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Lucy: Hello everyone. And welcome back to English with Lucy. Today I
have a very special guest. This is my fiancé, William.
William: Hello everyone.
Lucy: Will has never been on this channel before.
William: No.
Lucy: So it's an honour.
William: It's been long overdue.
Lucy: It has. So I've seen that many of you have requested a video on
daily routines. So I thought it would be a good idea for us to have a
conversation and tell you about our daily routines. And then I'll pick
out some vocabulary to show you. So this is a fantastic listening
lesson, pronunciation lesson, because you can see how we pronounce
specific words. Don't forget to switch on subtitles if you need them.
And to make this even better, I've created a PDF sheet for you, which
contains all of the key vocabulary. All you have to do to download that
is click on the link in the description box and sign up to my mailing
list. It will be sent directly to your inbox.
Also, don't forget to share your own daily routine in the comment
section down below. I'd love to know what time you wake up, what
you eat for breakfast, what you have for lunch, what you have for
dinner, and also what time you go to bed. So first I think we should
introduce ourselves because although we are getting married, we live
quite different lives, don't we?
William: It couldn't be more different really.
Lucy: Yeah. So we live in the same house, but we have very different
jobs. I am an English teacher, but I work on YouTube.
William: And I am a farmer and I work mainly outdoors on the farm.
Lucy: Yes. So quite the unique pair I think. My first question for you is
what time do you usually wake up?
William: Usually I would wake up at 5:30 to 6:00.
Lucy: Yes, but what time do you get up?
William: But I get up at 6:00.
Lucy: Yeah. So there's an important difference between wake up and
get up. When your eyes open in the morning, you wake up. But when
you leave your bed in the morning, you get up and Will has a big
problem. This gap between waking up and getting up is getting
bigger and bigger. Isn't it?
William: I've gone from setting one alarm to three alarms.
Lucy: Three alarms, and I have to lay next to him hearing each alarm.
So I have a very different job. I, well, I wake up at 5:30, at 5:45 at 6:00
with Will. But I keep on sleeping and I get up at 7:30. But something
very important happens between that time frame I think.
William: I feed the pets and I bring up a couple of coffees.
Lucy: Yes. So very important. In the morning when Will gets up before
he goes to work, he brings me a coffee in bed and we try to have a
coffee together. It's a nice routine to have, I think.
William: Yeah. It's a good start to the day.
Lucy: Yeah. But it's interesting because Will's job isn't the same all
year round. In summer you're really, really busy. I mean, what time do
you wake up in the summer?
William: 4:30 normally.
fiancé vs fiancée
Fiancé refers to a man to whom someone is engaged to
be married, fiancée refers to a woman to whom someone
is engaged to be married.
long overdue
if something is long overdue it should have already
happened a long time ago.
I think this coffee date is long overdue!
couldn't be more different!
used to express that some things are very different.
They may be twins but they couldn't be more different!
outdoors vs outside
Outdoors is a more specific way to say that someone or
something is outside of a building. Outside can be used
to describe any instance of someone or something not
being in(side) something else. They are often used
interchangeably. The same goes for indoors/inside.
You should go outdoors as you've been in the house all
day. (Outdoors or outside could be used here)
quite the (unique pair)!
'Quite the' is used for emphasising your description or
Those boots are quite the fashion statement
wake up vs get up
Wake up = the moment you awake from sleep
Get up = the moment you leave your bed
I woke up early but I didn't get up for another hour.
to set (an alarm)
Meaning 'to adjust'. You set a clock, watch or alarm to show or
sound at the correct time.
I need to set my watch to show the local timezone.
to keep on (doing something)
To continue to do to something
If you keep on scratching you'll damage your skin!
a good start to the day!
A nice phrase we use a lot. I see a lot of my students wanting
to say 'of the day;', so ear this in mind!
all year round
If you say something happens all year round or all the year
round, it happens continually throughout the year.
Our tree produces fruit all year round!
Lucy: Really, really early. So in the UK, we have very long days in
the summer and very short days in the winter. If you're from
Norway, Sweden, or anywhere more up North, you'll think,
"What are you complaining about?" But I remember when I was
teaching English in Spain, people were surprised that the sun
would rise at 4:30 in the morning in summer and then set at
10:00 at night. But then in the winter, the sun doesn't come up
till 9:00 and then it can set at 3:30. So it's a big difference. So
your days in summer are so much longer.
William: Yeah.
Lucy: So let's move on to having breakfast. I normally have
breakfast at around 8:00. When do you have yours?
William: Either 7:30, before I go out to work again or at 10:00.
Lucy: Oh yes. Because you go out and come back in for a break.
William: Yes.
Lucy: Yeah. And what do you usually have?
William: Normally I would eat a bowl of cereal or I'd have a
plate of toast.
