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Contractions and Abbreviations

Date: Apr 20 2012

Themes: Friend, Time

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations


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You’ve waited all week for this. It’s the weekend! Now what are you going to do? You’d better decide quickly. It will be over before you know it.

The weekend is your time to relax and enjoy yourself. But it can also be a stressful time. The weekend is when you have to do all those chores and errands that you didn’t have time for during the week. And don’t forget to spend some quality time with your family!

Hear about Jason and Amy’s weekend plans.



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Amy:  What are your plans this weekend, Jason?

Jason:  I am gonna do my taxes.

Amy:  Oh, alright.

Jason:  And I’m actually gonna go to a birthday party, and I’m gonna go to a soccer game.

Amy:  Well, that’s a good variety of weekend activities.

Jason:  Yeah.

Amy:  I hate it when your weekend is just all taken up with chores, you know?

Jason:  Yeah. It’s a drag when the weekend is over and you feel like you haven’t relaxed at all.

Amy:  I know. Really, two days is not long enough for a weekend in my opinion. Every weekend should be three days.

Jason:  Yeah. Those three day weekends are amazing, with the difference it makes.

Amy:  Yeah.

Jason:  I do know someone who would work really long days four days a week, just so he could have three day weekends every week.

Amy:  Uh-huh. Well, I can understand that, ‘cause often Sunday doesn’t even feel like a weekend day, because you’re already thinking about Monday.

Jason:  Yeah, I see my friends do that a lot. They’re really worried, maybe even Saturday night, they’re worried about working on Monday. They’re like, “Oh, I better turn in early, ‘cause I’m gonna have to work soon.”

Amy:  Oh, man.

Jason:  Yeah. It’s kind of over before it starts sometimes, the weekend.

Amy:  At least this weekend, I have a pool party to go to.

Jason:  Yes!


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Amy asks Jason about his weekend plans. He says he is going to do his taxes, go to a birthday party, and go to a soccer game.

Amy hates it when the weekend involves nothing but chores. Sometimes, when people are busy working during the week, they have to spend the weekend catching up on housework and errands.

Jason loves having three day weekends. With a two day weekend, it can sometimes feel like half the weekend is taken up with worrying about going back to work.

Amy agrees that a three day weekend would be a big improvement on the two day weekend. But at least she has exciting weekend plans. She’s going to a pool party!

What are your weekend plans? What kinds of things do you usually like to do on the weekend? Do you usually have to do a lot of chores on the weekend?



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Andressa Holland



But even that feeling of miss something is good, and I like to think about that kind of things too, sometimes! 

01:04 AM Apr 22 2012 |

Andressa Holland


Indeed Ryo!


It’s great when you are doing something nice and you just don’t see the time passing, but I also like those days when you can just stop and think about life, and just dream while you’re awake (daydream). Both are great :)

12:15 AM Apr 22 2012 |

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Andressa Holland


“busy days are wanderful”

Ryo, are you crazy? I love the days that I have nothing to do HAHAHAHAHAHA


I like when I have a day full of things that I like to do! :)


mnal_F, I agree with you!

julito, I think that everyboby suffer of “Sunday’s depression” lol


Well, I can’t enjoy the weekend at all ‘cause I have exams at school on every Saturday, so I have to wake up early and that’s too bad~ TT_TT

But we still have Sunday \o/ (even with the “Sunday’s depression” ) 


To me the weekend begin on Friday after school \o/ :) 

11:27 PM Apr 21 2012 |





my job seem very weird that becaue i work 5 dayes for 12 hours daily and after that i take 5 dayes holiday this is my schedule alwayes ,,,, my friends alwayes are jealous from me heheh beacuse they took only 2 dayes holiday weekly but alwayes i say hey guys you work 8 hours daily and i work 12 hours i feel that i am washed out and i am gonna faint right now when i was in work hhhhhhhhhh lotas hours lotsa tasks for 5 dayes but they answer me but you took after all these effor 5 dayes free and u don`t go to work and realx but u know alwayes i feel the holiday dayes over before they strated :D

09:08 PM Apr 21 2012 |

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What´s the deal !!   after all we all make mistakes.

