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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
[Easier 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]
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. What is the current time in the conversation?
A. 3:40 PM
B. 4:15 PM
C. 4:30 PM
D. 4:45 PM

2. How does the driver figure out that the passenger is a first-time visitor to the city?
A. The passenger catches a taxi for a short one-mile trip.
B. The passenger does not understand the rules for tipping drivers.
C. The driver finds the passenger lost on the street before picking him up.
D. The driver notices the passenger gazing upward at the tall buildings.

3. What sort of restaurant is the man looking for?
A. one that is relatively inexpensive
B. one that is not very crowded
C. one that offers large servings
D. one that is situated close to his hotel

4. What is one item the driver did NOT mention about the restaurant?
A. the price
B. the service
C. the interior design
D. the serving size

5. The driver suggests that the passenger go ______ to the restaurant.
A. by taxi
B. by bus
C. by subway
D. on foot

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

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

Read the Explanation of Answers.

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Practice the conversation with a partner. Also write your own conversation involving a driver and a passenger.

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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