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Do you like to keep your room neat and organized, or do you like it to be messy?


Speaking course: What are you up to?

CEFR level: B1

Recommended time: 5 minutes

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"Everybody can handle order, but only a genius can master chaos". This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein - and who else should know better about the distinction between the two? Now, what are you: More of the chaotic sort, or do you like to keep your things neat and tidy? Would you rather like to be one or the other, or are you completely fine the way you are? Discuss - but please keep your discussion in order!

Useful words:

  1. to be meticulous - showing great attention to detail, keeping everything neat
  2. to keep things organized - to make sure that your things are in order
  3. to tidy something away - to put something into its designated space
  4. to dust off sth. - to remove the dust from an object
  5. to freshen up - make a room smell and look more inviting
  6. to hang (up) - to put items such as clothes on their hooks and hangers
  7. a helter-skelter - something that is done very fast and without organization
  8. to be untidy - to not care about putting things in order
  9. disarray - a lack of order or organization
  10. sloppy - careless and unsystematic; excessively casual

Useful phrases:

  1. I like to keep things in order.
  2. I like my room to be neat and tidy.
  3. I consider myself to be a ...
  4. Being / Doing / Tidying / Living in ... is something that I could never imagine.
  5. I cannot quite understand how people can...
  6. To be honest, that's not my cup of tea.
  7. He leaves / I leave my room in complete disarray.
  8. My clothes are strewn all over the floor. / There are cobwebs in the corners. / There are smudges on the windows and mirrors.
  9. My books / ... are piled up in the corner.
  10. And don't get me started on my desk! There are...