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Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking

Date: Feb 20 2009

Themes: Travel

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs

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If your car breaks down and you’re very far from home, all you can do is hope someone will give you a ride.

Trying to get a ride from strangers is called hitchhiking. Some people like to hitchhike and use it as a free way to travel around. They sit on the shoulder with their thumb out and a sign with the name of the city they’re trying to get to.

Other people only do it in emergencies because it can be dangerous. You never know who will pick you up and you could be vulnerable in the car of a stranger.

But hitchhiking can be fun too. You could meet someone really cool or end up with a good story to tell. Listen to Marni and Jason talk about their hitchhiking experiences.

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Jason

Jason

Marni:  So, have you ever gone hitchhiking or used hitchhiking as a…

Jason:  I have but only out of necessity. Like, I was on a bike trip and my bike broke down and I had to hitchhike back to civilization to get it fixed.

Marni:  Yeah. I resorted to it once in the same sort of situation where it was like, car ran out of gas. It was totally scary on the highway and a really creepy guy picked me up. Luckily, I was with my boyfriend at the time…

Jason:  Oh OK.

Marni:  ...so I wasn’t alone, but I was freaked out.

Jason:  Yeah.

Marni:  Yeah. But I was just thinking about…I have a friend who’s in the Peace Corps in Malawi right now and that’s how everyone in that country gets around, is hitchhiking.

Jason:  Just all the time?

Marni:  Yeah. So he just hitchhikes all the time.

Jason:  Wow.

Marni:  It’s just, like, how they do it.

Jason:  It’s not that dangerous though because it’s just the commonplace mode of transportation.

Marni:  Exactly. And I was just thinking how fascinating that would be if that was part of our culture, just hitchhiking everywhere.

Jason:  So is every street just full of people thumbing it?

Marni:  I guess. And I don’t even know…it would be interesting. I don’t know how he does it, like if that’s a universal symbol, the whole thumb thing, or maybe there’s some other crazy symbol that they have. Or maybe you just stand.

Jason:  And people stop and pull over.

Marni:  Exactly. It’s like a bus. It would be awesome.

 

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Discussion

Both Marni and Jason have only hitchhiked once and only because they had to. But Marni has a friend who is working as a volunteer in Malawi, and she says people there hitchhike all the time.

Have you ever pulled over and picked up a hitchhiker or had to thumb a ride yourself? How common is hitchhiking where you live? How do people go about it?

 

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hujulite

hujulite

China

me too, i really donot know why

01:30 AM Feb 23 2009 |

joshua0618

joshua0618

Taiwan

Geology!? cool! I like it! but Geology and Archaeology are cognate sciences ?

01:14 AM Feb 23 2009 |

volnei

volnei

Brazil

I needed it once a long time ago. I had missed the bus and it was late at night, so I was at the road thumbing all night long… no one pulled over!!! I had wait till the morning and wait for a bus.

10:59 PM Feb 22 2009 |

yotam

Israel

i dont have any experience of hitchhiking but i think that it' intersting if the person id friendly but maybe he could be dangerous i affred from people that thump :S:S

08:37 PM Feb 22 2009 |

zeinabou

zeinabou

Egypt

i used to hitchhike when i was in the  primary school…i m not killing i had to walk 2 km to go to school and often there was some one who picked me up…it wasn t dangerous at that time..but i can t  accept that my children do this now.

06:37 PM Feb 22 2009 |

shad84

shad84

United States

SAVE GAS…..RIDE THE BROOM….GRAVEROBBERS!!!!!

06:08 PM Feb 22 2009 |

shad84

shad84

United States

SAVE GAS RIDE THE BROOM

06:04 PM Feb 22 2009 |

Rayko

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

In my country it`s very easy to hitchhike,almost people are friendly and i think it means good.

05:54 PM Feb 22 2009 |

Rayko

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

yes i had picked up some hitchhikers
and i hitchhiked many times,i like to help people.

05:27 PM Feb 22 2009 |

moe awad

moe awad

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

damn its long word but its good…..cool

02:56 PM Feb 22 2009 |

elaine520

China

i've seen this hitchhiking in the movie…

01:31 PM Feb 22 2009 |

jake604522816

China

i say something !
work is hard to find, ^^ help!

12:20 PM Feb 22 2009 |

joshua0618

joshua0618

Taiwan

i never hed hitchhiking experience before, but i think that is interesting, if i have weapon. =口=""hihi~

 

08:17 AM Feb 22 2009 |

-,eleven

-,eleven

China

  want to have a experience like that.  

   I think it is cool, not so dangerous

07:16 AM Feb 22 2009 |

alimysoul

alimysoul

Saudi Arabia

 have hitchhiked once too. When i travelled with my girfreind badluck that there were a naughty guy to picked up. It's  worst memories of that trip.

06:09 AM Feb 22 2009 |

Daniel5717

Daniel5717

China

it is just an experience,should not be your dream.And not all chinese people are not that unfriendly

04:47 AM Feb 22 2009 |

blueskun

blueskun

China

YES .what somoone from china said is most popular in our country. everybody do  not belive  each other.  i am upset for this

hichhiking is the dream in a day for us .what an experience !!

04:15 AM Feb 22 2009 |

YY Jim

YY Jim

China

I don`t have this experience,but I picked hitchhiker up once,and he thanked me a lot,I hope everyone could help people who need a hand.

02:28 AM Feb 22 2009 |

kurtz.houce

Algeria

I've had an experience of 1230 km from the North to the South of Algeria, just for the sake of FUN.

It's life and nothing else¡¡¡??

Jaisy, it's not unsafe or dangerous¡¡¡¿¿¿Either we have adventure in blood; or we don't have it at all…..See uuu!!! kiiissssss Metalhouce

10:06 PM Feb 21 2009 |

Daniel5717

Daniel5717

China

I expect to have such an experience

03:35 PM Feb 21 2009 |

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