Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Lesson 266. The title of today's lesson the difference between routine and ritual. Yeah. This is one where I often get questioned by students what's the difference between routine and ritual and it is a little tricky. Both of them tend to be just like a repeated set of actions that's done. Well. Let's look at the notes here. To try to see more the clear differences between the two. . So let's look at the first one. Routines are a common set of actions that are repetitive and are often done more or less in the same order. Often on a daily basis. Yes. A routine is probably more likely to be repeated more often or especially on a daily basis. Okay. Let's continue. Routines are often considered to be done in a more mechanical way and usually deep thought is often not required. Yeah. So you do them so often and so commonly, usually you don't have to think too deeply about what you're doing. You just do it. Well we say mechanically almost like a robot. You've probably done it that often, so things, but that set of actions is more likely to be a routine. Okay. Let's let's look more here. Rituals are less likely to be done on an everyday basis, and are considered to be more meaningful. You know have a lot more deep meaning to it. And are more likely to focus on symbolism. Rituals are often religious. Religious in nature and tend to be more formal. Yeah. Our routines don't have to be formal at all. They tend to be more informal. Rituals are more likely to be connected to culture, customs, and ceremonies. Okay. Good. So here are some clear differences with them. Let's continue. Some examples of ritual include prayer, especially organized prayer. Yeah. Maybe if there was a prayer group, you know and they did it all in one way and they repeated the prayers over and over again. That would be again considered to be more meaningful, connected to, to culture probably. connected to religion. Deep meditation, also yoga sometimes. That's connected to religion. It's definitely connected to often to Asian culture. The Japanese green tea ceremony. Yes. They even refer to this one as a ritual. This is another one with rituals the actions are repeated, but I think you know, when I was researching trying to look at the difference, they usually say probably with rituals it's more important to follow the order exactly. With a routine even though you probably do follow the same order or similar order every day, if you mix it up a little, it probably wouldn't matter. But rituals are more formal and you know, a lot of them so this is supposed to be done first. This supposed to be done second. This supposed to be done third. So you're less likely to jump around or skip a part and come back to the next part with rituals. Like with the green tea ceremony, you're supposed to follow you know, each step at a time. You're not supposed to mix them up at all etc. Some examples of routines are a person's morning routine, work routine,. Work routine meaning like probably if you have like a set order of things you do as soon as you get to work like possibly clocking in, you know sitting at your desk, checking your emails, answering calls like, especially for the first hour so. You may follow a similar routine every day. That would be your work routine. Workout routine, well this has to do with exercise. So some examples will cover this. So let's continue. Let's look at four examples here that kind of cover all these ideas. Here's the first one. My morning routine is, I wake up at 6 a.m. , go to the bathroom, wash up, make myself some coffee, watch about ten minutes of TV and walk out the door at 7:00 a.m. to catch the bus for work. Again if you mixed it up a little bit like you know, I don't know if you washed up later or you know you had your coffee a little later probably wouldn't matter that much, but basically more or less following the same routine every day. Again a morning routine usually does not require deep thought. It's kind of mechanical you kind of follow it , the same path every day. All right. Let's look at the second one here. My workout routine is first to do 50 sit-ups. Yeah so these are just different exercises 50 sit-ups and then I do 10 push-ups, followed by 100 jumping jacks. Remember that's the one like this. You know, those are jumping jacks. Yeah those are jumping jacks. So this is another one you might have a workout routine. We often call it that. Now you probably do follow the same order every day, but you know if you mixed it up, it probably wouldn't matter that much. Would it matter that much ? Would it matter if you did the jumping jacks first or the push-ups first ? Probably not . But with the you know with the religious or you know, rituals that are connected to culture, it probably is more important to follow the steps in order. Okay. Let's look at the third one here. The Japanese tea ceremony is a choreographed ritual. And the fourth one here. The priest will follow the same ritual each time he performs a mass. He does it probably in the same order every day. Whatever order he follows you know maybe says some prayers from the Bible or then he gives a sermon to try to teach something, and you know, and eventually he'll get to the part where he does the Eucharist. Which is a symbol of the body and blood of Christ. People go up to receive. This is all kind of a ritual. Again, connected to religion, connected to culture. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope it's clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.