Views #1322 | High-Intermediate 6

Family Routine

Amy talks with Paul about her family routine and how it has changed over time.

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Paul: Hi, Amy.

Amy: Hi.

Paul: So we're talking about routines and in the evening, what's your usual routine?

Amy: Get home, wash hands, usually just try and get the dinner organized. Dinner and get my daughter ready for bed, usually. Just get her sorted before I think about relaxing or doing anything else, because if I sit down, I never want to stand back up again when I get from work.

So yeah, my evening routine is usually pretty steady. Just get everybody fed, the youngest person washed into bed, and then I can relax. How about you?

Paul: Yeah, I live alone, so I get back from work and I try to cook for myself. So most nights of the week, I'll probably go home and I then go to the supermarket, get some stuff to cook and cook dinner and then maybe relax in front of my computer, watch some TV and maybe do some work.

But maybe that's my routine for about five nights of the week. And then maybe, the other two nights, I'll go out with friends and go for dinner and maybe go for a few drinks.

Amy: Sounds good.

Paul: Yeah.

Amy: Yeah, I was thinking about my weekday routine. I guess, weekend routine is more relaxed. It's not as stuck, I guess. The weekend, yeah, we'd maybe go for dinner or go for a bath.

Paul: So Amy, you sound, you know, very much into family life. Do you ever sort of miss being single?

Amy: My single life routine?

Paul: Yeah.

Amy: I think I sometimes miss the freedom and maybe the—especially the freedom with my finances, just being able to spend my money on myself, going out to concerts or nightclubs. Yeah, sometimes but not very much. I think what has replaced it is good for my current lifestyle. I think it suits me. I'm happy.

Paul: So you'd recommend family life to somebody like me who's single?

Amy: If you find the right family, I think yeah. Family life is good. It's fun. You'd find that families can stick with other families and the adults can still have a laugh and have adult conversation and the kids can play. If the kids are happy, then the parents are happy and you can still have a laugh and hopefully, not talk about too many childish things. You don't have to talk about changing nappies or anything—

Paul: So you still have a social life then?

Amy: We try to, yes. We try to. Yeah, when budget allows and our daughter, she's five, so there's more freedom that comes when your children get older. When they're younger, then the rule a bit more unfortunately. But such as life. I would recommend it, Paul, yes.

Paul: Okay. I'll have to think seriously about it. Thanks, Amy.

Amy: You're welcome.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

sorted

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I must get my daugher sorted first.

Here, sorted means taken care of. Notice the following:

  1. I must get my work sorted before I can go home.
  2. Did you get your paperwork sorted?

steady

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My evening routine is usually pretty steady.

Steady means constant, or rarely changing. Notice the following:

  1. I eat a steady diet of meat and veggies.
  2. He is looking for a steady job.

stuck

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It's not as stuck, I guess.

When you are stuck, you not free to move. Notice the following:

  1. He got stuck in traffic.
  2. We are stuck in class.

to suit

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I think it suits me.

Things that suit you are things you like. Notice the following:

  1. Working at home suits me.
  2. Her last company did not suit her so she left.

stick with

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Families can stick with other families

Stick with means stay with. Notice the following:

  1. At parties, I stick with my friends.
  2. He sticks with people like himself.

nappies

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You don't have to talk about changing nappies.

Nappies means diapers. Notice the following:

  1. I have to change her nappies.
  2. Did you get some nappies from the store?
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
sorted • stuck • steady
suit • nappies • stick with
  1. Do you have a schedule?
  2. Working at night does not me.
  3. I have changing my babies .
  4. Who do you at family gatherings.
  5. Do you have your life ?
  6. I cannot leave. I am at the office.