Module 5, Unit 10

“Making Preparations to Travel”

Base Sentences – (736-750)

736 I didn’t realize the time had passed so quickly.

736 No sabía que el tiempo había pasado tan rápido.

737 I’ve got a lot of things to do before I can leave.

737 Tengo un montón de cosas que hacer antes de que pueda salir.

738 For one thing, I’ve got to drop by the bank to get some money.

738 En primer lugar, tengo que pasar por el banco para conseguir algo de dinero.

739 It’ll take almost all my savings to buy the ticket.

739 Tomará casi todos mis ahorros para comprar el billete.

740 Oh, I just remembered something! I have to apply for a passport.

740 Oh, acabo de recordar algo! Tengo que solicitar un pasaporte.

741 I almost forgot to have the phone disconnected.

741 Se me olvidaba que el teléfono desconectado.

742 It’s a good thing you reminded me to take my heavy coat.

742 Es una buena cosa que usted recordará que yo tome mi abrigo pesado.

743 I never would have thought of it if you hadn’t mentioned it.

743 Nunca se me habría ocurrido si no hubieras mencionado.

744 I’ll see you off at the airport.  744 Nos vemos en el aeropuerto.

745 They’re calling your flight now. You barely have time to make it.

745 Están llamando a su vuelo ahora. Usted apenas tiene tiempo para hacerlo.

746 You’d better run or you’re going to be left behind.

746 Será mejor que correr o vas a quedar atrás.

747 Don’t forget to cable to let us know you arrived safely.

747 No se olvide de cable para hacernos saber que llegaste segura.

748 I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but it’s too late now.

748 Estoy seguro de que he olvidado algo, pero es demasiado tarde.

749 Do you have anything to declare for customs?

749 ¿Tiene algo que declarar en las aduanas?

750 You don’t have to pay any duty on personal belongings.

750 Usted no tiene que pagar ningún impuesto sobre bienes personales.

Verb Study

1. apply (for) => applied for, applying for, applies for

(A) I have to apply for a passport. (B) I applied for my visa three weeks ago. (C) What are you applying for? I’m applying for a job. (A) Tengo que solicitar un pasaporte. (B) solicité mi visa hace tres semanas. (C) ¿Qué estás aplicando? Estoy solicitando un empleo.

2. disconnect => disconnected, disconnecting, disconnects

(A) I almost forgot to have the phone disconnected. (B) They disconnected the water and the gas. (C) Why are you disconnecting the phone? (A) que casi se olvidó de que el teléfono desconectado. (B) Se desconectan el agua y el gas. (C) ¿Por qué estás desconectando el teléfono?

3. remind, mention => reminded, reminding, reminds

(A) It’s a good thing you reminded me to take my heavy coat. (B) She reminded me of my sister. (C) That reminds me. I have to go see my doctor. (D) I never would have thought of it if you hadn’t mentioned it. (E) Don’t mention it. I was glad to do it. (A) Es una buena cosa que usted recordará que yo tome mi abrigo pesado. (B) Me recordó a mi hermana. (C) Eso me recuerda. Tengo que ir a ver a mi médico. (D) Nunca se me habría ocurrido si no hubieras mencionado. (E) No hay de qué. Me alegré de hacerlo.

4. arrive, see (somebody) off => arrived, arriving, arrives; [saw…off], seeing, sees

(A) Don’t forget to cable to let us know you arrived safely. (B) She arrives today on the 6:25 train. (C) I’m arriving in San Francisco tomorrow at 9: 30 a.m. (D) I’ll see you off at the airport. (E) We saw our friends off at the railroad station last night. (A) No se olvide de cable para hacernos saber que llegaste segura. (B) Se llega hoy en el tren 06:25. (C) Estoy llegando a San Francisco mañana a las 9: 30 am (D) Nos vemos en el aeropuerto. (E) Hemos visto a nuestros amigos en la estación de ferrocarril de la noche anterior.

5. cable => cabled, cabling, cables

(A) Don’t forget to cable me when you arrive. (B) I cabled my mother last night. It cost ten dollars. (C) She cables me once aweek to let me know how she is. (D) I’m cabling my wife now. I’m telling her where I am. (A) No se olvide de mí cable cuando llegue. (B) Me cablegrafié mi madre la noche anterior. Le costó diez dólares. (C) Ella cables mí una vez aweek para hacerme saber cómo está. (D) Estoy en el cableado de mi esposa. Yo le digo dónde estoy.

6. declare => declared, declaring, declares

(A) Do you have anything to declare for customs? (B) We declared that we weren’t going with them. (C) We declared our love for each other. (D) We’ve never declared our personal belongings for customs. (A) ¿Tiene algo que declarar en las aduanas? (B) Declaramos que no íbamos con ellos. (C) Declaramos nuestro amor por los demás. (D) Nunca hemos declarado nuestras pertenencias personales para la aduana.

