Conversations about Cars by Inglés con Julie - Profesora de inglés en Majadahonda - Madrid

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Conversations about Cars


How much do you know about car vocabulary in English?

Well, here is a little crash course from easy pace learning (https://www.easypacelearning.com/all-lessons/english-level-2/1299-car-parts-vocabulary-list-learn-the-english-words-for-car-parts-using-pictures) :

Gear lever
Used to change gears in a car.
Seat belt
A car has seat belts in the front and back. You use the verb fasten, when you put your seat belt. John fastened is seat belt before driving off.
Steering wheel
You use the steering wheel to control the direction of the car (steer the car).
Windscreen
The windscreen is the big window at the front of the car.
Windscreen wipers
Are the things used when it is raining, snowing or clean dirt of the windscreen.
Head lights
They are used when driving at night and when it is raining, snow or fog.
Tail lights
The lights that are at the back of the car are call lights. The orange light are called indicators and are used when the car is turning left or right. The white part is called the reverse light and lights up when the car is reversing backwards. The red part is used when the head lights are being used so other drivers can see the car in front of them at night time or poor driving conditions. It is also called a brake light and is used when the car is using the brake pedal.

Speedometer
The speedometer shows how fast the person driving the car is driving.
Fuel gauge 
Used to  show how much petrol or diesel the car has left 
Temperature gauge
Shows how hot the cars engine is.
Car trip meter
This shows the driver how many miles the journey has took.
Rev counter
The rev counter is used to help you change gear and can be used for better fuel economy.

Now that we know some vocabulary, let’s have a conversation about cars:
  • How old were you when you first learned to drive?
    • Was there anything difficult about learning to drive?
  • Do you have a car?
  • If so, what kind of car do you have?
    • Is it a standard (manual shift) or automatic shift?
    • Which do you like best, a standard or automatic shift car?
  • What are the advantages of owning a car?
  • What are the disadvantages of owning a car?
  • Are you a good driver?
  • Have you ever been in a car accident?
  • Have you ever been pulled over by the police?
    • What happened?
  • Have you ever driven a car in a foreign country?
    • If yes, which side of the road did they drive on?
    • Were the road signs different?
  • Are the drivers in your area where you live good drivers?
  • Do you know anything about repairing or maintaining a car?
    • What do you know how to do?
    • Where did you learn how to do this?
  • Do you enjoy repairing cars?
    • What are some things you do to maintain your car?
  • Do you prefer driving or riding public transportation?
  • What kind of car do you prefer?
  • Do you like drive at night?
  • Do you think cars should be banned from city centers?
  • Is drunk driving a problem in your country?
  • What kind of laws does your country have about drunk driving?
  • What is the penalty for drunk driving in your country?
  • Have you ever been (or) do you know anyone who has been in an accident related to drunk driving?
  • Is jaywalking legal in your country?
  • Do people often jaywalk in your country?
  • Who taught you to drive?
  • How long did it take you to learn to drive?
  • What is the longest trip you have ever taken by car?
  • Have you ever broken down and been stranded on the side of the road?
    • Who helped you?
  • How do American drivers compare to drivers in your country?
  • What are the speed limits in your country?
  • On what occasions do you honk your car horn?
  • Is it acceptable to honk in your country
  • Are men better drivers than women?
  • Are women better drivers than men?
  • At what age can you get a licence in your country?
  • Do you think the age for driving should be raised or lowered?
  • Do you think driving lessons should be provided by high schools?
  • Should new drivers have a period of accompanied driving?
    • Or some kind of trial period?
  • Do you have a GPS (Global Position System)?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a GPS?
  • Does the type of car a person drives tell us about the person who drives it?
  • What can we tell or imagine about a person by looking at the car they drive?
  • What are the laws about seat belts in your country?
    • How are they different to this country?
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