150 Do you have any bad habits?


Listen to what six people talk about their bad habits, or things they should not do but do.

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Warren / Canada
speakerYeah, I think I'm not very good at keeping clean. My wife is always getting upset that I'm leaving things out on the counter in the kitchen, or leaving my clothes in the bedroom in the wrong place, and I definitely have to improve those habits.

Gareth / England
speakerYeah, I procrastinate. This means to kind of put stuff off. I often leave really important things until the last minute. I know I've got this bad habit, and I try to fight it by making to-do lists and stuff like that. But it's still a part of me that I really, really can't shake off.

Katia / Mexico
speakerYes, I do have some bad habits. One that I can talk about is when I see somebody, sometimes I tend to judge the person too quickly. And I think that's a very bad habit.

Matt / United States
speakerI probably have a very bad habit of not cleaning up after myself. I don't care much for cleaning, and I think a lot of my things around the house.

 

Sarah / England
speakerMy biggest bad habit is wasting money. I often eat out just for the sake of eating out. I often buy something just for the sake of buying it, and I will probably never use it after I buy it, but you know, I have to have it. So, wasting money is a big problem of mine.

Tim / United States
speakerI have a bad habit of sleeping too much. I have very poor will power, so if I'm even the slightest bit tired, I'll usually lie down and take a nap, but that makes it very difficult for me to wake up in the morning and take care of school or whatever I have to do during the day. And then, I also stay up too late, and it just makes things more difficult with everything that I do.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

put off

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Yeah, I procrastinate. This means to kind of put stuff off.

When you put off something, you postpone it or delay it. Notice the following:

  1. She alwasys puts stuff off until the last minute.
  2. I always put off studying and then I fail my tests.

shake off

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But it's still a part of me that I really, really can't shake off.

When you shake off some mood or feeling, you stop allowing it to affect you. Notice the following:

  1. I can't seem to shake off this cold.
  2. He had some bad luck, but he shook it off and now he is fine.

not care much for

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I don't care much for cleaning

When you don't care for something, you don't like it. Notice the following:

  1. I don't care much for tennis.
  2. She doesn't care for golf, but he loves it.

just for the sake of

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I often eat out just for the sake of eating out.

We use the phrase "just for the sake of" to show we do things for no good reason. Notice the following:

  1. Many people go to church just for the sake of being there, not for religious reasons.
  2. I often take aspirin just for the sake of it, even if I feel fine.

even the slightest

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If I'm even the slightest bit tired, I'll usually lie down and take a nap

Here, the phrase 'even in the slightest' means 'a little'. Notice the following:

  1. I was surprised how quite the mall was before the holidays. It was not even the slightest bit busy.
  2. If I feel even the slightest bit sick, I go to the hospital.

 

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Complete the sentences with the words below.
put off • shake off • care for
for the sake of • even the slightest
  1. We went to bed early just it.
  2. The company can't the rumors it is bankrupt.
  3. We plan to the party till next month .
  4. We don't tennis much.
  5. She was not bit worried she would get sick.