Alone vs. Friends


After a quick greeting, 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.

  • Some people prefer to spend most of their time alone. Others like to be with friends most of the time. Do you prefer to spend your time alone or with friends? Use specific reasons to support your answer.
    • When do you have the most energy?
    • What do you enjoy when you’re with friends?
    • What do you enjoy when you’re alone?


Skip this section if you have the 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating one or two sentences, make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
personality (n) the set of emotional qualities and ways of behaving that makes a person different than others
Her personality was such that she wanted to be alone to unwind. 
energy (n) the ability to be active; natural enthusiasm and effort
After meeting with people at work, she had no energy to spend time with more people.
friendly (adj) acting like a friend; kind, helpful
He was always friendly, no matter who he was talking to.
solitary (adj) without anyone or anything else
While she loved her friends, sometimes she needed to take a solitary walk after work. 
relax (v) to stop feeling nervous or worried
She was only able to truly relax when she was home alone with a good book. 
unwind (v) to relax and stop thinking about work or problems
Being with friends was a great way for him to unwind from a stressful day at work.
hang with (expression) to spend time with someone
Whenever he could, he just wanted to hang with his friends rather than do any work.
spend time (expression) to dedicate time to an activity or person
She loved to spend time with her friends after work.
deal with (expression) to handle or take care of
She had to deal with being around other people until the workday ended.
jump on the bandwagon (expression) join a popular trend or activity
When the team was doing well, she jumped on the bandwagon of going out, even though she preferred to be alone.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“As I get older, I’m more and more comfortable being alone.”
― Sienna Miller


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

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