Dialogues

Describing your daily routine

Un paciente habla con su médico acerca de su rutina diaria
A patient speaks with his doctor about his daily routine
El Médico

El Médico

Colombiano

Diego

Diego

Colombiano

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Transcript

[00:00:00]
Translation

Diego. I see your blood pressure is still a bit high for your age. You must do something about it.

[00:00:07]
Eso0
Similar conjugation to gustar, it's a 'reverse construction' verb. For more info: Reverse construction verbs
me1 preocupa.2
¿Qué3 debo4 hacer5 para6 recuperarme,7 doctor?8
Translation

That worries me. What should I do to recover, doctor?

[00:00:11]
Translation

The first thing is to eat lots of vegetables and cut down on salt almost entirely.

[00:00:16]
Translation

Of course, doctor. I'm starting my new diet today. What else should I do?

[00:00:21]
Lo0 segundo1 que2 debes3 hacer4 es5
Aumentar, 'to increase'. Think 'augment'...
aumentar6
tu7 nivel8 de9 actividad10 física.11
A 'relative pronoun', esto is used to represent a concept or idea.
Esto12
es13 vital.14
Translation

The second thing you should do is to increase your level of physical activity. This is vital.

[00:00:27]
Doctor,0 yo1 salgo2 a3
Trotar is used in Latin America to mean 'jog' (think: 'trotting'!). In Spain, they more commonly say hacer futing
trotar4
todos5 los6 domingos.7 Generalmente8 troto9 de10 ocho11 a12 nueve de la mañana.13 Después14 hago15 ejercicio16 en17 el18 parque19 hasta20 las21 diez de la mañana.22
Translation

Doctor, I go jogging every Sunday. I usually jog from eight to 09:00 in the morning. Then I exercise in the park until 10:00 in the morning.

[00:00:36]
Translation

Yes, that's good, but it's not enough. You have to increase the frequency with which you exercise.

[00:00:42]
Translation

But I work every day from seven o'clock in the morning, so I can't do it.

[00:00:47]
Pues0 no1 tienes2 que3 trotar4 diariamente.5 Pero6 puedes7
Unirse, meaning 'to join' (think 'unite'). You can also use meterse: Quiero meterme a un gimnasio
unirte8
a9 un10 gimnasio11 por12 las13 noches.14 Por15 ejemplo,16 veamos,17 ¿qué18 haces19 los20 lunes21 después22 del23 trabajo?24
Translation

Well, you don't have to jog every day. But you can join a gym in the evenings. For example, let's see, what do you do on Mondays after work?

[00:00:57]
Translation

On Mondays I pick up the kids from the dance academy at seven in the evening. With the city traffic we usually get home at eight in the evening. Once we get home, we prepare something to eat and watch TV for a while. Later I go to bed before my family, because on Tuesdays I have to take my wife to work at 6.20 in the morning. I barely have enough time to get to my office afterwards.

[00:01:21]
Translation

I understand. But you can go to the gym in the evening, can't you?

[00:01:24]
Translation

Impossible, doctor. I go to mass with my wife on Tuesdays. She's very religious. If I don't go with her, she'll kill me.

[00:01:31]
Translation

How complicated! I guess Wednesdays are okay, then. Right?

[00:01:38]
Translation

Oh, doctor. What happens is that on Wednesday nights I have my French class at the academy. It's from seven to nine in the evening and I can't miss it because it's a requirement of my job.

[00:01:48]
Veo0 que1 eres2
Although Diego is male, una persona is a feminine noun, regardless of the gender of the person it refers to
una3 persona4 muy5 ocupada6
Diego7. Cuéntame8 qué9 haces10 los11
Days of the week don't have a capitalised first letter in Spanish
sábados.12
Translation

I can see that you are a very busy person Diego. Tell me what you do on Saturdays.

[00:01:54]
Translation

Well, since I don't work on Saturdays, I usually get up at eight o'clock in the morning or so. I prepare breakfast for me and the kids, because my wife does have to work that day. Then I take a shower and organise to take the children to the stadium. On Saturdays they have their swimming class. I wait for them and after their class we all go to pick up my wife from her office. Afterwards we spend the whole afternoon together in a shopping centre and go to the cinema. We usually get home around eight o'clock in the evening, resting from a busy day.

[00:02:27]
Translation

Now I understand why you only have Sundays to exercise. For now, make sure you change your diet. Then we'll see what other options we have for going to the gym. Maybe Friday nights.

[00:02:40]
Translation

Complicated doctor. Fridays...

[00:02:43]
No te molestes en + infinitive - 'don't bother verb-ing'
No0 te1 molestes2
en3 explicar.4 Ya5 veo6 que78 y9 los10 gimnasios11 no12 se13 llevan14 bien.15
Translation

Don't bother explaining. I can see you and gyms don't get along.

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