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English Vocabulary for ESL learners 


At the airport: Useful phrases and vocabulary for learners of English.

  • Flight ABC123 is now boarding.
    • It is now time to get on the plane.

  • Passengers on flight ABC123 should proceed to Gate n° 25.
    • You should go to Gate n°25 to board the plane.

  • This is the final call for Flight ABC123.
    • Passengers on Flight ABC123 are asked to board the plane. This is the last announcement.

  • Flight XYZ234 has been cancelled. 
    • Flight EXY234 will not leave as planned. (You should go to the information desk for more information.)

  • Flight ABA has been delayed.
    • Flight ABA will arrive or leave later than planned.
      (Listen carefully to announcements.)

  • What is the purpose of your trip?
    • This question is asked to visitors arriving in a country.
        Example answers: "business", "study", "pleasure", "holiday", etc.

  • How long do you plan to stay?
    • Are you going to stay long?
      How many days/weeks do you intend to stay?

  • Do you have anything to declare?
    • Are you carrying anything in your luggage that you need to pay tax on (e.g. alcohol, cigarettes...)

  • Did you pack your bag yourself?
    • Did anyone else put anything into your bag?

  • Please do not leave your bags unattended.
    • Make sure to keep your bags with you at all times.

  • See somebody off.
    • Accompany someone to say goodbye to them.

  • Take off / leave the ground.
    • "I'm always nervous when the plane takes off."

  • Touch down (land).
    • What time did your flight touch down?

See: Travel-Transport Idioms
Travel vocabulary

Please note that British English spelling is used on this website.

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