Mixer #39 | Intermediate B1

What is a typical evening for you?

Six people share what a typical evening for them consists of.

Simon, Canada
speakerOK, so what is typical workday for me, basically come home from work and I place a lot of importance on dinner so I try to make something nice for dinner and then after that I basically listen to my girlfriend complain and argue and that's about it.

Ruth, England
speakerA typical evening! I'm not sure that I have a typical evening really. Usually when I'm in the U.K. in the evenings if I have work to do I usually do my work first and then I tend to go out with my friends. Occassionally I stay in and maybe watch TV with my my parents and quite often I go to the gym or I go swimming in the evening. I suppose it depends on what night of the week it is.

Todd, The United States
speakerOK, a typical evening for me, I usually get home at about 7 o'clock, quickly change my clothes, put on my running gear. Go running for about an hour. Jog back by the supermarket on the way home, pick up my dinner and eat my dinner, take a shower, eat my dinner and watch TV.

Martin, The United States
speakerWell, a typical evening for me I would have to say is generally spent, making dinner, cleaning dishes, doing other domestic things such as that and then usually as being a student still, a doing a lot of research and reading and usually chatting with friends abroad, and basically a very domestic evening.

Greg, The United States
speakerA typical evening involves dinner and I'm a bit of a workoholic, so I work, and the relaxing part comes I guess when I walk my dog, and sometimes my wife comes along with me and that's, that's really nice too. A little family time together outside.

Asako, Japan
speakerMy typical evening involves cooking, definitely and sometimes cleaning, doing laundry, working and then sleeping. That's all. Boring!


Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



What is a typical workday for me?

The word 'typical' is similar in meaning to 'usual'. Notice the following:

  1. A typical day in London is cool, wet and cloudy.
  2. I'm a good student, but I hate homework. I guess that's pretty typical.



I basically listen to my girlfriend complain.

We 'complain' to other people when we are not happy about something. Notice the following:

  1. The food was great, but I complained about the poor service.
  2. John is never happy. He complains about everything.

pick up


On the way home, pick up my dinner.

The phrasal verb 'pick up' means to go and get someone or something. Notice the following:

  1. Can you pick me up at the airport next Saturday?
  2. Let's pick up a newspaper and see if any good movies are showing.



It is basically a very domestic evening.

We use the word 'domestic' to talk about things relating to the home. Notice the following:

  1. Domestic work includes cooking, cleaning and childcare.
  2. The police were called to investigate a domestic problem.

comes along


Sometimes my wife comes along with me.

To 'come along' means to go someplace together with one or more people. Notice the following:

  1. We're going for coffee after class. Do you want to come along?
  2. I asked Annie to come along, but she was busy.

Vocabulary Quiz

typical • complain • pick up
domestic • come along
  1. You should a movie on your way home.
  2. I hate cleaning, but many of my other hobbies are . I like to cook and sew.
  3. I have to go to the supermarket. Would you like to ?
  4. Life is good right now. I really can't about anything.
  5. This behavior is very for him.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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