Views #1092 | Intermediate (B1)

Daily Routine

Gareth talks about his daily routine both with his family and his work.

Rebecca: So, Gareth, what's your daily routine like?

Gareth: My routine is actually a little irregular. I have a different working schedule for each day of the week, but on a weekend my son usually wakes me up about half-eight, nine o'clock, and after that we go downstairs, and I get him some cereal, like he likes at the moment chocolate rice Krispies and he has a bowl of them and we watch Toy Story. He loves Buzz and Woody.

Rebecca: Every weekend the same movie?

Gareth: Exactly. Again and again and again. Yeah, so we watch it a lot. On weekdays, though, I usually wake up at six a.m. I have to go to work at eight, so I commute on the bus and train and that takes an hour and a half. It takes a long time, and then I work. I get home about sevenish. I have dinner with my wife. Usually if I come home late, she waits and she'll have dinner with me, and sometimes she'll wait until like nine.

Rebecca: Whoa!

Gareth: Yeah, pretty late, so it's really nice.

Rebecca: Are you a morning shower person or a nighttime bath, relax person?

Gareth: Yeah, so actually I think I'm a kind of night owl. I work much better in the evening and I get more done. In the morning I'm a little bit like a zombie, but these last years, working have kind of trained me to be an early bird. Waking up so early, as I do, I've kind of adapted to it, so. But I much prefer the evening.

Rebecca: So you would come home from work and eat dinner and then take like the bath to calm down to go to bed at night?

Gareth: No, actually I prefer showers than baths, but yeah, I usually relax with my family and watch a movie or read a book. My son's really into Dr. Zeuss books. They're classic children's books from back home and they're great. Even for me, like that's the good thing about having kids, you kind of get reattached to your, and feel kind of nostalgic about your old activities like the things that you did when you were a child.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson



My routine is a little irregular.

When something is irregular, it is noticeably different. Notice the following:

  1. His behavior is a little irregular.
  2. He had an irregular heart beat.


I get home about sevenish.

Here the term sevenish means around seven. Sevenish could be between 6:45 and 7:15. To make an estimation, just add 'ish' to the end of the number. Notice the following:

  1. We will meet around fourish.
  2. We should finish around threeish.

night owl / early bird


I'm kind of a night owl.

A night owl is a person who likes to stay up very late. And early bird is someone who likes to get up very early. Notice the following:

  1. My wife is a night owl and I am an early bird.
  2. I was an night owl in college but now I am an early bird.

like a zombie


In the morning I'm like a zombie.

A zombie is a dead person that can move. It is from horror movies. If you act like a zombie, that means you have no energy and are very sleepy or not awake. Notice the following:

  1. I'm a zombie until I get my first cup of coffee.
  2. I was a zombie after studying twelve hours straight.



You feel nostalgic for childhood.

When you feel nostalgic for something, that means you miss the thing the time you enjoyed it. We are often nostalgic for childhood or good times in life. Notice the following:

  1. The TV show made me nostalgic for my hometown.
  2. My father is nostalgic for life before all this new technology.

Vocabulary Quiz

irregular • sixish • night owl
nostalgic • zombie
  1. After working ten hours I feel like a .
  2. Come to my house around for dinner.
  3. He has an work schedule.
  4. I used to be a but now I go to bed early.
  5. I am for my childhood.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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