Jan 302014

In this week’s 6 Minute English – When does adulthood start? with transcript video:
At what age do we become an adult? Many people assume it is 18. It’s an age when many leave home, and when we can legally get married in the UK.
New guidance for psychologists in the UK says that adolescence – the time when we change from being a child to an adult – now lasts until the age of 25. Does this mean we are growing up later, or are there other factors?
Neil and Finn discuss this subject in 6 Minute English and look at some of the language of growing up.

What is the youngest age a man can legally marry in Bangladesh? Is it:
a) 15
b) 18
c) 21


6 Minute English - When does adulthood start

Vocabulary and definitions
adulthood: the period of life when you are an adult
stand on your own two feet: be independent; look after yourself
maturity: behaving and thinking like a grown up
adolescence: period in your life when you change from being a child to an adult
psychologists: person who studies the human mind, their emotions and behaviour
hormones: chemicals in the body that influence the development, growth and sex of an animal
formative years: period of time when someone develops their character and beliefs
social death: embarrassing situat: on
mollycoddling: over protecting or doing too much for someone
juvenile: young person but not yet considered an adult

6 Minute English – When does adulthood start? Transcript Video


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