Lucy: Toast. Yes. Or on a special occasion, bacon sandwiches.
William: Very special.
Lucy: Bacon sandwiches on special occasions, or what about a
full English breakfast?
William: Only on weekends.
Lucy: Yes. So this is a really famous breakfast in the UK. The full
English where you have eggs, sausages, bacon.
William: Black pudding.
Lucy: Black pudding. What's black pudding? I don't think some
of my students will like it.
William: You don't need to know then.
Lucy: It's sausage made out of blood. Black pudding, hash
William: Hash browns.
Lucy: It's like fried potato. Baked beans.
William: French toast.
Lucy: Yeah. Toast fried in oil. And we often have a cooked
tomato and cooked mushrooms as well. So it's a huge breakfast,
very high fat. And we normally have it if we have drunk alcohol
the night before.
William: Yes.
Lucy: So it's something you'd have if you are hung over. You can
have a hangover or you can be hung over. This is important.
They need to know it. Because I think they see the English
breakfast sometimes and think that, that's what we eat every
morning. And that's not true.
William: No.
Lucy: You have to be really hungry for an English breakfast.
William: We don't.
Lucy: No. We don't eat it every morning. I would say maybe five
times a year.
William: Yeah. Not a lot.
Lucy: Five times a year. If we go to a hotel full English.
Sometimes we compress it down to a 'flinglish'. Can I have a
flinglish? So for my breakfast, I nearly always have it at around
8:00 and I normally have porridge. So that's oats and milk
cooked with some fruit like banana, nectarines, or plums at the
moment. And in summer I use blueberries and bananas.
So the next thing that I do after breakfast is I do some exercise.
In American English, it's more common to say I work out. And
we do say this, but it's not as commonly used in British English.
I do a workout. Yes. But I work out. I mean, would you think it's
more American?
William: Yes, definitely.
Lucy: Yeah. So I either go to the gym and do an exercise class or
I stay on the farm and I go for a run. I go for a run. If you do
exercise, what do you do?
to rise/to set
Used to describe the movement of the sun.
We left as the sun was rising, and go home just before it
to go out/to come back (in)
Used to refer to leaving your house.
I went out of the house today but had to come back in
as the weather was so bad!
a full English breakfast
A traditional breakfast that often consists of bacon,
fried egg, sausage, mushrooms, baked beans, toast,
grilled tomatoes, and accompanied with tea or coffee.
black pudding
A traditional sausage made from blood, fat and grains.
hash browns
Originating from the USA, these are often added to full
English breakfasts. They are a fried food and consist of
shredded potatoes, egg and sometimes onion.
French toast
Bread fried in egg. Full English breakfasts usually have
bread fried in oil.
A breakfast meal consisting of oats and milk, cooked to
form a thick consistency. I often add banana, honey and
fruit for sweetness.
to do exercise vs to work out
They mean the same thing, but to work out is slightly
more common in American English. However, both are
used nowadays.
to go for a run
To run for exercise. 'To go running' or 'to go on a run' are
also options.
I'm coming home early as I want to go for a run.
William: I do a lot of walking all day. So 80% of my day will be
walking. And we have a Fitbit that tracks every step we take,
every move we make. And that tracks our steps every day.
Lucy: Yeah. And we have a competition. So you can see all the
steps that our friends and family have done. And if Will
remembers to wear his Fitbit, he always wins. It's so annoying. I
run 10 kilometres and I still don't beat Will because you just
spend all day walking.
William: So all day, nearly every day I will be lifting bags,
shovelling grain, just a lot of physical work really.
Lucy: Yeah. So you said shovelling.
William: Yes. Shovelling.
Lucy: So that's to use a shovel or a spade. It's the verb of using
that. I think that was a good one. And grain. Grain is basically
seeds like wheat, barley, oats, and a thing like that. That's what
Will grows on his farm. So Will also does some work in a little
gym that we have set up. We have put in place downstairs and I
see you do lots ofWilliam: Bicep curls.
Lucy: Bicep curls. Squats.
William: Squats.
Lucy: I do some squats at the gym sometimes.
William: Yes.
Lucy: And bench presses as well.
William: Yes. Bench press.
Lucy: Those are the three that I really see you do.
William: Yep.
Lucy: Yeah. Anything else?
William: What else? Press-ups.
Lucy: Press-ups. When you're down going like that.
William: And some chin-ups.
Lucy: Oh yes. When you pull your body up like that.
William: Yeah.
Lucy: I hope you enjoyed my demonstration of that. I won't be
starting a fitness channel. One thing that takes a lot of time for
me is doing my makeup and doing my hair. It's a long process.
William: I'm exactly the same. Exactly the same. Why else do
you think I get up at 4:30 in the morning?