7. pay, pay back => [paid, paid], paying, pays

(A) You don’t have to pay any duty on personal belongings. (B) He paid me the ten dollars he owed me. (C) We’re paying him for the new house today. (D) I’ve never paid you back the ten dollars I owe you. (E) I’ll lend you some money if you’ll pay it back soon. (A) Usted no tiene que pagar ningún impuesto sobre bienes personales. (B) Me pagó los diez dólares que me debía. (C) Le estamos pagando por la casa nueva hoy. (D) Nunca te he pagué los diez dólares que te debo. (E) Te presto algo de dinero si usted paga de vuelta pronto.

Word/Phrase Substitution Drills

1a I didn’t realize the time had passed so quickly.

1b I had no idea the time had passed so quickly.

1c I simply couldn’t believe the time had passed so quickly.

1d I couldn’t believe the time had passed so quickly.

2a I’ve got a lot of things to do before I can leave.

2b I’ve got a lot of things to be done before I can leave.

2c I’ve got a lot of things that have to be done before I can leave.

2d I’ve got a lot of things left to do before I can leave.

3a For one thing, I’ve got to drop by the bank to get some money.

3b For one thing, I’ve got to drop by the bank to cash a check.

3c For one thing, I’ve got to drop by the bank to close my checking account.

3d For one thing, I’ve got to drop by the bank to get some traveler’s checks.

4a It’ll take almost all my savings to buy the ticket.

4b It’ll take almost all my salary to buy the ticket.

4c It’ll take almost all my money to buy the ticket.

4d It’ll take almost all my hard-earned money to buy the ticket.

5a Oh, I just remembered something! I have to apply for a passport.

5b Oh, I just remembered something! I have to get a visa.

5c Oh, I just remembered something! I have to go and get some inoculations.

5d Oh, I just remembered something! I have to leave my forwarding address.

6a I almost forgot to have the phone disconnected.

6b I almost forgot to have the milk delivery stopped.

6c I almost forgot to have the furniture covered up.

6d I almost forgot to have the postman stop delivering my mail.

6e I almost forgot to have the dog taken to the kennels.

7a It’s a good thing you reminded me to take my heavy coat.

7b Luckily, you reminded me to take my heavy coat.

7c Fortunately, you reminded me to take my heavy coat.

7d By some good fortune, you reminded me to take my heavy coat.

7e It’s lucky for me you reminded me to take my heavy coat.

8a I never would have thought of it if you hadn’t mentioned it.

8b It wouldn’t have occurred to me if you hadn’t mentioned it.

8c I would have forgotten it if you hadn’t mentioned it.

8d It would have slipped my mind if you hadn’t mentioned it.

8e It would have escaped me if you hadn’t mentioned it.

9a I’ll see you off at the airport.

9b I’ll say good-bye to you at the airport.

9c I’ll tell you good-bye at the airport.

9d I’ll kiss you good-bye at the airport.

10a They’re calling your flight now. You barely have time to make it.

10b They’re calling your flight now. You hardly have time to make it.

10c They’re calling your flight now. You just have time to make it.

10d They’re calling your flight now. You just barely have time to make it.

10e They’re calling your flight now. You may just have time to make it.

11a You’d better run or you’re going to be left behind.

11b You’d better run or you’re going to miss your flight.

11c You’d better run or you’re going to miss your train connection.

12a Don’t forget to cable to let us know you arrived safely.

12b Don’t forget to send a cable to let us know you arrived safely.

12c Don’t forget to send a telegram to let us know you arrived safely.

12d Don’t forget to write to let us know you arrived safely.

13a I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but it’s too late now.

13b I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but it’s a little late now.

13c I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but I shouldn’t worry about it now.

13d I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but I mustn’t think about it now.

14a Do you have anything to declare for customs?

14b Do you have any articles to declare for customs?

14c Do you have any goods to declare for customs?

14d Do you have any prohibited articles to declare for customs?

15a You don’t have to pay any duty on personal belongings.

15b You don’t have to pay any duty on things for your own use.

15c You don’t have to pay any duty on your personal articles.

15d You don’t have to pay any duty on used cameras.

15e You don’t have to pay any duty on used clothing.

15f You don’t have to pay any duty on birds and pets.

Reading Practice

Everyone told me to make my travel preparations early, but I thought I had plenty of time. I had no idea how much there was to do, and I waited much too long before I began getting ready. Todo el mundo me dijo que hiciera mis preparativos de viaje temprano, pero pensé que tenía un montón de tiempo. No tenía ni idea de lo mucho que había que hacer, y yo esperé demasiado tiempo antes de empezar a prepararse.

