Unit 19 :
Train or Bicycle

 Pre- intermediate


To be able to know the different types of transportation.

train, bicycle

Where in the world would you most like to go for your next vacation? How would you go there?

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Repeat the following words and phrases with your teacher and use them in a sentence.

  • prefer (v)
  • post (v)
  • designated (adj)
  • lane (n)
  • lift (n)
  • sounds (v)
  • city centre (n)
  • astray (adv)
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Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Good morning, Andrew.

Good morning, Jane. Are you going somewhere?

Yes. I am going to the city to do some shopping and have lunch.

That sounds fun. How will you get there?

 I prefer to ride my bicycle.

 Don’t you like using the train, Jane?

The train station is far away and riding my bicycle does not cost anything.

Ok. Jane, why don’t you travel by bus, there is a bus stop just behind the university.

 It might take longer. I think i will need to take two buses to the city centre.

 That is right. There is not a direct bus into the city. Why don’t you use a taxi? That will be quick, but expensive. Can you rollerblade?

I hope you don’t mean I should roller blade to the city.

Is rollerblading popular in America,Jane?

Yes. People often use roller-skates. There is even a designated for it. In the UK we can’t do that, the path is just for walking on.

I need to go to the train station to buy some tickets. I can give you a lift in my car.

That would be wonderful, Andrew. Let’s go to the city centre! Thank you.

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Let’s practice 1

Word Definition: Choose the answer choice that best defines the word. 


1. SOUNDS (v)

    A. seems
    B. in good condition
    C. severe

2. COST (v)

    A. amount to buy or do it
    B. the amount of money needed to buy
    C. the amount of money  for which something is sold

3. ASTRAY (adv) like, choose, or want one thing rather than another
    B. to accuse someone officially
    C. away from the correct path or way of doing something

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Let’s practice 2

Match the different modes of transportation on to their respective names below.


A. cab       B. crane     C. bus     D. subway    E. forklift     F. Aerial tramway   G. carriage   H. bicycle

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Share your  ideas with your teacher. 

  1. What is the most environmentally friendly form of transportation?
  2. Do you get motion sickness? Which types of transportation make you feel sick?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using private transportation such as a car?