帰国する (Coming Home - Survival Skills II - Lesson 5) (Level: TOEIC 000-400)

Goal: Learn how to thank your hosts and some more useful travel English

Lesson 5: Coming Home

If a foreign colleague or acquaintance has helped look after you when visiting their country, it's important to know how to thank them politely. 

In this lesson, you will learn how to (レッスンの狙い):
1. Thank your hosts (お世話になった方に感謝を伝える)
2. Change your flight details (フライトの内容を変更する)
3. Check in at the airport (搭乗手続きをする) 


Listen to the dialogue audio first before reading the text.


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Junko: Well, it has been a very useful trip.


David: Indeed, and thank you for coming. We enjoyed having you here.


Junko: Thank you for organizing everything and for looking after me.


David: It’s my pleasure. The team really needed you here in person.


Junko: Please congratulate everyone for me. I would also like to give you this small gift.


David: Wow, that is very nice of you. Can I open it?


Junko: Sure. They are hand-made fans with Japanese prints.


David: These are great! Thank you. Oh, and please send my regards to Saito-san in Marketing.


Junko: Hello. Can I check in for the Tokyo flight here?


Staff: Certainly. May I have your passport and ticket, please?


Junko: Here you go. Actually, I’d like to upgrade to first class.


Staff: That’s no problem. I can arrange that for you.


Points to remember:

Survivial English

Going abroad on a business trip or vacation is an excellent opportunity for you to practice your English skills and build confidence in your abilities. When you use English successfully to get something done, it can give you a great sense of accomplishment and can help keep you motivated to keep studying. When abroad, here are some situations you can get some invaluable practice:

At the Airport (Checking In for flights)

On an international airplane (Making requests to the flight attendant or making small talk with fellow passengers)

At a hotel (Checking in/out, asking questions about hotel services)

In a restaurant (Ordering food, asking about recommendations)

In a taxi (Giving directions, making smal talk)

In a shop (Asking about souvenirs)

There are lots more situations of course so be proactive and have a go! 

Cultural Awareness (文化について):
  • Booking your flight online is easier than ever. Take advantage and book in advance to secure your preferred seats on the flight you want. This will make your time at the airport much easier.
  • Make sure to thank your guests for their hospitality. A small gift will show them that you are really thankful for their help.
  • Many countries around the world have a custom of tipping. Be sure to have small bills and change on you at all times for hotel and airport staff. 

Now double check your understanding by reading the Japanese translation:

  • ネットで航空券を予約することはますます簡単になってきています。これを利用して事前に気に入った席を確保しておきましょう。そこまで済ませておくと空港に着いてからが楽です。
  • 周囲の人たちの自分への気遣いに対するお礼を忘れずに。ささやかな贈り物などで感謝の気持ちを伝えましょう。
  • 多くの国でチップを渡す習慣があります。ホテルや空港のスタッフにあげられるように常に小銭を用意しておきましょう。
Useful Expressions (役立つフレーズと表現):

1. 将来は何をされたいですか。 1. Thank you for having me.
2. 夏休みには何をされますか。 2. Here is a small thank-you present.
3. どのくらいお勤めですか。 3. Where is the check-in counter for XY Airlines?
4. この会社での仕事は非常に面白いです。 4. Is it possible to get on an earlier flight?
5. 未定です。 5. Could I request a seat change, please?
Useful Vocabulary (語彙):

1. 日帰り旅行(をする) 1. (send them) my regards
2. 現地(を観光する) 2. upgrade (to first class)
3. (仕事の後)付き合う 3. (find the) check-in counter
4. 世界中を(旅する) 4. (change to) an aisle seat 
5. 異なる業種に(転職する) 5. (ask for more) leg room