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Taking a Gap Year

James and Mark are talking about taking a gap year before starting university…


James: Mark! Why don’t we go to Argentina for our gap year? It looks amazing! We could do voluntary work there and go travelling too. A charity is looking for people to teach English to young children.

Mark: That sounds great! We could do that for six months… Then we could go travelling.  Where could we go?

James: Well, there’s a town called Rosario. It’s about 200 kilometres from Buenos Aires. I’d love to visit the Andes and go hiking!

Mark: That sounds amazing! What about doing a Spanish course before we go?

James: Well, on the website, it says they offer a 30-hour Spanish course free of charge when we arrive, so that should be enough to start with.

Mark: Perfect! How hot do you think it’ll be?

James: I’m not sure… Maybe about thirty degrees during the day and cooler at night.

Mark: Well, why don’t we travel in September? We could start work at the start of October.

James: Yes, we could work for five months and then, we could go travelling.

Mark: Sounds great! Let’s get it arranged!

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Taking a Gap Year


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To come across something

To find something


He came across a

nice, little

restaurant while he

was walking

through the town.

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To check out
  1. To prove information or facts are true.

  2. To check out of a hotel

  1. You should check out the latest Harry Potter book – it’s amazing!

  2. He checked out at 11am this morning.

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To eat out

To eat in a


When I lived in

France, I used to

eat out every


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To polish something off

To finish eating

food or doing work


  1. She polished off the whole pizza.

  2. He polished off two essays in one week.

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To snack on something

To eat small amounts of food between meals

If you eat breakfast

in the morning,

you’re less likely

to snack on


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