Try to learn this vocabulary because in Avanzado 2 you will much more things related with cars: http://avanzado2eoi.wikispaces.com/11+Transport+and+Travel

(a breakdown service in the UK)
I'll have to stay here and see if I can get the AA to bring out another spare tyre.
additional driver

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(the person who works at a car rentals shop)

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automatic drive / automatic transmition
(in automatic cars)

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car rental company / place

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car rentals shop

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driving licence (Brit.)

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driving license (Am. Eng.)

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The tyres are flat.
The tyre is flat.
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(sendero, acera)

front wheel
(rueda delantera)

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any substance burned as a source of heat or power, such as coal or petrol
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manual drive

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one-way (car) rental

You leave the car you rented in the same place you took it.
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parking ticket(s)

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The tyres are punctured.
The tyre is punctured.
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(de repuesto)
Do you have a spare (tyre)?
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speeding fine

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to draw up
(aproximarse, llegar)
Suddenly a dark car draws up in front of the car.

hire or rent?
rent a car
American English
rent a car / hire a car
British English

Other expressions:
run through some of the basics
= discuss the main points quickly
fair enough
= that's ok
= a physical attact on someone

Types of car:

What car are you looking for?
I would like a compact. Three-door.
Automatic or manual?
I would prefer a manual car.
We have several models of three-door compact cars.

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a self-propelled road vehicle designed to carry passengers, esp. one with four wheels that is powered by an internal-combustion engine
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a car in which the gears change by themselves without any action by the driver
camper van
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a motor caravan

auto, automobile
compact (car)
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a small car, but larger than economy
convertible (car)
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a car with a roof that can be folded back or removed completely (open-top cars)
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a car with two side doors and a back that slopes downwards
hybrid /'haibrid/, mixes genres
demo (car)

a car that people drive to decide whether they want to buy one like it
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(small car)
electric car
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estate car
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a car with a comparatively long body containing a large carrying space, reached through a rear door: usually the back seats can be folded forward to increase the carrying space; a long car with an extra door at the back and a lot of space behind the back seats
family car
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a comfortable car for a family (medium size)

four-wheel drive
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vehicle in which all four wheels receive power from the engine to help with steering. This makes the vehicle easier to drive on rough roads or surfaces such as sand or snow.
front-wheel drive
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a car with this system
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stick shift
getaway car / van / vehicle
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the vehicle that criminals use when they are driving away, for example from a bank where they have stolen money
a good runner

a car with an engine that works well
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a car with a metal roof, especially one that can be removed
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a type of car that has an extra door on the back that opens from the bottom instead of the side
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a large expensive comfortable car in which a screen separates the driver from the passengers
luxury car
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cars which are not necessary, but which give you pleasure or make your driving more comfortable.
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people carriers
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for more than five people
right-hand drive
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a right-hand drive vehicle is designed to be driven by someone sitting on the right

a closed two-door or four-door car with four to six seats (a saloon for the Americans)
sports car
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a small fast car, often with a roof that you can take off
sports utility vehicle (SUV)
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a powerful vehicle with four-wheel drive that can be driven over rough ground. The abbreviation SUV is often used.
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a sporty car looks fast and expensive

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is a small or medium-sized road vehicle with one row of seats at the front and a space for carrying goods behind.

· Makes

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Vauxhal Corsa
(in the UK, in other countries Opel)
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· Models

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· Kinds of drive

automatic drive / automatic transmition
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manual drive
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· parts of the car

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(e.g. put the handbrake on) a brake operated by a hand lever
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rear door
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rear window
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spare tyre
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petrol tank (UK Eng.) / gas tank (Am. Eng.)
· The petrol tank is full.
· It has a full tank.
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a rubber ring placed over the rim of a wheel of a road vehicle to provide traction and reduce road shocks, esp. a hollow inflated ring (pneumatic tyre) consisting of a reinforced outer casing enclosing an inner tube
a solid disc, or a circular rim joined to a hub by radial or tangential spokes, that is mounted on a shaft about which it can turn, as in vehicles and machines
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(Brit) the sheet of flat or curved glass that forms a window of a motor vehicle, esp. the front window, (U.S. and Canadian name) windshield
wing mirror(s)
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a mirror on the outside of a car door that allows the driver to see the vehicles that are behind or overtaking

