Train at your door

[Lifestyle ★★]


(P1) A train station close to your home would be for most commuters a nice thing. In Hanoi though, things got a little bit too close.

(P2) In the Vietnam capital city, there is a street where trains pass right in front of people’s doors. Only centimeters separate the train and the houses. The train goes through the narrow street every day at 4 pm and at 7 pm. Residents usually hide because there have been accidents in the past.

(P3) Living there cannot be very nice, mainly because of the noise and also for security reasons.



VOCABULARY: commuters, separate, through, residents, accidents


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. How would you feel if you lived on that street?
  3. Do you have any bad streets in your hometown? If yes, describe the street.
  4. Do you think living there is safe or unsafe? Why?


  1. The train passes by houses in the city of ___________.
  2. Hanoi is not the capital of Vietnam. (T or F)
  3. At what time of the day does the train pass by the houses?
  4. The people who live there normally _______ when the train passes through.
  5. What are the 2 reasons given for not wanting to live on that street?


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • a little bit too close (P1)
  • pass right in front (P2)
  • narrow street (P2)
  • security reasons (P3)

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