Taxi!

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on March 8, 2023

Conversations related to taxis can benefit English learners by providing them with practical and relevant vocabulary and grammar structures that they can use in their daily lives. Discussing topics related to transportation, like taxis, can help learners to build their vocabulary and fluency in using different tenses, prepositions, and expressions related to this subject.

Additionally, conversation questions related to topics like this can help learners develop their communication and listening skills, making them more confident and fluent speakers of English.

What is a Taxi?

Taxis are vehicles that you can hire to take you from one place to another. They’re usually driven by a professional driver called a “taxi driver”. Taxis have a special sign on top of the car that makes them easy to spot. You can find them at taxi stands, or you can call for one using your phone or hail one on the street.

Taxis are a convenient way to get around, especially if you don’t have your own car or you want to avoid public transportation. Taxis are a bit more expensive than buses or trains, but they give you the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want.

Instructions:
Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • pick up (phrasal verb)
  • drop off (phrasal verb)
  • convenient (adjective)
  • convenience (noun)
  • expensive (adjective)
  • book (verb)
  • regulation (noun)
  • safety (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • Have you ever taken a taxi?
  • How do you usually book a taxi?
  • How much do taxis cost in your city?
  • What are the benefits of taking a taxi as opposed to other forms of transport?
  • What is the downside of taking a taxi compared to other forms of transport?
  • Have you ever had a bad experience with a taxi driver?
  • Do you prefer to take a taxi or use another form of transportation?
  • In what situations do you think taking a taxi is most appropriate?
  • Have you ever used a service like Uber? What was your experience?
  • Have you ever taken a taxi in a foreign country? Was it different?
  • Do you think it is important for taxi drivers to be polite and professional?
  • What are the pros and cons of being a taxi driver?
Gregory
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.