· extras

Would you like to have any extras in the car?
Yes, I would like to have a GPS.
Ok, but there is an additional charge of 5 pounds a day.
air conditioning
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automatic gearbox
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baby seat
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cruise control
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heated seat(s)
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leather seat(s)
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parking sensor
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satnav / GPS
satellite navigator

Listen and then practice these dialogues:

Car Rental:
Hello, how may I help you?
Hi there, I'd like to rent a car.
Alright, how long will you need it?
I'll only need it for three days.
Ok, what kind of car would you like?
What kinds of cars do you have?
We have sedans, trucks, vans ...
I'd like a sedan, please.
Alright. Have you ever rented a car before?
No, I haven't.
What is your reason for renting?
Well, my other car is in the shop right now.
Oh, okay. A lot of people rent cars when theirs are broken.
I bet. My sister rented a car when she was on vacation.
Yes, a lot of people do that also. Alright, you said you wanted a sedan ...
Can I choose the make and model of the rental?
Well, we have a Toyota Corolla in black, red, silver and navy blue.
Can I have the silver one?
Sure! Here are the keys to the car.
Thanks! What time do I have to bring it back?
It needs to come back by noon of the third day.
What if I'm late?
If it's late, then we will charge you for another day.
Alright. Thanks again!
Thank you! Drive safely.

shop = auto repair shop
make = the name of the company (e.g. Peugeot)
model = the name of the car (e.g. 208)

Renting a Car:
Hello there. I need to rent a car.
Hi! What size are you thinking?
Well, err ... this is my first car rental. What sizes do you have?
We have compact, medium and full size, the compact being the cheapest.
I'm travelling with my wife and little daughter, so a compact car will be fine. What are your daily rates?
For the compact, it's 29,90 (dollars) per day, but if you're renting it for more than seven days, you can take a price break.
Not bad! I'm going to rent it for 10 days.
In that case, you'll be paying 19,90 (dollars) per day.
Wow! That's a great discount! I'll take the compact, then.
Good choice. May I see your driver's license and a credit card, please?

Details When Renting a Car:
Ok, Mr. Patterson, let's see... will your wife also drive the car?
Yes. Since we're going to Boston for my brother's wedding, we'll be taking turns driving.
By the way, can I return the car there, or were there be extra charges?
There are no extra charges for that. Where will you be returning the car in Boston?
At the Boston Airport.
Very good, Mr. Patterson. You're all set. Have a safe trip.
Oh! What about the mileage?
There's no extra charge for miles, but you must return the car with a full tank of gas, or else they'll charge you for that.
Fair enough. Thanks for your help.

Renting by Phone:
Hello, is it Time Travels?
Yes. My name is Beth. How can I help you?
I would like to rent a car to take me to the Hotel Shangri-La from the Las Vegas airport.
Sure. May I know your name and your schedule please?
It's Suzie Thatcher. I'll need it at 12 noon today and I prefer a white limousine.
That's not a problem, Ms. Thatcher. Our driver will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Very good. How much is the rental?
Our rates are 45,00 (dollars) and hour.
Ok, that's fine.
In case of any delays, or problems, please call us at this number, Ms. Thatcher.
All right. Thanks for your help.

Renting a Car at the Airport:
Hello. I'd like to rent a limo to take me to the Hotel Shangri-La.
We have the Luxury Sedan, for 1 to 4 passengers, and the Stretch Limousine, which fits 1 to 8 passengers.
Ok. I'll go with the Luxury Sedan. What are your rates?
Well, they're based on a three-hour rental. The luxury Sedan goes for 55,00 dollars per hour, plus gratuity.
I just need it to drop me off at the Shangri-La, at Echelon Place.
That won't be a problem.
Will it take long?
It will just take a moment for the driver to bring the car around. You can have a seat, if you like.
Thank you.

