Apr 022013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: This year the BBC is looking into the future, in key areas of science, politics, education and our personal life in a series called What If? As part of this, 6 Minute English looks at the question: ‘What if everyone had a car?’

There are already a billion cars in the world but what would be the consequences if there were even more vehicles on the road? Rob and Jennifer discuss what might happen and they talk about some designs for cars of the future.

We’ll be hearing some driving-related words and phrases along the way.

This week’s question:

In 2010, one of the world’s longest jams occurred in Beijing in China. How long was it?

a) 50 kilometres

b) 100 kilometres

c) 200 kilometres

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.



traffic jams: a queue of vehicles on a road that are not moving, or moving very slowly
gridlock: a situation where there are so many vehicles on the road that none of them can move
a maelstrom: a situation that is confusing and chaotic
bumper to bumper: cars travelling close together and almost touching
to get behind the wheel: to start driving a car
the end of the road: a point where you cannot continue any further
gas-guzzling: using a lot of fuel


6 Minute English – Global traffic jam Transcript Video


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