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typical day • hang out • joke around
allure • playing pool
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217 College Pasttimes
Alex talks about things students do for fun at university in the U. S.

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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.