Taking a Taxi 打的

第一位乘客: 喂,是红白蓝出租汽车公司吗?

调度员:是,这里是红白蓝出租汽车公司。你能说得响一点吗,我们的电话连接好像不怎么好。

第一位乘客: 我要一辆出租车。今天我要上火车,而我的行李又太重了,不方便上下公共汽车。

调度员: 你什么时候要车,太太?

第一位乘客: 我的火车会在6:15发车,但是我想我最迟要5:30到火车站。从我这里到火车站要多少时间?

调度员: 从那里啊?我不知道你在哪里啊。

第一位乘客: 对不起,我在河边小街435号,我还有三个中等大小的行李。

调度员: 让我查一下。哦,那时交通繁忙的时候,我觉得出租车大概要开30分钟左右吧。我们应该差不多的5:00 的时候来接你。这样行吗?

第一位乘客: 好,这样挺好的。出租车的驾驶员能不能帮我搬行李?他行吗?

调度员:她,驾驶员是女的,太太。没有问题,她会帮你的。

 

(门铃在4:55响了。)

第一位乘客: 哦,小姐,我真高兴你准时来接我。这里是我的行李。(她们把行李放入出租车里,然后坐到车里。)这趟车要多少钱?

驾驶员: 那就是看里程表了。我觉得大概是五到六美元,但是如果我们被堵在路上,那你就要多付一些钱了。

第一位乘客: 我记得你们原来是以行走了多少区域来计算的。

驾驶员: 我们原来是这样做的,但是多年以前就改用里程表了。您是不是很就没有坐出租车了?

第一位乘客: 我都不记得有多少年了。 你开出租车有多久了?

驾驶员: 到现在为止,我已经开了六年了。这活挺好的。我总是会遇到不同的人;通常生意都不错。我都能出去有生意,不会干坐在办公室里等生意。我可以说出我喜欢这个工作的许多理由。

第一位乘客:当心这辆卡车!

驾驶员:你让我开车就得了,行吗?

第一位乘客:对不起,我觉得这辆卡车几乎要撞我们了,而你又开的那么快。 我们是不是来不及了?我是不是要迟到了?哎呀,在这样拥挤的地方开车,我真是很紧张。我们怎么停下了?

驾驶员:(她把窗户摇下来,对人行道上那位想出租车招手的人说话)你要上哪儿?

第二位乘客: 火车站。但是你车里已经有一位乘客了。

驾驶员:是的,但是车里还有地方啊,如果她觉得没有问题的话。您觉得是不是可以,太太?我知道按规定这是不可以的,但是我们不会绕路的,而且外面挺冷的。您不反对我们再增加一位乘客吧?

第一位乘客:没问题。你很体贴人。我希望你这样做不会给你带来麻烦。

驾驶员: 我也不希望有任何的麻烦。上车吧,我们一起去火车站。不要在感到紧张了,如果我开得太谨慎,那我们就会迟到了。有时候我必须冒一点险。我的车技不错,在这个公司开车六年了,没有一件事故。所以啦,不用担心。

第二位乘客: 我深信她会开得很好的。这个城里的出租车驾驶员是最好的驾驶员,他们收的车费越高,他们的收入也就越多。老实说,对他们而言真实“时间就是金钱”。这就是为什么他们都开快车。

第一位乘客(轻轻地说):先生,我不常坐出租车,我想您是不是可以告诉我该付多少小费给驾驶员?

第二位乘客: 大约在里程表上显示的10~20%就可以了。具体就是根据她的服务怎样来决定了,比如她是不是有礼貌啦,她是不是帮你提行李啦,等等。她停下来,让我上车,那我一定会给她一个好的小费。站在那个街角真是很冷,而其他的出租车都不理我。

驾驶员: 我们到了。好吧,里程表显示$5.75。让我帮你搬你的行李。先生,您大约是在三分子二的地方上车的,那你就付四美金,好吗?


讨论问题:

1.第一位乘客以为出租车会在什么时候到她家?实际上出租车什么时候到的?

2.她的火车什么时候发车?她希望在什么时候到火车站?

3.出租车里的里程表是干什么用的?

4.在你那里,出租车是怎么样计算费用的?

5.你上次是什么时候乘坐出租车的?是去什么地方?

6.是不是绝大多数出租车驾驶员开得很谨慎?他们是不是都是出色的驾驶员?

7.为什么第一位乘客感到紧张?

8.为什么驾驶员对第一位乘客不高兴?

9.“时间就是金钱”的含义是什么?

10.你通常给出租车驾驶员多少小费?

11.为什么你觉得驾驶员另外多带一位乘客是违规的?

12.你觉得出租车驾驶员让那位在街角等车的人上车是因为仁慈呢还是想要多攒点钱?

