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Vocabulary Quiz
laundromat • iron • regimented
sharp • marking • energize
  1. Going to boarding school got him used to a schedule.
  2. I try to my clothes the night before I plan to wear them.
  3. He usually has a disorganized appearance, but he looked very at the wedding.
  4. It's always a good idea to bring a book to the if you plan to wash clothes alone.
  5. Stretching first thing in the morning is a good way to your body.
  6. I try to do of tests right away.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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487 Clean Freak
Akane discusses her cleaning routine.

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For your laundry, do you use the laundry mat down the street?

A 'laundromat' is a public place where you can go to wash and dry your clothes. Notice the following:

  1. The washing machine is broken, but there is a laundromat around the corner.
  2. I try to go to the laundromat every weekend.

iron or ironing

I always iron my clothes; I do my ironing on Sundays.

A 'iron' is a machine with a hot piece of metal that you use for flattening the wrinkles out of clothes. It is also a verb that means using this machine to get the wrinkles out. Notice the following:

  1. I hate ironing, so I usually only do it when I have no clothes to wear.
  2. You should probably iron those pants before you wear them.


You do that? Oh, man, you're regimented.

When you are 'regimented' about doing something, it means that you are very organized and disciplined about the way that you do it. Notice the following:

  1. The program that she is in is very regimented.
  2. I have to function on a regimented schedule or I won't get everything done.

look sharp

I'm a teacher, and teachers don't have to look sharp.

You 'look sharp' when you are well dressed and look presentable and professional. Notice the following:

  1. He always looks very sharp, even when he is just relaxing.
  2. It's important that you look sharp for your interview tomorrow.


I'm a teacher, so I'll do some markings, because I have to mark some essays.

Here, 'do some markings' means 'correct some papers.' Notice the following:

  1. She gave me a whole stack of marking to finish by tomorrow.
  2. I have some markings that I need to do before I can do anything else.


On the weekend, I feel you should energize yourself and just rest and relax.

When you 'energize' yourself, you give yourself more energy and excitement about something. Notice the following:

  1. I need a 15 minute nap to energize myself.
  2. Citrus is a good way to energize yourself.