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Bath or Shower?

Bath or Shower?

Date: Aug 20 2010

Themes: Toefl

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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Bath or shower: it is one of the great topics of debate, right up there with cats vs. dogs and boxers vs. briefs. People who only take showers think baths don’t really get you clean. And bathers swear that there is nothing more relaxing than a nice long soak in the tub.

No matter what camp they belong to, everyone seems to have his or her own strict routine when it comes to getting clean. Find out which side of the debate Marni and Jeff are on.

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Marni

Marni

Jeff

Jeff

Marni:  Gosh, I feel great. I just took an hourlong soak in the tub, and my skin is all pruney, but I feel great.

Jeff:  Wait, you take baths?

Marni:  Yeah, I take baths. So relaxing. What about you, you don’t take baths?

Jeff:  I don’t think I’ve taken a bath since I was five years old.

Marni:  Really? How come? Are you just dedicated to showers? You don’t have the time, you don’t like to relax?

Jeff:  Lately it’s been a time thing. But it’s kinda gross.

Marni:  Gross, why?

Jeff:  You’re soaking in your own dead disgusting bath water…dead skin…

Marni:  So you don’t feel like you’re clean as a whistle when you take a bath, you feel like you have to take a shower?

Jeff:  Yeah.

Marni:  ‘Cause I personally feel that you can get clean and relax at the same time. I think it’s totally worth it.

Jeff:  That’s a valid point. I like showers for the same reason, though. The sound is soothing in its own way. But baths, I don’t know. I…

Marni:  Not a believer.

Jeff:  Not a fan.

Marni:  OK, well, let’s just agree to disagree.

 

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Marni loves taking baths. She finds it very relaxing. But Jeff is not a fan of baths. He says he hasn’t taken a bath since he was a little kid. Most kids only take baths.

In Jeff’s opinion, baths take too much time. Plus, he thinks baths are a little gross. He doesn’t like the idea of sitting in a tub of water that you have made dirty. Jeff thinks that showers can be just as relaxing as baths.

Do you prefer taking showers or baths? Why? What is more common in your country?

 

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Nimeh

Azerbaijan

I cant remember if I have a bath Wink

03:21 AM Apr 20 2016 |

hoseiny

hoseiny

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I belive apart from bath or shower, water can miracle, it can relax you especially after work and when you come back home. but in my country relaxing and sleeping in tub is not very popular especially in little apartment that do not have facilities like tub.

07:29 PM Dec 08 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

In my country ,unlike Europe where utilities are  expensive , people use  to take long showers  or soaking in the tub  as long as they wish, also whirlpool baths are very much in use. I prefer to  take a regular bath shower  .

06:53 AM Dec 10 2012 |

makpal

makpal

Kazakhstan

I prefer having showers to baths and I very rarely have a bath, but not because it’s gross or something of that kind. It’s just because I’m not a very relaxed person – I can’t “afford” to spend so much of my precious time in a bath.


In our country “banyas” are very popularю “Banya” is a Russian sauna, a room with hot water steam . some peole have their own banyas, especially those who live in the countryside, some go to public ones. it’s a great thing! afterwards you feel like you’ve been born again)))

01:43 AM Dec 10 2012 |

Nafas75

Nafas75

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in all the morning i should goSmile

03:02 AM Aug 24 2012 |

ghassan70

Saudi Arabia

in these days we take at leaste a shwer in day , so i think we didn’t need bath

05:03 PM Nov 02 2011 |

mohammadreza_b

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

what is it?


 

10:25 PM Sep 03 2011 |

kikii144

kikii144

Latvia

I prefer taking a shower. It’s faster and I feel cleaner after a shower. After a bath I should take a shower again. Plus I find other ways how to relax. I don’t think that in some countries it’s common to take a shower or a bath. It depends on a person and his attitude.

02:18 PM Aug 30 2011 |

_Kate_

_Kate_

Ukraine

As for me I always prefer shower.

01:21 PM Aug 30 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

In my country (Argentina) we pay very little for utilities (gas, water , electricity) people dont`t mind to take an hourlong shower  or even take more than shower a day.  Another history is in Europa  and the USA, Where  the billing they received for the utilities  might  hurt your  finances.   

05:14 AM Jun 19 2011 |

bluese

bluese

Turkey

There is nothing like a warm bath when we go back home from work, gets most of the day and relieves tiredness of people

12:18 PM Jun 05 2011 |

asad aladani

Yemen

bath

11:52 AM Jun 05 2011 |

k.mariami

Georgia

at the beginning i'd like to get aquanted with the other's comments as for bath or shower i think shower is more convinient if you have lack of time and it's  more practical than bath

11:09 AM Sep 07 2010 |

foz12

foz12

Saudi Arabia

 I prefer the showers so save the time

 

10:56 AM Aug 26 2010 |

ali O

ali O

Saudi Arabia

I understand nothing so need listen again and again 

later will put my comment hehe

05:17 AM Aug 26 2010 |

constance1986

China

i think everyone could have its own habit,i take shower everyday and i like the feeling when water flows past my body…if i have enough time,i'd like to take a bath,cause it really can chill me out.

05:56 PM Aug 25 2010 |

Rosa Chandra

United States

I always take a shower everyday, and take a bath sometime on the weekend, I love relaxing in the bath tubs whenever I have time for it, and also I always take a quick shower after taking a bath, I enjoy taking showers or baths.

My husbands love taking baths and he does it everyday, he feels so much better after take baths. In my country people love take showers and they take a shower twice a day.Laughing

 

04:56 PM Aug 24 2010 |

zoebaby

zoebaby

China

well,i'm a shower,,i really agree with Jeff…how we soak in the water where i have made dirty…it's really gross….hehe..

05:46 AM Aug 24 2010 |

azouze

Algeria

this is a good dialog , i like shower

03:40 AM Aug 24 2010 |

Zambuka

Zambuka

United States

Both :) but mostly shower , especially in the morning

03:11 AM Aug 24 2010 |

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