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)
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.
If you want to master new vocabulary and expressions and make sure you don't forget them, it's very important to review previous lessons and learning points.
Before starting a new lesson, review what you learned the lesson before.
It's also a good idea to occasionally have long review sessons and only focus on things you have learned in the past.
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!
Cross Cultural Gift-giving Etiquette
Cross cultural awareness and understanding foreign etiquette is very important for global businesspeople. One important area to know about is gift giving. Here are some examples from different countries:
North America and the UK:
In North America or the UK, gift giving is rare in the business world. In these countries, gift giving is not usually appropriate in business.
It is the proper etiquette for gifts to be exchanged as thanks for assistance or for a celebration. Business gifts should always be reciprocated and it is bad manners not to give a gift in return.
Gift giving is customary in India, and is seen as a sign of friendship. However, it is generally not expected at the first meeting. It is advisable not to give expensive gifts. Normally, gifts are not opened in the presence of the giver.
- 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:
|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?|
|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|