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Episode 03

Tess and Ravi talk about one of the most emblematic forms of transport in London. You guessed it! The big, red double-decker buses! Jo and Adam join them in speaking about transport.

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Exercise

Leave a comment below!

  • What is your favourite transport?
  • How do you get to work or school or university?
  • Is there a special form of transport that tourists use in your country, like the Routemaster buses in London?
  • Have you ever ridden on the big red buses in London?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hello everyone.
My favorite type of transport is by train,but unfortunately I can't travel with it very often.In my city people travel by bus, tram and underground and for those who want to make effort with own body, they can cycling, we have a good tracks for bicycles. Here in Bucharest also we have double-decker bus for tourists. It doesn't have a name but I can describe it, it's white with two levels and the level two doesn't have the roof. That it for people who wants to see better the sightseeing. And people frequently hire bicycles in the city most of them are tourists.
I work close to my home so I get to work by walk even it's raining or snowing because it gets only ten minutes door to door.
When I was in London I had chance to travel on the red buses, the famous Routemaster. And of course my favorite seat was the second level in front just above the driver. From that place I have seen very well all the sightseeing in London. I had a love journey on this buss I took a lot of pictures it was lovely

I like walking by my town and I travel by bus for the long distance. I pay two pounds for the my return ticket to local transport service provider. There are not traffic jam because it is a small town. When I visit London I like to travel on the red double-decker bus. I'd like to take a seat at upstairs for the sightseeing. Thanks for your support,
George

Hi!
I like travelling by train, i think that it is the most comfortable mode of transport. But unfortunately in my small city, trains doesn't drive frequently. In my opinion when somebody must go shleep this way of transport is the most appropriate. But if you go abroad you should choose plane i think. I study in different city than i live, and i always travel by bus. It takes me 50 minutes, every day.

Hi! My favorite transport is bike because the Traffic in my city is not too good so move by bike is quite convenient. Although is a Capital, Ha noi doesn't have the Effective Traffic. The streets are always full of cars, motorbikes and buses no matter it's not in rush hour. So it's very difficult to move, you always have to concentrate in the street. It's also difficult to walk because most of pavements are so narrow or the other become the illegal parking.

Hello English learning team,
I want really to thank you for the great website and for your effort with us the self learners, I am very happy to send my comments frequently on the website, as before I was getting shy from writing comments due to errors I may make, but when I red the rules of the website which told us not to be worried about making errors, that gave me self confidence to write without being shy anymore, I hope the same thing will happen with my speaking as well, as I am still feeling shy of speaking, any how I am improving.
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Hello,
My favorite transport in my counntry Egypt is tram, as we also have double-decker tram, when I was young I'd like to get on upstairs level, it was an entertainment for me.
I saw the red double decker bus as well in Dubai where I went on a vacation, tourists like it very much as they get on the bus for a touristic tour.

Hello english learning team,
I have a question which is outside the topic of the episode, its pronunciation problem, when I say for example, push the door or wash the car, or close the door, I find it hard to pronuonce word ends with sh or se (z sound) followed by (the) , I want to know how native speaker say it auomatically without confusion.
Thanks

Hello Sherin Hussein,

English pronunciation can be tricky, can't it? The word 'the' (unstressed) is particularly tricky as it contains two sounds which are challenging for many learners: /ð/ and /ǝ/. To hear how it is pronounced I suggest you use this and other recordings and look for where this word is preceded by the sounds you mention. For example, near the beginning of this recording you can find 'use the' which fits your criteria; you can find other examples here and elsewhere, I am sure. Listen and repeat and you will find it gets easier with time and practice.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks alot Peter.

My favorite transport is my legs. Usually, I walk to my job and back to home. Sometimes, I get bus and taxi when I go to different directions. A bus like the Routemaster isn't have in my country. I never been in London, but I have seen this kind of bus like the Routemaster in Singapore. It's used in city tour.

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