Mixer #16 | Intermediate B1

A Ideal Day Off

Listen to six people talk about what would be the ideal way to spend a day off.

Akane, Canada
speakerWhat would be an ideal day on your day off? An ideal day I suppose would be to wake up really really late in the morning, maybe around 10 or 11am, and then have a late breakfast in bed and then maybe go out again for a late lunch with friends.

Al, England
speakerMy ideal day off would be breakfast in bed followed by a movie in the afternoon then a football game, live footbal game in the evening and dinner in a very nice restaurant and then a night club.

Jeanie, United States
speakerOK, my ideal day off would be a combination of meditation and either extreme relaxation, like on a beach, lying in the sun, just really relaxing or doing extreme sports or something of that nature, like skiing, snowboarding, skydiving even.

Mark, United States
speakerMy ideal day off would likely be spent at the beach. You know one question people ask sometimes is, "Do you like the beach or the mountains better?" I am definitely a beach person, so if I have the day off, I'd love to go to the beach and maybe take a cooler with some drinks and get some sun, swim in the ocean. That's just my ideal anytime.

Naomi, Australia
speakerAn ideal day off for me would be spent laying on the beach, perhaps reading a book and swimming and hanging out with my friends or my little sister, maybe doing some sports, sometimes I like to play volleyball on the beach as well. Yeah, just a relaxing day off is the best for me.

Ruth, England
speakerMy ideal day off? Well, I would get up early so that I could make the most of the day and I wouldn't be tired and then I would probably go for a run and then have a yummy breakfast, and mybe meet my friends and go shopping and go out for lunch and then maybe go to the gym or something and then finish the evening by going out with friends, maybe going to the cinema and then going out for some drinks. That would be my perfect day off.

Answer these questions about the interview.
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day off


What would be an ideal day on your day off?

A 'day off' is the day when we don’t have work or classes and get to do whatever we want with our time.  Notice the following:

  1. I usually sleep in on my day off.
  2. For most people, Sunday is their day off.

breakfast in bed


My ideal day off would be breakfast in bed followed by a movie.

We sometimes have 'breakfast in bed' when we celebrate our birthday or perhaps a wedding anniversary. The meal is, of course, prepared by someone special to us and then brought to us before we get out of bed. Notice the following:

  1. I cooked breakfast in bed for my wife on our anniversary.
  2. Have you ever had breakfast in bed?

lie in the sun


I would like to spend my ideal day off lying in the sun.

When we 'lie in the sun' that means we lie on a blanket or towel, often at the beach, and get a tan. Lying in the sun is relaxing, but it can be dangerous without sunscreen.  Notice the following:

  1. Lying in the sun is not so popular in Asian countries.
  2. I used to lie in the sun a lot when I was younger.



I’d take a cooler.

A 'cooler' is a plastic box, usually filled with ice, that keeps drinks and food cold when we go on a picnic or have an outdoor party.  Notice the following.

  1. If you  are hungry, there are sandwiches and soft drinks in the cooler.
  2. Don't forget to put ice in the cooler!

get some sun


I want to get some sun and swim in the ocean.

'Getting some sun' means that you are outside in good weather. Unlike lying in the sun, though, maybe you are walking around, playing sports or swimming.  Notice the following:

  1. After a long winter, it was nice to finally get some sun.
  2. Let's go outside and get some sun.

Vocabulary Quiz

day off • in bed • lie in
cooler • some sun
  1. I will help you finish your project if you will bring me breakfast tomorrow.
  2. You should go for a walk or something. It would be good for you to get .
  3. Every good barbeque has a full of cold drinks.
  4. I can the sun and read a book for hours.
  5. I can't believe I have to spend my doing chores around the house.

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