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Beginner Conversations Topic:  Driving Part 1

Amy: In this conversation, we are going to talk about what it’s like to get your license in North America to be able to drive a car. Specifically, what you have to do to get a driver’s licence1 in Canada because that’s where we’re from. So, what is the first step?

Curtis: Studying the book that you get with all the rules of the road2 in it before you do your written test3.

Amy: That’s right. So you need to study all of the traffic rules4 that are in this book so that when you’re on the road5 in your car, you’re able to act the same way that the other drivers act, so everybody knows which direction people are going and they’re able to avoid accidents and keep things safe6. So after you pass that test, what’s the next thing?

Curtis: You get into a car with somebody who has a driver’s license and who has some experience and then you get to practice with them.

Amy: That’s right. It’s like supervised7 driving. You do not have a license where you can drive on your own8, you need to use this period to practice your driving skills9, to prepare you for the next test.

Curtis: Right.

Amy: So the next test is the road test10 and this is where you go out with somebody who evaluates11 if you are ready to drive on your own without supervision.

Curtis: An instructor12.

Amy: An instructor that is testing you and paying attention to errors that you might make. So you can’t make very many errors, otherwise, you’ll fail the test and you need to do the exam again. In Canada, we have a period where, after you pass your road test, you still have a limited license and you’re not able to, for example, you can’t have a speeding ticket13 or get a traffic fine14.

Curtis: Right.

Amy: And you can only have one other person in the vehicle with you, and I think it’s for a year or something like that. In the United States, I’m not sure, but after you do your final road test, you are finally able to drive on your own and you don’t have to have any of these rules with limitations.

Curtis: You get a Class 5 licence15.

Amy: That’s right, we call it a Class 5 license.



Vocabulary Examples, Explanations, and Images


driver’s licence1 – (image) an official document that gives a person permission to drive a vehicle

  • Jane got her driver’s licence last week and now she can finally drive a car.


rules of the road2 – (image) the rules for to traffic and the other drivers on the road.

  • You need to follow the rules of the road to be safe and avoid car accidents.


written test3 – (image) a test to prove you are knowledgeable of a certain topic.

  • The students had a written test yesterday, and another one today.
  • The class was silent during the written test.


traffic rules4 – the rules that drivers have to follow while driving.

  • The bus didn’t follow the traffic rules, so it hit a car in the intersection.
  • The police will stop you if you break any traffic rules.


on the road5 – (image)  to drive

  • I love being on the road, driving is very relaxing for me.
  • You need to be very careful on the road, it was snowing today.


keep things safe6 – to make sure everything is safe, that nothing goes wrong

  • Lisa removed all the glass bottles from the shelf to keep things safe.


supervised7 – (image) when something is watched to make sure everything goes well

  • The kids are supervised by the teacher in their classes.


on your own8 – to do something alone or independently, without anyone telling you what to do.

  • Juan was learning English on his own.
  • You need to do things on your own, you can’t always ask for help,


driving skills9 – (image) how good a person’s skills are when they drive

  • I love being on the road with Dana, she has great driving skills.


road test10 – (image) a test that you take in a car to see if you know the rules and you have the skills to safely drive a car.

  • I took my road test yesterday, and I passed!
  • Taking the road test is necessary to get a driver’s license.


evaluates11 – to think about something in detail.  A situation, circumstance or product, for example

  • We need to evaluate our approach to business.
  • I will evaluate the best person to hire for the job.


instructor12 – (image) a person who teaches people practical skills

  • Last week, we went skiing with an instructor.


speeding ticket13 – (image) a fine or fee that has to be paid because a vehicle was driving too fast.

  • I was driving too fast through the town, so I got a speeding ticket.
  • The police officer gave me a speeding ticket for going too fast.


traffic fine14 – (image) a fine or fee that has to be paid because a driver did not follow the traffic rules.

  • I got a traffic fine yesterday for going through red light.


Class 5 licence15 – (image) a category of driver’s licence in Canada.

  • Chris finally got this Class 5 licence, now he can finally drive on his own.