gratuity = propina, gratificación

You can visit this website: http://www.learning-english-online.net/crew/english-exercise/how-to-rent-a-car

Now, make your own dialogue:

You want to rent a car to make a trip with your family (including a baby).
- Ask what type of cars they have and ask for recommendation (which one is better for your situation): compact / minivan / ...
- Talk about the make and the model.
- Say what things you would like the car to have (GPS, automatic or manual transmission, ...).
- Ask if they include the insurance.
- Ask if they have any promotion or discount now.
- Ask in what conditions is the car now and how you have to return the vehicle (when, tank full, ...).
You work at a dealer's car. A customer wants to rent a car.
- Ask his/her purpose for renting the car to give good recommendations.
- Say the cars that you have and the things they have (GPS, automatic or manual transmission, ...).
- Say if it includes the insurance.
- Say that you do have a promotion or discount.
- Say in what conditions is the car now and how he/she has to return the vehicle (when, tank full, ...).

Dialogue 1 - Renting a car on the phone:
Listen All | Person A | Person B

A: "Hello, ABC Car Rental. How can I help you?"
B: "Hi, I wanted to make a reservation."
A: "What location would you like to rent from?"
B: "I am flying into Los Angeles Airport. Do you have a booth there?"
A: "Yes we do. What date are you flying in?"
B: "I am arriving on June 22nd."
A: "What time is your arrival time?"
B: "I am scheduled to arrive at 2 pm."
A: "How long would you like to rent the vehicle?"
B: "I will need it for 10 days."
A: "What size car would you like?"
B: "A midsize car please."
A: "Can I get your name?"
B: "Yes. My name is Sang Min Lee."
A: "Can you spell that?"
B: "Last name is L E E. First name is S A N G. Middle initial is M."
A: "Great. Thank you. I have reserved a midsize car for you for June 22nd until July 1st. Is there anything else I can help you with?"
B: "That will be all."
A: "Thank you for calling."
B: "Thank you. Bye."
booth = cabina, caseta, puesto, stand

Dialogue 2:
Listen All | Person A | Person B

A: "How can I help you today?"
B: "I would like to rent a car."
A: "Do you have a reservation?"
B: "No."
A: "That's alright. Let's see what we can find. We have several cars to choose from. What size are you looking for?"
B: "What are my options?"
A: "A compact car, midsize car, and a minivan."
B: "How much are they?"
A: "Compact is $2.1.95 a day, midsize is $27.95 a day, and a minivan is 35.95 a day."
B: "I'll take a midsize car."
A: "How long will you be renting the car?"
B: "One week."
A: "How many people will be driving the car?"
B: "Just myself."
A: "Would you like insurance?"
B: "How much is it?"
A: "It is $14.95 a day and it covers everything regardless of fault."
B: "Yes please."
A: "Can I have your name?"
B: "Last name is Lee. L E E. First name is Sang. S A N G."
A: "You address please?"
B: "I am from Korea. Would you like my address in Korea?"
A: "Just the city name."
B: "Seoul, Korea."
A: "Can I see your driver's license and a credit card?"
B: "Sure. Here it is."
A: "Great. That will be $324.92. Would you like me to charge it on this card?"
B: "Yes. That will be fine."
A: "Please sign here. You can pick up your car downstairs. Your expected time to return the car is June 29th. That is exactly one week. Show the attendant this invoice. When you return the car, bring this invoice with you. Also, the gas tank is full, you should fill up the gas tank before you return it. If you don't want to, we can do it for $3 a gallon. Is there anything else I can do for you?"
B: "That will be all. Thank you."
A: "Thank you. Good bye."

regardless of fault = a pesar de / con independencia de / sin tener en cuenta los desperfectos
invoice = factura

Taken from: http://es.talkenglish.com/LessonPractice.aspx?ALID=401

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a document issued by a seller to a buyer listing the goods or services supplied and stating the sum of money due

