Smarten Your English And Your Packing In One Go Ep 649

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What If You Could Learn English Phrases and Pack Like a Pro Simultaneously?

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Is packing your bag to capacity really the smartest move? Are you packing too much because of your travel anxiety? Discover how over-packing might hint at your travel anxieties and learn to lighten that luggage. Make your next trip less stressful while improving your English.

Plus, seasoned globetrotters share their top packing tips. Don't miss this unique blend of language mastery and travel wisdom!

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More About This Lesson

Dive into an English language learning lesson with Adept English! Not your average study sessions, our lessons combine everyday activities like packing for travels with English proficiency. We make language learning a real-life experience, equipping you with travel knowledge while refining your English skills. In our lessons, a suitcase isn't just about travelโ€”it's a gateway to understanding language, personality, and life.

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.
โญ Rita Mae Brown, a contemporary American writer and activist.

Things you will learn in today's English vocabulary and phrases lesson:

  1. Learn what 'over-packer' and 'under-packer' mean.
  2. Understand how to use the verb 'to catastrophise'.
  3. Learn the meaning and pronunciation of 'catastrophe'.
  4. Pick up travel-related English vocabulary.
  5. Learn how to spell complex words like 'souvenir'.
  6. Understand what 'digital detox' means in English.
  7. Improve your English by engaging with everyday topics.
  8. Get practical English usage tips through travel stories.
  9. Practice English listening skills with real-life examples.
  10. Explore cultural insights while learning English.
  11. Learn the concept of 'seasoned travellers'.
  12. Understand the term 'anxious traveller' and 'casual traveller'.
  13. Familiarize with the term 'miniature toiletries'.
  14. Learn what 'outfits' mean in the context of travel.
  15. Discover the definition of 'boarding gate'.

Benefits of our listen & learn approach to learning

With our lessons, English learning goes beyond textbook knowledge. We offer:

  • An engaging context to understand vocabulary and grammar better.
  • A chance to unravel human psychology, enriching your conversation skills.
  • English proficiency through relatable scenarios, addressing common fears of language learners.
Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.
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There are many advantages built into every one of our English language lessons:

  • Context-based learning: Our lessons blend language mastery with everyday scenarios like packing for travel, making English a natural part of your thought process.
  • Holistic approach: Understanding why we overpack or under-pack gives insights into human psychology, enriching your conversation skills.
  • Flexible pace: Lessons can be paused, rewound, and re-listened to match your learning pace.
  • Practical: The course material prepares you for real-world situations, not just travel.

So jump in and get stated, unlock the secrets of fluent English while mastering packing for your next trip! Boost your English & travel skills today - subscribe and follow our podcast!

Questions You Might Have...

Think of this British English lesson as your own personal linguistic suitcase. It's smartly designed to contain all the essential English language items you'll need for your journey. Like packing a suitcase with your most valued items, each English word you learn and stow away becomes a valuable tool - a versatile outfit for a variety of occasions, a Swiss army knife of expressions for unexpected encounters, a comforting piece of home in the form of familiar grammar. And, as you pack this suitcase with more and more English, it somehow becomes lighter, easier to carry. That's the magic of this linguistic suitcase - the more you fill it, the easier your journey becomes.

  1. How can Adept English lessons help me improve my British English fluency? Our lessons are designed with practical situations, like packing for travel. This approach enhances your understanding and usage of English in real-life scenarios, thereby improving your fluency.
  2. What makes learning English with Adept English unique? Instead of focusing solely on grammar and vocabulary, we tie English learning with interesting topics such as travel. You get to learn English in a fun and relatable way.
  3. Can these lessons help me in my travels? Absolutely! Our episodes offer practical advice like 'packing smartly for travels'. So, you improve your English and also get handy travel tips!
  4. Do I need to be an advanced English speaker to benefit from these lessons? No, our lessons cater to a wide range of English learners. Whether you're a beginner or intermediate, you can benefit from our practical English usage and contextual learning approach.
  5. Where can I access more Adept English lessons? You can find all our lessons on our YouTube Channel. You can also subscribe to our podcast on Spotify to receive the latest lessons directly to your mobile phone!