First, I had to apply for a passport and visa because I was going to visit a foreign country. I had to get several innoculations at the doctor’s office. En primer lugar, tuve que solicitar un pasaporte y una visa porque iba a visitar un país extranjero. Tuve que conseguir varias inoculaciones en el consultorio del médico.

Then I needed to drop by the bank and get some traveler’s checks. At the same time, there were many things to be taken care of at home. Entonces yo tenía que pasar por el banco y obtener algunos cheques de viajero. Al mismo tiempo, había muchas cosas para ser atendidos en casa.

I had the phone disconnected and the dog taken to the kennels, but I almost forgot to have the milk and newspaper deliveries stopped. Había el teléfono desconectado y el perro salido a las perreras, pero casi me olvidé de que la leche y el reparto de periódicos detenido.

The postman had to remind me to leave my forwarding address at the post office. I know it would have slipped my mind if he hadn’t mentioned it. El cartero tenía que recordarme a dejar mi dirección de envío en la oficina postal. Sé que habría deslizado mi mente, si no lo había mencionado.

The day I was supposed to leave, I realized I still hadn’t received my passport and visa. I simply couldn’t believe the time had passed so quickly. I was really afraid I would be left behind. El día que tenía que salir, me di cuenta de que todavía no había recibido mi pasaporte y visa. Simplemente no podía creer que el tiempo había pasado tan rápido. Yo tenía mucho miedo me quedaría atrás.

Fortunately, the mail was delivered early and my passport arrived. By the time I got to the airport, they were already tailing my flight. I just barely had time to make it. Afortunadamente, el correo fue entregado temprano y mi pasaporte llegó. En el momento en que llegué al aeropuerto, ya estaban TIZÓN mi vuelo. Yo apenas tenía tiempo para hacerlo.

As soon as I sat down inside the plane, I remembered that I hadn’t taken my camera, but it was too late to worry about that. I would have to buy another one if I wanted to take pictures. Tan pronto como me senté en el avión, me acordé de que yo no había llevado mi cámara, pero ya era demasiado tarde para preocuparse por eso. Yo tendría que comprar otro si quería tomar fotos.

I did have a wonderful time during this trip, but the next time I plan to travel, I’m going to be sure to start preparing early enough to avoid all the last-minute problems. Tuve un tiempo maravilloso en este viaje, pero la próxima vez que tengo la intención de viajar, voy a estar seguro de comenzar a prepararse con suficiente antelación para evitar todos los problemas de última hora.

Questions:

1. Why did I wait so long to begin getting ready for my trip?

2. What did I need because I was going to visit a foreign country?

3. What were the things I had to take care of at home?

4. Why was I afraid I would be left behind?

5. What did I forget to take?

6. Why is it a good idea to begin making travel plans early?

Conversation

Dialog 1

MRS. JONES: I’m sure I’m forgetting something, steward, but I don’t know what it is. STEWARD: Do you have your passport, Mrs. Jones? MRS. JONES: Yes, I have it right here. And I have the boat tickets. What else could it be? STEWARD: You have all your suitcases, don’t you? MRS. JONES: I believe so. Let’s see. One … two… three… four … five. Yes, they’re all here. STEWARD: Well, it seems to me you have everything you need, Mrs. Jones. MRS. JONES: No, I don’t. Something is missing, but I can’t think what it could be. STEWARD: Don’t worry about it now. The ship is about to leave. By the way, where is Mr. Jones? MRS. JONES: Mr. Jones? Oh! Now I know what it is! I forgot my husband!

Dialog 2

CLERK: May I help you, sir? JIM: Yes, I want to buy a personal gift for my brother. He’s taking a trip to South America. CLERK: Is he going by ship or by plane? JIM: He’s flying. My gift will have to be something light in weight. What can you suggest? CLERK: What about this wallet? It’s made of very fine leather: JIM: My sister already gave him one. I’d like something unusual. CLERK: Here is a gift for the man who has everything. JIM: Oh, a folding toothbrush That’s a wonderful idea. I’ll take it.

Word List

article

barely

belongings

bird

cable

check

checking account

connection

customs

delivery

duty

flight

fortune

forwarding address

goods

hard-earned

hardly

inoculation

kennel

luckily

lucky

oh

passport

prohibited

safely

salary

traveler’s check

use

visa

Verb Forms

cable

cash

cover up

declare

drop by

escape

kiss

leave behind

mention

pass

see off

Expressions

for one thing

slip one’s mind

Supplementary Word List

(Conversation and Reading Practice)

folding toothbrush

steward

unusual

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