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Date: Jul 10 2009

Themes: Hobbies

Grammar: Zero Conditional


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It seems pretty obvious that motorcycles are more dangerous than cars. In fact, in the U.S., motorcycle riders are more than four times more likely to have a fatal accident than people who drive car. So why is it that motorcycles continue to be a popular form of transportation?

One reason might be that in American culture, motorcycles are seen as cool and rebellious. The stereotypical image of a badass is someone who rides a big Harley Davidson, wears lots of leather, and belongs to a motorcycle gang like the Hell’s Angels. But motorcycles mean different things to different people, and they may not be seen as rebellious in every country.

As a child, Ella lived in Thailand and often rode a motorcycle with her parents. Find out if she thinks it’s a good idea for Dale to get a motorcycle.


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Dale:  You know what I really, really want to do? Like, really soon?

Ella:  What?

Dale:  Ride a motorcycle.

Ella:  Really? It seems kinda dangerous, you know?

Dale:  Not really. Actually, I used to have a [def ]moped[/def] when I was a kid. I used to have a moped again when I was an adult. And I thought it was extremely fun. But I’ve just never had the chance to do the motorcycle thing. What about you? Have you ridden a motorcycle?

Ella:  I did. In Thailand where I grew up, you know, the rules are quite different from the United States. They’re a little more lax on safety. And so I’d ride in the middle between my parents. And then I got in a car…not a car accident, but I got in an accident because the chain on the motorcycle cut through my leg.

Dale:  Was it like a sports bike or a cruiser?

Ella:  It was more like one of those tiny…it was a motorcycle but it was a small one. It’s not like quite a dirt bike but not full-on Harley. Right in the middle.

Dale:  Not like one of those hogs. Have you seen those hogs down the street, like the American…I think I want that one.

Ella:  That one? I can see you rocking that.

Dale:  Do you think it’s more of a cultural symbol though, I mean do you think…

Ella:  If you think Harleys, of course you think Americans. But then if you think just regular motorcycles for transportation, I kinda think of the rest of the world.


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Dale is thinking about buying a motorcycle. He used to have a moped, but he wants to get a real motorcycle. His preference would be to get a big American hog.

Ella thinks motorcycles are unsafe because she got hurt on one when she was a kid. In Thailand, where Ella grew up, many people ride motorcycles as their main form of transportation.

Are motorcycles popular in your country? Do you think it’s safe to ride them?

For more on motorcycles, take a look at this video English lesson about a real American biker!



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07:35 AM Jul 11 2009 |



its not crowded in my country =]

07:34 AM Jul 11 2009 |



Viet Nam

In my country,many motocrycles…it's crowded…as the ant…especially in Ho Chi Minh city. And had many accident happended!

07:30 AM Jul 11 2009 |

Snow leopard

French Southern Territories

Thanks a lot!

06:41 AM Jul 11 2009 |


United Arab Emirates

I love HOGS they are the coolest ever! And I wish if I own one Cool

06:34 AM Jul 11 2009 |



I just graduated from senior high school.Many of my classmates go to get the motorcycle license.'Cause we can't get one until at the age of 18 here in Taiwan.But I consider it dangerous, I'd rather choosing other transportations.

05:59 AM Jul 11 2009 |



To be honesty, I don't like it, it's dangerous and so noisy. you know it's obvious that there is much more motorcycle's accident than other traffic accident. But you should be also realized that in many countries we should use this kind of transportation to go to work or somewhere because  of our bad public traffic or something like that. In conclusion, if we ride the motorcycle carefully, it'd be a pretty good transportation.

04:56 AM Jul 11 2009 |

flower shine


In my opinion,motercycles are dangerous.But in our province Henan,motercycles are very commom,and the people just use them as a kind of tools of transportation,just as bicycle and car.Honestly,I don’t like them.

03:45 AM Jul 11 2009 |



Motorcycles are absolutely dangerous. In my country, India, the main transportation is motorcycle. The roads full of them riding on footpaths when there is traffic jam putting pedestrians' life at risk. Not only that, it increases pollusion and noisy.

01:42 AM Jul 11 2009 |


South Korea

I don’t like the motorcycle. It is very noisy.. and pollute… very very….....

12:00 AM Jul 11 2009 |




it was great but i think in last dialog she had to slow down a little bit  

09:30 PM Jul 10 2009 |



in our country there is no much use for motorcycle

the person who owns one just for fun or showing with his frien

08:41 PM Jul 10 2009 |




Yes, motorcycles are very popular here. most people that have use them as main transportation and to work. Usually younger people are big fans of motorcycles. i am not into that, i do think its kind of dangerous, i have seen many people that get injured by motorcycles accidents, it would be cool once to ride one, though. 

07:35 PM Jul 10 2009 |



In my country motorcycles are used as a mean of transport,whenever a fast-food restaurant delivers, workers drive motorcycles, for instance. 

06:31 PM Jul 10 2009 |


Viet Nam

In my country motorcyles are pretty popular too. I am verry afraid to ride motorcyle on the freeway because of many nail created by breakdow mechanic. Alas ! 

05:22 PM Jul 10 2009 |




i have nerver ridden a motorcycle :( but i would like to ride one obviously with a pretty girl back to me. i think it'd seem cool    d-.-b

03:12 PM Jul 10 2009 |




Motorcyles are popular in the Philippines not same as the hogs or cruisers. They are popularly known here as tricycle. A motorcycle with attached side car. Ideal for short distance travel. It can have two passengers on the side car and another person at back ride and some tricycle can carry up to five to six passengers. I heard Thailand has a similar tricycles and they call it "tuk-tuk" I hope my spelling is correct.

03:11 PM Jul 10 2009 |




motorcycles are not often seen here in our city, because there are always so many cars and buses, leaving no room for bicycles or motorcycles

02:43 PM Jul 10 2009 |




Yes, motorcycles are so popular in my country, but I dislike them for two reasons.First, drivers' motorcycles don't submit for the rules and regulations of transportations , so they cause so many accidents.Second,I hate it because it's noisy….

01:54 PM Jul 10 2009 |




hi friend am also using motor cycle.but am not a rash driver.in our country spaceless road are making more problems than motor cycle.lacks of vehicles are registering every week but there is no development in road so so i must say road is also a problem.

01:46 PM Jul 10 2009 |

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