Como siempre, os invitamos a participar en el coloquio en inglés en el centro cívico. La idea de estos coloquios es practicar nuestro inglés con gente de diferentes niveles e intentar soltarnos. No hay requisitos ni obligaciones, solo participar en la medida que se pueda y se quiera.
Os dejamos unos enlaces más abajo para que podais preparar el coloquio y que podáis venir con una opinión formada del tema que vamos a hablar. Por este motivo todo los temas los ponemos en inglés para que tengamos los conceptos preparados en el idioma en el que vamos a hablar.
- Friday March 3rd 19:00 at Centro Cívico Pepe Viyuela
Bikes Vs. Cars
Bikes vs Cars: why it’s war between cyclists and drivers on city streets
Related Links: suggested reading
These are some links we suggest you read to prepare for the debate
- Bikes vs Cars: why it’s war between cyclists and drivers on city streets
- Why don’t people obey the rules when they ride a bike?
- On your bike
- Bike Lanes: Pros and Cons of Bicycle Lanes
- Is cycling more dangerous than driving?
- Ben Fogle: Riding a bicycle in London has become too dangerous
bike lanes carriles bici
crowded roads Caminos llenos de gente
two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles Vehículos de dos y cuatro ruedas
drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians Conductores, ciclistas y peatones
hostile to bikes Hostil a las bicicletas
Car dependency Dependencia de coche
a clash between bikes and cars Un choque entre bicicletas y coches
bike infrastructure Infraestructura para bicicletas
cycling enthusiast Entusiasta del ciclismo
To bike (informal) Ir a alguna parte en una bicicleta
To pedal pedalear
To ride (verb) montar
To change gear/gears cambiar de velocidad (to start using a different gear when you are driving a car or riding a bicycle)
change down to start driving in a lower gear
change up to start driving in a higher gear
freewheel (verb) to move on a bicycle without moving the pedals, or to move in a car without switching on the engine, usually down a slope
indicate verb British to signal that you intend to change direction in a vehicle by using an indicator
jam on the brakes/jam the brakes on to put your foot very suddenly and hard on the brake of a vehicle because you want to stop quickly
low gear noun any of the gears that you use when you are driving slowly or up a hill
shift verb to change from one gear to another when you are driving a car
change gear/gears to start using a different gear when you are driving a car or riding a bicycle
give way to allow another vehicle to go before you when you are driving. The usual American word is yield
Words to describe transport and travel
a journey = the trip between the start and end.
"My journey to work / school takes twenty minutes."
a commute (to commute) = the journey to work
"He commutes to work by train and tube."
"His commute takes him half an hour."
bus route = the journey the bus does
"The bus route follows London Road as far as the cinema, then turns left."
a bus lane = special part of the road only for buses
"Don't drive in the bus lane!"
traffic jam = when there are too many cars, buses etc and everything goes slowly – or stops.
"I'm in a traffic jam – I'll be late for work."
a bus stop = where the bus stops for people to get on or get off (also tram stop)
a railway station = where you get on or off a train (also tube station)
a single or a return (ticket) = a bus, train or air ticket to go only (single) or to go and come back (return)
a one-day return (for the train) = when you go and come back the same day
a travel card = a card where you can make multiple journeys in one day, for example on the London tube
a season ticket = a train ticket where you can go by train every day for a month, or a year
You get on and get off a bus, train, plane, bike, boat, etc. This is because you need to take a step up to get on the means of transport.
You get in and get out of a car, or taxi.
You can travel or go by bike, train, car, tube. But you travel on or go on foot (=walk).
You can drive a car, taxi or train.
You ride a bike, motorbike or horse.
You fly a plane.