Unit 22 :
The commute Home and running errands



To be able to learn how to manage time wisely.


How do you manage your time at work and at home?

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Repeat the following words and phrases with your teacher and use them in a sentence.

  • quitting time(phr)
  • signal(v)
  • merge(v)
  • stop-and-go(adj)
  • stalled(adj)
  • fridge(n)
  • checkout stands(phr)
  • bagger(n)
  • load(v)
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Read the story aloud with your teacher.

It’s five o’clock and it’s quitting time. I put a few files into my bag, grab my mug, and say goodnight to the rest of the people in my area. I go to the parking garage and get into my car. I signal my turn onto the street and drive toward the freeway on ramp. I merge as best as I can onto the freeway, which is always a bit of a hassle at this hour.

Traffic is stop-and-go all the way from downtown. I hear on the radio that there’s a stalled car in fast lane near La Brea, backing up traffic all the way to Hoover. I decided to get off the freeway and to take surface streets for the rest of the trip.

I need to make a stop on the way home. I know that the fridge is empty, so I decide to stop by the market. I get there and I pick up some French bread, a bag of apples, a few bananas, some pasta, tomato sauce, and a cooked chicken. Luckily, they have a lot of checkout stands open, and I get through the line pretty quickly.

I thank the cashier and the bagger and push my cart to my car. I open the trunk and load everything up. Just then my wife calls me on my cell phone. She was going to be a little late getting home and asks me to make something for dinner. Tonight, I will be the cook.

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Let’s practice

Arrange the jumbled letters to come up with a word. Definition of the word is given as your clue.

 1. nalgis
to make a movement, sound, etc. that gives information or tells people what to do

2. germe
to combine or join  together,

3. dellast
to delay taking an action

4. edgrif
a piece of kitchen equipment that uses electricity to preserve food at a cold temperature

5. adol
to put a lot of things into a vehicle or machine

6. aggrbe
a person whose job is to put your shopping into bags for you in a shop

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Share your  ideas with your teacher. 

  1. What are the advantages of owning a car?
  2. What are the disadvantages of owning a car?
  3. Who usually do errands at your home?