Oct 312013

In this week’s 6 Minute English – What class are you?:
What social class are you? Hundreds of millions of people around the world are escaping poverty and becoming middle class.
In Asia, there’s a huge increase in the number of consumers – people with more money to spend. What does this mean for the future?
In 6 Minute English, Rob and Neil discuss the language behind being middle class.


Vocabulary and definitions
obsession: something or someone you think about all the time
possessions: things/ objects you own
privileged: having opportunities and advantages that some other people do not have
disposable income: money that is left after paying for everyday things like bills
well-off: having enough money to live well
consumers: people who buy things
income: money someone gets for working or from investing money
industrialisation: changing to an economy based on industry
credit crunch: economic problem where banks don’t lend much money
upgrading: improving/ making more advanced
consumer society: a place where people think that buying and owning things is very important
upbringing: how someone is treated and educated when they are young – and how this affects their life

6 Minute English – What class are you? Transcript Video


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