Most Unusual Words:

  • Catastrophise: To imagine the worst possible outcome of an action or event.
  • Souvenir: An object that is bought or kept as a reminder of a place one has visited.
  • Overhead locker: A storage compartment above the seats in an airplane.
  • Anxious: Worried and tense.
  • Miniature: A thing that is much smaller than normal, especially a small replica or model.
  • Outfits: A set of clothes worn together, typically for a particular occasion or purpose.
  • Globetrotter: A person who travels widely.
  • Jumper: A piece of clothing with long sleeves that is usually made from wool, is worn on the upper part of the body and does not open at the front. It is called a "sweater" in U.S. English.
  • Bikini: A two-piece swimming suit for women.
  • Toothbrush: A small brush with a long handle that you use for cleaning your teeth.

Most Frequently Used Words:


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Transcript: Smarten Your English And Your Packing In One Go

Are you ready for your holidays?

Hi there. Are you ready for your holidays? In the Northern hemisphere, it's summertime and it's nearly main holiday season.

Have you thought about packing your suitcase? Will you take a suitcase on your holidays that looks like this - huge? Or one that looks perhaps a little more like this - a small suitcase?

In this podcast, let's look at how you pack your suitcase. And at the psychology behind this. Are you an over packer or an under packer? Maybe how you pack your suitcase reveals more about your personality than you'd thought. 'To pack your suitcase'? That means 'to put into a bag or luggage the things you need when you travel'.

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How do you pack your suitcase?

So I'm routinely what you might call an 'over packer'. I pack too much in my suitcase. If I'm packing to go on holidays, or even if I'm only packing to go away for a few days, then I tend to take too much rather than too little.

It's always been the case. I'll sort my clothes into outfits. That's O U T F I T S. That means 'things I'd wear together', ' clothes I'd wear together'. But I'll always take more outfits than the number of days I'm going for or the number of occasions I need to dress for. I'm not sure what I imagine is going to happen to me. Maybe someone pours a bucket of water over me or I slip in mud and have to get completely changed.

I'm not sure, but I over pack. And this overpacking goes for shoes as well as clothes. Shoes take up a huge amount of space in your suitcase. How many pairs do you need for a week?

I find it difficult to think of being without several pairs of shoes. What if one pair decide to give me a blister? And if I'm taking books? Well, yes, I'm old-fashioned! I like paper, actual books rather than virtual books. I don't use a Kindle or a digital device for my reading.

And I find I'll take many more books than I have a chance of reading on my holiday. Books, like shoes, take up a lot of packing space, so probably a good packing tip for me - use a Kindle or an audio book instead!

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What do some people 'over pack'?

So why do some people over pack? Maybe it's related to this. Are you an 'anxious traveller' or do you travel with a casual attitude? That's C A S U A L. Overpacking may reflect how much anxiety is attached to travelling for you.

I think we're all somewhat triggered into 'fight or flight' when we travel. It's more anxiety-provoking than we realise. Taking a flight in particular is something that makes us a little more anxious. And people have certain habits around the airport.

Are you an 'anxious traveller' or a 'casual traveller'?

Do you find you need to be at the airport, say three hours before your flight takes off? Or are you a 'casual traveller', who arrives with minutes to spare?

At the boarding gate - that's the place you get to just before you get onto the plane - do you anxiously queue at the desk early, in the hope of getting that luggage space in the overhead locker, just above your seat?

Or do you remain casually sitting, for a while, while the queue dies down and others board the plane first?

If you're an 'anxious traveller', then you're probably in the first group. If you travel with a more 'casual' attitude, you're probably in the second.

The part played by 'catastrophising'

' Anxious travellers' imagine all types of catastrophes. That's C A T A S T R O P H E catastrophe'.

And a 'catastrophe' is a 'bad happening', a 'terrible event'. And in English, we have invented a verb to go with this noun, 'catastrophe'. We have a verb 'to catastrophise', that's C A T A S T R O P H I S E.

And if you're someone who catastrophises, then you probably imagine the worst thing possible is going to happen. Or you've got a whole set of things you can imagine happening, none of which are good. That's called 'catastrophising'.

So, if you're one of those people queuing at the boarding gate before you've even been called, underneath it all, you're possibly quite anxious. You're imagining that although your seat is booked, although your ticket has been validated, somehow, you're not going to get on that plane unless you're the first in the queue!

