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source: Daily Listening    2016年10月4日

0:05 Today we're talking about one of the latest forms of transport on two wheels.
0:10 Yes.
0:11 We're not talking about bicycles here.
0:13 No, we're talking about a… self-balancing transport device.
0:19 What a complicated name!
0:21 Now a device is an object which has been created for a particular purpose.
0:27 But yes, you need to balance on this device which means you need to stand on it and not
0:32 fall over.
0:33 Well this device has other names as well.
0:36 It's called a rideable because you ride on it like you ride on a bicycle – or you can
0:42 call it a self-balancing scooter - or others call it a hoverboard.
0:47 That's perhaps because it looks like a skateboard perhaps… but it's different, isn't it?
0:50 Yes it is, it is a bit different.
0:52 And we'll be finding out more about hoverboards in a moment, but first it's time for our quiz
0:58 question.
0:59 I'm going to make a statement and I want you to tell me, Finn, if it is true or false.
1:03 OK?
1:04 OK.
1:05 Here in the UK, it's illegal to ride a hoverboard on the pavement.
1:09 Is that true or false, Finn?
1:11 What do you think?
1:12 Well, I've actually seen someone riding a hoverboard on the pavement so I'll say it's
1:18 false.
1:19 I think it's legal to ride one on the pavement.
1:21 OK, then.
1:22 We'll see if you're right at the end of the programme.
1:24 OK.
1:25 So, Neil have you ever tried riding on a hoverboard?
1:29 No, I haven't, but I would like to give it a go.
1:32 It looks like a skateboard, but it is different – it moves differently – and it goes in
1:36 a different direction – it goes… sideways.
1:38 Yes.
1:39 And, you know, the other big difference is that it is motorised.
1:45 And when you change your balance the wheels turn.
1:48 So when you lean forwards – you move forwards – and when you lean back you slow down and
1:54 stop… and if you lean even further back, then you actually move backwards.
1:58 Yes.
1:59 So it's hard to keep your balance.
2:00 Like a skateboard, you need to practise to get good at this.
2:03 And I'm no good at skateboards.
2:05 And I think, you know, if you don't practise you'll fall off the hoverboard lots of times.
2:11 BBC reporter Emma Ailes has tried a hoverboard.
2:15 Who else has tried one of these rideables?
2:17 Listen to her report.
2:19 So you may have seen in recent weeks celebrities like Justin Bieber and Lily Allen riding one
2:23 of these.
2:24 It's a self-balancing transportation device or some people call them rideables.
2:29 I've never had a go but I am going to integrate one into my life in the next couple of days
2:32 and see how I get on.
2:35 And that was the BBC reporter Emma Ailes.
2:38 She said that she's going to integrate riding a hoverboard into her everyday life and so
2:44 perhaps she'll travel to the BBC on a hoverboard.
2:47 Now to integrate means to combine things to make them more efficient.
2:51 Or maybe she'll go shopping on a hoverboard.
2:53 Now she talked about celebrities – famous people - who are using hoverboards.
2:59 Yeah.
3:00 She mentioned two celebrities – singers Lily Allen – who's British.
3:04 And Justin Bieber - he's from Canada.
3:07 So people are using hoverboards all over the world.
3:10 Neil, you were telling me about a guy you saw last weekend.
3:13 Yes, I was at a shopping centre and there were all these kids – teenagers - watching
3:17 this guy using a hoverboard.
3:20 Of course they all wanted to try it.
3:21 You could hear them shouting: "Can I have a go?
3:23 Can I have a go?
3:24 Can I have a go?"
3:25 Now, to have a go means to try something.
3:28 Yes.
3:29 Now what was our reporter's experience of using a hoverboard?
3:33 How did she get on?
3:35 Did she learn how to use it?
3:37 Did she enjoy using it?
3:39 So overall this is really good fun and I definitely recommend giving it a go.
3:44 But there are some downsides.
3:45 It's really heavy, it's illegal to use it on the pavement and it's quite embarrassing
3:50 being stared at.
3:51 So are two wheels better than two legs?
3:55 For me, probably not.
3:56 So that was the BBC reporter Emma once again.
3:59 And she tried to use the two wheels of the hoverboard to move around but she said she
4:04 prefers moving with her two legs.
4:07 But she did say this about using a hoverboard - it's good fun and she definitely recommends
4:12 that people try it – they should give it a go!
4:16 But she said there are also some downsides – some bad things.
4:20 First, it's heavy.
4:22 Yes, it's not very easy carrying a heavy hoverboard.
4:25 Also when she uses it everyone looks at her and they don't stop looking – they stare
4:31 at her and she says that's embarrassing.
4:34 And there is one more downside about using a self-balancing scooter.
4:40 And this is also the answer to our quiz question…
4:43 I asked if it's true or false that it's illegal to ride a hoverboard on the pavement in the
4:49 UK.
4:50 And I said that it's false.
4:51 And you are… wrong.
4:54 It's illegal.
4:55 There is a law here about that.
4:57 Yes, I realised I guessed the wrong answer when I heard that clip from Emma's report
5:02 there.
5:03 Yes.
5:04 Their use is illegal under Section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 for use on the public pavements
5:11 and roads in the UK.
5:12 Oh, very impressive, Neil.
5:14 Now, you can use a hoverboard, I've heard, on private propertyif you have permission
5:19 from the owner but NOT on public pavements and roads.
5:23 OK.
5:24 Well, next time you see your friend Justin Bieber, Finn, tell him that.
5:29 I will.
5:30 Now, that's all for today.
5:31 Please do join us again soon.
5:33 Please do.
5:34 And let's hear the words before we go.
5:36 OK.
5:37 We heard: device
5:39 balance pavement
5:43 scooter skateboard
5:47 celebrities to get on
5:50 to have a go illegal
5:53 private property That is it now.