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what is the difference between the words, journey, holiday, vacance.

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Holiday and vacation are interchangeable in most situations.

Holiday refers more specifically to time away from your normal commitments - such as work or school

A vacation can often indicate that you tend to travel somewhere away from the home, such as to the beach or the mountains.

A journey is the the trip - such as in your car or by train - between your home and the place you are taking a vacation.

In a simple definition - this about sums it up.

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Also, holiday usually refers to specific days off from school/work, while vacation is a somewhat discretionary longer period of time.

For example, Christmas is a holiday. Thanksgiving is a holiday. And so on. Last year I took a vacation in September.

Sometimes people say "the winter holidays" to refer to the entire period at the end of December since there are multiple holidays (Christmas and New Years) and people usually get at least a week or two off. But you would never say "the summer holidays". The only holiday in the summer is the Fourth of July. Student in school usually get a long period of time off during the summer, which would be called summer vacation.

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Well, I would say 'the summer holidays' to mean the long school break (and 'a summer holiday' for a week on a sunny beach), and so would everyone I know - except for those who live on your side of the pond. Vacation is American for holiday/holidays.

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Thanks for the tip. It's always interesting seeing how other dialects of English differ.

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thank you for this valuable assistance

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I'm not sure I agree that no one would ever say "the summer holidays". I'm pretty sure I both use and hear that expression. "Vacation" to me always means going away somewhere for rest and relaxation. "Holidays" means a break from the regular work/school routine, but not necessarily going away from home. And just to complicate things, there's the word "break" in the context of the school year, as in: summer break, spring break, Christmas break/winter break.

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Out of curiosity, are you British?

Personally, I would consider "the summer holidays" odd but Luscinda pointed out that it's different outside the US.

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No I am French, but I love english language,and I have much trouble.

Maybe can you help me ? (grammar)

Michel.

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Bien sûr nous pouvons t'aider, et nous adorons la langue française alors aides-nous aussi!

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aide-nous

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Me? No I'm Canadian but a handful of my closest friends are British so now I'm not so sure if I've just been influenced by the way they speak vs the way most Canadians speak. I have a lot of American friends too, so basically I'm just linguistically confused!

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Holiday = vacance ou fete

journey = voyage

vacation = le mot americain pour vacance.

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