14 Hanging Out

Listen to six people talk about who they hang out with when they have free time.

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Jeyong, Korea
speakerI'm a student abroad in Japan and I go back to Korean during summer break and during my free time, I usually spend a lot of time with my older sister and I feel comfortable talking to her because she cares for me very much and gives me advice of how a university life should be like, and we go shopping together, hang out, eat food and go to movies together and so on.

Joel, Unites States
speakerWell, I used to hang out with my friends all the time, go out on the weekends, and maybe we go to a bar drinking or something, but I'm married and I have a son now so I usually hang out with my family. I don't really go out much at all anymore. I'm happier just staying home and playing with my kid.

Lucinda, New Zealand
speakerIn my free time I usually hang out with my boyfriend. We at the moment, is the MBA League pass on Sky TV and we've just been watching the last two games and that's about it. That's all I really do is watch TV with my free time.

Martin, United States
speakerWell, when I have free time, the person I usually always hang out with would have to be my girlfriend. we always, we share a common interest and like to spend time with each other, just go out, walk around, see movies, or just chat and have coffee or dinner together, but normally I'm very busy these days and I don't have that much free time.

Ruth, England
speakerWho do I hang out with? Well, I think that depends on the situation and on the day, when I'm at work, at lunchtime I hang out with my workmates, but in the evenings, and at the weekends, I hang around with my best friend, and with my other friends, and often I also hang around with my parents. I really like spending time with them. I don't usually hang around with anybody from school because I'm not really in touch with them anymore, but I do like to spend time with my parents.

Tom, England
speakerI came here a month ago and I don't speak the language and I don't really know anybody so in my free time I stay home. There's the radio on the internet. That keeps me company and I've learned how to cook up some simple food to stop myself from getting too hungry, but in terms of who do I hang out with, I might say hello to the lady in the supermarket, but no one really.

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spend time with


I usually spend time with my sister.

To 'spend time with someone' means to do things together. You can spend time with anybody, your friend, your pet, or your grandmother. Anytime you choose to be with someone you spend time with them.  Notice the following:

  1. I wish I could spend more time with my family.
  2. In smaller classes, teachers can spend more time with individual students.



We hang out and eat food.

'Hanging out' means doing something relaxing, like watching TV or shopping with friends.  Notice the following:

  1. The girls like to hang out at the mall on weekends.
  2.  Let's hang out on Sunday.

common interest


We share a common interest.

A 'common interest' is something that two people like and can enjoy together. If your friend and you both like tennis, you can play tennis together and talk about tennis together. You have a common interest.  Notice the following:

  1. My dad and I have a common interest in fishing.
  2. Facebook is a great way to meet people with common interests.



At lunch, I hang out with my workmates.

'Workmates' are people we work with. Workmates are also called colleagues or co-workers. Workmate is a less formal word and can apply to any place you work.  Notice the following:

  1. My workmates are from many different countries.
  2. John often goes to football matches with his workmates.

in touch


I'm not really in touch with them anymore.

To be 'in touch' with someone means to stay in contact.  Notice the following.

  1. Nowadays, most people use e-mail to stay in touch with  friends.
  2. When my parents were young, they wrote letters to stay in touch.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
spend time • hung out • interests
workmates • in touch
  1. I will get with you later today to confirm our plans for tomorrow.
  2. Now we are all so busy with our lives that we don't together like we used to.
  3. All of my are a lot older than me.
  4. We were really tired this weekend so we just at home.
  5. It's difficult for me to be friends with someone if I feel like we don't have common .