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Modes of Transport

By land, by air, or by water! Talking about transportation is important for children's language development and their general knowledge. Here you'll find the names of vehicles, and lots of transportation vocabulary.

Buses, boats, and trains! What’s your little favorite transportation system? There are many modes of transportation that allow us to move from one part of the world to another, and learning about them is one the first things that little ones do as soon as they start communicating with their families.

During early childhood, children are dependant on their parents to carry them around before they start walking, they hop up into their little strollers and travel the city with mom and dad guiding them. As soon as they start getting older, children start playing with toy cars, learning how to drive through their houses, which turns out to be a great exercise for children’s spatial awareness. As they reach a certain age, bicycles are the way to go for many kids that wish to set out on adventures with family and friends!

So, talking about the different types of transportation comes almost naturally to the little ones. But there’s more to this topic than just learning names of vehicles: it’s also important to learn to express the action of using the different transportation systems. When talking about transport, we can use prepositions or verbs to express ourselves. Let’s learn the most common vocabulary about transportation and also verbs related to transportation.

 

Types of Transportation

Depending on the destination, there is a myriad of vehicles that are suited to travel to various places. For example, you can go by land if there are roads and highways available; or maybe by air if the distance is too long; or even by water if you live on an island. Let’s check out the different means of transport there are.

⛅ Air Transport

Is the fastest mean of transport, and it consists of a vehicle traveling by air.

Modes of transport

helicopter

Hot air balloon - Modes of transport

hot air balloon

Airplane - Modes of transport

airplane (plane)

Dirigible - Medios de transporte

blimp

Rocket - Modes of transport

rocket

spaceship - english for kids - Lingokids

spaceship

space shuttle - English for kids - Lingokids

space shuttle

zeppelin - English for kids - Lingokids

zeppelin

✈️ Airport Vocabulary

airport / aircraft / air traffic control

airline / baggage / aisle seat / cabin

window seat / boarding pass / carry-on luggage

check-in desk / copilot / pilot / customs

flight / landing / flight attendant / jet lag

round trip / seat belt / terminal / take-off

 

 

🌊 Water Transportation

It refers to all the transport made over a body of water, such as a lake, an ocean, a sea, a river, or a canal.

Sailboat - Modes of transport

sailboat

 

Cruise Ship - Modes of transport

cruise ship

 

 

Cargo ship - Modes of transport

cargo ship

 

 

Speedboat - Modes of transport

speedboat

 

 

Jet ski - Modes of transport

jet ski

 

 

Pirate

pirate ship

 

 

boat- English for kids - Lingokids

boat

 

ship - English for kids - Lingokids

ship

 

 

Submarine - English for kids- Lingokids

submarine

 

yatch - English for kids - Lingokids

yacht

 

canoe - english for kids - lingokids

canoe

 

 

amphibious vehicle - english for kids - lingokids

amphibious vehicle

 

 

gondola - english for kids - lingokids

 

gondola

 

Kayak - English for kids - Lingokids

kayak

 

 

tugboat - english for kids - lingokids

tugboat

 

airboat - english for kids - lingokids

airboat

 

 

ferry---english-for-kids---lingokids

ferry

 

raft - english for kids - lingokids

raft

 

 

coast guard ship- English for kids - Lingokids

coast guard ship

🚢 Sailing Vocabulary

port / starboard / anchor / launch

hatch / sails / course / pier

quay / stern / bow / harbor / aboard

paddle / lifeboat / dam / embark

scuttle / lighthouse / fleet / rudder

breakwater / merchant ship / shipyard

🛣️  Land Transport

It refers to all the vehicles that can transport people or objects by land.

