Sep 262013

In this week’s 6 Minute English – Retirement:
Footballers do it in their 30s while most of us have to wait until our 60s. When is the right time to stop your job and retire? Perhaps when you’re too old to carry on working, or maybe when you’ve just had enough?
Neil and Finn look forward to retirement and teach some interesting expressions connected to stopping work.

This week’s question:
What is the official retirement age in Japan?

a) 60
b) 65
c) 70

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Vocabulary and definitions
retirement: the time when you stop working, especially because you have reached the age when you are officially too old to work
a financial decision: a choice based on how much money you have
pension: a regular payment from a company of the government, paid to someone who has reached an age where they officially stop working
job satisfaction: a feeling that you are enjoying your job
enough is enough: a time to stop because you have achieved what you want to
to hang up your boots: to give up playing (usually football)
hunky-dory: good or going well
to resign: to officially give up your job
to abdicate: to give up power

6 Minute English – Retirement Transcript Video


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