217 College Pasttimes

Alex talks about things students do for fun at university in the U. S.


Todd: So, Alex, you're still at university.

Alex: Yes, sir

Todd: So, what's a typical day at university like?

Alex: A typical day at my school, let's see, well I would usually get up, well last semester, I would get up around 8 or so. My first class would be at 9:10. It'd be an hour so around 10:10 I'd get out of class, you know, have lunch, and I was actually a part of the college radio station

Todd: Oh, really.

Alex: So yeah, I'd hang out there, play some music, you know, joke around, play some pool, go to class. It wasn't too bad.

Todd: Yeah, where do you play pool?

Alex: Oh, well, anyplace that I can really. There's a pool table right next to my radio station at school so I usually play a lot there - a place called Mr. Pockets, too, where I live. They're pretty inexpensive so, I play there too, but I'm not very good. Like the pool table at my college was, it was a bar pool table so you have to pay money for it, 50 cents a game, and I must have put at least a hundred dollars in there and I'm not any better than when I started out, so I don't know.

Todd: That's OK you have other talents.

Alex: I guess.

Todd: What's the allure of pool? Why do college kids like to play pool?

Alex: Oh, I have, it's really a mystery, it's very ambiguous. I don't know. It's just the pool tables there and something with hitting balls with a stick into little holes, maybe, but it's a lot of fun. I don't know why I like it as much as I do but even though I'm not so good I like to play some pool.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

typical day

What's a typical day at university like?

A 'typical day' is a normal or usual day when nothing special happens. Notice the following:

  1. On a typical day I go to bed at midnight.
  2. It was just another typical day at school today.

hang out

I was part of the college radio station, and I'd usually hang out there.

When you 'hang out' in a place you spend your time there even in you have nothing that you are working on. Notice the following:

  1. Where do you hang out after work?
  2. I hang out at a coffee shop most of the time now.

joke around

We play music, joke around, play some pool, and go to class.

When you 'joke around' with people you make jokes or light conversation with each other. Notice the following:

  1. My brother and I joke around a lot.
  2. We have a lot of fun at work and joke around with each other.


What's the allure of pool?

The 'allure' of something is what makes it interesting to us. Notice the following:

  1. I have never understood the allure of shoes.
  2. What is the allure fast cars?

play pool

Why do college kids like to play pool?

'Pool' is another word for billiard.  It is a game played with many hard, heavy balls on a big fuzzy table.  You try to hit the balls off one another into pockets or holes on the side of the table. Notice the following:

  1. My Friday nights would usually start with playing pool.
  2. I know how to play pool, but I'm not very good at it.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
typical day • hang out • joke around
allure • playing pool
  1. I never wear make up when I at home.
  2. She has a certain that makes people love her.
  3. well involves a lot of mathematics.
  4. Nothing very exciting happens on a .
  5. She very serious and doesn't much.