 

Bicycle - Modes of transport

bicycle

 

 

Car - Modes of transport

car

 

 

Bus - Modes of transport

bus

 

 

Train - Modes of transport

train

 

 

Truck - Modes of transport

truck

 

 

Van - Modes of transport

van

 

 

Taxi - Modes of transport

taxi

 

 

motobike - English for kids - Lingokids

motorcycle (motorbike)

 

 

subway - English for kids - Lingokids

tram

 

 

subway - English for kids - Lingokids

subway

 

scooter - English for kids - Lingokids

scooter

 

tricycle - English for kids - Lingokids

tricycle

 

pick up track - English for kids - Lingokids

pick-up truck

 

tractor - English for kids - Lingokids

tractor

 

cable car - English for kids - Lingokids

cable car

airship - English for kids - Lingokids

airship

 

SUV - English for kids - Lingokids

SUV

 

trolley bus - English for kids - Lingokids

trolley bus

 

garbage truck - English for kids - Lingokids

garbage truck

 

ambulance - English for kids - Lingokids

ambulance

 

wagon - English for kids - Lingokids

wagon

 

convertible - English for kids - Lingokids

convertible

 

dogsled - English for kids - Lingokids

dogsled

 

forklift - English for kids - Lingokids

forklift

 

go-cart - English for kids - Lingokids

go-cart

 

golf cart - English for kids - Lingokids

golf cart

 

hybrid car - English for kids - Lingokids

hybrid

snowmobile - English for kids - Lingokids

snowmobile

 

 

transport - English for kids - Lingokids

tow truck

 

segway - English for kids - Lingokids

segway

 

school bus - English for kids - Lingokids

school bus

 

 

limousine - English for kids - Lingokids

limousine

double decker - English for kids - Lingokids

double-decker

🚂 Train Vocabulary

dining car / platform / ticket office / first class

ticket collector / railway station / track / booking

single ticket / return ticket / one way ticket / timetable

coach / express train / luggage rack / sleeping car

 

After having taken a look at the types of transports, let’s learn about several ways to say how do you get to a certain place. For this, we can use prepositions or verbs.

 

 

🗒️ Let’s Check Out The Way To Use Prepositions To Talk About Transportation:

by air

by road

by car

by subway

by bus

by bicycle

by sea

by train

on foot

 

 

🗒️ Let’s See Some Verbs To Talk About Traveling

These express the actions done when taking a specific meaning of transport.

to drive

to walk

to stroll

to fly

to sail

to ride a bike

to take the bus

to take the train

to take the subway

🗺️ Useful Travel Vocabulary

There’s a lot of different expressions that can be used when talking about transportation with our little ones, we can talk about the type of transportation system used or maybe use phrases that belong to a certain mean of transportation.

Public transport

Is a system formed by buses, trains, and other vehicles that have fixed routes and also fixed schedules, and that are widely used by the citizens of a place, and the general public.

 

Private transport

It’s a service that’s not available to the general public, such as yachts or planes.

 

Journey

It means to travel from one place to another. It’s mostly used for vehicles.

 

Commute

Is a frequent journey that’s made from the house to work or school.

 

Arrival

Is the time when we get to a destination

 

Departure

Is the time when we leave a location.

 

Passenger

Is the person that travels inside a vehicle or means of transport.

 

Change/Transfer

Is the change of transportation system a passenger has to do when there’s no direct journey to their destination.

 

 

💬 Useful Expressions for Traveling

ticket - english for kids - lingokids

Hi, I would like a return ticket to Valencia, please.

What platform does it leave from?

How long is the journey?

Is it an express train or do I have to change trains?

How do you go to school?

How do you get to work?

I ride my bike to school.

We always walk to the park.

Elliot goes to work by bus.

Is there a flight to Toronto, please?

Can I have a window seat?

I prefer an aisle seat, thanks.

What times does it take off?

How long is the flight?

 

 

Modes of Transport Printable Flashcards 🖍️

Flashcards: Land Vehicles  Flashcards: Air Vehicles

Flashcards: Water Vehicles

Playlearn with Lingokids!

At Lingokids, we know that when learning is fun, kids love to learn! That’s why the Lingokids app is full of exciting games that will help your little ones learn the names of different modes of transport in English! Take a look at them:

 

Car Wash Game

Can your little ones help wash the cars?

 

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