Lucy: You got to look good for those fields. I also spend a long
time writing scripts and doing a lot of researching because I'm
always learning as well. So I have an idea for an English lesson
in my head, and then I'll spend a full day researching and
writing the scripts for the next day's filming. So on a Monday, I'll
do the research and the writing. On a Tuesday, I'll do the
filming. On a Wednesday, we'll get all the editing done. And
then on the Thursdays and Fridays, I'll do more admin work. So
looking at my accounts, the finances, replying to emails,
sending emails. It's a full time job.
William: Yeah.
Lucy: It's a full time job.
William: It is.
Lucy: Will has a very specific lunchtime. What time is it?
William: 1:00.
Lucy: 1:00 is lunch time. It has to be lunch time because that's
when Will's dad has lunch as well. And you work with your dad.
William: Yeah.
Lucy: Yeah. So at 1:00 every day we come in and we have lunch
and we both have different lunches, don't we?
William: Yes.
Lucy: Yeah. We hardly ever eat the same thing.
William: Yes. I normally have a sandwich.
Lucy: In the winter I always have soup. I love having something
warm for lunch because I'm quite a cold person. I get cold very
easily. And in the summer I nearly always have salad, but not
boring salad. I like to make interesting salads with different
seeds. I like to use butternut squash.
William: Yep.
to track (steps)
to note the progress or course of something
I tracked some deer footprints on the mountain and they
lead me to a cave.
to lift
to raise to a higher position or level. We talk about 'lifting'
weights at the gym.
How much did you lift today at the gym?
to shovel
to use a tool resembling a spade with a broad blade
and typically upturned sides, used for moving coal,
earth, snow, or other material.
Please can you shovel the snow on the driveway?
a small, hard, dry seed, harvested for human or animal
to set up
to put in place
We set up a desk so that he could study at home.
bicep curls
An arm (bicep) exercise using a barcell or dumbell.
An exercise where you repeatedly move from a standing
to seated position, sometimes holding weights.
bench presses
A reclined chest exercise where you push a barbell to the
ceiling whilst laying on a bench.
An exercise where, in plank position, you bend your arms
to move closer to the ground and then push yourself up
back to plank.
An exercise where you hold on to a bar above your head
and pull your body up.
to do make-up or hair
I wanted to remind you that we use 'do' with make-up
and hair. We can also say 'to put on make-up' or 'to style
admin work
Short for 'administration work'. Administration refers to
the arrangements and tasks needed to control the
operation of a plan or organisation:
I wanted to point out Will's pronunciation. He says
'samwidge' which isn't standard but is very frequently used.
Lucy: Yep. So that's similar to pumpkin. Some cheese like feta
cheese or mozzarella. And I try to include a bit of protein like
chicken or fish as well. In the UK we to have a light lunch and a
heavy dinner. I know this is different in some countries and
cultures. I remember when I lived in Spain, we would have a big
lunch and then a lighter dinner. And this was really hard for me
especially as the dinner time was so late. Whereas in England
we eat dinner quite early.
But before we talk about dinner, what do we do in the
afternoons? Well I know one thing that I often do is I walk the
dog. I love taking our dog Diego on a long walk across all the
fields. And I think he loves that too.
William: Yes he does.
Lucy: He loves it. Okay. Let's talk about dinner time. Here we
normally have dinner at around 6:00. Although sometimes in
the summer we'll have it later. Maximum 8:00, right?
William: Yeah, latest.
Lucy: Yeah, latest 8:00. And what do we typically have for
William: Our meals are quite varied. We normally eat fish twice
a week.
Lucy: Yes. So one of my favourite dishes is to cook salmon with
lemon, asparagus and potatoes. We have that every single week.
Don't we?
William: Yes, we do.
Lucy: And then we have other fish like tuna, sea bass.
William: Sea bream.
Lucy: Sea bream. Haddock?
William: Sometimes yes.
Lucy: Basa as well. I love Basa. We do eat a lot of fish, two or
three times a week. One of Will's favourites is steak. So I do that
every now and again. We do it on the barbecue.
William: Yap.
Lucy: And we also like doing chicken and salads inspired by the
Italians. We do a lot of prawn linguini with lemon and sun dried
tomatoes. That's delicious. And then on a Sunday we often have
a very traditional British meal. The Sunday roast. Sometimes I
make it myself and sometimes we go... Well more often we go
to the pub.
William: I think more often we go to the pub.
Lucy: Definitely. Definitely. I love going out on a Sunday
afternoon for a Sunday roast.
William: A Sunday roast is made up of one meat.
Lucy: Yeah. So typically turkey, chicken, lamb, pork, or beef.
William: Yes. One side of potatoes.
Lucy: Roast potatoes. So roast potatoes are very special. You
peel them, you boil them. Then you cover them in fat, like an oil
or sometimes duck fat or goose fat. And then you put them in
the oven and cook them until they're golden and crispy. They
are so good.
