Mixer #20 | Low-Intermediate 4

Free Time Wish List

Listen to what these six people would do if they had more free time in their schedules.

Anita, Taiwan
speakerWhat is something I wish I have more time to do? Actually, I'm a member in a band at my university and I spend a lot of time with those members practicing music but I think I would like to have some more time to play music with them because I think to play with, to play music with those members is really interesting.

Al, England
speakerSomething I wish I had more time to do is socialize cause I don't go out and meet people as much as I would like to so it would be nice to be a member of a club or join a circle of some kind where I can meet more people, perhaps at the weekend.

Barbara, Australia
speakerSomething I really wish I had more time to do would be study Japanese. At the moment, I'm self-employed so I have to work everyday to get enough money to make ends meet so I don't really have enough time for studying Japanese, which is what I would really like to do. You have to spend a certain amount of time each day doing it otherwise you won't make any progress. I really wish I had more time to do that.

Mark, Alabama
speakerI wish I had more time to read. I enjoy reading but I waste so much time, whether on the internet or at work. I guess I shouldn't say that work is a waste of time, but you know, I do so many other things and I keep so busy, I never have time to read and it's the one thing that I usually wind up regretting. Many times I think, "Ah, I really need to read more."

Ruth, England
speakerThere are many things that I wish I had more time to do but probably the main one is I wish I had more time to spend outside looking at the beauty of nature cause we tend to spend a lot of time inside at work and I don't think I wish I had more time for things like watching TV or anything like that because I think that's quite boring really. I think I would like to spend more time outside.

Simon, Canada
speakerI wish I had more time to just hang out with friends, you know, not only me but also friends don't have a lot of free time but since it's summer now it would be great that if three days a week I could just hang out and have a barbeque with my friends

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!



I wish I had more time to socialize

To 'socialize' means to do things together with friends outside of work or school.  Notice the following:

  1. Robert is a shy person.  He doesn't socialize much.
  2. With final exams next week, I don't have much time to socialize.



I'm self-employed so I have to work everyday.

People who are 'self-employed' have their own business.  They do not work for others.  Notice the following:

  1. My dad is self-employed.  He works from home.
  2. One good thing about being self-employed is that you don't have a boss.

a certain amount of


I have to spend a certain amount of time each day studying.

A 'certain amount of' something means a specific or required amount. Notice the following:

  1. It takes a certain amount of confidence to be self-employed.
  2. Sean spends a certain amount of time each day studying English.

make progress


You have to study everyday, otherwise you won't make any progress.

The phrase 'make progress' means to move forward or to improve at something.  It is often used to talk about moving closer to a goal. Notice the following:

  1. To make progress in English, you must practice a little everyday.
  2. I took guitar lessons for a year, but I didn't make much progress so I quit.

wind up


I never have time to read and it's the one thing I wind up regretting.

Here, the phrase 'wind up' means the result of something.  It is usually negative.  Notice the following:

  1. If you keep shopping so much, you will wind up broke!
  2. I can't study at home.  I always wind up watching TV or surfing the internet.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
socialize • self-employed • amount of
progress • wind up
  1. Whenever I try to read in my bed I always falling asleep.
  2. My English is improving, but I'm not making as quickly as I thought I would.
  3. You will need a certain problem solving skills if you plan to move to a country where you don't speak the language.
  4. I am not organized enough to be .
  5. He travels so much for work that he doesn't get much of a chance to .