63 Driving


Jeanna talks about her plans to learn how to drive and get a car.

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Todd: OK, Hello!

Jeanna: Hello!

Todd: We're back. What would you like to talk about?

Jeanna: Driving.

Todd: OK. Tell us about driving.

Jeanna: Well, I'm gonna get my permit soon and then I get to drive. I'm really looking forward to that. It's kind of the start of being independent.

Todd: Yeah, I hear you, so you say permit, is that the same thing as a license?

Jeanna: No, you have to have your permit six months before you can get a license.

Todd: Oh, really. How do you get a permit?

Jeanna: You have to take driving school, then you have to go to the DMV and take a test.

Todd: OK. What is the DMV?

Jeanna: The Department of Motor Vehicles.

Todd: OK, and they give you your license of permit so you can drive. OK, when you have a driver's license what places do you want to go to?

Jeanna: To see my friends and to hang out, just to school and back.

Todd: OK, nice, so do you have a car right now?

Jeanna: No.

Todd: OK, are you saving?

Jeanna: Yeah!

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

get a permit

I'm going to get a permit, so I can get to drive.

A 'permit' is permission or a license to do something.  When we 'get a permit' we fill out the forms and maybe take a test to have permission to do something.  Notice the following:

  1. I have to get a permit to park my car in this parking lot.
  2. You need to get a permit from the city to build a house here.

looking forward

I'm really looking forward to getting a driver's license.

We 'look forward' to something that will happen in the future that we are excited about.  Notice the following:

  1. Are you looking forward to graduation?
  2. We are really looking forward to our vacation.

I hear you

I hear what you're saying.

When we use the phrase 'I hear you' like this to show someone that we understand and agree with what they are saying.  Notice the following:

  1. I hear you, but I don't think that she sees it that way.
  2. I hear you about being frustrated.

take driving school

You have to take driving school and then the test.

To 'take driving school' is to take classes that teach you the rules of driving.  This usually includes some kind of test at the end.  Notice the following:

  1. You have to be 15 years old to take driving school in the U.S.
  2. I am taking driving school next week.

hang out

I'd like to see my friends and to hang out with them.

If we spend time with people and we are not doing anything important we are 'hanging out' with them.  Notice the following:

  1. We should hang out sometime after school.
  2. Who do you hang out with now?

 

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
a permit • look forward • hear you
driving school • hangs out
  1. She at the mall with her friends a lot.
  2. You have to take three months of before you get your permit.
  3. I have to ride a motorcycle.
  4. There are many things to to after December.
  5. I , but that doesn't mean that things will change.