PART 1 TOPIC: TRANSPORT
What’s the most popular means of transportation in your hometown?
The most common vehicle in my hometown is the motorbike. As I’ve read in a current newspaper, most adults have their own motorbikes. Moreover, I can easily catch sight of motorbikes whenever I go outside.
How often do you take buses?
I take buses to go to school at least twice a day as I haven’t got my own vehicle yet. I also usually use buses to visit my relatives or friends’ homes.
Can you compare the advantages of planes and trains?
Obviously, airplanes and trains have their own particular benefits for passengers. Regarding planes, they have been the fastest means of passenger transport invented so far. They enable people to travel all around the world in the shortest possible time. The biggest advantage of trains is their impressive safety record. Accidents are rare, and so people can feel relaxed and just sit back and admire the views from their comfortable seats.
Is driving to work popular in your country?
Yes. I’m pretty sure that private cars and motorbikes are the two most popular vehicles in my country. Therefore, it is obvious that there are a large number of people who tend to drive to work.
Do you think people will drive more in the future?
Yes, I think so. There will be more drivers on the roads in the future due to the convenience of motoring and the affordable prices of cars.
Would you ride bikes to work in the future?
Yes. As I’m a young person, I like to do energetic activities to help me keep fit, so I will give priority to a job that is within cycling distance of my home.
What will become the most popular means of transportation?
Personally, I think the prevalence of motorbikes will continue to dominate in my country due to their advantages, namely they are great for getting around quickly, they are easy to park and economical to run.
Do you prefer public transportation or private transportation?
Although owning a private vehicle has various advantages, I prefer using public transportation in order to economize as well as to help protect the environment.
Catch sight of (expression): to see something only for a moment
Ex: I caught sight of someone with red hair, so I knew that it was you.
Safety record (noun): details of how many accidents a company has had
Ex: With no accidents in the last 5 years, this airline has a good safety record.
Admire (verb): to look at something and think that it is attractive/impressive
Ex: We stood for a few moments, admiring the beautiful view.
Motoring (noun): the activity of driving a car
Ex: She’s planning a motoring holiday in France next year.
Affordable (adjective): cheap enough for people to be able to buy
Ex: This type of car is affordable for people who have a low income.
Give priority to (expression): deal with something first, because you think it is more important than other things
Ex: This month I must give priority to revision for the exam, so I have taken some time off work.
Prevalence (noun): the fact of being very common at a particular time or in a particular place
Ex: There is a worrying increase in the prevalence of smoking among young people.
Dominate (verb): to be the largest, highest or most obvious thing in a place
Ex: The skyline is dominated by smoking factory chimneys.
Get around (phrasal verb): to move from place to place
Ex: Getting around in this city is hard, because there is too much traffic.
Park (verb): to leave a vehicle that you are driving in a particular place for a period of time
Ex: I parked my car in front of the supermarket while I did my shopping.
Economical (adjective): providing good value in relation to the amount of money spent
Ex: Buy a small car – it will be more economical to run.
Run (verb): to own and use a car or other vehicle
Ex: On my low salary, I can’t afford to run a car.
Economize (verb): to use less money than you normally use
Ex: In winter, don’t economize on heating – it is more important to keep warm.
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