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Kurs: --- English - Upper-Intermediate

Modul: Prepositions

Autor: prof. Gordana Matorkić

Naziv jedinice: The Rich Travel


Materijali vezani uz ovu lekciju:

- Test the rich travel
- Test the rich travel
- The Rich Travel (PDF dokument)



The Rich Don't Travel Like The Rest of Us

Let's be honest with each other, just for a moment. The real thrill of a first- or business- class seat on the airplane doesn't come with the hot towel or the freshly baked cookie. It comes before takeoff, as you nestle into your seat, sip your champagne and pretend not to notice the hordes of unfortunates squeezing by.

You stare idly out the window, or flip through a copy of the in-flight magazine, as the river of sad passengers flows on, hands full of babies, boxes and oversize carry-ons, wheeling and pushing and dragging their possessions to a seat barely big enough room in the overhead bin for a paperback book.

You pretend not to notice, but you do. And you notice them noticing you, and you feel their envy and maybe their anger and – let's be very, very honest here-it somehow makes the seat you're in even more spacious, and the champagne you're drinking just a little more bubbly. It's human nature, I guess, that the best way to enjoy the things you have is to enjoy them directly in front of someone who doesn't have them.

Or maybe it's just what the not-so-rich do when they're lucky enough to cadge an upgrade. Because rich people, actual rich people, as opposed to people who travel a lot on business aren't all that crazy about consuming conspicuously. They're not even on the plane, sipping champagne and rolling their eyes at the steerage class. They're on their own plane, sipping whatever they want to sip, going wherever they want to go. And where they're going, you won't run into them. The superrich tend not to think in terms of renting a hotel room, but of renting an entire island.


Even when they do decide to go slumming at, say, the Ritz in Paris or the Four Seasons in Maui, you can be sure that they don't stay haplessly at the front desk, waiting to check in. They're whisked away to their suites, shielded from the prying eyes of the poor slobs who have to check in the regular way. Of course whisking and cosseting is something experienced by those who are in $2,000-a-night suites, the big ones with names, and not for those paying $800 a night for a standard room with no view.

But that's how it must feel to the guy in business class who snickers about the wretches in economy just before he notices how nice it is up in first. Or for the guy in first who gazes smugly out of the window and notices a small Gulfstream V jet ready for takeoff. But even the guy in the Gulfstream, settling into his private cabin, is aware that he doesn't own the plane. It's a time-share deal. And if he glances out of the window at the right moment, he might see Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft, pulling up in his Boeing 707. Excuse me, one of his Boeing 707s…

Adapted from Newsweek

 

Vocabulary

Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
thrill - uzbuđenje
towel - peškir
takeoff - poletanje
bin - ograđeno mesto
envy - zavist
anger - bes
upgrade - unapređenje, poboljšanje
steerage - deo broda gde su najjeftinije karte
suite - apartman
slob - aljkava osoba
cosseting - štićenje
wretch - jadnik
jet - mlazni avion
nestle - udobno se smestiti
sip - pijuckati, srkati
pretend - pretvarati se
squeeze - gurati se
stare - zuriti, buljiti
flip through - prelistati
wheel - gurati (na točkićima)
drag - vući
cadge - iskamčiti, izvući, dobiti
run into - naići na, naleteti na
slum (kolokvijalno) - posećivati mesta na nižem društvenom nivou
check in - prijaviti se
whisk away - zbrisati, brzo proći
shield - zaštititi
snicker - kikotati se
gaze - zuriti, zamišljeno gledati
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
idly - besposleno
barely - jedva
spacious - prostran
bubbly - penušav
conspicuously - upadljivo
in terms of - u okvirima, po pitanju
haplessly - nesrećno
prying - radoznao
smugly - samozadovoljno
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Synonyms

Nouns (imenice):

Verbs (glagoli):

thrill –  excitement, stimulation

takeoff – departure, launch, liftoff

envy – jealousy, bitterness

anger –  rage, fury

upgrade -  improvement     

suite – rooms, apartment

slob -  couch potato, idler

wretch –  poor thing, poor devil, miserable creature

jet -  plane, aircraft, aeroplane, airplane, jet plane

nestle -  snuggle, cuddle, huddle

sip -  drink, taste, sample, sup

pretend -  fake, simulate, make out

squeeze -  press, squash

stare -  gaze

wheel -  push, roll, trundle

drag –  pull, draw, tow

cadge -bum, grub, mooch, sponge

run into -  encounter, bump into, collide with, hit, strike

check in -  register

shield – protect, cover, screen, guard, defend, shelter, safeguard

snicker -  laugh, giggle, smirk, titter

gaze -  stare

Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):

Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):

idly – lazily, passively, sluggishly, inertly

barely –  just, hardly, scarcely

spacious – roomy, large, vast, capacious

bubbly –  bubbling, effervescing, foaming, frothy, spumy, foamy

conspicuously –  prominently

in terms of -  in relation to; with reference to

haplessly –  luckless, unfortunate   

prying –  inquisitive, spying, curious, interfering

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Antonyms

Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):

thrill - sadness, depression

takeoff - arrival, landing

envy - friendliness, kindness, pleasure

anger - calmness, kindness

upgrade - deteriorating

suite - individual, one

cosseting - ignoring

nestle - separate

sip - slurp

pretend - be honest, reveal, tell truth

squeeze - let go, release, uncompress, allow, push away

stare - ignore, neglect, look away

drag - leave

run into - avoid, pass by, run away

check in - check out

shield - abandon, lay bare, uncover, disregard

snicker -praise

gaze - ignore, look away, overlook, neglect

Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):

idly - busily

spacious - crowded, small

bubbly - still

conspicuously - insignificantly, unnotably

prying - incurious, indifferent

 

 


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