Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Six Minute English This Week: What (Social) Class Are You?

It’s often said that British society is obsessed by social class. But the British are not alone. Many people also say that one sign of a healthy society is a high degree of social mobility. In other words, how easy is it to change your social class? How easy is it in your country? Let us know! - in a Comment or perhaps better, on the Tag Board.

In this week’s Six Minute English, Rob and Neil will discuss social class and explore the language used to talk about it. Read the questions first, listen to Rob and Neil, and then answer the questions by posting them to the Tag Board or, better, in a Comment.

Questions: where you see this [……] write what you think is the answer, and where you see this [___ ___] - one space for each word - try to write the exact word(s).

1) What class do Rob and Neil think they are? [……………….]

2) Rob says that their class consists of people who are ___ - ___, who have ___ ___  and who are ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___.

3) Rob says that his social class is expanding. And his question is, how many people will it contain, worldwide, by 2030? Will there be (a) 2.9 billion (b) 3.9 billion or (c) 4.9 billion?
You’ll hear the answer at the end of the programme.

4) In Rob and Neil’s social class, people typically have:
- their own yacht;
- their own car
- their own house
- their own plane
Which answer(s) do you hear?

5) Rob says the most important thing in this class of society is to have ____ ___  .

6) The United Nations definition of this social class is someone who earns between ___ and _____ dollars a day.

7) In which part of the world is Rob and Neil’s social class expanding the fastest? […….]

8) According to John Sudworth, the BBC’s man in China, many Chinese farmers are being transformed from _____ to _____ .

9) What has Rob recently bought with his credit card? […....]

10) What are Rob and Neil ‘not looking forward to’? (in other words, are not anticipating in future with any pleasure) [……..]

11) In China, how many vehicles (cars, vans, trucks etc) are sold every hour? [……..]

12) What could happen if people borrow too much money? [……….]

Now listen to the programme. Then post your answers in a comment or on the Tag Board. The more of you who participate, the more wonderful the world is, and the more our site becomes an interactive community. 

Have fun! And remember - you become better at listening the more often you practise. You'll also learn a lot of useful words.

Mike Ivy