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1192 Katia's Weekend

Katia talks with Alex about what she likes to do on the weekend with friends and family.

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by myself

Sometimes I do things only by myself, but sometimes I go with friends.

When you go somewhere 'by yourself,' it means that nobody goes with you. Notice the following:

  1. She prefers to learn things by herself, rather than have somebody tell her.
  2. I don't really like going to restaurants by myself, but I do like going to movies alone.

in advance

I try to plan my weekend in advance.

If you plan something 'in advance,' you make plans for something in the future before it happens. Notice the following:

  1. I would have been more comfortable if I had known in advance that she was going to be here.
  2. If you want to have a place to sit, you need to call in advance.


It's somewhat of a plan.

If you have 'somewhat' of a plan, it means you do not have a complete plan, but you have part of a plan. Usually, 'somewhat' means something similar to 'kind of.' Notice the following:

  1. It is still somewhat early, so I'm not really surprised there aren't more people here.
  2. I am somewhat ready to go.  I just need about 5 more minutes.

a quiet evening

Usually I have a small dinner and a quiet evening with my friends.

When you have a 'quiet evening,' it means that you aren't doing anything special, but are just going to relax somewhere. Notice the following:

  1. I usually try to have one quiet evening at home every weekend.
  2. You sound like you just need a quite evening at home.


Sundays are family days, so I reserve Sundays for my family.

When you 'reserve' something, you save it for a special time or special person. Notice the following:

  1. Can I reserve a table for four people for next Friday.
  2. We need to reserve some time to get together before you leave.