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A funny cabbie

Dear fellow teachers,

Uber or taxi rides can be entertaining at times! Here´s a cool activity you can do with your B2/C1 students: A FUNNY CABBIE


Listen to the dialogue “A funny cabbie” and fill in the blanks in the exercise below.



Dan: (laughing)
Greg: What´s so funny?
Dan: Sorry, I just remembered something (1) _______________.
Greg: Something hilarious? Now I´m curious! Tell me all about it.
Dan: Me and Howard, we took a (2) _______________ downtown last night.
Greg: A taxi ride? Is that supposed to be funny?
Dan: No, the taxi driver was really funny. He had this really big nose and he kept talking (3) _______________ with this heavy accent. He really did look like Pinocchio.
Greg: I guess most (4) _______________ are good at making (5) _______________. So, he had a strong accent, right? Did you (6) _______________ where he´s from?Dan:No, we didn´t, I mean we tried to, but he wouldn´t let us talk. When we finally got to our destination he started telling us not to (7) _______________ the door on our way out. He must´ve asked us a thousand times “Would you, please, close the door (8) _______________ on your way out?”, he just (9) _______________  saying it with this funny accent.
Greg: Don´t tell me you slammed the door, did you?
Dan: No, we didn´t. We actually gave him a good (10) _______________ for the ride.
Greg: I think he deserved it. He was a great (11) _______________, right?
Dan:(12) _______________! We had a great time.


Now find words or expressions in the dialogue with the same meaning as:

  1. Continued; went on: ____________________________
  2. Carefully; in a gentle manner: _____________________
  3. Taxi drivers: ________________________________
  4. Someone who pleases or amuses people: ______________
  5. Unimportant chatter; chitchat: ____________________
  6. Shut a door violently and loudly: __________________
  7. Certainly; without any doubt: ____________________
  8. A gratuity; small amount of money given to someone for a service performed, in addition to the payment: _______
  9. A taxi: __________________
  10. Very funny: ______________
  11. Discover; learn; get to know: ______________
  12. Continually; without a pause: ______________


Dialogue Completion

  1. hilarious                     7. slam
  2. cab                               8. gently
  3. nonstop                       9. kept
  4. cabbies                        10. tip
  5. small talk                    11. entertainer
  6. find out                       12. definitely

Follow-up Vocabulary Exercise

  1. kept                        7. definitely
  2. gently                     8. tip
  3. cabbies                   9. cab
  4. entertainer            10. hilarious
  5. small talk              11. find out
  6. slam                       12. nonstop

FALE TUDO EM INGLÊS AVANÇADO – Autor: José Roberto A. Igreja / Disal Editora

José Roberto A. Igreja is the author and co-author of several ELT books, including:

LET´S TALK ABOUT IT! – The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book
Now available on the Amazon stores of the following countries:


If you live in Brazil the paperback is available at a discount price on UICLAP!
(240 pages – 31 QR-CODES for the audio tracks “even the paperback comes with built-in technology”)


Let's Talk About It!: The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book (English Edition) por [Jose Roberto A. Igreja]

600 Phrasal Verbs (with Jonathan T. Hogan)

Talking Business

How do you say … in English?

Fluent Business English (with Robert C. Young)

What to say when …?

False Friends

English for Job Interviews (with Robert C. Young)

American Idioms! (with Joe Bailey Noble III)