1. How do you travel to work or school?
I usually commute for school/work by bus. It takes me half an hour in the morning but almost an hour in
the evening because of the busy traffic. It was a little exhausting travelling by bus so long everyday but I’ve gotten used to it376 now, so it’s OK.
2. Will you change the way you travel to school?
No I don’t think so. I haven’t thought about changing my commute method by now377, because taking a bus seems like the only practical option378 that I have in recent years. My school is a little far from where I live and it’s too pricy taking a taxi on a daily basis. Plus, I haven’t got a driver’s license yet.
3. How did you go to school when you were a child?
When I was young, my dad used to drive me to school by his motorcycle. I still remember it like it was yesterday379; I always sat on the back of his bike. I really liked going to school on a motorcycle back then because I thought it was pretty cool.
4. What do you like to do during your commute to school?
I honestly just like listening to music. It’s not the most productive thing, but it really helps me blow off
steam. When I’m on my way to school, I already feel stressed thinking about all the stuff I have to do. So
listening to music just sets my mind at ease.
5. Do you like bike-share programs?
I think bike-share programs are a great idea. But I actually don’t take advantage of them too much380. I generally use public transportation, like buses and subways. But if I had to bike somewhere, I would definitely use a shared bike. It’s helpful for the environment. Plus, biking is really fun.
6. When was latest time you took a taxi?
Well, if memory serves correctly381, the last time I took a taxi was about half year ago when I tried to catch a train. At the time, I was running late for382 check-in, so I had to take a cab. And I remember I even tipped the driver 10 bucks383 for asking him to drive faster to the train station.
7. Is the traffic in your city bad?
Honestly, it depends on the time of day. During rush hour, the roads can get pretty backed up with traffic384. Sometimes it can take you hours just to drive a couple blocks. But if it’s in the afternoon or on the weekends, it’s not as bad. You just have to be strategic about when you drive.
8. Can you drive?
Yes, I can drive! I’ve been driving ever since I was old enough to get my license. At first, driving really stressed me out385, especially when it got busy on the roads. But now that I’ve been driving for a while, it doesn’t stress me out at all. Bad drivers get on my nerves386 though.
No, I can’t drive. Most people my age just take public transportation to get around387 Honestly, the thought of driving really stresses me out. I think I’d get on other drivers’ nerves because I would be driving too slowly. I’d rather just take a bus or a subway, or get a ride from my friends388.
9. Do you drive usually? /Do you often drive?
Well, to be honest, I try to avoid driving whenever I can. Sometimes the roads get way too busy and it’s not worth it to drive when I can just take public transportation. But if I want to go to school or work early, I like driving because I can control how fast I go.
10. Do you think people need to learn how to drive?
Honestly, I think it depends389. If people live somewhere that’s very heavily populated and has a great public transportation system, then I don’t think they need to learn how to drive. It’s better for the environment anyways if people take public transportation instead of driving their own cars. But if they often need to go to someplace far away, they should learn how to drive.
11. Does your family often travel by car (go on a road trip)?
Yeah, we do. During the summer, we love going on road trips to small towns along the highway. It’s always a blast having a road trip with my parents. A few months ago, we drove for three hours to a seaside town390. It was so picturesque391; the scenery really blew us away.
12. What are the advantages of a road trip?
The advantages of a road trip are that you have total control over392 where you go, how fast you go, and when you want to take a break. If you take a train or a plane, the stops are already decided for you. But if you drive yourself, you can make all the decisions yourself.
376 I’ve gotten used to it:我现在习惯了
377 by now:到目前为止
378 practical option:现实的选择
379 I still remember it like it was yesterday:我仍然能够很清楚的记得那时候，就像是昨天发生的事情一样
380 don’t take advantage of them too much:并没有经常用（共享单车）
381 if memory serves correctly:如果没记错的话
382 I was running late for:赶着去做某事
383 tipped the driver 10 bucks:多给了司机 10块钱
384 get pretty backed up with traffic:交通很拥堵
385 stressed me out:压力很大，很紧张
386 get on my nerves:让我烦躁
387 get around:出行，走动
388 get a ride from my friends:让朋友载我
389 it depends:视情况而定
390 a seaside town:海滨小镇
392 you have total control over:你可以完全控制…