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Unit 8 :
Talking to a taxi driver

Pre-intermediate

Summary

Having a little conversation with a taxi driver.

Transportation 8-1

How often do you take a taxi? How much do you pay?

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Vocabulary

Repeat these words/ phrases after your teacher.

  • Trunk
  • Expressway
  • Charge
  • Fasten the seat belt.
  • Address
  • Collection
  • Security
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Dialogue 1

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Taxi driver

Passenger

Hi. Where are you going?

To the train station, please.

Shall I put your bag in the trunk?

No thanks. I’ll keep it with me. How long will it take to the station?

About 30 minutes. Are you in a hurry?

Yes, I’m a bit late.

We can take the expressway. There’s an extra charge, okay?

That’s okay, thanks.

Fasten your seat belt, please.

Okay.

(After a drive)

Here is the station.

Thank you. How much is it?

$35.

Here’s $40. Keep the change.

Thanks. Don’t forget your things.

Okay. Bye. Have a good day!

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Let’s Talk

Share your ideas with your teacher.

1.Do you know why the passenger said “Keep the change”? What does it mean?

2.In your country, is it common not to get the change from the taxi driver ?

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Dialogue 2

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Wendy

Taxi driver

Where to?

Can you take me to the Golden Gate Hotel? I have the address right here.

Don’t worry, I know where it is.

Oh, good.

You hear what happened to that museum? Next to the Golden Gate Hotel.

What happened?

The collections were stolen!

Oh really? Wow! That’s just crazy! Security must have been sleeping. It’s like in the movies!

Alright. We’re here. That’ll be $44.90.

Oh, here’s fifty dollars. Keep the change. Thanks.

All right. Have a nice day.

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Let’s Practice

Choose the correct answer.

1.

A:Where will  I take you?

B:______________.

  1. a) To the W Hotel, please.     b) It takes 20 minutes.

2.

A:Alright. That’ll be $35.5.

B:Here you are! _____

  1. a) I’ve changed my mind.     b) Keep the change.
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Discussion:

Share your  ideas with your teacher.

  1. Do you prefer taxi or uber?
  2. Do you think taxi drivers should know every direction or  every road?