Public Transport
French writing exercise

Les transports en commun

François discovered the joys of public transport when moving from a small village to Paris.

Some vocabulary you may want to look up before or during this exercise:
"to consist of", "hourly", "to gain independence", "to rely on [someone]", "good will", "to fully understand", "Parisian underground [US:subway]", "a fairground ride", "never experience anything like it", "a stop (métro)", "to marvel at", "no matter how [adjective]".

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François grew up in a small village in the middle of nowhere, where public transport consisted of an hourly bus to the nearest town. "At the age when teenagers start to want to gain some independence, I was stuck at home, and I could rely solely on my parents' good will. It was only after I moved to the capital that I fully understood the treasure that is public transport. The first time I got on the Parisian underground [US: subway], I felt like I was on a fairground ride. I had never experienced anything like it. I was following all the stops on the map, while marvelling at the speed with which we were literally crossing the whole city ! For the first few weeks after I moved to Paris, no matter how short the journey was, I absolutely had to take the underground!"

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