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  • Hi, I'm Olivier.

  • Welcome to Oxford Online English!

  • In this lesson, you can learn to talk about everyday problems.

  • You'll hear a story of a bad day, and see different phrases you can use to describe

  • everyday problems.

  • I had the *worst* day yesterday.

  • I slept horribly.

  • I was tossing and turning all night.

  • I had insomnia.

  • I finally got to sleep about five in the morning.

  • But then

  • I overslept.

  • I missed my alarm.

  • I slept through my alarm.

  • On the way to work, the traffic was awful.

  • I was sitting in traffic for an hour.

  • My car broke down.

  • I had to wait for an hour for the tow truck, and I was late for work.

  • A tow truck is a vehicle which can transport a car.

  • If your car has broken down, and it can't drive anywhere, you'll need to call a tow

  • truck to bring it to a garage.

  • At work, I got in a huge argument with one of my colleagues.

  • We have a big deadline coming, so we're all under a lot of pressure.

  • I was working late, and I spilled coffee all over some important papers.

  • I had to stay really late to finish everything.

  • I couldn't concentrate and I got frustrated.

  • On the way home, I missed the last train.

  • I couldn't find my keys.

  • I was locked out.

  • I finally got home, and saw that my flatmate had eaten my leftovers.

  • There was nothing to eat for dinner, and it was too late to buy anything.

  • Finally, to cap it all, I dropped my phone down the toilet.

  • 'To cap it all' is a phrase to introduce the last bad thing in a list of bad things.

  • It means something like 'even worse'.

  • That's our bad day!

  • What about you?

  • Here's a task for you: have these things happened to you recently?

  • Try to use the phrases you saw in this lesson to describe a bad day you've had.

  • Can you think of other everyday problems we haven't mentioned?

  • Share your ideas in the comments.

  • Thanks for watching!

Hi, I'm Olivier.

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