Why you shouldn’t have a Bucket List !

Why you shouldn’t have a Bucket List !

Bucket lists, bucket lists, bucket lists, it seems that everyone’s got one. There are hundreds and hundreds of bucket list suggestions on the internet. 

Are these lists inspiring or disheartening ? Are they a great way to broaden your horizons or the fastest way to hate your everyday life? 

Do you have a list of things you would like to do, places you would like to visit and experiences that would make your life complete ? 

Or do you think it’s just a shallow invention of social media sites, a way of showing off and deep down they make us dissatisfied with our everyday life ?

In this podcast Sue tries to convince Chris that bucket lists are unnecessary, unrealistic and predictable. Listen carefully to the reasons she gives. 

What’s your opinion ?


If you are making a bucket list try this personality quiz to see what should be on your list…. just don’t tell Sue !!


What should be top of your Bucket List

What should be top of your Bucket List

What should be top of your Bucket List

Everyone is talking about Bucket Lists !  But just what is a Bucket List ?

What should be top of your Bucket List? Quite simply it’s a wish list of things you would like to do ! These “things” can involve travel, culture, sport and even personal development. In fact anything that you dream of doing ! 

The standard internet Bucket List usually contains 100 activities…… that’s mind boggling !  So try this quiz which will guide you in the right direction to make a list best suited to your personality, and also give you an opportunity to learn some new vocabulary along the way…..but, hey, isn’t that already on your Bucket List ?  🙂

 SPEAKING: As a language learner these expressions could be useful:

I’ve already done that ….. I did it 3 years ago.

I could never do that….I would be afraid, I would be bored. 

That sounds fascinating, exciting, amazing, wonderful, terrifying, boring, mundane. 

 LISTENING: Don’t forget to practice your listening skills too. 

Click here to listen to Chris and Sue discussing their Buckets List.

Click here to hear what Etienne has to say about his Bucket List.

Click here here to hear what Henri, a new English learner, dreams of doing and see how Chris helps him to express his ideas.

But first, start here with the quiz.

What should be on your bucket list?

Are you sporty, cultural, an adrenalin addict, a romantic, a fun person, a traveller or do you prefer to stay in your comfort zone? 

This quiz may inspire you start ticking off items on your own personal Bucket List.

Have fun !!!

Romantic Valentine’s song

Romantic Valentine’s song

On this special day learn the words to this global, romantic song, it has been downloaded, bought and used at weddings millions of times all over the word.

You can listen to the song before or after the quiz, alone, in class or with your sweetheart 🙂

Romantic song lyrics

Fill in the missing words.


What is a bucket list?

What is a bucket list?

20 unusual bucket list ideas

A bucket list is a list of activities or things that people really want to do before they die, as depicted by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the 2007 film of the same name, where two people realise their wildest dreams.

How was the Covid jab for you ?

How was the Covid jab for you ?

The Covid vaccinations are being rolled out across the world and whether you agree with the vaccine or not,  the vocabulary is worth knowing.

Listen as Joyce in the UK talks about her experience. She gives a step by step account of what she had to do and how she feels about it.

Listen out for key vocabulary:

a jab

an appointment

a dummy run

to register

ushers + to be ushered


a needle

a sore arm

side effects

a sticker 

As Joyce lives in the UK the call was recorded by Zoom, so you may hear some slight changes in sound level from time to time.

What I did this weekend

What I did this weekend

Talking about what you did on the weekend – in everyday English we would say, “What you got up to over the weekend.”

Try this simple, short quiz to see how you can correctly talk about past actions and experiences.

Welcome to your What I did...

Over the weekend, I ....... a lot of ......What completes the two gaps in the sentence?
Have you ever ........ to The UK?
Did you ..... to live in The Aude departement of France?
“I regret not buying a Galaxy phone.” I wish I .......... ......... a Galaxy phone.
I used to play golf, but since taking on my new job I don’t have time to play golf ....... more.
True or false: if you say “He didn’t use to have a red car,” then he has a red car now.
........ you see the Stade Toulousain match on Saturday?
What .... you usually have for breakfast on Saturdays.
I painted the hallway last weekend so ...
Which sentence is not correct?
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