So if you are given to anxiety while travelling, you might also be an over packer because your imagination has thought of all kinds of catastrophes, all sorts of things that could happen and you put items into your suitcase that may help you in these imaginary situations.

Tips on packing your suitcase

So if you're someone who over packs, whatever the reason - it might just be that you like a lot of shoes or you have difficulty selecting which outfits you want to wear on your holiday - then listen on for some really good tips on 'how not to over pack your suitcase'. Tips from 'seasoned travellers'.

Make a list

First and foremost, the 'golden rule' is make a list. And don't just make a list at the last minute when you're packing your suitcase. Make a list a few days before and then you've got time to remember items which you forgot at first. Easier to add them to your list than it is to buy them at your destination.

Making a list means you're less likely to forget the essentials. So unless you're going to the jungle, if you arrive without a toothbrush, perhaps that's not such a big deal, you can probably buy one when you're there. But if you forget your shoes or your underwear, or you forget your swimming costume or your sunglasses, then that's probably a bit more expense to buy them when you get to your holiday destination.

Leave room for 'souvenirs'

Next time you pack, why not leave some room for souvenirs? A 'souvenir' - this is a French word, S O U V E N I R, 'souvenir'. That means an item that you buy on your holiday, which will remind you of your holiday afterwards, which will help you remember your holiday afterwards. From the French verb 'to remember', souvenir. So leave a little bit of space for any items that you might want to bring back with you. It would be a shame not to be able to get them because there's no room in your suitcase!

Don't compromise your bag!

And if like me, you pack your bag to capacity, absolutely full, then there's a risk that the fastening or the zip might break when you're on your holidays. And buying a suitcase in an airport is an expensive business, an expensive thing to do.

Other ways to cut down on your packing?


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Study the weather

Study the weather in your destination. If you're someone like me who going to Greece in the summer, might pack a jumper - 'just in case it's unseasonably cold' - then reassuring yourself of the weather in your destination is a good idea.

If you're coming to the UK, then yes the weather is unpredictable, so you might need your bikini and your jumper. But most places in the world, the weather is predictable. And if you know it's going to be 42 degrees and hot and sunny, you don't need to pack a jumper!

Will you be able to do laundry?

Also check out, is it possible to do laundry? If you've rented a holiday villa with a washing machine, maybe you don't need to take as many clothes with you. Maybe there can be more spare room in your suitcase for souvenirs.

Or you might be in a hotel with a laundry service - even better!

Are towels and beach towels provided?

Check whether towels are provided. A 'towel', T O W E L. It's that thing you use to dry yourself after your shower. And if you're on a beach or swimming pool holiday, you might need a 'beach towel' as well. If these are provided, then that can save a lot of weight and room in your suitcase.

Pack early, so you memory has chance

It can also be a good idea to pack your suitcase a few days before you travel. Then you can review your packing and it gives you time to remember last minute those items, which you'd left off your list.

Use 'miniatures' for your toiletries

If you're going away for a week or less, why not invest in some miniature toiletries? 'Miniature', M I N I A T U R E. A 'miniature' is 'a smaller copy of something'. So your favourite shampoo, your shower gel, your conditioner for your hair - they all probably come in a smaller bottle version.

Yes, I know they're more expensive, but you can refill them and use them again. That's one of my 'economic traveller's' tips for you! Hauling around full size shampoo and conditioner bottles - that's a lot of weight. And anyway, in the UK we're all used to that 100ml restriction, certainly on our hand luggage.

Is there a hairdryer?

And maybe one more thing? Perhaps also like me, you use a hair dryer - avidly. You might check out whether or not the place you're staying actually provides a hair dryer. Again, that's a bit less weight and a bit more room in your suitcase.

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Do you want to make your holiday a 'digital detox'?

Maybe you want to have a think about whether you take your laptop or not. Do you take technology other than your phone? Perhaps it's nice to be free of it for a bit. Have a 'digital detox', as we say in English.

Whatever you decide to do, if you're going on holiday this summer, then I wish you all the best. I hope you have a lovely time! And hopefully I've made you think about what type of traveller you are, whether you're an 'anxious traveller' or a 'casual traveller'. And about what you put in your suitcase.

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Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

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