Dialogue 3:
Car Rental US Clerk:
Sara Smith
Good morning. How can I help you?
I´d like to rent a car, please.
Okay. What size car would you like? Full-size, mid-size or compact, ma´am?
Full-size, please. How much would that cost?
Full size, let me see. That would be 78 dollars a day with unlimited mileage.
And I´d like to have insurance just in case.
Is there an additional driver?
No, just me.
Well, if you want full coverage insurance, it will be 8 dollars per day. That includes collision damage waiver and personal accident insurance.
That sounds great. I´ll take it.
Here is our brochure, ma´am. Err… full-size… OK. Would you like to choose a model in this section?
How about this one?
No problem. How many days would you like to use it?
Just one day.
Fine. May I see your driver´s license and credit card please?
I have an international driving license. Is that okay?
Yes, that’s fine.
Thank you. Please fill in this form. Could you check this box, and put your initials here, and again here.

Taken from: http://eslchatting.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/dialogue-one-renting-a-car/

Dialogue 4:
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Rental Car Agent
Hi. How can I help you?
Yeah. I'd like to rent a mid-size car for three days.
Okay. Let me check to see if we have one available. Hmmm. It's doesn't look like we do. We have a couple of economy, compact, and full-size cars available, or a nice minivan.
Well, what is the main difference between these cars?
The main difference is size. The economy car is the smallest, and it seats fewer passengers and can hold less luggage.
How many people are with you?
Just me and my son.
Well, the economy car would work. We have one right out front.
Where? That one? It looks more like a shoebox to me. I'm really tall and trying to squeeze into that thing . . . I don't think so.
Well, if you need more room or comfort, I recommend the full-size car. It also has a nice stereo system, CD player, [Alright] safety rear door locks, and cruise control, and power locks and windows.
Well, I'm not so concerned about how it's equipped. I just want to make sure it is comfortable to drive. And what is the daily rate for that anyway?
Well, let's see here. Oh, yeah. It'll come to fifty-seven ninety-five a day.
Wow, a little expensive. But what's the cost for mileage?
Hey, all of our cars have unlimited miles, but of course, that doesn't include gas.
Yeah, right. I bet that car probably eats up gas, and now that we're in the middle of the vacation season, gas stations are gouging consumers with astronomical prices.
Well, as they say, it comes down to the law of supply an demand.
Well, anyway, can you install a car seat in one of those cars? I have a 3-year-old son with me.
Sure, and that'll only be one dollar extra per day.
I'll go with the full-size car. Wait, uh . . . what does it look like?
Uh, it's right out there in the parking lot.
Which one?
The one over there next to the sidewalk.
Do you mean that old lemon with the missing hubcap? Ahhh.
Sir, excuse me. We take pride in our vehicles. It's just that it's one of the last cars on our lot, but it runs like a dream. Don't let the exterior fool you. Hey, I'll even give you an extra fifteen dollars off the daily rate to show you we are serious about pleasing our customers. Will there be any other drivers?
No, I'm the only driver.
Okay. Would you like to purchase our daily car protection plan?
What's that exactly?
Well, the car protection plan is a complete insurance package covering damage to the vehicle, [Okay] injury or loss of life to you or your passengers [Oh]. It even includes incidental road damage caused by, let's say, a huge boulder rolling down the mountain and crushing your car. [Oh, uh, well . . . ]. However, it won't cover loss of property due to theft. Too much crime in the area anyway.
What? Wh . . . What about this crime? What, what?
Don't worry about it. And the car protection plan is only seventeen ninety-five per day.
But you were saying?....
And the nicest thing about this coverage is that you can rent the car without the worry and hassle of making a complicated claim in case you do have a problem.
But wouldn't my own car insurance cover those problems?
It might, but each insurance policy is different. With our car protection plan, however, you deal directly with us in case there is a problem [Well . . . ], and we handle everything quickly, and you don't have to contact your own insurance company. Okay. Let me just confirm this. A full-size car with a car seat for three days [Yeah], plus the car protection package. Is that right?
That's right.
Okay, I'll have our mechanic, Louie, check the car over and pull it up to the door.
Push it up to the door? I hope this car really runs.
Well, in case it does break down on some out-of-the-way, deserted road, just call the toll-free number for assistance. They'll come to assist you within . . . two business days.
Two business days!!!
Enjoy your trip.

