52 Transportation


Find out about the transportation system in each person's city.

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Ruth, England
speakerGood transportation? Not really because I'm from a small village but then if you actually go into the town itself, then things aren't too bad. There's quite a good bus system and you can get there easily on the train. We don't have a tram or anything like that but we don't need one. It's not very big anyways so we have enough transportation for all of our needs.

Akane, Canada
speakerDoes your hometown have a good transportation? Well, my hometown is Toronto and I would say that it does have a good transportation system. The highway system is quite extensive and there are buses and subway systems and long distance trains throughout. It may not be as convenient as some other countries like England or Japan, but I do think Toronto has the best transportation system in Canada.

Jeyong, South Korea
speakerI'm from Seoul, Korea and "Yes" we have a good transportation because we have a lot of buses and we have a very convenient subway which almost goes around places around Seoul area, and outside of Seoul, so basically you can reach any place by riding the subway, and buses, even though there's a big traffic, still I think it's very comfortable.

Naomi, Australia
speakerThere's actually not very good transportation in my hometown because it's very quite rural. You definitely need your own car to get around. I have a car in my hometown to get me around because actually it's on top of a mountain so there's no trains and there's only an occasional bus which is very expensive to use.

Ruth, Ireland
speakerThe transport in my hometown isn't too bad. I live quite near to the capital so there is a train that runs in and out from there. There are buses as well that run into Dublin city but sometimes they can be late or delayed.

Todd, United States
speakerYeah, San Francisco has a pretty good transportation system. The best thing about it, it's really cheap. You can go anywhere in the city for 1 dollar because once you buy a ticket for one dollar you get three transfers, so you can transfer from a bus to another bus, or a bus to the subway, so it's really efficient. Also we have the cable cars and there's pretty cool.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

anyways

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It's not very big anyways.

Some people add an 's' to the word anyway.  We use 'anyway(s)' at the end of a sentence when we don't care about something.  Notice the following:

  1. I didn't like him anyway.
  2. It was too expensive anyway.

 I would say

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I would say that it has good transportation.

We use the expression 'I would say' when we want to express our opinion.  Notice the following:

  1. I would say it's the best!
  2. It's his last World Cup I would say.

quite extensive

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The highway system is quite extensive.

We use the word 'extensive' to talk about a large size or amount of somehting.  Notice the following:

  1. The tsunami damage was quite extensive.
  2. He has extensive experience teaching English.

once you

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Once you buy a ticket you get three transfers.

'Once' is a time expression we use to talk about an action that happens before a result.  Notice the following:

  1. Once you start smoking, it's difficult to stop.
  2. Once you try it, you'll like it.

cable cars

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We have the cable cars.

A cable car is similar to a train that is pulled along by a thick strong metal rope.  Notice the following:

  1. Have you ever ridden a cable car?
  2. Let's take a cable car.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
anyways • would say • extensive
once • cable cars
  1. When there is a lot of ice and snow we can't use the because they get stuck.
  2. She's happy to be moving because she never liked living here much .
  3. you meet her you will understand what I'm saying.
  4. The land by her house is quite .
  5. I that the sign should be a little bigger.