Transportation Vocabulary

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Knowing how to talk about various types of transportation is a huge advantage when learning to speak English. This can prove useful in a variety of situations such as talking about how to prefer to get to and from work or school as well as being hugely advantageous when asking about public transport options. This is also useful vocabulary to have when thinking about the conversations surrounding travel and holidays.

Transportation Vocabulary

Transportation is the way people and goods move from one place to another. It includes various methods and vehicles such as cars, buses, trains, airplanes, bicycles, and boats. Transportation helps people travel to work, school, and other places, and it allows goods to be delivered to stores and homes.

Types of Vehicles Vocabulary

  • Van
  • Taxi
  • Police car
  • Bus
  • Ambulance
  • Skateboard
  • Baby carriage (US)/ Pram (UK)
  • Bicycle
  • Mountain bike
  • Scooter
  • Motorcycle
  • Fire engine
  • Crane
  • Forklift
  • Tractor
  • Recycling truck
  • Cement mixer
  • Dump truck
  • Subway
  • Aerial tramway
  • Helicopter
  • Airplane
  • Balloon
  • Tram (UK)/ Streetcar (US)
  • Carriage
  • Rowboat
  • Boat
  • Train

Types of Ships and Boats

  • Battleship
  • Destroyer
  • Ferry
  • Schooner
  • Ship
  • Barge
  • Boat
  • Catamaran
  • Canoe
  • Yacht
  • Gondola
  • Hovercraft
  • Sailboat
  • Trawler
  • Submarine

Types of Trucks

  • Pickup
  • Tractor
  • Tow truck
  • Fire engine
  • Van
  • Cement mixer
  • Tanker
  • Tractor-trailer
  • Forklift
  • Car transporter

Car Parts Vocabulary

  • Headlight
  • Mirror
  • Window
  • Trunk (US)/ Boot (UK)
  • Brake light
  • Tire (US)/ Tyre (UK)
  • Door
  • Hubcap
  • Gas tank (US)/ Petrol tank (UK)
  • Windshield (US)/ windscreen (UK)
  • Hood (US)/ Bonnet (UK)
  • Roof
  • Turn signal/ Blinker
  • Bumper
  • Door handle
  • Rear-view mirror
  • Windshield wiper (US)/ Windscreen wiper (UK)
  • License plate (US)/ Number plate (UK)

Bicycle Parts Vocabulary

  • Handlebar
  • Brake lever
  • Brake cable
  • Seat
  • Rear brake
  • Crossbar
  • Frame
  • Crank
  • Wheel
  • Chain
  • Pedal
  • Chain wheel
  • Front brake
  • Front fork
  • Hub
  • Spoke
  • Rim
  • Tire

Motorcycle Parts

  • Throttle
  • Brake
  • Helmet
  • Pillion (U.K)
  • Taillight
  • Seat
  • Fuel tank
  • Engine
  • Turn signal
  • Headlight
  • Mudguard
  • Suspension
  • Tire
  • Axle
  • Muffler
  • Oil tank
  • Air filter
  • Brake pedal

Aircraft Parts Vocabulary

  • Nose
  • Flight deck
  • Fuselage
  • Cabin
  • Fin
  • Tail
  • Tailplane
  • Hold
  • Wing
  • Jet engine
  • Undercarriage

Road Signs (in the U.K) Vocabulary

  • Ahead only
  • Turn left ahead
  • Turn left
  • Minimum speed
  • Maximum speed
  • Stop and yield
  • No waiting
  • No stopping
  • No entry
  • Roundabout
  • No motor vehicles
  • No cycling
  • No left turn
  • No U-turn
  • No overtaking
  • No blowing of horn
  • Two-way traffic ahead
  • Road narrows on both sides
  • Hump
  • Uneven road
  • Slippery road
  • Wild animals
  • Roundabout ahead
  • Crossroads ahead
  • Pedestrian crossing ahead
  • Bend to right
  • Double bend
  • Falling rocks
  • School crossing
  • Road work
  • Give way
  • Traffic signs ahead
  • Give priority to vehicles from opposite direction
  • Parking lot
  • One-way traffic
  • Dead end street
  • Priority over oncoming vehicles

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