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Taxi driver offers free rides for singing karaoke

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Karaoke - Level 0

A taxi driver is giving free rides for songs. He loves karaoke and listening to people sing. He is famous for his taxi's flashing disco lights and the pink neon star. People can choose a "karaoke" option on a taxi app in the capital. When he arrives, you get a microphone and an iPad for you to select the song you want to sing.

The taxi driver loves his job. He said: "No one is as lucky as me." He has given free rides for songs for eight years. He has filmed over 10,000 videos. Some of his videos have over two million views. If people do not sing, they get no free ride. He has been on TV in 10 countries. His dream is to give a ride to singer Ed Sheeran.

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Karaoke - Level 1

A taxi driver is offering free rides for songs. Mr Tu, 57, is a big fan of karaoke. He loves listening to people sing. He is famous for his taxi's colourful, flashing disco lights and the pink neon star on its dashboard. People can choose a "karaoke" option on a taxi app in the capital Taipei. When Mr Tu's arrives, he will give you a microphone and an iPad for you to select the song you want to sing. He says people are braver to sing at night.

Mr Tu loves his job. He said: "No one is as lucky as me...rushing to go to work and not make any money." He has been a taxi driver for 27 years. He has given free rides for songs for eight years and has filmed over 10,000 videos. Some of Mr Tu's videos have been viewed over two million times. He said if people do not sing, they get no free ride. He is now a celebrity and has been on TV in 10 countries. His dream is for singer Ed Sheeran to be his passenger.

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Karaoke - Level 2

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A taxi driver is offering free rides for singing a song. Tu Ching Liang, 57, is a big fan of karaoke. He loves listening to people sing. He is famous for his taxi's colourful, flashing disco lights. It is easy to see his taxi. It has a pink neon star on the dashboard. People can choose a "karaoke" option on a taxi-locating app in the capital city Taipei. Mr Tu's taxi will appear on your smartphone screen. When it arrives, he will give you a microphone and an iPad for you to go to YouTube and select the song you want to sing. He says people are braver at night.

Mr Tu loves his job. He joked: "No one is as lucky as me...rushing to go to work and not make any money." He added: "I've been driving a taxi for 27 years, giving money as rewards for singing karaoke for eight years....I've filmed over 10,000 videos." He told a reporter from a newspaper that if people do not sing, they do not get a discount or a free ride. Some of Mr Tu's videos on YouTube have been viewed over two million times. He is now a celebrity and has been on TV shows in 10 countries. His dream is to have singer Ed Sheeran as a passenger in his taxi.

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Karaoke - Level 3

A taxi driver in Taiwan is offering free rides in exchange for singing a karaoke song. Mr Tu Ching Liang, 57, is a big fan of driving, karaoke and of listening to people sing. Mr Tu has become famous for the disco lights in his taxi and his offer of free rides. It is easy to spot his yellow taxi. It has a pink neon star on the dashboard and colourful flashing lights inside. People can select a "karaoke" option if they use a taxi-locating app in the capital city of Taiwan. Mr Tu will appear on your smartphone screen. When Mr Tu's taxi arrives, he will give you a microphone and an iPad on which you can go to YouTube and select the song you want to sing. He says people have more bravery to sing at night.

Mr Tu loves his job. He joked: "No one is as lucky as me, walking out the door every day rushing to go to work and not make any money." He added: "I've been driving a taxi for 27 years, giving money as rewards for singing karaoke for eight years, and filming videos for six years. I've filmed over 10,000 videos." He told a reporter from the UK's "Guardian" newspaper that if people do not sing, they do not get a discount or a free ride. Mr Tu uploads his videos on YouTube. Some have been viewed over two million times. He has become a celebrity, saying: "I was on TV shows from 10 different countries. I'm an international influencer." His dream is to have singer Ed Sheeran as a passenger.

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