Childhood - used to / would

I used to be a really fussy eater as a child. I wouldn't eat anything. I didn't use to eat much fruit and vegetables: strawberries, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, sweetcorn etc were a definite no! I'd only eat oranges that didn't have seeds. I did, however, love cabbage and brussel sprouts; which is quite unusual for a child.

I would only have butter on toast when it was melted and I would pick out the orange-rind from the marmalade.
I am still as fussy now as I was then, when it comes to meat and fish. I won't eat anything that has bone, fat or blood in it. If it looks like the animal, I won't touch it.


I used to have a computer called a ZX Spectrum. I think I got it when I was around 12 years old. I used to play a lot of computer games but my favourite was one called Horace and the Spiders. Children nowadays have Wii and Playstation but back in my day we had to load the games by cassette. Imagine my shock when I saw the ZX Spectrum in a museum, and this was around 12 years ago!





I used to have curly hair and I hated it. It also used to be redder than it is now. I much prefer the receding hair that I have now.

I used to play the piano. I liked it at first but when I realized that I had to practise most days, I didn't like it so much. I can't play it now and that makes me annoyed.

I used to go birdwatching when I was a child. I loved going to the countryside with my binoculars. I would like to take it up again.

We never used to go on holiday as a family. My brother would go somewhere with my father and I'd go somewhere with my mother. I remember when I went for a few days to the Orkney Islands in the North with my mum. It was fantastic for me because they are islands which has an abundance of wildlife.



What about your childhood? What did you use to do? Where did you used to go on holiday? What didn't you use to eat? Were you good at school?

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi teacher! lol

I let you some sentences..

I have to learn and practise more about get used to + ing because it's not so clear in my memory.. see you tomorrow!
Majda


On Saturdays I usually clean my house and on the afternoon i go out with my 'fiancé'.

On Sundays I usually relax, watching TV or doing 'siesta'.

On holiday I usually go in Morocco on september.

I usually listen to R'N'B music.

For breakfast I usually prepare toasts and hot chocolate.

During the week I usually get up at 7.30.

I usually go shopping for clothes to Zara.

I usually see Terror films or comedies.

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I used to like the Backstreet Boys, it was a boys band when i was young.

I used to create bracelets with pearls.

I used to live in Clichy, a neighbourhood of Paris.

I didn't use to eat tortilla but now i enjoy eating it.

I used to be multitask but now i'm more confident.

I used to wear t-shirts very short and baggy jeans.

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I'm used to drinking chocolate like nesquick.

I'm not used to cooking.

If i lived in th UK, I would need to get used to discovering the way of life of people there.

If they lived in Spain, foreigners would need to get used to talking louder in a bar o restaurant to ask for something.

I needed a long time to get used to living so far form my family.

I will never get used to going out when it's raining.
Graham said…
Hi Majda!

How's your weekend been?

I've been taking it easy - I still have a sore throat and a sore back.


I'LL LEAVE you some sentences.. (What's the differene between leave and left?)

I have to learn and practise more about get used to + ing because it's not so clear in my memory.. (you'll get used to it soon, I'm sure.)


On Saturdays I usually clean my house and IN THE AFTERNOON i go out with my 'fiancé'. (So you are engaged???????)

On Sundays I usually relax, watching TV or HAVING A SIESTA.

I usually GO ON HOLIDAY TO Morocco IN SEPTEMBER.

For breakfast I usually prepare TOAST and hot chocolate.

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I used to MAKE bracelets with pearls.


I used to LACK SELF-CONFIDENCE but now I'm more confident. (I'm not sure what you meant with the original sentence)

I used to wear very short T-SHIRTS and baggy jeans.

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I'm used to drinking chocolate like nesquick. (that suggests it can be a problem for some people)


Have you tried the Grammar Challenge listenings for this construction?
Blanca Schez said…
Hi Graham,

I have copied and pasted the grammar and i will print it to do the homework, when i finish it i will do it. Thanks, it´s very useful and interesting!!
Graham said…
OK Blanca. Hand it in whenever you are finished.
Anonymous said…
When I was child I uses to go on holidays with my father to my village, and saw all my friends.

I didn't used to eat coliflower and beans but now I like only beans.

Yes, when I was child I Always passed the exams and the differents subject, because I used to like it.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham, how are you?.
I let you some sentences about the blog questions.

- I used to play with my brother in the park.
- I used to buy the bread all days.
- I used to go to Benalmadena on holidays.
- I didn´t use to eat coliflower but now i love it.
- I didn´t use to study a lot but i used to approve.
- At the school I used to speak with my classmate all the time

See you tomorrow.
Anonymous said…
When I was a child, if it was hot I would play in my garden with my neighbours, but if it was cold days we uses to met up at Lorena's home. She had a room where we could play without disturbing anyone. I used to feel very happy these days. We always would play with barbies, although we also playing with others toys, and created many stories with them. Each day was a new story.

I used to go on holidays to Laredo. I would be with all my family: grandparents, uncles, cousins,.. I would to go to the beach every days to late, because we used to eat there, although would eat in a restaurant sometimes. I used to like swim in the sea when there was many waved. It was very funny. We would buy floats and other games to play with them into the sea.

I didn't used to eat the healthy food. I used to eat chocolat, biscuits, sweets,... I was a naughty girl that I wouldn't eat so much . I wouldn't eat vegetables, only a bit of fruit when my parents or grandparents forced me.

Uufff.... I don't sure. I was very naughty and headstrong. I didn't used to pay attention to the teacher, I always was distracted. But I would have good notes, rarelly i layed off.

