Describing a journey in English

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Key sentences

Asking about a journey Describing a journey
When did you start? I started out (time).
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
What happened next? After a while, we got to (place).
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
Then what happened? As soon as we got there, (simultaneous event).
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
What happened on the way? On the way back, (event).
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
When did you finish? Finally, I (verb) around 5 PM.

Drills

Say these sentences without looking.

I started out (time).
time sentence
in the morning I started out in the morning.
right after breakfast I started out right after breakfast.
as soon as I woke up I started out as soon as I woke up.
at exactly 9 AM I started out at exactly 9 AM.
After a while, we got to (place).
place sentence
our hotel After a while, we got to our hotel.
the city After a while, we got to the city.
the station After a while, we got to the station.
the next town After a while, we got to the next town.
As soon as we got there, (simultaneous event).
simultaneous event sentence
the weather changed As soon as we got there, the weather changed.
I went to the bathroom As soon as we got there, I went to the bathroom.
I felt relieved As soon as we got there, I felt relieved.
I started looking for a place to eat As soon as we got there, I started looking for a place to eat.
On the way back, (event).
event sentence
I stopped at a store On the way back, I stopped at a store.
I saw a balloon On the way back, I saw a balloon.
I took pictures of a waterfall On the way back, I took pictures of a waterfall.
I got lost On the way back, I got lost.
Finally, I (verb) around 5 PM.
verb sentence
got back Finally, I got back around 5 PM.
reached my house Finally, I reached my house around 5 PM.
returned Finally, I returned around 5 PM.
got home Finally, I got home around 5 PM.

Example

Practice this conversation.

Asking about a journey Describing a journey
When did you start? I started out (in the morning).
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
What happened next? After a while, we got to (our hotel).
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
Then what happened? As soon as we got there, (the weather changed).
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
What happened on the way? On the way back, (I stopped at a store).
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
When did you finish? Finally, I (got back) around 5 PM.

Change partners. Use your imagination and change the sentences.

Exercise

Use your imagination. Make your own conversation.

Asking about a journey Describing a journey

When did you start?

I started out ... .

Asking about a journey Describing a journey
What happened next? After a while, we got to ....
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
Then what happened? As soon as we got there, ....
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
What happened on the way? On the way back, ....
Asking about a journey Describing a journey
When did you finish? Finally, I ... around 5 PM.

Change partners. Use your imagination and make another conversation.

Practice

Asking about a journey Describing a journey
Ask about a journey that your partner has been on. Think of a journey that you have been on. Describe it to your partner.

Further study


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