Skip to main content

Holiday or Vacation?

At this time of the year these two words are favorites:

HOLIDAY & VACATION

  • Are they exact synonyms?

  • When do we use one and not the other?

  • What kinds of holiday/vacation are there?

Let's start with the last question first:

Have you ever been on a busman's holiday? It's when you do exactly the same thing you normally do at work. This is my case this year. During my holiday/vacation, what am I doing? What I usually do - teaching?
I'm on a busman's holiday!





Here are some other types. Can you name them all? (The answers are at the end of this post)













What about the other two questions? Are holiday and vacation the same? When do I use one and not the other?





The difference is between American English and British English. (Observe the colours)





Vacation is the same as Holiday.





A holiday or public holiday is the same as a bank holiday.





The holidays is the period of Christmas, Hannukah and the New Year's.





Vacation is when universities are closed for students.




To finish, a few more questions:
  1. What is your idea of a fun-filled holiday/vacation?
  2. Have you ever had a disaster holiday/vacation?
  3. Do you usually plan your holiday/vacation?
  4. What is the best time of the year to take a holiday/vacation?
  5. What in your opinion would be a dream holiday/vacation?
  6. Do you like taking a staycation - a holiday or vacation at home?



Key to images (from left to right):
adventure holiday; camping holiday, family holiday
package holiday; staycation; overseas holiday

Comments

Bárbara said…
U rule, stephan! Great post, as usual.
Angela said…
Interesting questions, Stephan!Just in time ! (I`m back from Chile)
Congrat!

My idea of a fun-filled vacation ?
A fun-filled holiday/vacation for me must include travelling.
No matter if it`s a short trip to a place near Rio or if it`s a long trip overseas.
I love travelling! Trips mean adventure, relaxation and enjoyment at the same time. Someone once said that “Travelling is like changing the soul clothes”.
In fact, the enjoyment starts with the trip planning. A perfect holiday should include some time for planning : maps, leaflets, travel guides, money- exchange and packing. I read that the measure of a good traveller is how light he travels. I try to pack light. ( not always succeed).
It`s quite impossible to estimate the amount of information we get in a single trip: different scenery, different people, habits, food and drink, language, currency...
That`s fascinating!
The best investment in life!
Anonymous said…
Well,

I don't know if the fun of traveling starts with the planning of the trip; it's a necessary part of it all, but if I could, I would just travel and worry about the details when I get to my destination.

Angela says traveling is like changing the clothes of the soul; I say traveling is one of the best way to feed the it.
Angela said…
What in your opinion would be a dream Holiday/vacation


I`ve just arrived from Chile and I`m enchanted with this country. The trip was beyond my expectations.
I stayed there for a very short period and didn`t feel time passing by. It flew. I blinked on Monday and when I open my eyes it was Sunday, time to leave.
Among many beautiful places like Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, I can recommend a visit to Pablo Neruda`s house in Isla Negra .
It`s part of a dream holiday which I`ve just fulfilled.
Isla Negra is on the central Chilean coast, 80 miles from Valparaiso in a pine forest.
The writer loved the sea and so, his house, overlooking the Pacific ocean, was constructed as if it were a ship at sea. Waves, breakers, beach and rocks ... Mystic and fantastic!
Inside the house we can see exotic nautical decoration and lots of collections: strange shaped bottles, seashells, smoking pipes, masks and cachalote`s teeth are some of them.
Neruda asked a friend who was an architect to put a zinc roof to bear the sound of the rain which evoked the feeling of the house he lived in his childhood in the rainy Chilean South
Everything in the house “smells” poetry.
After visiting this enchanted place I can better understand Neruda`s imaginary:

“¿QUIÉN MUERE?
, Muere lentamente quien se transforma en esclavo del habito, repitiendo todos los días los mismos trayectos, quien no cambia de marca, no arriesga vestir un color nuevo y no le habla a quien no conoce.
.
Angela said…
Correcting...

I blinked on Monday and when I OPENED my eyes it was Sunday.


.

Popular posts from this blog

My takeaways from BrELT on the Road

Just in!





Coincidence or not, propositions and concepts echoed through the plenaries and concurrent sessions I attended (apologies in advance to those I could not even attend in spirit at the same time).
Jamie Keddie encouraged us to use video to let students create their own narratives and not to limit this resource to practicing target language. Thru video, students can see there are multiple perspectives that contribute to a story and we have individual interpretations of that story. In so doing, they understand there is no right or wrong - we construct meaning based on our pre-conceived notions of reality. This awareness pivotal to critical thinking. The beauty of it all is that we benefit just as much from this method as our students.
Prodding students to see differently or see the unobvious was at the heart of Claire Venables' session "Not a box". By asking students to find new uses and meanings for a box, we are giving young learners a chance to learn language that i…

Yes we can speak English

Guess I'm a sucker for projects and project-based learning. Although this latest endeavor might not be considered a project in itself.
A simple Google search on the use of Whatsapp or other instant communication tools for English-speaking skills development came up with an extensive list of results.
The idea of creating a group to practice speaking had a specific target group - English teachers who are taking an online postgraduate course on language teaching. Many of them miss the chance to brush up on their oral skills, for the simple reason that the classes are online and interaction with the professor and colleagues comes only through text. 
The initiative rekindled a professional goal I had set for myself when I created the blog Help a teacher with their English (it has been discontinued - all related posts will show up here in the future). Nothing like being able to follow through on an idea and see it materialize into something you had not even fathomed in the first place.
Wha…

Managing Project-based learning: a dual view

This post is the result of a promising collaboration between myself and +André Hedlund : the start of more to come. 
Coordinating PBL - Stephan's part 
Implementing project-based learning in a content-based syllabus has become the order du jour in educational contexts in general and in ELT in particular. Academic directors and coordinators face the responsibility of delivering meaningful, student-driven, student-generated learning opportunities, which, in turn will foster the much sought-after skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. This post outlines my role as coordinator responsible for implementing projects in a language centre as a prelude to André Hedlund’s narrative of his experience with projects at CCBEU Goiânia.
Based on the core design elements of PBL, the text analyses, therefore, the implications in managing projects and ensuring minimal success. The first important point to consider in any project-based or program-oriented learning pro…