William: They are delicious.
Lucy: They're amazing. And every British person thinks that
their parents', their mum's or their grandma's Sunday roast
potatoes are the best.
William: And then vegetables, you'll have two to three or more.
Lucy: Could be more. Your mum does four different vegetables.
William: She loves it.
Lucy: She does such a good roast.
William: Okay. Let's say for different types of vegetables will be
on your plate as well. That would be broccoli, cabbage, peas,
beans, carrots.
Lucy: Carrots, parsnips.
William: Parsnips. Yes.
Lucy: That's the one vegetable that I... I will eat it. There's
nothing I won't eat, but parsnips, I would not choose to have
light lunch/heavy dinner
'light' and 'heavy' can be used to describe quantities of
Let's have something light now and then something
heavier for dinner.
in contrast or comparison with the fact that (conjunction
You were very calm about the argument, whereas I was
very agitated.
to walk the dog
an alternative for 'to take the dog on a walk
Shall we meet tomorrow to walk the dogs?
Sunday roast
The Sunday Roast is a traditional British main meal that is
typically served on Sunday, consisting of roasted meat,
roast potatoes, vegetables, and accompaniments such as
Yorkshire pudding, stuffing and gravy.
roast potatoes
potatoes that are boiled, drained and then roasted in fat
until golden and crispy.
to peel
to remove the skin of something
You need to peel the prawns before eating them!
to boil
to cook something in boiling water
Boil the pasta for 10 minutes or until soft.
A sweet root vegetable that is closely related to the
I wouldn't choose to...
A polite way of saying that you don't like something, but
you will do/have it to be polite or because you are
obliged to..
I wouldn't choose to go to school every day, but I do it
because I have to.
Lucy: They're too sweet for me. But often with chicken or with
turkey, because they're birds, they have stuffing, which is...
What is stuffing?
William: Stuffing is made up of chopped nuts.
Lucy: Onion.
William: Onion.
Lucy: Flour.
William: And some herbs and they're all blended together and
made into a bowl.
Lucy: Yeah.
William: Really.
Lucy: And it's quite doughy. It's quite heavy. And then we also
have Yorkshire puddings, which is like a big... It's like a big
fluffy pancake almost. The mixture is the same as pancake
mixture, but it's very light and airy. It starts off with this size
and it grows and grows. And if I have one, I always give it to Will
because it's just too much food for me.
William: And Will accepts.
Lucy: He does. And then the best bit is the gravy, which is a
meat sauce made from the juices of the meat and you pour that
all over and it's absolutely delicious. Let's move on to the end of
the day. What about baths or showers? Because I prefer a bath,
but if I have to wash my hair, then I'll have a shower. And I
normally have it in the morning so that my hair can be clean for
the rest of the day. When do you have yours?
William: So every night before I go to bed, about 9:30 to 10:00. I
have a shower.
Lucy: Yeah, just before bed.
William: I never have a bath. I can't fit in baths.
Lucy: So Will is six foot six or 1.98 metres tall, nearly two metres.
So baths are often not an option. What time do you normally go
to bed?
William: I normally go to bed between 10:00 and 10:30.
Lucy: Yes. So we go to bed quite early, but obviously it's because
we wake up quite early as well. Will wakes up very early. But
after Will wakes up in the morning, I find it hard to go back to
sleep. So I also go to bed between 10:00 and 10:30. We would
like to know what time you wake up and what time you go to
bed and any other information of what you do and at what time
in your own daily routine. Please write it down below in the
comments section.
Right. So that's it for today's lesson. I hope you enjoyed it. And I
hope you learned something and don't forget to download that
PDF with all of the vocabulary from today's video. It's really,
really useful. Just click on the link in the description box. If you
want to see more of us, you could check out the vlogging
channel. It's called Lucy Bella. Again, there is the link down
below. We show our life on a farm in the English countryside
and don't forget to connect with us on all of our social media.
My Facebook, my Instagram, my mailing list. And you can
actually find Will on Instagram if you want to. We'll put that
down there. Right. We will see you soon for another lesson.
The End
an edible mixture which is served as a side dish or used to
fill a cavity in another food item while cooking.
an adjective used to describe foods with a thick,
malleable consistency.
You need to bake the bread for longer as it still feels a
little doughy.
Yorkshire pudding
a savoury baked pudding made from a batter of eggs,
flour, and milk or water.
an adjective meaning soft and full of air.
Beat the eggs and sugar until they are soft and fluffy.
light and airy
meaning 'full of air and with little weight',
The cake should have a light and airy texture.
a sauce made by mixing the fat and juices exuded by
meat during cooking with stock and other ingredients.
to (not) fit
be of the right shape and size for.
I wouldn't be able to fit into my old school uniform.