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Listening Lesson – Getting To Work

by Oli Redman on 27 January, 2015 , No comments

How do you get to work, and how long does it usually take you? Is it easy to walk or cycle in your city? In this free English listening lesson, two people talk about the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of transport. You can learn some useful new English words and phrases to talk about getting around.

Man: Hi! Sorry I’m late.

Woman: It’s half past! You were supposed to be here at 9.00!

Man: Sorry. I took the wrong bus, and then we got stuck in traffic.

Woman: How did you take the wrong bus?

Man: I don’t take the bus every day, and I just got confused and got on the wrong one.

Woman: But I thought you drove to work?

Man: No, normally I cycle, but my bike’s in the shop at the moment.

Woman: Why? What’s wrong with it?

Man: I got a flat tire the other day.

Woman: Well, don’t worry about it. These things happen!

Man: Thanks. It won’t happen again.

Woman: Actually, I was thinking of cycling to work. How long does it take you?

Man: Normally it takes about 20 minutes, but it depends how fast you ride.

Woman: It’s a bit cold at the moment. Maybe I’ll wait a month or two…

Complete the sentences with one word

  1. It normally _________ about an hour to get to the airport.
  2. My computer broke, so now it’s in the _________.
  3. I was _________ to do it yesterday, but I was too tired.
  4. You’re Italian? But I _________ you were German!
  5. When I get my new bike I’ll _________ to work every day.

Match the questions and the answers

6. How do you get to work?a. I got stuck in traffic.
7. How long is the drive?b. Normally I drive.
8. Do I need to wear a tie?c. About 40 minutes.
9. Why are you late?d. It’s being repaired.
10. Where’s your car?e. You’re supposed to, but not everyone does.
  1. takes
  2. shop
  3. supposed
  4. thought
  5. cycle
  6. b
  7. c
  8. e
  9. a
  10. d
Oli RedmanListening Lesson – Getting To Work