An English Conversation Lesson about Driving and Getting a License
Listen to this interesting conversation lesson about driving and getting a license. This article includes:
- Listen to a natural conversation and learn some vocabulary
- A conversation you might have when renting a car.
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Interesting Vocabulary from this Driving and Getting a License
driver’s license – an official document that gives a person permission to drive a vehicle
- Jane got her driver’s license last week and now she can finally drive a car.
rules of the road – 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 test – 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.
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Things To Consider When Renting A Car
Traveling to an English speaking country, for whatever reason, always requires planning, and this includes planning public transportation vs cars, like renting a car so that you can drive around or making use of public transport. To help make the process easy, you can ask yourself these questions.
- Where will you be going?
- How long will you be staying?
- Are you going to need a car to get around with or will public transportation be good enough.
- What is their public transportation system like?
- If you are going to rent a car, will you be renting a car long term?
- When renting a car what do you need?
- Do you have a valid driver’s license or has it expired?
- Will you be renting a car long or short term?
- What is the cost of renting a car?
A Conversation About Driving You Might Have When Renting A Car
There comes a time where we might need to rent a car so that you can drive around. It could be that your own is getting repaired, or maybe you are travelling somewhere and need a car to get around in. Let’s look at a possible English conversation you are likely to have when booking to rent a car.
Car rental agent: Hello, this is ABC Car Rentals. How can we assist you today?
John: Hello, I would like to rent a car?
Car rental agent: Great! Do you have any specific car in mind, sir?
John: No, I haven’t thought about that. What are my options?
Car rental agent: Well, it depends on your needs. We have cars available in different sizes, from small cars that are economical to SUVs.
John: All right. I will go for something small and economical. What is the cost of renting a car like that and insurance?
Car rental agent: That will be $30 per day.
John: Oh wow! I will go with that.
Car Rental Agent: Fantastic!
John: What do you need when renting a car?
Car Rental Agent: I will just be asking you a couple of questions.
John: Okay! Great!
Car Rental Agent: What’s your full name?
John: My full name is John Timothy Brown
Car Rental Agent: Where do you live?
John: I don’t have a permanent address in the US. I will be staying at the Arthouse Hotel in New York City.
Car Rental Agent: All right. Do you have a valid driver’s license?
John: Not at the moment, no. My drivers license expired but I do have an appointment for a drivers license update.
Car Rental Agent: Okay, great! When will you be picking up the car rental car?
John: I will pick it up on Wednesday, 15 December around noon.
Car Rental Agent: And what is your credit card details so that we can make the booking and payment?
John: My credit card number 0000 0000 0000 0000, and the CVC number is 123.
Car Rental Agent: Okay great! What is your email address so that I can send you a booking confirmation email?
John: My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Car Rental Agent: Thank you sir! You will receive an email confirmation shortly. You can print out the confirmation and bring it with you when you come to collect your rental car. The ladies here at reception will help you and give you the keys. Is there anything else that we can help you with?
John: Yes please. Can you tell me about the fuel please?
Car Rental Agent: The tank is full when you receive the vehicle. You will have to refill the car again before returning it, otherwise we charge an additional fee of $7 per gallon.
John: Great! Thanks a lot for your help and effort. Have a great day.
Car Rental Agent: You are welcome sir and thank you, you too.