English Corner(May)

By: Fei Chen, PhD student, Department of English │ ISSUE 89 May 2019 My UM

Summer holiday is just around the corner! What are your plans for your summer break this year? Are you completing an internship? Are you going on an exchange programme abroad? Or do you plan to take a long-awaited trip to one of the places on your must-visit list? In English there are several idiomatic phrases about travel that you may find useful when talking with friends about your travel plans. Let’s take a look at some of them.


  1. Itchy feet: if you get itchy feet, you want to travel

As always, before the final exams, there is an arduous study break. Chances are I’ll have itchy feet even before my study break ends.


  1. On a shoestring: if you do something on a shoestring, you do it with a very small amount of money

If your friends are on a budget and ask for your advice about h ow to save money on trips, you could make a suggestion by saying: ‘Staying in youth hostels might be a good option, if you’re travelling on a shoestring budget’.


  1. To hit the road: It means to start a journey or trip, or to leave.

You can say ‘We’re going to hit the road at 6:00am’, by which you mean you are going to start your journey at 6 o’clock in the morning. You can also use this idiom when you decide that it is time to l eave. For example, you are having a wonderful party at your friend’s place, but it is getting really late. Then you could say ‘I’d love to stay longer but I must hit the road.’


Whatever plans you have for the holiday, I wish you a wonderful summer. In any case, as you might already know, summer in Macao is baking day and night. Staying hydrated is crucial. So, live it up, but be sure to drink enough water!

Contributions to this column are from the Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities