There are some key phrases that are useful to learn in English in order to explain your day to another person. In order to introduce these phrases, let me take you through a typical day in my life.
I wake up at 6 o’clock. I get up at 6.50. I make a cup of tea and iron my clothes. I have a shower and get dressed. I usually wear jeans, a blouse, a jumper or cardigan and boots in the winter, or a skirt and blouse in the summer. I brush my hair, put on my make-up. I pack my bag with all my teaching materials. I then put on my coat and leave the house. I walk to the bus stop. I catch the bus at 8.15, and then I pay my fare and sit down. It takes about 45 minutes to get to my destination three miles away. I get off the bus and walk to the school where I teach English. I have to sign in and get the key. Class starts at 9.25 and ends at 11.25.
I have lunch at 12. I eat a baguette or sandwich at the local café. I sometimes do some shopping before I walk back to school. I do some photocopying and go back to my classroom. I teach in the afternoon from 1 to 3pm. I then catch the bus back home and spend a couple of hours relaxing before I cook dinner.
My son goes to work shortly after I come home. Sometimes he cooks dinner before I get home, and sometimes I cook. I like to eat rice or pasta with a sauce. I chop the onions, fry them and then mix them with garlic, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and chilies. I boil the rice and then add the sauce. After dinner I wash up, sweep the floor, and tidy up a bit.
Then I make phone calls, mark my students’ work, do the laundry. Then I go on Facebook, or watch TV until about 10.30 when my son comes home. We catch up on our day, and at about 11 o’clock I go to bed.
Other days I get up early, go downstairs, put on my computer and teach on EF English Live for three hours. Then I have a break, eat dinner with my son, have a walk or go shopping before returning to work and teaching again for another three hours. Working at home can be very convenient and I love being able to talk to people around the world. It is also nice working in a school and seeing people on a regular basis and working in a team. So I feel I have the best of both worlds.
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So there you have a typical day. There are lots of different types of English constructions used in describing a day, including many phrasal verbs like: ‘tidy up’, ‘wash up’, and ‘get up’. There are also lots of sentences with supporting verbs such as: “I have lunch”, or “I get dressed”, rather than “I lunch”. Notice the range of ways of saying the time too. See if you can describe your day using the same language forms.
Ich stehe morgens normalerweise um acht Uhr auf , wenn ich zur Schule muss. Dann gehe ich direkt ins Badezimmer, dusche und ziehe mich an. Danach esse ich Cerealien zum Frühstück und trinke einen warmen Kakao. Dann putze ich meine Zähne und mache mich auf den Weg zur Schule. Ich wohne nicht weit von der Schule, so dass ich erst um 8.45 h das Haus verlassen muss. Die Schule fängt um neun Uhr an. Um 12 Uhr mittags habe ich meine Mittagspause und esse zusammen mit meinen Freunden. Um 3.30 h gehe ich wieder nach Hause. Dienstags und Donnerstags bleibe ich zwei Stunden länger, da ich dann noch Fußball spiele. Zu Hause ruhe ich mich für eine halbe Stunde aus und mache dann Hausaufgaben, falls ich welche auf habe. Danach treffe ich mich entweder mit Freunden oder verbringe Zeit mit meiner Familie. Ich gehe normalerweise zwischen zehn und elf Uhr ins Bett und lese noch ein Buch für eine halbe Stunde bevor ich schlafe. Am Wochenende stehe ich zwischen 10 und 11 Uhr auf und gehe nicht vor Mitternacht ins Bett.
And here is my English version:
I normally get up at 8 a.m. when I have to go to school. I go straight to the bathroom, then take a shower and get dressed. After that, I have cereal for breakfast and a hot chocolate. Then I brush my teeth and start walking to school. I live close to school, so I leave the house by 8:45 a.m. School starts at 9 a.m. I have my lunch break at noon and eat with my friends. I walk home at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, I stay for two hours longer at school to play soccer. At home, I relax for half an hour and then do my assignments if there are any. After that, I either meet with friends or spend time with my family. I normally go to bed between 10 and 11 p.m., and I always read a book for half an hour before I sleep. On the weekend, I get up between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., and I do not go to bed before midnight.