Key Vocabulary
rear = atrás, parte posterior
hubcap = tapa
lot = estacionamiento
break down = venirse abajo
  • eat up (phrasal verb): use or consume a lot of something like fuel or electricity
    - My parents sold their truck because it ate up so much gas that is was no longer affordable to drive.
  • gouge (verb): make people pay a lot for something (sacar los ojos)
    - During natural disasters, some stores tend to gouge consumers by charging high prices for everyday goods.
  • lemon (noun): a poor-quality car that is useless
    - My brother knows nothing about cars, and he bought a used car, but it turned out to be a real lemon because it broke down only two hours after he bought it.
  • like a dream (verb): very well
    - The minivan runs like a dream; it handles smoothly, and you feel like you are driving a luxury car.
  • incidental (adjective): unplanned or unexpected
    - You should budget enough money for maintaining your car because there are often incidental expenses you don't anticipate, like repairing a cracked windshield or fixing a flat tire.
  • boulder (noun): a large rock (roca, peña, canto rodado)
    - The road was closed for two hours because road crews had to remove several large boulders that tumbled into the road as a result of a major rock slide.
  • hassle (noun): trouble, difficulty, or bother (confusión, lío)
    - It was such a hassle to drive my dad's truck because there was always something wrong with it.
  • out-of-the-way (adjective): far away from people or cities that is not traveled much (fuera del paso)
    - I really enjoy driving to out-of-the-way places because I can get away from large crowds.

Taken from: http://www.esl-lab.com/rentcar/rentcarsc1.htm

Dialogue 5:
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My car broke down: Kevin didn't show up for class because his car broke down....


Why didn't you show up for class this morning?
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I don't even want to talk about it. My car broke down.
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What happened?
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The engine seems to be busted. It's driving me crazy!
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Wow. Have you thought about getting a new car?
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Yeah, I've thought about that, but I can't afford a new car. I'm broke.
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Maybe you can lease a car. It doesn't cost much. I know Toyota is running a promotion.
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Really? How much is it?
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Zero down and $219 per month.
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That's a good deal. I might wanna consider it.

Taken from: http://www.focusenglish.com/dialogues/traffic/breakdown.html

Possible questions to ask about cars and driving:

