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"burn the candle at both ends" = work to excess that affects your physical and emotional well-being

"It's just not wise to burn the candle at both ends; it's just impossible to work full time, go to school, and spend time with family."


"work one's tail off" = work very hard

"I have to work my tail off just to pay my rent."

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Daily Schedule
I. Pre-Listening Exercises
II. Listening Exercises
III. Vocabulary
IV. Post-Listening Exercises

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easy everyday activitiesconversationman and woman01:20

I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What is your daily schedule? What time do you wake up and go to work or school? What do you do when you get home? What time do you go to bed?

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II. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What time does the man get up?
A. at 5:00 a.m.
B. at 6:00 a.m.
C. at 7:00 a.m.

2. What time does he get to work?
A. at 7:00 a.m.
B. at 8:00 a.m.
C. at 9:00 a.m.

3. What does he do with his family around 6:30 p.m.?
A. They read books together.
B. They play games.
C. They eat dinner.

4. What do the man and his wife do after the kids go to bed?
A. They watch TV.
B. They clean the house.
C. They listen to music.

5. What is one thing the man does NOT say about his wife?
A. She has to take their children to school.
B. She helps the kids with their homework.
C. She goes shopping for food.


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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

III. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

III. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Now, discuss your own typical schedule for a weekday and a weekend. What activities do you usually do with family and friends?


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