This week on BBCe we're revving the engine for a driving special! Meet the taxi drivers of London and Cairo and find out what they love and hate about their job.
Traditional London black taxis are called cabs and the drivers are called cabbies. When you get in a black cab, a London cabbie might say, "Where to, mate?" meaning 'Where do you want to go?' Mate means friend.
But today, for BBCe, you can hear them saying it in Egyptian Arabic instead!
There are lots of phrases in English, which use the word 'drive.' Here are three:
- you drive me mad
- in the driving seat
- back seat driver
Find out what they mean by listening above!
Question: Are you a taxi driver or do you drive alot? Do you love it or hate it?
Nabeel, Dubai, UAE
me alwyes i drive here in dubai but i hate because here traffic
i hate it because i hate to be in driving seat i am not confident of my self i always be in back seat all in my life
Actualy I hate driving in streets of the neighborhood because I feel boring,but when I drive on highway,I feel relax because I drive the car without driving very fast just tune in the radio or the tape
Walid, Port Said, Egypt
i like it alot but i feel some bored to driver in along time in my taxi but what i can do its my job
Samowl, Sydney, Australia
Hi guys That's my name I'm new in Australia and that mean I still learn English now you know why I'm listening to yours program. I've been her in Australia for tow years and I started doing taxi driver before five months for it was really very nice and good job for my special I'm new and I need to now about this country . I love it and nothing to hit at less until now All the best to BBCe Your new friend (I wish) Sam
No I'm not a taxi driver,but i like driving very much and one of my dreams to have my own car.Its very interesting thing but after my brother's death in a terrible car accident i affriad of cars and crazy drivers.
I LOVE TO DRIVE ANY WHERE ACCEPT London & Cairo
Dina, Cairo, Egypt
i m not a taxi driving but i hateeeee drivingggggggg ,i hope if i ve a lot of moneny to have someone to drive for me
Osman , Sudan
yes i love driving because it asort of art
A, Jeddah, KSA
I drive every day more than an hour but i like to benifit in the way so i listen to what i care about and what gives me a lot of new information about my religion Try to do it if your way is long
i hate this job but its living
Farah, Baghdad, Iraq
I am like driving but not in the traffic jam but I hate going to the mechanician
Blend, Baghdad, Iraq
no i didnt drive taxi but i drive cars alot and i love it specialy when we going to travel
Mohamed, Diarb Nigm El Sharkia Government
I like Driving very much
Ahmed, Babil, Iraq
Hello I'm not a taxi drver and I'm not driving alot too ,but I love driving alot I have no car but I practice driving in my friend's car . Special thanx for BBC for their services
Emad, Qena, Egypt
i dont have a car ,i wish have a car ,i dont know driving , i love dreving becuse if i have i can go to any place any time without wating spec taxi , saving my mony any way i dont hate driving
M.T. Al-Mansouri, Ottawa, Canada
I am not a taxi driver. Seldom I drive cars I like driving. I do it exactly without accidents and respectfully to the city, police rules.
Mahgoub, Khartoum, Sudan
I think a taxi-driver is lucky person because he meet different person have different values, dimension ,race and attitude. Generally is non routine