  • How old were you when you first learned to drive?
    • Was there anything difficult about learning to drive?
  • Can you drive a car?
  • Can you drive a manual shift car?
  • Do you have a car?
  • If so, what kind of car do you have?
    • Is it a standard (manual shift) or automatic shift?
    • Which do you like best, a standard or automatic shift car?
  • What are the advantages of owning a car?
  • What are the disadvantages of owning a car?
  • Are you a good driver?
  • Have you ever been in a car accident?
  • Have you ever been pulled over by the police?
    • What happened?
  • Have you ever driven a car in a foreign country?
    • If yes, which side of the road did they drive on?
    • Were the road signs different?
  • Are the drivers in your area where you live good drivers?
  • Do you know anything about repairing or maintaining a car?
    • What do you know how to do?
    • Where did you learn how to do this?
  • Do you enjoy repairing cars?
    • What are some things you do to maintain your car?
  • Do you prefer driving or riding public transportation?
  • What kind of car do you prefer?
  • Do you like drive at night?
  • Do you think cars should be banned from city centers?
  • What side of the road do you drive in your country?
  • Is drunk driving a problem in your country?
  • What kind of laws does your country have about drunk driving?
  • What is the penalty for drunk driving in your country?
  • Have you ever been (or) do you know anyone who has been in an accident related to drunk driving?
  • Is jaywalking legal in your country?
  • Do people often jaywalk in your country?
  • Who taught you to drive?
  • How long did it take you to learn to drive?
  • What is the longest trip you have ever taken by car?
  • Have you ever broken down and been stranded on the side of the road?
    • Who helped you?
  • How do American drivers compare to drivers in your country?
  • What are the speed limits in your country?
  • On what occasions do you honk your car horn?
  • Is it acceptable to honk in your country
  • Are men better drivers than women?
  • Are women better drivers than men?
  • At what age can you get a licence in your country?
  • Do you think the age for driving should be raised or lowered?
  • Do you think driving lessons should be provided by high schools?
  • Should new drivers have a period of accompanied driving?
    • Or some kind of trial period?
  • Do you have a GPS (Global Position System)?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a GPS?
  • Does the type of car a person drives tell us about the person who drives it?
  • What can we tell or imagine about a person by looking at the car they drive?
  • What are the laws about seat belts in your country?
    • How are they different to this country?
  • Is your car air conditioned?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of air conditioning?
  • Do you have a GPS?
    • If yes, when do you use it? If no, would you like one? Why or why not?
  • What is the price of gasoline in your country?
    • Is it cheaper or more expensive than in this country?
  • Do you allow passengers to eat inside your car?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of buying a second-hand car?
  • Do you wash your car yourself or do you have it washed?
  • Do you think that there is a relation between global warming and cars?
  • Have you ever seen a "hybrid" car?
  • What do you know about "hybrid" cars?
  • Do you really think that car manufacturers are interested in global warming?
  • How often do you need to get your car repaired?
  • On what occasions do you honk your car horn?
    • Is it acceptable to honk in your country?
  • Do you like to drive or be driven?
  • Have you ever bribed a policeman in your country after he pulled you over?
  • Is it common for traffic cops to accept bribes?
  • How are the traffic laws in your country?
    • Are they strict or lax?
  • Do most people follow the rules of the road?
  • Is it easy to find parking?
  • Is parking expensive?
  • What should be done in order to prevent traffic congestion in your city?
  • Is there any kind of rules to avoid traffic congestions?
  • How do you feel about spending time in your car during rush hour?
  • Is car theft a big problem in your country?
  • Have you had your car stolen?
  • Have you had your radio stolen?
  • Is road side assistance common in your country?
  • Can you change a flat tire?
  • Do you know anything about fixing a car?
  • Who taught you to drive?
    • Was it pleasant or unpleasant?
  • Have you ever broken down and been stuck on the side of the road?
    • Who helped you?
  • What do you think of international car-free days?
  • Can you recall any memorable car drive in your life?
  • What are the most frequent driving offenses?
  • What factors are responsible for railway crossing accidents?
  • According to insurance statistics women are better driver than men.
    • Do you agree?
  • What do you think of car pooling?

Safety inside and outside home:
  • Do you wear seat belts?
  • Do you put your child in a car seat?
  • Do you lock the doors when you get inside your car?
  • Do you check the backseat before getting into the car?
  • Do you park near a lighted area at night?
  • What do you do if someone grabs your purse or backpack?
  • What do you do if someone asks you for money?
  • How will you get out of your house if it starts to burn?
  • What measures do you take when you walk at night?
  • What do you think about keeping a gun in the house?
  • How can you make a house safe for children to live in?
  • What are some safety concerns in the winter when you drive your car?
  • How can you make the outside area around your house safer after it snows?
  • What kind of safety helmets do you use in your life?
  • What are some poisons around the house and how do you store them safely?
  • Do you know the local phone number for Poison Control?
  • Where could you write the Poison Control number so it is in plain view during a case of an emergency?
  • How many emergency numbers do you know for the area you live in?
  • How many emergency numbers do you know for your home country?
  • What is the telephone number for the police in your country?

Traffic accidents:
  • Have you ever seen a traffic accident?
  • Have you been involved in a traffic accident?
  • Do you know someone who has been involved in a traffic accident?
  • Have you been injured in a traffic accident?
  • Do you think talking on cell phones can help cause traffic accidents?
  • Do you think a motorcycle rider should be required to wear a helmet?
  • Do you think a person should be required to wear a seat belt?
  • What kind of insurance do you have on your car?
  • Have you ever hit an animal at night when you were driving your car?
  • What kind of safety features in a car would help you if you had a traffic accident?
  • Are traffic accidents a major cause of death in your country?
  • Who dies in traffic accidents more? Young? Old? Children? Boys? Girls?
  • How can traffic accidents be prevented?
  • What are people not doing that they should to prevent deaths in traffic accidents?
  • What are you not doing that you should to prevent deaths in traffic accidents?
  • What should be done in order to prevent traffic congestion in your city?
  • How do you feel about spending time in rush hours?

