M: Yes. It helps to make your answers coherent and avoid repetition. So good for you. Also for writing and for speaking. Far less. You can also say much less. So I used to stay up late a lot at school or at university, but now much less. I do it much less, much less often. Or you can say far less often in the same fashion that it's far more expensive to go to Africa than to go to Scotland. Far more expensive, much more expensive, yeah? And how often is a typical question. So here Rory told us that it's only once every other week.
R: It really is just a very good way of being vague or inexact with your time. So every other week is like there's this week and then there's the other week. So maybe once every two weeks. The same idea every other day, maybe once every two days, for example. Although I don't stay up late every other day, I only stay up late every other week. But when that is, I don't know, so I'm being vague.
M: Yes, dear listener. So don't say like I don't often stay up late. I often, often, often. Just say something like once every other week. Or if you almost never do it, you can say I hardly ever do it. Or I rarely stay up late, yeah? Or once a month, once a year. And then Rory said I'm not much of a night owl. Night owl, yeah, Harry Potter owl. This owl, the bird. A night owl is a person who enjoys staying up late. They are active at night and they are super passive in the morning, like myself. Rory gets up at an ungodly hour at freaking 6 am.
R: I don't anymore. I used to get up at 5:30 in the morning.
M: Oh, come on. What is it, seven?
R: No, yeah. Now I wake up at 7:10, roughly. That's much more reasonable. And the other thing I should mention is I said the word night owl because I knew that we were going to record this again. And I was just thinking, I've run out of advanced language that we've already used because we've talked about staying up late before, haven't we?
M: Yes, I think a year ago you can check out the archive and listen to our episode about staying up late. IELTS people kind of recycle different topics, so now staying up late topic is used again. But do check out another episode that we have on staying up late with some useful vocabulary too.
R: This is the first time we're videoing it, though. And also it's important to draw attention to the fact that when I said night owl, I didn't say I'm not much of a night owl. Not stressing this idiomatic expression, that's important.
M: I'm not much of a night owl or I'm not a night owl or I'm an early bird. If you enjoy getting up early, you can say I never stay up late because I'm an early bird, so I'm super active in the morning.
R: Is early bird also an idiom?
M: Well, yeah, like, I don't mean I'm literally a bird. I'm not an early bird. Well, I'm a person, so yeah, it's idiomatic.
R: We should do a course on idioms. Just a thought.
M: Hmm. We are doing a course on idioms.