I’m a Lazy Bastard

I have many dreams. I want to own a vegan restaurant (“vegan” means no animal product). I also want to write a story about a teenage wizard (I had that idea before J.K. Rowling did). I also want to solve world hunger and stop all wars.

Every night after work, I sit down in front of my computer. I open the Microsoft Word program, and I start writing a story about the teenage wizard.

After 3 minutes, I lose concentration. I go to Youtube to take a short “break.”

Then, I start watching a Japanese animé on Youtube. Meanwhile, I eat 4 bags of potato chips and drink 2 cans of coke. I look at the clock and I realize that 4 hours have passed.

I'm such a lazy bastard.

Today, I'll teach you other ways to describe someone who is “lazy.”

~ Today's phrase – to procrastinate ~

I'm such a procrastinator. I've been procrastinating on writing my wizard story.

When you procrastinate, you delay or postpone action. Instead of saying “to delay,” you could also say, “to put off.”

I put off writing my wizard story, and I wasted time watching Youtube videos.

For example, homework is due Monday. It's Sunday evening, and you haven't started the homework. You've been procrastinating. You're such a procrastinator. Now you have to suffer the consequences of pulling an all-nighter.

When you pull an all-nighter, you are doing homework throughout the night. It's also called burning the midnight oil.

Pulling an all-nighter is not good for your health. Don't do it too often!

Here are phrases you can start using today.

  • “You shouldn't put off doing your homework. You'll regret later!”
  • “When are you actually going to start hitting the gym? You've been procrastinating on your diet!”
  • “I'm so tired today, because I had to pull an all-nighter yesterday.”
  • “I hate how my boyfriend plays videogames all day. It's such a waste of time.”

I mentioned “lazy bastard” in the beginning, but it's actually slang. Only use that word with your close friends!

And now, I'm going to get back to writing my wizard story. I'll try not to get distracted by Youtube videos…

I have two quick questions for you.

1) What do you often procrastinate on?

2) What are you easily distracted by?

I procrastinate on writing my wizard story. And I get easily distracted by text messages and cute cat videos on Youtube.

What about you?

About Josh

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언어와 문화 학습을 좋아하는 일본계 미국인 Josh 입니다. 영어와 일본어를 하고 제3개국어인 한국어는 20대에 배웠습니다. 통번역사, 프로젝트매니저, 마케터로서의 경험을 바탕으로 여러분이 스마트하게 보일 수 있는 영어 스피킹 노하우를 공유하고 있습니다. 비즈니스 영어와 발음과 엑센트에 관한 강좌를 실시하고 있습니다. 분야: 비즈니스 영어, 프레젠테이션, 발음 교정 現: 유튜브채널 SplashEnglish 운영前: 서울교육대학교, 김미경 영어 스피치 트레이너. 협동: EBSe, JEI 재능, 메가스터디, 제주항공, 캠블리, 코어소리영어, AranTV. 다룰 줄 아는 악기: 탬버린.좋아하는 음식은 타코스.

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  1. Hello Josh.

    How have you been? I’m not sure if you still remember me.

    I came back to Korea from Victoria, Canada in Jan and just finished my semester.

    I think I have been procrastinating on replaying all the text messages from my friends.

    Also, I put off every single appointment when I feel I just want to stay home and think I have to do another thing which is less important than the arrangement. Of course I had to lie to my poor friends with stupid reasons. Honestly, I’m not a good liar.

    I was enjoying your story about teenager wizard and wondering the contents of the story.

    I hope you wouldn’t be distracted by anything.

    Thank you for teaching those words to me.

    Have a great day!


    • Sometimes we have to put off less important activities for things that are more important. It’s not always easy to prioritize our to-do items.

      Thanks for the comment, and welcome back to Korea!

  2. Thanks josh!

    I am kiho.

    This is my first time to reply your site.

    I am really happy to know ‘Splash English’

    I`m a young farmer, and I started to learn English in lately.

    So I get embarrassed when I write English.
    (I got help from ‘http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPiRYhA5ac0’ ^^)

    I was listening carefully your voice and I kept repeating phrase.

    I will try to learn more with your site !

    Really thank you !

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