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Darren had had a fantastic time in Valencia
The weather had been perfect
Warm and friendly
It was time to leave
It did not want him to go
He had been hanging around
Burnt into the back of his eyes
Give him an exact time
Ready to depart
To sit down by the window
He took a sip of his coffee
Putting it down by his feet
Flicking through the magazine
To season their own food
Look it up on the internet
Try to find out more
Darren looked up at…
Talking in a raised voice
To lie down on the floor
Kick and scream
A mixture of sympathy and annoyance
Had to get out of this airport soon
Stood up quickly
Looked up at him with displeasure
Was about to say something
Apologised to the woman
Trying to stop the coffee from staining
Done as much as he could
He realised his dilemma
At head height
To take his jeans off
Seeing him in his underwear
In his suitcase
Wasn’t going anywhere
Turned on the hand dryer
Gripped the sink
Raised his leg up
All the strange looks
Balanced on one leg
Trying not to fall down
His plane was now boarding
He rushed to the terminus
Stood in the queue
He would definitely go back one day
LESSON 59 DIALOGUE
-I hate Airports-
Lesson 59 – I Hate Airports
Darren had had a fantastic time in Valencia. The weather had been perfect, the food delicious and the hospitality warm and friendly. However, it was time to leave, although it was as if Valencia did not want him to go. He had been hanging around the airport for nearly four hours, the word « delayed » on the departures board was burnt into the back of his eyes. No one could give him an exact time when the plane would be ready to depart.
Purchasing his fifth cup of coffee and the National Geographic magazine, he decided to sit down by the window. He took a sip of his coffee before putting it down by his feet and began flicking through the magazine. There was an interesting article about some monkeys who had learnt to season their own food with salt. He decided that when he got back home, he would look it up on the internet and try to find out more about these intelligent creatures.
Darren looked up at the departures board, it still said « delayed ». At one of the receptions a man was talking in a raised voice, he too had been waiting for hours for his plane. His concern didn’t seem to be about himself though. It was more about his 5-year-old son who had gone beyond his boredom threshold and now proceeded to lie down on the floor and kick and scream. Fellow commuters watched this display with a mixture of sympathy and annoyance. Darren had to get out of this airport soon.
He stood up quickly and forgetting that he had put his coffee down on the floor, kicked it over. Its contents splashed on to his jeans and narrowly missed a woman’s handbag. She looked up at him with displeasure and was about to say something but Darren jumped in first. He picked up the now empty cup, apologised to the woman, gave her his National Geographic before quickly walking towards the public toilets.
In the toilets he soaked the bottom of his jeans with warm water, trying to stop the coffee from staining. Once he had done as much as he could, he approached the hand dryer. Immediately he realised his dilemma, the dryer was nearly at head height and it was the ankles of his jeans that needed drying. There was no way that he was going to take his jeans off. He was too self-conscious to have other people seeing him in his underwear and all of his clothes were in his suitcase and likely aboard his plane that wasn’t going anywhere.
So, he turned on the hand dryer, gripped the sink and raised his leg up to thte dryer nozzle. Within no time his jeans were dry and he seemed to have stopped them from staining badly. His only problem was all the strange looks that he got from people as he was balanced on one leg, with the other in the air, trying not to fall down.
He left the toilets and looked up at the departures board. Thankfully, his plane was now boarding. He rushed to the terminus and stood in the queue with many relieved commuters.
Aside from this little mishap, his holiday had been amazing. He would definitely go back one day but maybe not by plane.
Facts: In September 1953, on the island of Koshima, a female Macaque took to washing sweet potatoes in a freshwater stream. By 1965, the habit had been passed to new generations of the macaques, who started rinsing their food with salt water before eating it.
COMPREHENSION QUIZZES (3 to complete)
Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1:
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GRAMMAR PRACTICE: PHRASAL VERBS
Phrasal verbs are usually expressions of two words consisting of verb + adverb or verb + preposition.
Phrasal verbs of movement
Many of the prepositions that accompany the verbs determine the meaning of the verb and indicate the direction of the movement of the verb. Let’s see each preposition:
To Go In
I didn’t go in to the strange house.
I’ll ask the manager when I go in to work.
To Get In
I got in the car quickly.
I rang him as soon as I got in the house.
To Look Out
You should look out of the window, it’s a beautiful day.
He looked out on to the street to see what the noise was.
To Get Out
Darren parked the car and got out of it.
It’s nice to get out of the house.
To Get On
I got on the plane to fly to Valencia.
He got on his bicycle and pedalled as fast as he could.
To Fall Off
I have this bruise because I fell off my bike.
He fell off the ladder and spilt paint everywhere.
ON / OFF
To Turn On
It’s getting dark. Let’s turn on the light.
Put the washing powder in the tray before turning on the machine.
To Turn Off
I don’t want to listen to the radio. Turn itoff.
Turn off the tap when you’ve finished washing.
To Switch On
If you are bored, you can switch on the TV.
Switch on the radio, I want to hear the news.
To Switch Off
Switch off the TV if you are not watching it.
When you go to the cinema you should switch off your phone.
To Get Up
I don’t usually get up early when I´m on holiday.
I was so exhausted that I got up late for work.
To Stand Up
I stood up after having been sat down for two hours.
The crowd stood up and applauded the performance.
To Look Up
The children looked up at the sky to see the wedge of swans.
He looked up in time to see the paint tin falling.
To Pick Up
Please, could you pick my bag up off the floor.
He hurt his back picking up a penny.
To Fall Down
A glass fell down and broke.
He slipped and fell down the hill.
To Lie Down
I love lying down on the sand and sunbathing.
I am so tired, I need to lie down.
To Sit Down
Good morning class! Could you sit down please!
I need to sit down, my ankle is sore.
To Put Down
She sipped the water and put the cup down.
He put down the book and closed his eyes.
To Go Away
She has gone away for the weekend.
You should go away and think about it.
To Drive Away
He got into the car and drove away.
She had trouble driving away the wild ponies.
To Run Away
He took my wallet and ran away.
They ran away together to get married.
He will come back, he left his jacket.
I´ll come back tomorrow when I have more money.
He lived in Spain for two years then went back to England.
I´ll go back tomorrow and buy that new record.
To Give Back
He won´t give it back to me.
You should always give back what you take.
To Bring Back
I’ll give you my pen, but you have to bring it back.
If you bring it back tomorrow, I´ll try to fix it.
To Take Back
She didn’t like her present so I took it back.
It’s broken! You should take it back to the shop.
To Put Back
I flipped through the magazine then put it back on the shelf.
You should put it back where you found it.
To Fly Over
The eagle flew over the mountains.
On the way to Las Vegas we flew over the Grand Canyon.
To Climb Over
I forgot my keys and I had to climb over the fence.
The path was blocked by a fallen tree which we climbed over.
To Turn Over
Turn over the omelette.
He had trouble sleeping on his back so he turned over.
To Look Around
I was looking around trying to find my hat.
We had a good look around the museum.
To Turn Around
We had to turn around as we forgot the picnic.
He turned around to face his opponent.
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