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Traveling with Family

Jeyong talks about travelling with a member of her family.

Todd: So, Jeyong, you were telling me that you like to travel.

Jeyong: Yes, very much.

Todd: Now, this is interesting. Who do you normally travel with?

Jeyong: You would be kind of surprised to hear this, but then, I normally travel with my dad.

Todd: Wow. That's so cool. Why is that?

Jeyong: That will be first of all because my dad goes on a business trip very often and I ask him if I can follow him most of the time and he would say yes, and I would just have time with him on his business trip and traveling around.

Todd: That's really cool. What kind of business does your father do?

Jeyong: He's in apparel.

Todd: Apparel.

Jeyong: Export

Todd: Oh, really.

Jeyong: Yes.

Todd: So does he teach you the secrets about business?

Jeyong: Not that much about business, but then traveling around he teaches me about differences between all the cultures of countries.

Todd: That's fantastic.

Jeyong: How importat that is.

Todd: So what countries have you been to with your father?

Jeyong: A lot to name, actually. Do you want me to name all those?

Todd: Well, how about which ones do you remember the most?

Jeyong: I remember the most about Europe. I went to France, England, Switzerland and Roma so those four places were very interesting for me, and other than that, I went to Cambodia, Vietnam, Guam, and so on.

Todd: What was Cambodia like?

Jeyong: Cambodia is a really memorable trip for me with my dad because it was really interesting how many people in boats on the water. There's a society in Cambodia like that and then it was really sad looking at them how they own much money and they have to spend their day using a dollar.

Todd: So not very much, but did the people seem happy in Cambodia?

Jeyong: They did look happy, happier than the people where I come from.

Todd: That's kind of interesting. Yeah, I used to live in Thailand and I kind of felt the same way to, although Thailand is very developed. Any other places that you've been to?

Jeyong: Other places? Maybe in The States.

Todd: Oh, really. Where did you live in the States? Or what did you do in the States?

Jeyong: When I was in elementary school, I lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for five years but after that I also went travelling around the other states, such as San Francisco in California, Los Angeles and New York City, where I like the most and Florida. All the beaches.

Todd: Now, I'm from San Francisco and you said you like New York better that San Francisco, so I have to ask why.

Jeyong: Why? Because the people in New York, how they live their life, it looks cool.

Todd: Yeah, New Yorkers are pretty cool. OK, well thanks Jeyong. Thanks a lot.

Jeyong: No problem. Thank you.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!!

first of all


First of all because my dad goes on a business trip very often and I ask him if I can follow him.

'First of all' means the number first thing to consider or 'in the first place.'

Notice the following:

  1. First of all, I would just like to say that I don't want to be out late tonight.
  2. First of all, I think we need to make sure that everything is nice and tidy.



He's in the apparel business.

'Apparel' meanings clothing.

Notice the following:

  1. She has all of the right apparel for horse riding.
  2. She sells apparel at the market.

memorable trip


Cambodia is a really memorable trip for me.

A 'memorable trip' is a journey or vacation that has been taken that has lots of memories associated with it. Usually we use 'memorable' for something that is associated with good memories.

Notice the following:

  1. I think it will make for a very memorable trip.
  2. They said that they wanted to plan a memorable trip for their anniversary this year.


Thailand is very developed.

In this instance, 'developed' refers to how a country is commercialized, modernized, and is geared towards the tourist industry.

Notice the following:

  1. I much prefer to go to developed countries for my vacations, because I feel a lot safer.
  2. It was a lot more developed than I was led to believe, and I was a little disappointed.

elementary school


When I was in elementary school, I lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for five years.

'Elementary school' is the school for the youngest school-age children in the American education system. Children go there from 6 to 11 years old.

Notice the following:

  1. I never really enjoyed elementary school.
  2. She is an elementary school teacher.

Vocabulary Quiz

first • apparel • memorable
developed • elementary
  1. Panama has really a lot in the last 15 years.
  2. He hated his first winter, because he didn't have any of the he needed.
  3. of all, I would like to say thank you to everyone for coming.
  4. The road trip we took through Mexico is probably one of my most trips.
  5. I remember thinking my school was huge, but it's actually very small.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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