Benjamin: Excuse me, what's the screen near your steering wheel for?
Taxi driver: It's a portable TV. It's a popular thing now.
Benjamin: Oh, that's new to me. So what's on everyday?
Taxi driver: News about current affairs, documentaries, music, movies, noncommercial ads and so on.
Benjamin: Is there anything interesting?
Taxi driver: Yes, there are something good and informative. I think that many people underestimate the value of TV in education.
Benjamin: I agree. Are there any commercials on the TV?
Taxi driver: Of course. Because the TV stations need to make money from commercials between the programs.
Benjamin: That makes a lot of sense. Does the TV work well?
Taxi driver: Not always. It depends on the transmission of the satellite signals.
Benjamin: I got it. Do you pay for the programs?
Taxi driver: Yes, 50 Yuan per month.
Benjamin: It is a little bit expensive, but it's worth it.
Taxi driver: Yeah. You know driving is boring. TV can get me out of the fatigue of driving.
Benjamin: It can also entertain your passengers like me.
Taxi driver: That's the point.
Benjamin: I found that there was a small screen near the taxi driver's steering wheel. The taxi driver told me that was a portable TV. And news about current affairs, documentaries, music, movies, noncommercial ads were shown on it. Also he had to pay 50 Yuan per month for the programs.
steering wheel 方向盘
portable adj. 轻便的
current adj. 目前的
informative adj. 提供丰富资料的
commercial n. 商业广告
transmission n. 传输
satellite n. 卫星
fatigue n. 疲倦，疲劳
entertain vt. 娱乐
NYC Taxi Cabs
Taxi cabs are both loved and hated by New Yorkers. They serve as a quick and easy means of transportation across Manhattan, a route not amply served by the subways. The downside with having an abundance of cabs is the traffic that results. Most traffic-jams in mid-town are speckled with many of the 12,o53 yellow cabs that serve the city.
Taxi Fares in New York
Cabs are cash only and it's a good idea to have small bills because the cabbies can't usually break anything higher than $20. While cabs are relatively expensive for a single person, it can actually be a bargain with 3 or more riders. The rates for taxicabs are as follows:
Initial fare: $2.00
Each 1/5 mile (4 blocks): $0.30
Each 1 minute idle: $0.20
Night surcharge: $0.50(after 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.)
Additional riders: FREE