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English for Taxi Drivers

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English for Taxi Drivers

Example phrases

Phrases that taxi drivers can use with English-speaking passengers.

Welcome

  • Hi / Hello
  • Good morning
  • Good afternoon
  • Good evening
  • How are you today?
  • Hi. I can take 4 passengers.

Destination

  • Where can I take you?
  • Where are you going?
  • What's your destination?
  • I don't know that place. Do you have a map?
  • Can you show me on this map?
  • Are you in a hurry?
  • It is very close.
  • It is pretty far away.
  • It will take about 15 minutes.
  • It takes about one hour to get there.
  • It is faster to take the expressway but you have to pay the toll.

Understanding the passenger

  • Speak slowly, please.
  • Sorry, I don't understand.
  • Yes, I understand. I'll take you there.
  • Please ask someone to write it in Thai / Chinese / etc.
  • No problem.

Special instructions / requests

  • I'll put your luggage in the boot / trunk.
  • Put on your seat belt, please.
  • Is it okay if I open a window?
  • Is the air-conditioning okay?
  • Please don't eat in the car.
  • No smoking, please.
  • Do you want me to wait?
  • I have to get some gas.

Traffic conditions

  • It's rush hour.
  • There's a traffic jam.
  • The traffic is bad over there. You'll get there faster if you walk from here.
  • I think there's been an accident.
  • I'll try a different way.

Fare and fees

  • The total price is $10.
  • Thank you for the tip.
  • Do you have smaller notes/bills?
  • I don't have any change.
  • The customer pays for the expressway, OK?
  • You in a hurry? Take the expressway?
  • There is a tollway fee. You pay the fee, ok?

Goodbye

  • Watch out for motorcycles before getting out!
  • Don't forget your things.
  • Thank you for your business.
  • Hope to see you again.
  • It's been nice chatting with you.
  • Enjoy your stay in Thailand / China / etc.
  • You're welcome.

No service

  • Sorry, that is out of my boundaries.
  • I can't go there. I would have to come back without a fare.
  • Sorry, I don't go to the airport.
  • I'm all done for the day / night.
  • I have to return the car on time.
  • My car needs servicing.
  • I'm sorry. Have a nice day.
  • I can call another driver / company for you.

Small talk

  • Have you been here before?
  • Are you from around here?
  • How do you like Bangkok / Beijing / etc?
  • Are you here on business?
  • Are you staying long?
  • Good weather, huh? Not too hot, not too cold.
  • I hope the weather gets better for you.

Things a passenger could say

  • Can I get a ride?
  • How many people can you fit?
  • How long will it take?
  • Please wait for me.
  • You can keep the meter running.
  • Do you have a flat fee to the airport?
  • I'm in a bit of a rush.
  • Can we get there by 10 o'clock / noon / 4pm / etc?
  • Could you slow down, please?
  • Is this the quickest way?
  • Do you take credit cards?
  • Do you have change?
  • Keep the change.
  • Thanks for the ride / lift.

Wordchecker

  • passenger: person travelling in car, bus, train (not the driver)
  • destination: place where you want to go
  • map: diagram or picture showing streets and roads
  • in a hurry: rushed; need to go fast
  • expressway / motorway: fast road
  • tollway: fast road with fee
  • toll: charge; fee
  • boot / trunk: box at back of car for luggage, cases etc
  • seat belt: strap to hold somebody in their seat in a car or airplane
  • accident: crash; a car hitting another car or a person
  • fee: price; charge
  • note/bill: paper money
  • boundaries: limits
  • fare: price for taxi; passenger
  • flat fee: fixed price
  • in a rush: in a hurrry; late; want to go fast

Sample conversation

Read this conversation between a taxi driver and passenger. Then do the test to check your understanding.

Taxi driverHi. Where are you going?
PassengerTo the train station, please.
Taxi driverShall I put your bag in the trunk?
PassengerNo thanks. I'll keep it with me. How long will it take to the station?
Taxi driverAbout 30 minutes. Are you in a hurry?
PassengerYes, I'm a bit late.
Taxi driverWe can take the expressway. There's an extra charge, okay?
PassengerThat's okay, thanks.
Taxi driverFasten your seatbelt, please.
PassengerOkay.
Taxi driverHere's the expressway. Can I have $3 for the fee?
PassengerHere you are.
Taxi driverAre you catching a train at the station?
PassengerYes, I'm going to the beach to meet some friends.
Taxi driverOkay. Here is the station.
PassengerThank you. How much is it?
Taxi driver$55.
PassengerHere's $60. Keep the change.
Taxi driverThanks. Don't forget your things.
PassengerOkay. Bye. Have a good day!

Test yourself on the above conversation

1Where is the taxi driver taking the passenger?
2How much luggage does the passenger have?
3What does the passenger do before getting out of the taxi?

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