Learn English – What kind of person are you? Lover of Variety or Routine?

A dinner party conversation got me to thinking about categories of people.  In this video I explore the characteristics of those who like change and those who find comfort in repetition.


Hey there. Do you like variety or are you the kind of person who likes routine? We’re going to talk about that today, so sit back, relax, listen, and just try to understand as much as you can.

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What does variety mean? Variety is when you like different things, you enjoy change. The opposite of variety is routine, a person who likes things in life to be the same. 

Let me tell you why I’m asking you this question, whether you prefer variety or routine. A couple of months ago, Mike and I were invited to dinner at some friends’ house. The man, the husband, was the person who cooked the dinner. And while we were eating, (it was us, Mike and me, another couple, and the host, the man who invited us and his wife) while we were eating and talking over dinner, the man said,

“ If I had to eat this food tomorrow, if I had to do tomorrow what I did today, that would be bad news! But for my wife, if you told her ‘you are going to eat the same food tomorrow, you’re going to do tomorrow what you did today’, that would be good news for her.”

So, that got us thinking. Are we the kind of people who prefer, who like, variety/change or are we the kind of people who prefer routine, the same thing every day?

I’m the kind of person who prefers routine. In fact, there are a lot of routines in my day. What do I mean? I get up and go to bed at the same time every day, pretty much. And when I get up in the morning, I always make myself a cup of coffee. I always feed the cats and then I sit down with my coffee and my Bible to read, study, and pray, and then I exercise. I do that every single day. 

My exercise does vary. It does change each day, but I exercise every day.

What else do I do every day? About 10 in the morning, 10 o’clock, I have hot tea. Every day. And about 12:30, at 12:30-is, ….. 

(What is ‘ish’? ‘Ish’ means about. We can say at two o’clock ,right at two o’clock, or we can say at two-ish, around two o’clock.) So, at 12:30-ish, I have my lunch. And I eat the same thing for lunch every day and that makes me happy.

My sons and their wives do not eat the same thing for lunch every day. They prefer, they like, eating something different every day.

What else do I do that’s routine? We cook the same kinds of food every night for dinner. But every night while I am fixing dinner, while I am cooking, while I am preparing the evening meal, Mike and I share an avocado, every day, every night.

For dinner, I fix some kind of meat, fish, pork, beef, lamb, chicken. So, some kind of meat every night plus either a vegetable or a salad, every night. 

And after dinner I read, every night. That makes me happy. These are activities that make me happy, but some people are bored with the sameness, the same routines, the same food. I don’t get bored with the same food, the same routines.

But once in awhile I like to do something new, something different, like go to a movie or go on a trip or go out to dinner and eat something different. So, I like some variety, some change, but I prefer routines.

What about you? What kind of person are you? Are you the kind of person who prefers routine, some of the same things every day? Or are you the sort of person, the kind of person who really likes variety, who likes each day to be different because you don’t like being bored?

Tell me, leave me a comment below this video. And if you would like the transcript, the written words to today’s episode, once this video posts on YouTube, the transcript will be available on my website. Go to www.englishwithoutfear.com and there you’ll see the transcript and transcripts to earlier episodes.

Well, that’s it for this episode. I’m Maria from English without Fear. Talk to you next time. 

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