Apr 03, 2022
5 mins read
Think and Speak in English: Daily Routines
Dear English Learner Friend,
Get ready to speak confidently with these English expressions. I recommend reading these sample sentences out loud and using the blank space on the last page to answer my challenge question using the vocabulary. Thanks so much for learning English with me!
🌞First thing after I wake up, I stretch in bed, make tea, and relax alone because I am single. I usually spend time reading, writing, and meditating. Then I head to the kitchen to make breakfast.
🌞Usually, I go to my office to go over my goals and plans for the day before I can start my work. Sometimes I hang out with my mom for lunch, but I usually just walk to get some fresh air.
🌞At the end of the day, I head to the kitchen to cook and catch up with my Mom. We enjoy talking about our day and some downtime to watch a TV show or movie. Finally, I hit the hay and sleep like a log!
Describe Your Morning
First thing: when you intend to do something
First thing when I get home, I change my clothes.
When I get home, I change my clothes first thing.
A morning person: someone who wakes up happy, in a good mood
We like to drink tea and relax before getting breakfast ready and eating because we are not morning people.
Do you know what a morning person is?
Are you a morning person?
To wake up on the wrong side of the bed: when someone wakes up in a bad mood
Sometimes we wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Calmly starting the morning puts us in a better mood.
To drop off: to leave something or someone at a place. I dropped my computer off at the repair shop.
I dropped off a bag of groceries at my neighbor's house.
To catch up: to do tasks or chores that you have avoided.
Since I didn’t work yesterday, I have a lot of work to catch up on. www.diaryofahungryartist.com
Describe Your Day
To catch up on: to talk with someone you haven’t seen for a while
I haven’t seen you in a year! We have so much to catch up on. / Let’s catch up!
To go over: to review or check something
Could you go over this email before I send it?
To head: to go in a direction. It’s time to head out.
I’m headed to the store.
To open up: to become vulnerable and willing to talk.
I appreciate it when a friend opens up about their problems.
When I draw or read with my niece, she often opens up about her day at school.
Tell me about your day./How was your day? (a common way to ask someone about their day)
Note: It’s difficult for children (and adults) to summarize their day, and they might just say, “Good.” In my opinion, with children, it’s better to eat a snack together, play a game together, or go for a walk, and usually, your child will start to talk about the day when they are ready.
Tell me about your day at school. (Toddlers: What did you see? What did you hear?)
Hey, how was your day at work?
To hang out: to spend time relaxing or socializing informally
I love to hang out with my friends and family instead of dressing up and going out.
A hangout: a place that you visit frequently
The cafe on the corner was my favorite hangout when I was in school.
Describe Your Evening
As a family/couple: a whole group together
It’s important to do things together just as a couple, without your kids.
We’re going bowling as a company to build our sense of teamwork.
Quality time:to dedicate time and full focus to someone
Dinner is one of my favorite ways to spend quality time together.
“To put (someone) to bed” and “To put (someone) to sleep” are very different!
To put (someone) to bed: to help someone sleep
After dinner, we put the kids to bed.
To put (something) to sleep: to euthanize a sick or old pet, I had to put my dog to sleep last week.
Sleep tight! a phrase meaning “sleep well.”
Good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite!
Downtime: a period of rest, like a brief break
At the end of the day, we usually have some downtime to clean, chat, or get caught up on chores or reading.
Hit the hay: an idiom meaning “to go to bed.”
The day is over, and it’s time to hit the hay! Sleep like a log: to sleep very well, not easily woken up.
When I have a really busy day, I will sleep like a log.
Toss and turn: to not sleep well, to be restless, and roll over a lot through the night
If I’m stressed out over something, I might toss and turn at night. www.diaryofahungryartist.com
To cross your fingers: to hope.
I cross my fingers and hope my kids sleep through the night so that I can, too.
Elisabeth’s Challenge Question
Use this LINK to write a few sentences answering this question: Describe your daily routine using a few of these common expressions.
Sample answer: First thing after I wake up, I take my dog for a walk. Then I head out the door to catch the train for work. Usually, I have to go over a lot of emails before I can start my work. Sometimes I hang out with my coworkers for lunch, but I usually just walk to get some fresh air. At the end of the day, I enjoy some downtime and watch an English TV show. Finally, I hit the hay and sleep like a log!