Milk Round: Learn Everyday English | English Listening Practice

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Get everyday English listening practice in this video. Be sure to look at the vocabulary I use below!

Video Transcript

Hello! This is Jack from tofluency.com, and welcome to this English lesson where I’m going to talk about a job I had growing up. Now, this is going to give you some really useful listening practice and I’m going to talk about things in the past. So, notice the tenses that I use to do this.

When I was 14, my friend told me about a job opportunity and this job was to deliver milk – to go on a milk van
around the neighborhood and to deliver milk to people’s houses. And I said, “Sure, I’ll do this!” It was paying a lot more than my newspaper round, so I decided to do it. Now, listen to this: I had to get up every day at 4:40 a.m. So, my alarm went off at four forty – it was freezing in my bedroom, so I used to get a space heater to try and warm up as quickly as possible. I put on lots of clothes and then the guy with the milk van came to pick me up at 5 a.m.

So, I rode on this milk van, on the back – I had to hold on to the van like this – and the milk was in front of me. So, he would say, “Okay – silver tops to that house. Now a silver top just means semi-skimmed milk. So, I had to grab two bottles and take them to the house and deliver those bottles and then I had to pick up the empty bottles – so, i did this in winter when it was freezing and some days the empty milk bottles were frozen.

So, my fingers got really really cold. So, I did this I think Monday to Friday. It took about two hours in total and it was a horrible job. It was cold, I had to get up super early, and also, I just felt exhausted for the rest of the day, and at this time I was practicing for basketball at lunch and also either playing football or basketball after school. So, I was up at four-forty, I got back home from school around six or seven then I had to do homework and then I had to do dinner. So, it wasn’t the best job I’ve had – I think it paid about five pounds per day which is about seven or eight dollars a day.

So, this is more or less, $3.50 or $4 an hour. I remember saving up this money as much as much as I could and spending it on terrible things. So, I’d save up money and spend it on football stickers or something like that. I only lasted about eight weeks at this job and then I decided to get another job which I’m sure I’ll talk about in a future video. So, I’ve used lots of different vocabulary, different tenses, so be sure to check out the description below where I go through the language that I used and i also have an explanation on my website – so, thank you for watching this lesson. I hope you found it useful; if you did please like and share it.

So, speak to you guys next time!

Learn New English Vocabulary from This Lesson

I’m going to talk about a job I had growing up.

Learn how to use ‘grow up’ here

It was paying a lot more than my newspaper round, so I decided to do it.

Notice how ‘pay’ is used in this sentence? Here are more examples:

  • How much does the job pay?
  • My new job pays a lot more than I old one.

My alarm went off at four forty

An alarm ‘goes off’ to wake you up. Learn more about this here.

  • That car alarm has been going off all day!
  • I hate it when my alarm goes off in the morning

I used to get a space heater to try and warm up as quickly as possible

A space heater is a portable heater that you plug in.

I had to grab two bottles and take them to the house

To grab, in this case, means to take quickly. Here are some more examples:

  • She grabbed him by the shirt (this means that she held his shirt in an aggressive way)
  • That guy tried to grab my bag! (this means that the guy tried to snatch and take the bag)

It took about two hours in total and it was a horrible job.

This means that the duration of the milk round was two hours.

  • It takes eight minutes to boil an egg
  • It’ll take me 10 minutes to complete the task

I remember saving up this money as much as much as I could and spending it on terrible things

To save up means to save money.

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