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Taxi Talks are intended to be practical, easy to use, efficient, brief, elegant, minimal and fun.

The Taxi Talks Language Lesson.

Insert a translation in your language after each of the following sentences.

Each section begins with a strange sound to help keep the listener synchronized with the speaker.

Sound of car horn beep beep.

Driver --- Taxi. . . Taxi here. Do you speak English? [Replace English with your language name.] _____
Self --- Yes. Do you speak English? [Insert your language name or its alternate name] _____
Driver --- Yes, I speak a little English? _____
Self --- I want to go to the main bus station. _____
Driver --- It costs five dollars. _____
Self --- OK. Go quickly, please. _____
Driver --- I can not go. _____
Self --- Why not? _____
Driver --- Red light, Sir. . . I must wait. _____
Self --- Zero,... one, two, three, four, five, . . . . _____
Driver --- Relax, Sir. I will get you there quickly. _____
Self --- I can not, . . I will lose my ticket. _____
Driver --- That is a problem. _____
Self --- six, seven, eight, nine, ten...Green light! _____
Driver --- Here we go. What ticket, Sir? _____
Self --- My plane ticket to New York. _____
Driver --- Oh. That is bad. _____
Self --- No ticket. No trip. No job. No money. _____
Driver --- Oh, I understand. _____
Self --- Yes. Please hurry. _____
Driver --- OK. . Yikes! Who is that man? _____
Self --- I don't see anyone. _____
Driver --- Someone is yelling at me. _____
Self --- Everyone is in a hurry to catch a taxi. _____
Driver --- Yes, but there are always more Taxis.
Self --- and everyone wants more things for less money. _____
Self --- Yes, I am one of those people. _____
Driver --- Yes. Me too. _____
Self --- Where did you learn to speak English? [Insert your language name again]? _____
Driver --- I learned it on the internet at _____
Self --- Do you have a computer? _____
Driver --- Yes. My web site is
Self --- Congratulations. _____
Driver --- Thank You. _____
Self --- You meet a lot people when driving a taxi. _____
Driver --- Yes. I try to speak their language. _____
Self --- How many languages do you know? _____
Driver --- I speak about ten languages a little. _____
Self --- Very good! You have a good job for learning languages. _____
Driver --- I sit all day watching for customers and listening to Taxi Talks. _____
Self --- You listen to tape recordings? _____
Driver --- Yes, my eyes are busy working, but my ears are free to listen. _____
Self --- I see you have many tape recordings. _____
Driver --- When I see a person I try and guess their language. _____
Self --- What do you do with your tapes? _____
Driver --- I put their language tape in the player and listen to their language. _____
Self --- You can't listen for very long. _____
Driver --- True. But it helps my pronunciation for the first few words. _____
Self --- That is a very good reminder. _____
Driver --- If they don't come over, I just listen for a while. _____
Self --- You speak my language quite well. _____
Driver --- Thank You. But I know my talk is very limited. _____
Self --- What can you talk about? _____
Driver --- Basic things like hotels, streets, numbers, distance, time and money. _____
Self --- You are doing very well with those. _____
Driver --- Thank You. Here we are. That will be five dollars. Please. _____
Self --- Hear it is. Thank you very much and keep the change. _____
Driver --- Thank You. Have a good day. _____

Screech and hiss of a bus

Self --- Are you waiting for a bus? _____
Pedestrian --- Yes. _____
Self --- Would you give me some help please? _____
Pedestrian --- How can I help you? _____
Self --- I am looking for someone. _____
Pedestrian --- Who are you looking for? _____
Self --- My son. _____
Pedestrian --- What does he look like? _____
Self --- He looks like me. _____
Pedestrian --- Why is he bald? _____
Self --- No,no, he is not bald. He is sixteen years old. _____
Pedestrian --- I understand. _____
Self --- He has long black hair and a white cap... _____
Pedestrian --- and a yellow shirt? _____
Self --- Yes, and blue Levis. _____
Pedestrian --- I saw him. _____
Self --- Where is he? _____
Pedestrian --- I think he got on a bus. _____
Self --- Which one? _____
Pedestrian --- It was going south. _____
Self --- When? _____
Pedestrian --- About ten minutes ago. _____
Self --- Did he say anything. _____
Pedestrian --- No. He was in a hurry. _____
Self --- Thank You very much. _____

Sound of vendor bells.

