In this lesson we will be talking about Time Travel in English, and looking at the 2nd Conditional.
“Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one!”
— Doc Brown, Back to the Future
If you’re a fan of the Back to the Future Trilogy, you will know that when Marty McFly and Doc Brown go to the future, they go to October 21st, 2015! The future has arrived!! The future is now!
The movie was set in 1985, and they travelled 30 years into the future, to find all sorts of futuristic inventions, both in technology and fashion, including flying cars, wearable technology, and flat screen TVs where you could have video conference calls — and probably English classes via Skype!!!
Time travel is something that fascinates almost everyone, and everyone surely wonders, from time to time, what life will be like 500 years from now, and what life was like when our grandparents were growing up, or in the Middle Ages.
Before we get started, here is a list of vocabulary that will help you talk about time travel with your native English-speaking teacher in your conversation classes via Skype.
Vocabulary about Time Travel in English
English vocabulary related to Time Travel
Grammar to use in your online English conversation class
The 2nd conditional is used to talk about completely hypothetical things in the future, and has the following structure:
if + past simple | would
Useful verb forms:
X In that time
√ In those days
X The century 14
√ The 14th Century
Common pronunciation problems:
If you could time travel, which era would you visit?
Questions we will discuss in your online English conversation class:
Practice reading and listening before speaking with your native English-speaking teacher:
This article looks back on some of the predictions made by Back to the Future, and says whether they were “hits” or “misses” — whether they were right or wrong!
“In the cult film Back to the Future 2, Doc Brown and Marty McFly land in 2015, a futuristic land of flying cars and hovercrafts. As the New Year dawns, which of their predictions were hits - and misses?” Read more…
This short video also looks into some of the futuristic technological advances predicted on Back to the Future II:
Do listening exercise on this video!
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