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"inch along" = move very slowly

"The taxi driver apologized because traffic was only inching along on the highway, but there was nothing he could do in that situation."

"pay through the nose" = pay too much for something

"Be prepared to pay through the nose for a taxi ride in that city."

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Taxi Ride
[Difficult Version]
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What questions might you ask a taxi driver before and after you board the taxi?

HELPFUL TIP: Be sure to show your appreciation by giving taxi drivers a tip. That is an important part of their income.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Where is the man going?
A. to a museum
B. to a movie theater
C. to a musical
D. to a park

2. How long will it take to get to his destination?
A. under five minutes
B. under ten minutes
C. under fifteen minutes
D. under twenty minutes

3. What time does the place in Question 1 close?
A. at 4:30 PM
B. at 5:00 PM
C. at 6:00 PM
D. at 6:30 PM

4. Where is the man going later downtown?
A. to a party
B. to a restaurant
C. to a play
D. to a business meeting

5. How much will the fare be for the taxi ride, not including a tip?
A. between five and ten dollars
B. between ten and fifteen dollars
C. between fifteen and twenty dollars
D. more than twenty dollars

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

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4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

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?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

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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