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.

Yours,
Mike Ivy

5 comments:

Arturo(from 4West Wed-Fry) said...

1)they're both from middle class

2)Rob says that their class consists of people who are EDUCATED PEOPLE, who have GOOD JOBS and who are NEITHER VERY RICH NOR VERY POOR.

3)4.9 billion

4)People typically have their own house and their own car

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

6)The United Nations definition of this social class is someone who earns between TEN and ONE-HUNDRED dollars a day.


7)Asia

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

9) Rob has recently bought a new carpet, a pair of jeans and some train to kids.

10)to the credit cards

11)two-thousand and five-hundred vehicles per day

12)It could happen a credit crunch (that's a bad economic situation where the banks don't want to lend as much money).

Federica said...

1) They are middle class
2) Well-educated, good jobs, neither very rich nor very poor
3) 4,9 billion
4) House, car, tv
5) Disposable income.
6) 10, 100
7) Asia
8) Workers, consumers
9) A new carpet, a jeans and train tickets.
10) The credit card bill.
11) 2,500 vehicles
12) Credit crunch, that’s a bad economic situation where banks do not want to lend as much money.

Federica Galante

Anonymous said...

1- they think they are middle class;

2- well educated people, good jobs, neither very rich not very poor;

3- 4.9 billion;

4- house; car; good education; tv; good jobs;

5- disposable income;

6- 10 - 1 hundred;

7- Asia

8- workers, consumers;

9- new carper, a pair of jeans,--;

10- his credit card;

11- 2 thousand and 5 hundred;

12- If people borrow too much money it could be incredible cruch. That's bad economic situation. The bank do not want to lend too much money.

Thank you!
Maura F.

Alessio Cellucci said...

1) They belong both to Middle Class, so they aren't rich and neither poor.
They have a good jobs and a are well educated.

2) well-educated,
good jobs,
neither very rich nor very poor

3) 4.9 billion

4) Semetimes have your own home, a numeber of possessions like a car or tv.

5) The most important factor for Rob is that this class of society has Disposable Income.

6) 10 and 100 dollars for day

7) In Asia.

8) from workers to consumers.

9) A new carpet and a pair of jeans.

10) They not looking for to theirs credit cards.

11) 2500 vehicles

12) Could happens a Credit Crunch.

Fotini said...

1. middle class
2. well educated, good jobs, neither very rich not very poor
3.4.9
4. car
5. money to spent
6. 10 and 100
7. Asia
8. workers to consumers
9. carpet and pair of jeans
10.
11. 2500
12. credit crunch