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Lisa's week: I’m leaving… on a jet plane… (Part 4)

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Back to my travelling series – this is episode 4 so make sure you check out the others if you haven’t already. I talked about getting a ticket and the culture of cheap airlines which makes travel much more possible than in the past, getting to the airport and through security and in the last episode, we actually got onto the plane. But we haven’t lifted off just yet.

Did you notice that I said “got onto” the plane and not into? Side note: we get into or out of a car, taxi or mini-bus but we get onto or off a plane, train or a bus. So, when I’m talking about my plane journey, I’ll be ON the plane the whole time unless I specifically want to talk about something specific within the area inside the plane, which is when you can use IN the plane.

The cabin crew will have prepared the plane for you and a flight attendant will greet you as you get on and might indicate to you where your seat is if it’s a larger plane. Did you choose a window seat or perhaps an aisle seat? Each of us has our preference. Of course, you might be unlucky and get a middle seat, which no one wants! I always try to get a window seat as I still love seeing the view out of window and it gives me a little more space to sort of lean into the window area, especially on a longer flight when I want to try to get some sleep.

It’s time to stow your hand luggage in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you, sit down and fasten your seatbelt. Important safety demonstrations will follow which will include the nearest emergency exit, what to do in the case of loss of cabin pressure and how to put on your life jacket. Next time you travel, see if the safety instructions are given in English and pay attention to the standard expressions they use. The written safety instructions, which can be found in the seat pocket, will always be in English so why not check that out too. You might want to try reading the inflight magazine too – most of the time the articles can also be found in two languages. An easy way to learn some English along the way.

If you are really lucky, you might be travelling Business Class or even First Class, and your flight experience will be a totally different one to that of Economy Class (Cattle Class in slang). Especially on long haul or intercontinental flights, larger seats, full entertainment, champagne to order, better food and service can give you a more loving, caring environment. Let me just say that this is not what I get when I’m travelling! But for short distances – domestic or European routes – the flight is so short, it’s nothing to worry about.

The Captain or Co-Pilot - who together with the Flight Attendants form the Cabin Crew – might make an announcement regarding the details of the flight or the weather at the destination or maybe even if they are expecting a rough flight with turbulence. I’m never sure if I really want to know that in advance to be honest but maybe it’s better to be forewarned.

The plane will now taxi to the runway for take-off and suddenly you are up in the clouds. Once the “fasten seatbelts” sign has been turned off, you can get up to go to the toilet but it’s still recommended to keep on your seatbelt while seated “for your own safety” in case of turbulence. I love to stare out of the window as the land below gets further and further away. Watching the landscape change, noticing the main motorways or cities as we fly past and trying to see if I can recognise landmarks or even different countries as the journey progresses. Flying over the coast and seeing the specks below which are sailing boats or large container ships. And then the coast of the UK and the countryside is completely different with its small fields surrounded by hedges.

Of course, if it’s cloudy then you’ll be above the clouds and that’s a beauty in itself. The different shapes, sizes, colours. Sometimes a plume of cloud that looks like smoke coming from a chimney or soft fluffy ones that seem to come from a fairy tale. And of course, the sun is ALWAYS shining above the clouds! Until it’s night time of course. I’m like a child in a toyshop at Christmas, straining my neck to see everything and take it all in.

Do you love it too, or are you an aisle seat stretcher? Come back soon to arrive at our destination!



What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"


Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?

Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!

Episode 13: Up in the Highlands

Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends

Episode 15: Pie in the sky 

Episode 16: Through the tunnel

Episode 17: Keep left!

Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise

Episode 19: How do you say that?

Episode 20: Back to School!

Episode 21: Sweet cravings

Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?

Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"

Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)

Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?

Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.

Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!

Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot

Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?

Episode 30: Bless you!

Episode 31: What are you thankful for?

Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?

Episode 33: What's behind the door?

Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!

Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?

Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year

Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?

Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2

Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?

Episode 40: Sweet Valentine

Episode 41: A Reminder

Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!

Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils

Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question

Episode 45: The whole world's going green!

Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs

Episode 47: The joke's on you!

Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!

Episode 49: More calendar food-based ponderings

Episode 50: We use German words too

Episode 51: Celebrating St George

Episode 52: The perfect start to the day

Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)

Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)

Episode 55: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)

Episode 56: Holiday season is coming!

Episode 57; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1

Episode 58; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2

Episode 59: Summer Solstice

Episode 60: Harry Potter turns 20

Episode 61: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live

Episode 62: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Episode 63:  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Episode 64: Stick a stamp on it!

Episode 65: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge

Episode 66: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ

Episode 67: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)

Episode 68: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)

Episode 69: Joking around in Scotland

Episode 70: The first day of school

Episode 71: Let's go down to the Wiesn!

Episode 72: Celebrating language

Episode 73: It's a Harry thing!

Episode 74: My favourite time of the year

Episode 75: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading

Episode 76: Grinning like a Cheshire cat

Episode 77: Enjoying the downtime

Episode 78: Talking Tenners

Episode 79: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?

Episode 80: Just another few minutes!

Episode 81: Counting the cards on my shelf.

Episode 82: What sign are you?

Episode 83: Great if you have a sweet tooth

Episode 84: It's an acquired taste!

Episode 85: New Year's Resolutions

Episode 86: Quick Tip of the week - go/come & take/bring

Episode 87: My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose

Episode 88: Once in a blue moon

Episode 89: Learning by Listening - part 1

Episode 90: Learning by Listening - part 2

Episode 91: This is the travel news!

Episode 92: The "Beast from the East" hits Western Europe!

Episode 93: The flu hits Lisa's Week

Episode 94: Spring forward and fall back

Episode 95: Holy Week

Episode 96: Quick Tip of the Week - prepositons of time

Episode 97: Perfect for dunking!

Episode 98: Part of the family

Episode 99: It's a boy!

Episode 100: Happy Anniversary to me!

Episode 101: To all the mothers out there

Episode 102: Up, up and away

Episode 103: A very British affair!

Episode 104: Getting boarded!

Episode 105: How do you say that?

Episode 106: Ready for departure?

Episode 107: Happy Father's Day