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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 .
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Mixer Topic

Mixer #14 Hanging Out

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

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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.