I really dropped the ball at work and am worried about getting fired.
    • Don’t drop the ball! We are all counting on you.

Expressions in English

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Expression Session: kill time
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False Friends: career and degree

False Friends: Career and Degree

False Friends: career and degree. Oh how much do we hate those False Friends – the words that sound exactly like a word in a different language but has a different meaning. It sounds like it’s a friend, but it’s not. Curse you False Friends!!!

CAREER – PROFESIÓN / TRAYECTORIA

  • Career in English is a job that you have been doing for a long time (not your university studies)
    • Before her career in social work, she was a banker.
    • He’s finally retiring after a 40 year career in marketing.

DEGREE – CARRERA

  • a qualification given for finishing a university course
  • degree is the correct translation of ‘careera‘ in Spanish.
    • He has a degree in education.
    • Although he got his degree in History, he’s working in politics.

FALSE FRIENDS

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1. Vocab Rehab: False Friends: Terrific and terrifying
2. Vocab Rehab: False Friends: Suburbs and slums
3. Vocab Rehab: False Friends: Sensitive and Sensible
4. Vocab Rehab: False Friends: Comprehensive and Understanding

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English Expression: Kill time

English Expression: Kill time

English Expression: Kill time. Another nice expression that translates perfectly into Spanish: matar tiempo. This makes it easy to remember and use so you can bump up your exam points or impress your boss.

KILL (THE) TIME

  • to do something not important while waiting for someone or something.
    • My flight doesn’t leave for another three hours, so I’m just killing time shopping and buying things I don’t need.
    • You know you always have to wait at the doctor’s office, so take something to kill the time.
    • Yesterday I had to wait for 30 minutes to talk to someone in customer service. Luckily, I was at home and killed time by cooking while I was waiting.

English Expressions

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Expression Session: waste of time
Expression Session: it is what it is

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English Vocabulary: tenacious

English Vocabulary: tenacious

English Vocabulary: tenacious. There are lots of names for these kinds of people: persistent, tough, annoying. But, when we use the word tenacious, there is a strength behind it. We are talking about someone who won’t stop usually because they believe strongly in something.

TENACIOUS

  • Adjective
  • Someone who doesn’t stop until they achieve what they want.
    • Amnesty International is a tenacious advocate for human rights.
    • She’s a tenacious little girl and doesn’t accept no for an answer.
  • Something that is strong or not persistent.
    • We need to find a more tenacious metal for this project.
    • Julie really has a tenacious memory

TENACITY

  • noun
  • the quality of being very determned.
    • I admire your tenacity for change.
    • He showed a lot of tenacity, but in the end I’m not sure he is going to win.
  • The quality of persisting
    • The company has outlived the other ones out of sheer tenacity.
    • The tenacity of certain stories allow then to be told by each generation.

TANACIOUSLY

  • adverb
  • To achieve something in a tenacious way.
    • Joe is tenaciously battling the lawsuit in court.
    • We tenaciously record every event so that future generations will know what happened.

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English Vocabulary

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Vocab Rehab: time off
Vocab Rehab: strive

English Expressions: Waste of time

English Expressions: Waste of time

English Expressions: Waste of time. This is the perfect expression to say that something is ‘una perdida de tiempo’. It’s a perfect translation, which doesn’t happen very often.

WASTE TIME

A WASTE OF (SOMEONE’S) TIME (noun phrase)

  • a pointless activity that does not make good use of your time
  • Both examples below have the same meaning. Using someone may give a bit more emphasis to the person.
  • a waste + of + time
    • Having to talk to each person individually is a waste of time.
    • I hate commuting to work every day. It’s a waste of time.
  • a waste + of + someone’s + time
    • Having to talk to each person individually is a waste of their time.
    • I hate commuting to work every day. It’s a waste of my time.

WASTE (SOMEONE’S) TIME (verb phrase)

  • to not use your time correctly
  • to not use the time you have available in a productive way
    • You should be doing your homework and not wasting time playing video games.
    • Don’t waste my time. I have a lot of things to do today.
    • I don’t know why they waste their time calling everyone when they can just send a text message.

