General Listening Quiz

“Taxi Ride”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate taxi rides two men 01:39

Pre-Listening Exercise

What questions might you ask a taxi driver before and after you board the taxi? In what cases would you use a share-ride service like Uber instead of a taxi?


drive someone up the wall” = to annoy or bother someone a lot
My brother kept talking in his sleep during our vacation, and that drove me up the wall.”

hit the road” = to begin or start your travel
Hey. We need to hit the road before 5:00 a.m. if we want to arrive at mom’s house by noon.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Practice the conversation with a partner. Also write your own conversation involving a driver and a passenger. What types of questions do people often ask a taxi driver about the ride or about the local area? Do people tip taxi drivers? If so, how much do you give the driver?

Online Investigation

Imagine that you want to travel from your house or apartment to the nearest airport (or other destination of your choosing). How much would it cost to hire a taxi or shuttle to make the trip? Use the Internet to identify companies in your area that provide such a service, the cost per passenger, and any other associated fees.

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