Taking a Taxi

 

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Good evening. Where are you heading?
Do you know where the Astoria Hotel is?
The one downtown?
Yes. Do you think we can make it in 20 minutes?
I can't promise anything but I think we will be fine.
Thank you. I have to be there at 6:30.
What brings you to the city?
Vacation. I'm going on a city sightseeing tour.
That's nice. Is it your first time in the city?
Not the first time, but I haven't been back in many years.
Here we are, Astoria Hotel.
How much do I owe you?
It's 18.20 dollars, please.
Here are 20 dollars, keep the change. Thank you very much.
 

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Good evening. are you heading?
W h e r e
 
 
 
Do you know the Astoria Hotel is?
w h e r e
 
 
 
The downtown?
o n e
 
 
 
Yes. Do you think we can it in 20 minutes?
m a k e
 
 
 
I can't promise but I think we will be fine.
a n y t h i n g
 
 
 
Thank you. I have to be at 6:30.
t h e r e
 
 
 
What brings you to the ?
c i t y
 
 
 
. I'm going on a city sightseeing tour.
V a c a t i o n
 
 
 
That's nice. Is it your time in the city?
f i r s t
 
 
 
Not the first time, but I haven't been back in many .
y e a r s
 
 
 
Here we are, Astoria Hotel.
How do I owe you?
m u c h
 
 
 
It's 18.20 dollars, .
p l e a s e
 
 
 
Here are 20 dollars, keep the . Thank you very much.
c h a n g e
 
 
 
 

Learn more important phrases

How much is the fare to the airport?
Could you call a cab for me?
What is your destination?
May I have a receipt, please?
Do you mind if I open the window?
Could you wait for me here?
Just drop me off at the corner.
Could you switch the meter on, please?
How much is the fare to the airport?
 
Could you call a cab for me?
 
What is your destination?
 
May I have a receipt, please?
 
Do you mind if I open the window?
 
Could you wait for me here?
 
Just drop me off at the corner.
 
Could you switch the meter on, please?
 
 
 

Cultural Notes

In North America taxis are often called cabs. It's common to tip your driver between 10-15%.

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Taxi driver
Good evening. Where are you heading?
You
Do you know where the Astoria Hotel is?
The one downtown?
Yes. Do you think we can make it in 20 minutes?
I can't promise anything but I think we will be fine.
Thank you. I have to be there at 6:30.
What brings you to the city?
Vacation. I'm going on a city sightseeing tour.
That's nice. Is it your first time in the city?
Not the first time, but I haven't been back in many years.
Here we are, Astoria Hotel.
How much do I owe you?
It's 18.20 dollars, please.
Here are 20 dollars, keep the change. Thank you very much.
Speak your answers to the dialog (when it's your turn). Record your answers to the dialog (when it's your turn). Then replay your recording and compare each recorded part to the original.
You
Good evening. Where are you heading?
David
Do you know where the Astoria Hotel is?
The one downtown?
Yes. Do you think we can make it in 20 minutes?
I can't promise anything but I think we will be fine.
Thank you. I have to be there at 6:30.
What brings you to the city?
Vacation. I'm going on a city sightseeing tour.
That's nice. Is it your first time in the city?
Not the first time, but I haven't been back in many years.
Here we are, Astoria Hotel.
How much do I owe you?
It's 18.20 dollars, please.
Here are 20 dollars, keep the change. Thank you very much.
 
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