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II. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Woman: So, what's your usual day like? You always seem so busy.

Man: Well, I usually get up around 5:00 a.m. and work on the computer until 6:00 a.m.

Woman: Why do you get up so early?

Man: Well, I have to leave home at twenty to seven (6:40 a.m.) so I can catch a bus at 7:00 o'clock . It takes me about twenty minutes to walk to the bus stop from my house.

Woman: And what time do you get to work?

Man: Uh, my bus takes about an hour to get there, but it stops right in front of my office.

Woman: That's nice. And what time do you get off work?

Man: Uh, around 5:00 o'clock. Then, we eat dinner around 6:30, and my wife and I read and play with the kids until 8:00 or so.

Woman: So, when do you work on your website? You said one time that you create it at home?

Man: Well, my wife and I often watch TV or talk until 10:00 o'clock. She then often reads while I work on my site, and I sometimes stay up until the early hours of the morning, but I try to finish everything by one or two.

Woman: And then you get up at 5:00 a.m.?

Man: Well, yeah, but it's important to live a balanced life. I enjoy what I do, but you have to set aside time for the family and yourself.

Woman: I agree.

Man: But I think my wife has the toughest job. She spends her whole day taking care of our family . . . taking the kids to school, working in the garden, buying groceries, taking the kids to piano lessons . . . [Wow!] It's a full-time job, but she enjoys what she does.

Woman: Well, it sounds like you're a busy, but lucky man.

Man: I think so too.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • catch (verb): to get on
    - I have to catch a bus in front of the bus station.

  • get off work (verb): finish work
    - She seldom gets off work before 6:00 p.m.

  • dinner (noun): sometimes supper
    - We seldom eat dinner after 8:00 p.m.

  • stay up (verb): not go to bed
    - I almost never stay up past midnight.

  • set aside (verb): reserve, allow, or give a certain amount to
    - You have to set aside enough time to study for your classes.

  • toughest (adjective): most difficult, hardest
    - The toughest part about being a parent is setting aside time for both work, family, and self.

  • take care of (verb): watch, look after
    - You should take care of yourself so you don't get sick.

  • groceries (noun): food and other items at a supermarket
    - Mom is going to pick up some groceries from the store for dinner.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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