Self --- I am hungry. _____
Vender --- Fish, Chicken, Meat, Vegetables. Sir. _____
Self --- How much does it cost? _____
Vender --- Ninety nine cents for each item and very good quality. Sir. _____
Self --- Give me a bowl of vegetables with fish. Please. _____
Vender --- Yes sir. With some rice or noodles? _____
Self --- Give me some rice. And something to drink. _____
Vender --- I have, coffee, tea, milk, soda, bottled water and beer. _____
Self --- Give me a cup of milk. _____
Vender --- What do you want for desert? _____
Self --- Those strange looking things look good. _____
Vender --- They are to look at sir. I do not think you would like to eat them. _____
Self --- I like pretty things. _____
Vender --- OK. Sir. That will be five dollars for everything. _____
Self --- Here it is. _____
Vender --- You can sit over there. _____
Self --- No, Thank You, I am in a hurry. _____

Sound of running footsteps.

Vender --- Sir! Sir! You forgot your change. _____
Self --- Thank You. Thank you very much! _____
Vender --- You are welcome. _____
Self --- It is only five pennys. _____
Vender --- Yes sir. It is five pennys. _____
Self --- Why did you run so far to give me five pennys. _____
Vender --- To be good to you, Sir. _____
Self --- Buy why for so little? _____
Vender --- Because, if I am good to you I am good to myself. _____
Self --- I do not understand. _____
Vender --- When I am good to myself, then I am happy. _____
Self --- I understand that. _____
Vender --- So I give you your five pennys and I am happy all day. _____
Self --- OK. Have an nice day. _____
Vender --- Thank You Sir, and Goodbye! _____
Self --- Hum. That guy seems happy. _____

Sound of pharmacy.

Pharmacist --- May I help you? _____
Self --- Yes. My stomach is upset. _____
Pharmacist --- Did you eat some bad food? _____
Self --- No. The food tasted very good. _____
Pharmacist --- Yes, but sometimes strange food doesn't sit well. _____
Self --- These pretty little things don't taste very good. _____
Pharmacist --- Humm. They are party decorations! Sir. _____
Self --- Oh no! What is it made of? _____
Pharmacist --- Probably old newspapers and glue. _____
Self --- What should I do? _____
Pharmacist --- Take some of this medicine. _____
Self --- What will it do? _____
Pharmacist --- It will clean out your stomach. _____
Self --- Will it make me vomit? _____
Pharmacist --- Oh, Yes. And much more! _____
Self --- I understand. _____
Pharmacist --- You will need a toilet. _____
Self --- Where can I find a toilet? _____
Pharmacist --- Next door at the bar. _____
Self --- How much do I owe you? _____
Pharmacist --- That will be five dollars. _____
Self --- Well, thank you, I guess. _____
Pharmacist --- Goodbye. _____
Self --- _____
Pharmacist --- _____

Clink of glasses in a bar.

Self --- May I use the bathroom? _____
Bar Tender --- It is for customer use only. Sir. _____
Self --- You mean I have to buy something? _____
Bar Tender --- Yes sir. It is the owners rules. _____
Self --- I only want to use the bathroom. _____
Bar Tender --- It is my job to enforce the rules. Sir _____
Self --- OK. Give me something. Give me a beer. _____
Bar Tender --- What kind of beer? Sir. _____
Self --- I don't care. _____
Bar Tender --- We have very good local beer. _____
Self --- OK. And the key to the bathroom. _____
Bar Tender --- That will be one dollar. _____
Self --- OK. Here is five dollars. _____
Bar Tender --- The bathroom isn't very clean. _____
Self --- OK. I understand. _____
Bar Tender --- Here is your beer and the key. _____
Self --- And my change? Thank You. _____
Bar Tender --- Be careful. _____
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