117 What did you do yesterday?

Listen to what six people talk about what they did yesterday and see how they use the past tense.


Ray / United States
speakerWhat did I do yesterday? Well yesterday was Thanksgiving and I had the good fortune of being invited to the house of a friend where a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner was prepared. So I was able to eat delicious food and good company and I had some good conversations all and all it was a very, very, very pleasant day. Though I did eat too much.

Emily / Djibouti
speakerI was at school until 6 o'clock I think, 6pm, yeah. And, I got back home, I had my dinner, did my homework and I was actually chatting with a Chinese friend and she showed me a lot of Chinese movies and like famous people in China, and it was quite interesting.

Nick / Australia
speakerYesterday I went to work, I taught at school. I taught English at school and played sports with my kids. It was lots of fun. We have our sporting festival next week. So there's lots of preparation happening.

Hoa / Vietnam
speakerWhat did I do yesterday? I had a part-time job yesterday, yeah, actually. And, I worked in a co-op in my university which is like a little cafeteria where they sell a lot of goods like sweets and books and everything else. And, I had work in the morning and in the evening I went out a little bit with my friends because my friend threw a party last night like a welcome party so I went there and met some new friends and enjoyed my time and just a relaxing day for a weekend.

Jonathan / Canada
speakerWhat did I do yesterday? Well, it wasn't that different or special a day. I worked most of the day so I got up, took a shower and so on and went to work most of the day. In the evening I went to an international party, I met a friend of mine and met some new friends, had some good single malt scotch, some good conversation and went to sleep with a smile on my face.

Demelza / Australia
speakerYesterday I chilled out at my apartment and then I had some lunch in a nice restaurant in a shopping mall in town and after that I went to work.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

good company


eat delicious food and good company

'good company' simply means good friends or interesting people. Notice the samples.

  1. I met two Vietnamese students on the flight from Beijing. They were good company.
  2. I like to spend my holidays with good food and good company.

all in all


all in all it was a very pleasant day

'All and all' means 'in general'. Notice how they are similar.

  1. There were some problems, but all in all the project was a success.
  2. There were some problems, but in general project was a success.

part time job


I had a part time job

A full time job is usually 40 hours per week. A part time job has fewer hours. Here are two examples.

  1. My girlfriend had a part time job at McDonald's over the summer.
  2. Many American high school students have a part time job.

and so on


I got up, took a shower and so on

'so on' has the same meaning as etc. Notice how so on and etc. are the same.

  1. During the week, I usually wake up, work out, go to school, do homework and so on.
  2. During the week, I usually wake up, work out, go to school, do homework, etc.

chill out


yesterday I chilled out at my apartment

'Chill out' means to relax. Usually younger people use this phrase. See the samples below.

  1. On Sundays I usually chill out in my dorm room.
  2. After final exams, Jang needed to chill out for a couple of days.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
good company • all in all • part-time job
and so on • chill out
  1. On Saturday, I had to do laundry, clean my room .
  2. Carlos was so broke that he had to get a second .
  3. My friends from English class are really .
  4. Let's in the cafeteria.
  5. I would say that it was a great date.