Listen to six people talk about if they use public transportation and why or why not.
- Audio Slide Show
Kat / Germany
I don't use public transportation too often. When I still lived in my home town, it was just too small to have public transportation. Nowadays, I like to ride my car. I think public transportation is a great idea, but I really like the convenience of having my own vehicle.
Dani / England
All the time, especially here at the moment at the university, I always use the bus or the train or walk everywhere. I can't drive, so it's my only option really.
Shiloh / United States
At school, I use public transportation a lot to get from my home to my university. There's a regular bus service that runs between my house and my school, which is about five kilometers or so. But when I'm at home with my family in New Mexico, I don't use public transportation at all. I think that American public transportation is few and far between. it's not very well-funded, and it's not very good, unless you live in the city. Everybody has cars, so you don't really have a need for public transportation, because everybody is able to drive himself where they need to go.
Sarah / England
Public transport is something that I don't often use at all. Because I own a car, I normally just jump into the car and just drive wherever I need to go. The only time really that I go use public transport is when I'm traveling around London, because using the underground is a lot more easier than trying to drive through the busy roads.
Warren / Canada
Not so much these days. I have a car now, and where I'm living, the bus system isn't very good and there's no train station right by me, so I tend to drive.
Tim / United States
I don't use public transportation very often. It's not as common in America as it is in other countries. And I also own a car, so if I need to get anywhere, I just drive my own car, which is very convenient, because I can go wherever I want at whatever time I want without being dependent on a bus schedule or something like that.
Nowadays, I like to ride my car.
Nowadays just means now, or in these present times. Notice the following:
- Nowadays, many people have tattoos.
- Answering machines are not that common nowadays.
I can't drive, so it's my only option really.
An option is a choice. Notice the following:
- If you go to New York, there are many options of things you can do.
- On a plane, you usually get two meal options: either chicken or beef.
few and far between
American public transportation is few and far between.
When something is few and far between, that means it is rare and hard to find. Notice the following:
- Family owned restaurants are few and far between these days.
- Cities with good jobs and cheap, safe housing are few and far between.
I normally just jump into the car and just drive wherever I need to go.
We sometimes use the phrase jump into to mean get into. Notice the following:
- Before we go, just let me jump into the shower.
- Let's jump into a taxi and go downtown.
I am not dependent on a bus schedule.
When you are dependent on something, you need it for help or support. Notice the following:
- I am totally dependent on my cell phone.
- All children are dependent on their parents for love, care, and well-being.