04:47 PM Apr 21 2012 |


United States

“After all” is two words, not one (afterall).  That is incorrect.

04:41 PM Apr 21 2012 |




I have to work at the weekend so I can’t plan to do any activities that I love to do. If I can do, I want to go to beach, mountain and lake. It will help me feeling good.

04:09 PM Apr 21 2012 |

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well. i have alot of things to do, but not practical things, it depends on my mood, sometimes i wanna paint, sometimes i wanna watch tv. sometimes, i visit my cousin, it depends

02:57 PM Apr 21 2012 |



Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

the most weekend  I really hate, the one which I have to spent it in studying for the exam of the next day…OMG.. it’s completely not fair…Cry

02:24 PM Apr 21 2012 |

tutorheatherSuper Member!

United States

Weekend depression is typically about worry. People  spend so much time worrying about Monday that they cannot enjoy their time off. In particular, Sundays are rife (abundant) with anxiety and occasionally, dread.

This makes sense, I think, depending upon a person’s circumstances. Perhaps he or she is behind at work, overtired and run-down (completely exhausted, feeling weak or in personal disrepair), grappling with (dealing with or struggling with) family issues, etc.

I remember experiencing Sunday anxiety or weekend depression when I was in grad school. During the week I was only able to get about 3 hours of sleep at night (due to working full time AND being in school full time), so I dreaded the work week. I was so distracted by the feeling of anxiety that I had a hard time relaxing, especially on Sundays.  Monday was just around the corner, afterall.

I suppose the lesson is to live in the moment we are in, and to treat each moment as precious by being fully in it. Worrying about tomorrow truly doesn’t serve us!

12:56 PM Apr 21 2012 |



shopping with my friends or staying at library all day

i wish i can do some special thing  but i have no idea~


12:23 PM Apr 21 2012 |



Russian Federation

I’m sincerely glad for all you friends, but, unfortunately, I can’t be glad for myself(( The point’s that the only thing I need to get deep into is the exam I, damn it, need to pass ahead of time on monday. So, against all odds I’m going to play football on saturday afternoon, screw it all, but later, no indulgences, a load of tiresome preparations are awaiting me))

11:55 AM Apr 21 2012 |

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really, Julito Ive never heard about it

i cant stay without relaxing =)

11:18 AM Apr 21 2012 |

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AUL , I  have heard of  people suffering from   Sunday´s depression.  I guess that they are workalcoholics and can´t stay  relaxing.Smile 

11:15 AM Apr 21 2012 |




MNAL,  and your mother getting into your room  calling you up, honey, wake up  ,you need some chores and errands to do. grrrrrr.   Yell

11:10 AM Apr 21 2012 |

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weekends seem to me as a gift after all hard working days

each friday we say “thanks God you for friday ” =) i cant go out each weeken but staying at home and doing nothing also superb

but i dont know why on holidays i miss these hard workng days

11:09 AM Apr 21 2012 |

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Weekends i spend my time with my family because they are usually preoccupied with their works in weekdays~


09:02 AM Apr 21 2012 |

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Bonnie PN

Hong Kong

I always relax during the weekend but seldome do chores. Sometimes, i go shopping, watch movie or join gathering with friends.

07:41 AM Apr 21 2012 |

Quynh Mai

Quynh Mai

Viet Nam

Weekends are our much needed time to relax and just loaf around to make up for the hard working weekdays. I love weekends, of course. I usually spend my weekends just surfing the web, listening to music, reading on fanfiction.net… and finishing my homework…(or at least trying to OTL). Every once in a while, our family will go out to the bookstores, to dinner in a restaurant (a new one every time X3), or maybe just to shop for new clothes or check out recently opened places… Those are quality times which I relish and treasure.

07:26 AM Apr 21 2012 |




Dear Heater, thanks for sharing the phrasal, it’s useful.

07:18 AM Apr 21 2012 |

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