Vacation vs Holiday

Both vacation and holiday refer to the time when you're free from school or work (or both!). Which word to use? And how?

Vacation is used in American English, and holiday is the British English counterpart.

Interesting to point out here is the fact that, in other languages, this word is used in the plural:

  • French: les vacances
  • German: die Ferien (ok, there's the word [der] Urlaub too, which is singular)
  • Portuguese: as férias
  • Spanish: las vacaciones

In (American) English, however, we talk about "vacation" (singular).

  • Have you been on vacation this year?
  • My brother's on vacation in South America.
  • I think I'll take a vacation next month.

How is it in your mother tongue? Can you think of some other good example to use in a sentence? Post a comment, then!

(Post based on message #8231 published in the Español-Inglés Yahoo! Group)

Comments

Jola said…
Polish expression is: wakacje, plural, an example:

W zeszłym roku byłam aż miesiąc na wakacjach w Grecji.

Last year I was on a holiday the whole month in Greece.
sharque said…
Dutch expression : vakantie, singular

Example(voorbeeld)
Vorig jaar was ik de hele maand op vakantie in Griekenland.

Last year I was on a holiday the whole month in Greece.
Anonymous said…
French Epression: Vacances, plural

Example
L'année dernière j'étais en vacances le mois entier en Grèce.

Last year I was on holiday the whole month in Greece.
Anonymous said…
Here's a good article http://www.gotravelenglish.com/blog/holiday-vacation-day-off-whats-the-difference
Jola said…
Very useful, thank you.
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autumnmay said…
Well, both vacation and holiday are the favorite day of the students. Wherein they can spend free times with their friends or go somewhere.
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