Patricia M.
Anonymous said…
When I was a child I used to skip rope after school, but my parents always used to force me to do the homeworks.
I used to wear some boats, I loved going to walk for wear me them
I was very funny, because I used to speak with everybody so my mom thought that I would be a journalist. Then my parents would belive that I would be an architect because I used to draw every time.
In the high school I began to hate the physics and so I decided to study Economics.
My favorite food was eggs with chips and my mom used to cook twice a month.
I would listen to pop music and I liked Back Street Boys group, in my bedroom there was a lot of posters.
Graham said…
Hi girls!

I'll correct the four of you at the same time.


When I was child I used to go on holiday with my father to my village, and (I) saw all my friends.

I didn't use to eat cauliflower and beans and now I only like beans.

When I was child I always passed my exams and the different subjects because I used to like school.




I'll leave you some sentences about the questions in the blog.


- I used to buy bread every day.
- I used to go to Benalmadena on holiday.
- I didn´t use to eat cauliflower but now i love it.
- I didn´t use to study a lot but I used to pass.
- At school I used to speak with my classmates all the time.



When I was a child, if it was hot I would play in my garden with my neighbours, but if it was cold we used to meet up at Lorena's home. She had a room where we could play without disturbing anyone. I used to feel very happy back then. We would always play with barbies, although we also played with other toys, and created many stories with them. Each day was a new story.

I used to go on holiday to Laredo. I would be with all my family: grandparents, uncles, cousins,.. I would go to the beach every day until late, because we used to eat there, although we would eat in a restaurant sometimes. I used to like swimming in the sea when there were many waves. It was great fun. We would buy floats and other games to play with them in the sea.

I didn't used to eat healthy food. I used to eat chocolate, biscuits, sweets,... I was a naughty girl because I wouldn't eat so much . I wouldn't eat vegetables, only a bit of fruit when my parents or grandparents made me.




When I was a child I used to play with a skipping rope after school, but my parents always used to make me do my homework.
I used to wear some boots, I loved going for a walk just so that I could wear them.
I was very funny, because I used to speak with everybody so my mom thought that I would be a journalist. Then my parents used to believe that I would be an architect because I used to draw all the time.
At high school I began to hate physics and so I decided to study Economics.
My favorite food was eggs with chips and my mom used to cook them twice a month.
I would listen to pop music and I liked the Back Street Boys , in my bedroom there was a lot of posters.

Uufff.... I'm not sure. I was very naughty and headstrong. I didn't used to pay attention to the teacher, I was always distracted. But I would get good marks; I hardly ever failed.



Well done all!
Vanessa said…
Hi Graham!

When I was a child I used to be a greedy. I would eat everything but I used to take time to eat fish and vegetables, I did`t like them. My favorite meal was eggs with french fries but my mother did`t allow me eat a lot.

I used to have a regular bedtime but I still remember how frightened I was. I used to be afraid of clowns and some dolls. At night I had horrible nightmares. I'd run to my parents' bed some nights.

I used to play with barbies, I'd have a dollhouse and a lot of dresses, shoes and accessories to play with them. Afterwards my grandmother bought me a Nintendo, I used to play Tetris and Mario Bros but I would play only weekends. I had a dog and we used to be together every day. He would be with me when I did my homework, played with my toys... But he used to sleep in the kitchen.

I used to have really long hair and I loved it. Now I prefer the shorter hair, is more comfortable.

I used to wear uniform at school, I liked it which was bit average. I used to work hard and got good notes in my exams but not in mathematics, I was very bad and I'd have a teacher at home. My parents did`t used to get angry with me, I was quite obedient. They used to give me pocket money and I'd buy many sweets. I always bought licorice and blackberries.

I used to go to many activities: ballet, basketball, football, swimming... I liked it at first but then I got bored and I ended up leaving it. In swimming I was more time, my parents didn't believe it!

I used to go on holiday with my maternal grandparents. They had a flat in Alicante, I loved being at sea. I`d spend all day on the beach and playing with my friends every day. My parents were coming later and we used to be together a few days. After we`d go to Cordoba to see my paternal grandparents. Sometimes we used to make a short trip through Spain: Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria... I loved those summers!

Have a good Sunday,

See you tomorrow
Graham said…
Hi Vanessa,

You seem to have had a nice childhood. I grew up with a dog (and cats) too.


When I was a child I used to be greedy. I would eat everything but I used to take time to eat fish and vegetables, I didn`t like them. My favorite meal was eggs with french fries but my mother didn`t allow me to eat them so often.

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I used to play with barbies, I used to have (state verb!) a dollhouse and a lot of dresses, shoes and accessories to play with them. Afterwards my grandmother bought me a Nintendo, I used to play Tetris and Mario Bros but I would only play (at) weekends. ...

I used to have really long hair and I loved it. Now I prefer shorter hair; it is more comfortable.

I used to wear uniform at school, I liked it because it was quite plain.

I used to work hard and got good marks in my exams but not in mathematics, I was very bad at it and I'd have lessons (have a teacher = state, have lessons = action) at home. ....

I used to go to many activities: ballet, basketball, football, swimming... I liked them at first but then I got bored and I ended up leaving them. I lasted longer a swimming, my parents didn't believe it!

I used to go on holiday with my maternal grandparents. They had a flat in Alicante, I loved being at the sea-side. I`d spend all day on the beach and playing with my friends every day. My parents would come later and we used to be together a few days. Then we`d go to Cordoba to see my paternal grandparents. Sometimes we used to make a short trip through Spain: Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria... I loved those summers!



Well done! Good use of "would" and "used to".