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Date: Feb 20 2009

Themes: Travel

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

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.


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





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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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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i don’t have the experience of a hitchhiker,but i hope that when i have the chance to travel around the world i could have hitchhiking experiences.

02:53 PM Feb 21 2009 |



I think we should say "thumb for being picked up"Wink

02:49 PM Feb 21 2009 |



i am very  delight to hear you .

11:07 AM Feb 21 2009 |



There are not many times in China.

07:49 AM Feb 21 2009 |



I have never thumbed for hitchhiking,It's not so common here,and i am fear to came across one who wanna rob me

07:36 AM Feb 21 2009 |




hitchking?i never gone hitchking..what's it feel like?

05:24 AM Feb 21 2009 |



    sorry…I  can't  read  this Article clear       because.my  english  is  very bad~

02:16 AM Feb 21 2009 |



    sorry…I  can't  read  this Article clear       because.my  english  is  very bad~

02:16 AM Feb 21 2009 |



i haven´t been a hitchhiker.i ´m luck boy,not?

01:27 AM Feb 21 2009 |



Viet Nam

i think hitchhiking is interesting!!

12:49 AM Feb 21 2009 |



ıf u living in turkey, specialy as a woman,it is soo dangerous.don’t try!

09:55 PM Feb 20 2009 |


Viet Nam


i often hitchhike when i go back my home because i learn in a city far away my country and i havent had motobike or car. around we have many good people, they ready help you


04:57 PM Feb 20 2009 |




When i was in secondry school i did it few times but with my friends because our school was too far from our house.. 

04:49 PM Feb 20 2009 |


Viet Nam

I haven't got a car.I have only a motorbike but I have ever broke down my owner motorbike. That is very terrible.Because then I had empty pockets.Do you know what to happened?   

04:42 PM Feb 20 2009 |




once i asked hitchhiking in my travel to machupicchu. it was pretty cool to have all a luxury bus empty for my friend and I. I guess someone must ask it when he really needs it.

04:41 PM Feb 20 2009 |


Saudi Arabia

i never had a hitchhiking experience before

04:36 PM Feb 20 2009 |




I think this ridio is so quickly, hearing is very difficult to beginner. Please read slower, thank you so much!


03:48 PM Feb 20 2009 |


Hong Kong

I also feel hitchhiking is funny and interesting, most important is that we can enjoy free transport and understand the culture of a place. 

03:41 PM Feb 20 2009 |



I hitchhiked once with a friend of mine when I was a teenager. Two nice and very polite teenage guys pick us up. I think it was their fist hichhike expirience too :-)) It was fun and exciting expirience. But now, as I'm older and wiser and after seeing thousands of horror films about hitchhike victims, I wouldn't risk hitchhiking again…

02:28 PM Feb 20 2009 |




I bought this course my youngter. I am  egitheen years old. I was very fond of American cars. And my frinds girl to the defiance. A sign if you want me to stop all Mercedesies. I was interensted in the car. Car owners men you was interested in my sexuality., I was young and beatiful face. I saw this, but after ten mercedesies. Should not be the same car that I have learned the second time b. Because the first know Turkish men treat women is very polite. In the second place that is spreading like bearskin. And the car plate was prepered like bear skin. And the car plate was prepered fihrist. All were blakc. Wrong was easy to

02:25 PM Feb 20 2009 |

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