Day 1 – Real Life English Boost – E-mail Series

DAY 1 – Welcome to my 5 day Real Life English boost!

I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Camille, a native English speaker from the USA. So many of my students say that they struggle to understand English in real life settings.

There are many reasons for this: accents, slang, phrasal verbs, and cultural context are a few of them. I understand! I’ve studied 5 foreign languages and I know it’s not easy! In these 5 days, I will be giving you a variety of real life English content and helping you to understand it better. You will also have some homework to do. So let’s get started!

Let’s take a look at this dialogue between Alison and Jax.


Listen to the audio of this Real life English Dialogue


Dialogue 1: Daily Routine

Alison: Good morning! How was your weekend?

Jax: It was good, thanks. Just a lot of my usual routine stuff.

Alison: What do you mean?

Jax: Well, on Saturday I woke up early, went to the gym, did some grocery shopping, and then spent the afternoon cleaning my apartment. And on Sunday, I went for a long run, did some meal prep for the week, and caught up on some reading.

Alison: Wow, that sounds really productive.

Jax: Yeah, it’s my usual routine. I find that sticking to a schedule helps me stay on track and feel more in control of my life.

Alison: I can definitely relate to that. I try to have a routine too, but sometimes I get thrown off by unexpected events.

Jax: Yeah, it can be hard to stay consistent when things come up, but having a routine helps me get back on track more easily.

Alison: That’s a good point. I might have to try that approach myself.

Jax: Definitely give it a shot! It takes some time to get used to, but it’s definitely worth it in the long run.


Comprehension Quiz

Now we’re going to test your comprehension skills. Go back to the text if you forgot.

For best results WRITE your answers down on a piece of paper.

 

  1. What did Jax do on Saturday?

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  1. What did Jax do on Sunday?

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  1. How does Jax describe his weekend routine?

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  1. Why does Jax stick to a schedule?

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  1. How does Alison respond to Jax’s productivity?

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  1. What is Alison’s approach to routines?

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  1. What does Jax suggest to Alison about routines?

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Answers below – Answers below – Answers below


Vocabulary + Examples

There were MANY vocabulary words in that short dialogue. Let’s look at some examples to understand even better. If you want to write your own example sentences with the vocabulary words, it’s a GREAT way to help you learn new words in context.

 

Weekend – the period of time consisting of Saturday and Sunday, usually a time for leisure or recreation.

Example: I always look forward to the weekend because I can relax and spend time with my family.

 

Routine – a sequence of actions regularly followed, often as part of one’s daily life.

Example: My morning routine consists of waking up early, exercising, and having breakfast before work.

 

Meal Prep – the practice of preparing meals in advance, often for several days, in order to save time and make healthier food choices.

Example: I spend my Sunday afternoons doing meal prep for the upcoming week.

 

Caught up – to be up-to-date or current with a task or responsibility.

Example: I finally caught up on all my emails after being away on vacation.

 

Productive – achieving or producing a significant amount of work or results.

Example: Today was a very productive day, I finished all my assignments and completed some extra work too.

 

Usual – what is commonly or normally expected or done.

Example: My usual routine after work is to go to the gym and then come home and cook dinner.

 

Sticking to a schedule – following a predetermined plan or routine.

Example: I find it easier to get everything done when I stick to a schedule.

 

On track – making progress as expected or planned.

Example: I am on track to finish my project by the end of the week.

 

In control – having the ability to manage or direct something.

Example: I feel in control of my workload and am confident I can complete everything on time.

 

Relate – to establish a connection or association with someone or something.

Example: I can relate to your struggles, as I have faced similar challenges in the past.

 

Thrown off – to be disrupted or disturbed from a planned course of action.

Example: I was thrown off by the unexpected snowstorm and had to reschedule my plans.

 

Unexpected Events – events that are not anticipated or planned for.

Example: We were caught off guard by the unexpected events that occurred during our trip.

 

Stay Consistent – maintaining a regular pattern of behavior or performance.

Example: To achieve success, it’s important to stay consistent with your efforts.

 

Approach – a method or way of dealing with something.

Example: My approach to time management is to prioritize my tasks and create a schedule.

 

Give it a shot – to attempt something, often with an uncertain outcome.

Example: I’m not sure if I’ll like sushi, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

 

Worth it – deserving of time, effort, or resources.

Example: The long hours spent studying for the exam were worth it when I received a high grade.

 

In the long run – referring to the future or over a period of time.

Example: While the upfront costs of solar panels may seem high, they will save you money in the long run.


Answers: 

1. What did Jax do on Saturday?

Jax woke up early, went to the gym, did some grocery shopping, and then spent the afternoon cleaning his apartment.

2. What did Jax do on Sunday?

Jax went for a long run, did some meal prep for the week, and caught up on some reading.

3. How does Jax describe his weekend routine?

Jax describes his weekend routine as his usual routine stuff.

4. Why does Jax stick to a schedule?

Jax finds that sticking to a schedule helps him stay on track and feel more in control of his life.

5. How does Alison respond to Jax’s productivity?

Alison comments that Jax’s weekend routine sounds really productive.

6. What is Alison’s approach to routines?

Alison tries to have a routine too, but sometimes gets thrown off by unexpected events.

7. What does Jax suggest to Alison about routines?

Jax suggests that Alison should give a routine a shot, as it takes some time to get used to, but it’s definitely worth it in the long run.


If you want more practice with real life dialogues just like this one, check out my 31 day Real Life Dialogue Workshop.

I’ll see you tomorrow ~Camille 🙂

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