Collocations: landing

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“I’ve been in airplanes that have aborted both takeoffs and landings. They aren’t fun. I’ve seen a lot of things happen on flights that you wouldn’t believe. But until you experience it, you really never see flight attendants in action. And you probably never want to see what we are trained to do”.

The quote above is from this article in which flight attendant Patricia Sund makes a perfectly sound analysis on both the Asiana Flight #214 and on how thankless is the role of a flight attendant. Her text is plenty of useful aviation vocabulary and American English, so I highly recommend it.

For this blog post, however, I’d like to draw your attention to collocations with landing, which are among the most recurrent words in the ICAO test and in Aviation as a whole. Note that in the same quote, Patricia uses “aborted takeoffs” and “aborted landings” – what other words usually collocate with landing?

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Remember that memorising chunks of language rather than isolated words has proved to be more effective in terms of fluency and vocabulary range. Taking a noun (such as landing) and investigating which other words are commonly associated to it (hard landing, landing area, make an emergency landing) makes it easier to understand meaning, memorise it and, consequently, use it in a myriad of contexts.

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“I’ve been in airplanes that have aborted both takeoffs and landings. They aren’t fun. I’ve seen a lot of things happen on flights that you wouldn’t believe. But until you experience it, you really never see flight attendants in action. And you probably never want to see what we are trained to do”.

A citação acima foi retirada neste artigo no qual a comissária Patricia Sund faz uma análise lúcida sobre o acidente envolvendo o Asiana Flight #214 e também sobre a profissão ingrata dos comissários. O texto dela é repleto de expressões úteis do inglês americano e também do mundo da Aviação – portanto, altamente recomendado.

Para esta postagem, entretanto, gostaria de chamar a atenção para combinações frequentes com o substantivo landing (“aterrissagem”), que estão entre as mais recorrentes no teste ICAO e na Aviação de modo geral. Note que, na mesma citação, Patricia diz”aborted takeoffs” e “aborted landings” – quais outros termos costumam aparecer com landing?

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 Lembrem-se que memorizar palavras combinadas ao invés de palavras isoladas tem se provado mais eficaz em termos de fluência e em diversidade de vocabulário.  Ao selecionar um substantivo (tal como landing) e investigar quais outras palavras costumam se associar a ele (hard landing, landing area, make an emergency landing) faz com que seja mais fácil assimilar o significado dos termos em questão, memorizá-los e, consequentemente, utilizá-los em toda uma gama de contextos.

About Isabella Ferraro

English examiner, teacher and frustrated ballerina. Geek, gauche, obsessed with books, podcasts and the web. Dedicated professional and blogger, tho. More info below blog's header.
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