Talking about Bad Habits
Alex and Robert are talking about bad habits and how to overcome them…
Alex: Robert, what’s up? You seem nervous about something?
Robert: I am… I’m a bundle of nerves! I’m trying to write an essay, but my mind has gone
blank. I can’t think of anything else except tomorrow’s driving test. How could you tell?
Alex: Because you’ve been really quiet all morning and you’re biting your nails too…
Robert: When I get really nervous, I start biting my nails and I don’t even realise that I’m
doing it! I’ve had this habit since I was young, and I can’t get rid of it!
Alex: Yeah, I noticed that. It’s hard to break a bad habit. I should know… My bad habit is
procrastinating. It’s the number one thing that I hate about myself. When I know I have
something to do, I always put it off until the last minute or the night before…
Robert: Really? I would never have thought the smartest person in the class would say that
he procrastinates! You always hand in the assignments on time, and you do really well too!
Alex: We all have our flaws… I’m not really aware of how I react in stressful situations
Robert: Actually, I’ve noticed that you tap your fingers when you get nervous.
Alex: Really? I’ve never noticed that! I have an idea… what if we keep an eye on each other
and watch out for any bad habits. Then, we can point them out to each other and make a
conscious effort to stop them – that makes sense, right?
Robert: Yeh, that’s a really good idea! I’m in!
To put away something
To store things where they are usually kept.
Please put away your toys when you’re finished with them.
To hang something up
To stop using something because you are no longer doing the activity or sport.
After the final fight of his career, he hung up his boxing gloves.
To hang up
To end a phone conversation
I couldn’t hear him on the phone so I hung up.
To put up with something or somebody
To accept or continue to accept and unpleasant situation.
I can put up his room being messy but I can’t put up with him leaving a mess around the house.
To get up to
1. To do something.
2. To do something that others would disapprove of.
1. What did you get up to on holiday?
2. The children have been getting up to mischief recently.