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English Expressions

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Expression Session: it is what it is
Expression Session: level the playing field

English Vocabulary: Time off

English Vocabulary: Time off

English Vocabulary: Time off. Time off is a way to refer to all types of ‘leaves’ from work without giving too many details. It can refer to medical leave, maternity/paternity leave or simply vacation/holidays.

TIME OFF

  • A period of time that you do not have to go to work due to illness, holiday, permission, etc.
    • She’s going to take some time off after the baby is born.
    • They are taking some time off to get some help for their ageing parents.
    • I was wondering if I could take some time off at the end of the month.

COLLOCATIONS WITH TIME OFF

  • Time off to do something
    • Tom would like to get some time off to relax.
    • More and more fathers are taking time off to care for their children.
  • Time off for something
    • It’s hard to get time off for vacation in the U.S.
    • I wouldn’t want to use my time off for sick days.
  • Time off from something
    • Mary is requesting some time off from her job.
    • An increasing number of people are receiving time off from work due to stress.
  • VERBS USED WITH TIME OFF
    • take
    • have
    • get
    • give
    • be given
    • receive
    • request

English Vocabulary

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Vocab Rehab: Strive
Vocab Rehab: Bargain

English Vocabulary: strive

English Vocabulary: Strive

English Vocabulary: strive. Strive can be a complicated word to use because it doesn’t actually collocate with a wide variety of words. And although some people may translate it as ‘tratar’ or ‘esforzarse’ in Spanish, it doesn’t actually capture the full meaning of the word. In situations like these, it’s good to see examples and the words that it does collocate with in order to apply the word correctly.

STRIVE

  • to try very hard to achieve or accomplish something
  • strive + infinitve
    • She strives to do her best in everything she does.
    • We are always striving to learn new things to apply at our jobs.
  • strive + for + noun
    • If he continues to strive for perfection, he will wear himself out.
    • Their slogan is ‘Strive for excellence’.

COLLOCATIONS WITH STRIVE

Strive + to + infinitive + something

  • strive to____ something
    • achieve
    • be
    • become
    • (not) die
    • do
    • (not) fail
    • improve
    • (not) lose
    • offer
    • provide
    • succeed at

Strive + for + something

  • strive for ____
    • excellence
    • greatness
    • perfection
    • success

adverb + strive

  • ____ strive
    • always
    • constantly
    • continuously

Vocab Rehab

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Vocab Rehab: bargain
Vocab Rehab: inclusive language

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English Expression: It is what it is

English Expression: It is what it is

English Expression: It is what it is. There are those times when you need to say ‘es lo que hay’ and this is the phrase you will need to use in this case.

IT IS WHAT IT IS

  • Used to say that we can not change the situation and that we have to accept it.
  • An expression to say ‘there’s nothing we can do about it now’.
    • If only I knew earlier that it was going to rain. I would have brought the clothes inside. Well, I can’t do anything about it now. It is what it is.
    • It is what it is. He doesn’t want to go to the game. We aren’t going to force him.

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English Expressions

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English Vocabulary: Bargain

English Vocabulary: Bargain

English Vocabulary: Bargain. You are familiar with the word negotiate, but bargain can also be used to discuss prices in an office or out on the street.

BARGAIN

  • verb
  • to try to convince someone to offer a service or do something for you at a cheaper price.
    • Don’t be afraid to bargain for the price of the clothes.
    • I really don’t feel comfortable bargaining for the price when it is already very cheap.
  • noun
  • something that is sold for less than it’s real value.
    • I got the sofa for a real bargain.
    • We should go shopping this weekend. There are lots of bargains for Christmas.

STRIKE A BARGAIN

  • make a deal
  • come to an agreement about what each party will be doing.
    • The union finally struck a bargain with Michelin and the workers will go back to work next week.
    • It is in their favor to strike a bargain before this gets messy.

Vocab Rehab

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Vocab Rehab: inclusive language
Vocab Rehab: spot on

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