Daily routines 1 – English listening practice with subtitles. Better at English podcast episode #38

Daily routines 1 – English listening practice with subtitles. Better at English podcast episode #38


Lori: Hi English learners! Lori here, your teacher from Betteratenglish.com. In this episode of Real English Conversations,
you’ll hear me talking to Kyla, a fellow musician. We met up to talk about a book that we both
really like. It’s called Daily Rituals, and was written
by Mason Currey. But as it turned out, Kyla and I had a lot
more to talk about than the book. In fact, we didn’t even start talking about
the book until several minutes into the conversation. So you’ll have to wait until part two for
that. In this first part, you’ll hear us breaking
the ice by talking about guitars and practicing and other things we have in common. This was a normal thing to do because it was
the first time we ever spoke to each other. You’ll be hearing lot of informal American
English, including tons of phrasal verbs. I think the best way to really learn phrasal
verbs is in context, so I’ve highlighted most of them for you in the transcript, along
with the other vocabulary. As always, you can find the full transcript,
including a bonus vocabulary lesson at betteratenglish.com/transcripts. OK, let’s get this conversation started! Lori: Okay, great. Yeah! It was really, really cool that you– you
stepped up to the plate and got in touch about– about talking about this book. Kyla: Good. Yeah! It’s kind of…it’s a– it’s a book
that I– I’ve read. I have…I own a copy. And coming up with rituals, I’m always looking
for better ways to work and better ways to be creative, so it’s a…yeah. It’s a – when I saw your post, I was like,
“Oh! I love that book!” [laughs]
Lori: Oh! Yeah, great! Yeah, at that point, I don’t even think
I’d read more than, like, a quarter of it, and I was like, “Oh! This is such a cool book! I really want to talk to somebody about it.” Kyla: Excellent. Lori: So yeah, but before we get into that,
tell me a little bit more about what you’re doing with guitar. Kyla: Well, I’m a…I was sort of trained
as a classical guitarist as a kid and moved on, started playing electric in, like, some
folk rock band in, you know, like, 15 years ago and just sort of…I’ve always been
listening to metal so I think it was sort of natural that I got into playing– into
playing metal. Now I play in a really, really proggy sort
of a death metal band – Lori: Oh wow. Kyla: – called Molt. And we, after much strife, finally released
an album a couple of years ago. But yeah, I mean, I’m always– I’m always
striving to sort of streamline how I practice because I’ve always got, you know – actually,
I just quit a job about a month ago to sort of start to…now I’m teaching myself Java
and Python, and I’m working on…I’m actually working on writing an app to generate guitar
practice exercises. Lori: Oh! Kyla: But yeah, so I’m just always– I’m
always, you know, looking for ways to work, looking for ways to fit my practice time in
the continual quest for speed. [laughs] I do have to thank you for your little…your
post about using a 1-minute timer. Lori: Oh yeah! Kyla: I do that every day. That’s– [laughs] that’s really become–
that’s really become a part of my– my practice regimen. Lori: Oh, super! I’m glad that was useful. Kyla: Yeah, that was– that was extraordinarily
useful. [laughs]
Lori: Yeah, it’s – it’s one of the things about playing guitar if you’re trying to
achieve, yeah, higher than average level of technical mastery is that – you find that
unless you’re like one of these freaky people who seem to be just super, super gifted, it
takes an inordinate amount of practice. Kyla: Yeah. Yeah, it’s…and focused, focused practice. Lori: Yeah, and not just kind of going over
the scales or the things that you like to do that are easy for you. You have to sort of get into the edges, and
push yourself into the areas where you’re not comfortable and where you start feeling
like you suck, basically. [laughs]
Kyla: Yeah, exactly. [laughs]
Lori: …which is not, like, a happy place to be spending a lot of time really. But that’s kind of what you have to do,
I think. Kyla: It is. It really is. You sort of have to accept, like, “Okay,
I’m going to suck at this for a while.” [laughs] Like, “I’m just going to have
to get used to that because eventually I will get better at it.” Lori: Exactly. Kyla: I think it is. You really need to be able to– to accept
that. And I think, like, I’ve never…like, I
have quite a few friends who are…who play lots of different instruments. And I’ve just never…like, I’ve just
sort of never really been interested in learning other instruments, and someone pointed out
once that, like, I’ve been playing guitar for so long that I probably just couldn’t
handle, like, not being able to play something. [laughs]
Lori: Oh yeah. Kyla: You know, I’ll pick up a new instrument,
and you…and they’re like, “You just can’t handle that anymore!” [laughs]
Lori: Yeah, going back to that. That feeling of, like, totally sucking and
being a beginner and not knowing how long it’s going to take you before you start
seeing some results. Kyla: Yeah, exactly. But it’s like, “Well, am I going to devote
time to this? Or am I going to devote time playing the guitar
even better?” [laughs] I think I’ll stick with the guitar. Lori: Yeah. That’s one of the most difficult things
that I’ve run into now. And really one of the main reasons that I’m
not playing guitar at the moment is that, I’m exposed to so many things now that I
want to be able to do, like, creative things and fun and interesting things. But they’re all things that you don’t
get good at overnight. Kyla: Yeah. Lori: You know, it’s all things that are
incredibly complex that take a lot of time and effort until you’re even just kind of
halfway decent. And I find that as I get older, it’s becoming
more and more important to really pick and choose what I’m going to focus my time and
energy. Because it’s just not, you know, it’s
not like I have unlimited hours a day to devote to drawing and learning to code and taking
photos and training my dog and doing all these different things I want to do. Plus work…and I have relationships and all
those things. So yeah, it’s just an interesting thought,
I think. But yeah, to circle back a little bit to what–
what you said in the beginning about you’re always looking for, like, routines, things
to streamline your– your practicing and I think that’s one of the things that kind
of drew me to the book, my– myself. And I guess I should probably mention the
book we’re talking about is – “Daily Rituals” by Mason Currey. I think that was his name. [laughs]
Kyla: Yes. That would be helpful, wouldn’t it? [laughs]
Lori: That’s all for this first part. I hope you enjoyed it! In the next part of the conversation, we actually
start talking about the book, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. It’s a fascinating little book that describes
the daily habits and routines of 161 creative people, everyone from Beethoven to Hemingway
to Steven King. Some of the routines make a lot of sense,
and others are completely crazy! As always, you can find the transcript and
vocabulary lesson for this conversation at betteratenglish.com/transcripts. Until next time, keep practicing your English. In fact, you can practice right now by leaving
me a voice message or writing something on the Better at English Facebook page. You can find all the ways to get in touch
at Betteratenglish.com/contact. Bye for now!

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