Talking about routines occur when people are asking about another person’s daily or weekly schedules. During these kinds of interactions, expressions of time will be used. Guest may sometimes ask hotel staff the general routine of the location they are visiting (for example when do local shops usually open and close, or the months of high or low season, or what time it gets dark and light outside, or the times that local people usually eat meals). When talking about daily schedules and routines adverbs of frequency are used to indicate how frequently you do things.
|all the time||most of the time||occasionally||rarely||not at all|
Guest: What time do the local shops usually open?
Staff: They usually open between 9:00 and 10:00.
Guest: Do they usually open at the same time on Saturdays and Sundays as well?
Staff: Yes, most of the shops open at the same time on the weekends.
Guest: When do Thai people usually eat dinner?
Staff: Most people eat dinner between 6 and 7 PM.
Guest: Is lunch usually between noon and 1:00 PM or between 1:00 and 2:00.
Staff: Lunch is usually between noon and 1:00.
Guest: How often do they change movies at the local cinema?
Staff: Movies are usually changed once a week.
Guest: Do they show a lot of English language movies?
Staff: Many of the movies are the latest Hollywood block busters, which are captioned in Thai.
Guest: How many times a week does the hotel clean the pool?
Staff: The pool is cleaned every day, sometimes twice a day, depending on the circumstances.
Guest: What time are they usually cleaned.
Staff: Usually early in the morning, before the guests wake up.
Practice Activities for talking about routines
Remember that one of the best was to improve your English skills is to use the language over and over again. It may sound boring and tedious but it works to make the language readily accessible for use when needed.
1. Role Play
Practice asking asking about routines by role playing the situations below. One person take the role of a hotel guest and another a guest. Use some of the phrases and expressions above. For additional practice switch roles.
2. Pair Work
Using the adverbs of frequency above, tell your partner what your daily schedule is like. Be specific and detailed. Discuss what you do from the time you wake up until you go to bed, both during the week and on weekends (or your days off).
3. Pair Work
Do you ever play tennis? Ask your partner if they ever do any of the activities listed below. Ask other questions to get more information about when, where, how often, with who, cost, etc.
|Swim in the ocean||go on double dates||write poetry|
|study all night||ride a motorcycle||go camping|
|sing karaoke.||wake up late||cook pizza|
|sky or scuba diving||ride the subway||go bowling|
|watch foreign films||play board games||lift weights|
|argue with parents||buy expensive cloths||knit|
|ride a roller coaster||go to the theater||go to the zoo|