13.在你那里,上下班时交通堵塞的情况怎样?

14.在这个对话里,驾驶员是怎么说她喜欢这个工作的?

15.在你那里,乘坐出租车是否很普遍?

First Rider:  Hello. Is this the Red, White, and Blue Taxi Service?

Dispatcher: Yes, it is. You’ll have to speak a little louder. We have a bad connection.

First Rider: I need a taxi, please. I’m taking a train today, and my bags are too heavy to carry on and off the bus.

Dispatcher: What time do you need a cab, ma’am?

First Rider: My train leaves at 6:15, but I think I should arrive at the station no later than 5:30. How long is the ride from here?

Dispatcher: From where? I don’t know where you live.

First Rider: I’m sorry, I live at 435 Riverside Drive. And I have three medium-sized bags.

Dispatcher: Let’s see. Well, since it’s rush hour, I’d say that the ride would take about thirty minutes, more or less. We should probably pick you up about 5:00. Is that okay?

First Rider: Yes, that will be fine. The driver will help me with my bags, won’t he?

Dispatcher: She. The driver is a she, ma’am, and yes, she’ll help you with your bags.

 

(The doorbell rings at 4:55.)

First Rider: Oh, I’m glad to see that you’re here on time, miss. These are my bags. (They put the bags into the taxi and then get in.) How much is this going to cost me?

Driver: Watch the meter. My guess is that it’ll cost you about five or six dollars, but if we get stuck in rush-hour traffic, it could go higher.

First Rider: I thought you used to charge by the number of zones you drove through.

Driver: We used to do it that way, but we changed to the meter system a few years ago. Has it been a long time since you took a taxi?

First Rider: More years then I care to remember. How long have you been driving?

Driver: I’ve been driving for about six years now. It’s a good living. I get to meet interesting people; most weeks the business is good; I’m out in the air instead of behind a desk. There are a lot of reasons why I like it.

First Rider: Watch out for that truck!

Driver: How about letting me do the driving?

First Rider: I’m sorry. It looked as though that truck was going to hit us, and you are driving pretty fast. Are we in much of a hurry? Am I going to be late? Oh, dear, I’m so nervous driving in all this traffic. Why are we stopping?

Driver: (She rolls down the window and speaks to a person on the sidewalk who has his hand raised to hail a taxi.) where are you headed?

Second Rider:  The train station. But you already have a passenger, don’t you?

Driver: Yes, but here‘s room for you if it’s all right with her. What do you say, ma’am? I know it’s against the rules, but it’s not out of our way, and it is getting cold out there. Do you mind if we take on an extra passenger?

First Rider:  Not at all. That’s kind of you. I hope you won’t get into any trouble over this.

Driver: I hope not too. Get in. We’re all going to the train station. Now try not to be so nervous. If I drive too cautiously, we’ll never get you to your train on time. I have to take some chances once in a while. I’m a good driver; I haven’t had an accident in six years with this company, so don’t worry.

Second Rider: I’m sure she knows what she’s doing. The taxi drivers in this city are excellent drivers, and since the most fares they get the more money they make, it’s fair to say that for them “time is money”. That’s why they have to drive fast.

First Rider: I’m not used to taking taxis, sir. (In a whisper) I wonder if you could advise me on an appropriate amount to tip our driver?

Second Rider: Anywhere from ten to twenty percent of the total on the meter would be appropriate. It depends on how good a job you think she’s doing, whether she’s polite, whether she helps you with your bags, etc. I’m going to give her a good tip for stopping to pick me up. I was getting cold standing on that corner, and all the other taxis that passed refused to stop.

Driver: Here we are. Okay, the meter says $5.75. Let me help you with your bags. Sir, you got in about two-third of the way here, so let’s say that your bill is $4.00. Is that fair?


Discuss Questions:

1.      When did the first rider think that taxi was going to arrive at her home? What time did it actually arrive?

2.      What time did her train leave? What time did she want to get to the station?

3.      What is the purpose of a meter in a taxi?

4.      What are the taxi rates in the city where you live?

5.      When was your last taxi ride? Where did you go?

6.      Are most taxi drivers courteous? Are most of them good drivers?

7.      Why was the first rider nervous?

8.      Why did the driver become exasperated with the first rider?

9.      What does the expression “time is money” mean?

10.  How much do you think you should tip a taxi driver?

11.  Why do you think it was against the rules for the driver to pick up an extra passenger?

12.   Do you think the driver picked up the man on the street corner to be kind, or did she want to make some extra money?

13.  What is traffic like during the rush hour where you live?

14.  What reasons did the driver in the dialogue give for enjoying her job?

15.  Is riding a taxi common in the place where you live?

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