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Taxi Ride

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Listen to the story again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Passenger: Hey Taxi! Ah great. Thanks for pulling over.

Driver: Where to?

Passenger: Well, I'm going to the National Museum of Art, and . . . .

Driver: Sure. Hop in. No problem. Hang on!

Passenger: Uh. Excuse me. How long does it take to get there?

Driver: Well, that all depends on the traffic, but it shouldn't take more than twenty minutes for the average driver. [Oh]. And I'm not average. I have driving down to an art, so we should be able to cruise through traffic and get there in less than twelve minutes.

Passenger: Okay. Uh, sorry for asking [Yeah?], but do you have any idea how much the fare will be?

Driver: Oh, it shouldn't be more than 18 dollars . . . not including a . . . uh-hum . . . a tip of course.

Passenger: Oh, and by the way, do you know what time the museum closes?

Driver: Well, I would guess around 6:00 O'clock.

Passenger: Uh, do you have the time?

Driver: Yeah. It's half past four. [Thanks] Uh, this IS your first time to the city, right?

Passenger: Yeah. How did you know?

Driver: Well, you can tell tourists from a mile away in this city because they walk down the street looking straight up at the skyscrapers.

Passenger: Was it that obvious?

Driver: Well . . .

Passenger: Oh, before I forget, can you recommend any good restaurants downtown that offer meals at a reasonable price?

Driver: Umm . . . Well, the Mexican restaurant, La Fajita, is fantastic. [Oh] It's not as inexpensive as other places I know, but the decor is very authentic, [Okay] and the portions are larger than most places I've been to.

Passenger: Sounds great! How do I get there from the museum?

Driver: Well, you can catch the subway right outside the museum. There are buses that run that way, but you would have to transfer a couple of times. And there are taxis too, but they don't run by the museum that often.

Passenger: Okay. Thanks.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • pull over (verb): to stop a vehicle to the side of the road
    - We pulled over so we could rest and enjoy the scenic view.

  • down to an art (verb): to learn something very well
    - My brother has skiing down to an art.

  • cruise (verb): to drive at a moderate speed, often leisurely or aimlessly
    - The football players cruised around the city after the big game.

  • do you have the time (verb): "Do you know what time it is?"
    - Excuse me. Do you happen to have the time?

  • skyscrapers (noun): very tall city buildings
    - The city has decided to build a new skyscraper in the downtown area.

  • offer (verb): to provide or furnish
    - This travel agency is offering discount travel tickets to students until the end of the week.

  • reasonable (adjective): fair, not excessive or severe
    - The prices at that department store are very reasonable.

  • fantastic (adjective): super, wonderful, unbelievably great
    - The musical last night was fantastic.

  • decor (noun): the indoor furnishings of a building or home
    - The hotel's decor was designed by a local decorator.

  • authentic (adjective): real, not counterfeited
    - The teacher create a very authentic classroom atmosphere for her students.

  • portions(noun): an individual amount of food
    - The portions were so large that we couldn't finish the meal.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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