  • At what age does the average person obtain a driver's license?
  • Can you ride a motorcycle?
  • Do you drive a car often?
  • Have you ever gotten a parking ticket?
  • Are there speed limits in your country? If so, what is the average speed limit?
  • Do you have a bicycle?
    • If so, when did you get it?
    • How much did it cost?
    • How often do you ride it?
    • What color is it?
  • Do you have a car?
    • If not, does your family have a car?
  • Do you have a driver's license? If so, when did you get it?
  • Do you often ride public transportation during rush hour?
  • Do you often use public transportation?
  • Do you ride a bicycle more than once a week?
  • Do you always wear a seat belt?
    • Even if you are riding in the rear seat?
    • How about on a bus?
  • Does your mother have a driver's license?
  • Have you ever been in a traffic accident?
  • Have you ever been stopped for speeding?
    • (Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?)
  • Have you ever missed your last train or bus home? If so, how did you get home that night?
  • Have you ever ridden a horse? How about a motorcycle?
  • Have you every carpooled?
  • How do you get to school?
    • How long does it take?
    • How much is the bus fare or the train fare?
  • How do you think countries can reduce congestion on the roads?
  • How many times have you traveled by airplane?
  • How much does gasoline cost is your country?
  • Is parking a problem in your country? (shopping malls, etc)
  • Is there any environmentally-friendly transportation in your area?
  • What are the most annoying bad driving habits of other drivers in your country (/or this country /or compared to this country)?
  • What do you have to do to get a driver's license in your country? Do you think it's a good test?
  • What do you need to do in your country to get a driver's license?
  • What do you think is the most dangerous form of transportation? Why?
  • What do you think is the safest form of transportation? Why?
  • What do you usually do when riding a train or bus?
    • Do you read?
    • Do you sleep?
  • What is the penalty for speeding in your country?
  • What is your favorite kind of car? Why?
  • What is your favorite make of car? Why?
  • What kind of car do you have?
  • What kind of things annoy you about other people's driving?
  • What kind of transportation do you use most often?
  • What's the most readily available form of public transportation where you live?
  • What's your favorite color for a car?
  • What's your favorite form of transportation?
  • When was the last time you rode a bus?
  • Where is a good place to go for a drive?
  • Would you like to go on a cruise? Why or why not?
  • Do you sometimes take a taxi (cab)?
  • How do you "call" a taxi in your country from the side of the road? (ex. raise your hand in the air, etc.)
    • Is it expensive to take a taxi in your country?
    • Are there seat-belts in the taxis?
    • Is it common to give the cab driver a tip? If so, about how much do you give?
    • Does the cab driver open the door for you, or do you open it yourself?
    • Is it more appropriate to sit in the front or back of the taxi?
  • How important do you think it is to use public transportation?
  • Do you think that governments should encourage public transportation more?
  • Do you think city governments should discourage use of privately driven cars within city limits?
  • Do you have good public transportation where you live?
  • How could public transportation in your city be improved?
  • Do you think that we ought to be obligated to drive electrical and solar powered vehicles?
  • Is the public transportation in your city efficient?
  • Is public transportation in your city too expensive?
  • If public transportation were free, would you use it more?
  • Do you think that your city government maintains the public transportation well? In other words, are the buses and trains kept clean?
  • Do you feel safe when you use public transportation?
  • Do you feel safe going into the subway/metro/underground at all hours?

3. Where is Henry?

to be on time
We had decided to meet at 6pm and we both arrived on time. (=at 6pm)
to be in time
The plane is taking of at 11am, but we have arrived in time. (=a couple of hours ahead)

Police are appealing to anyone with some information to contact them immediately. (appeal = gustar, pedir, reclamar)

I can crack the security code.
quebrar, romper, abrir
I think that the baggage handlers broke the lock of my suitcase.
baggage handler.jpg

María Ángeles A.