Lesson 47: Bad Habits



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: bad habits. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about bad habits.

Dorothy quit biting your nails!
I’m sorry, Kevin! It’s a bad habit of mine.
Why are bad habits so annoying?
Bad habits bother people a lot.
Are people born with bad habits or do they acquire them?
I think people acquire them as they grow older.
I don’t like when people cut me off when I’m talking. What about you?
I’m the same, but I really hate when people spit on the street and throw rubbish on the ground.
How do people get rid of bad habits?
I think it’s like an addiction. They have to work hard to stop doing them.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

biting your nails (phrase) the act or habit of taking fingernails off with their teeth
You need to stop biting your nails because it’s a bad habit.
habit (n) something someone does daily or regularly; good or bad
Smoking is a bad habit.
annoying (-ing- adj) making you feel annoyed, bothered; bothersome
It’s annoying when you eat with your mouth open!
bother (v) to annoy, worry, or cause problems for someone
Don’t bother while I’m sleeping.
acquire (v) to get something; to gain
He wants to acquire his MBA.
cut me off (phrasal v) to interrupt someone when they are talking
Please don’t cut me off when I’m talking.
spit (v) to eject saliva from the mouth
Please don’t spit in front of other people.
rubbish (n) things that are no longer useful and are thrown out or away; trash
The rubbish needs to be put in the trash can.
get rid of (phrasal v) take action to be free of something
Bad habits are hard to get rid of.
addiction (n) a strong and dangerous need to do something daily
His addiction to drugs is killing him.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. What are some bad study habits?
    1. When students study late at night.
    2. A bad study habit is when a student doesn’t do their homework.
    3. Your answer:
  2. What are some good habits?
    1. A good habit is to brush your teeth after eating.
    2. In my opinion, paying your bills on time is a good habit.
    3. Your answer:
  3. What are some healthy eating habits?
    1. A healthy eating habit is not eating late at night.
    2. I think eating breakfast every day is a healthy habit.
    3. Your answer:
  4. What are people addicted to?
    1. Smoking is an addictive habit.
    2. From my point of view, people are addicted to chocolate.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Do you think snoring is a bad habit?
    1. Personally speaking, snoring is more of a medical problem.
    2. Snoring is a bad habit, but people can’t always control it.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Tell me some of your bad habits.
  2. Do you think it’s easy or difficult to get rid of bad habits? Why or why not?
  3. What bad habits annoy you the most and why?
  4. What bad and good habits do your family members have?
  5. Do you think we are born with or acquire bad habits and why?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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