Saturday, May 31, 2014

Six Minute English: About Being a 'Mammone'

Hello everyone. This week, we talk about 'mammoni'. In Italy, living with one's parents until well into adulthood is an old tradition. However, it's becoming more common in the UK. On Six Minute English, Rob and Finn discuss the reasons behind this perennial social phenomenon.

1) This week's official question: What percentage of 20 to 34-year-olds were living at home with their parents in 2013, according to the UK's Office for National Statistics? Was it: 

a) 16%; b) 26%; c) 36% 

2) Even after marriage, a couple may find it too ... 

3) The most important reason why people live with their parents is the economic ______ .

4) What's Luke Sibson's biggest difficulty over living with his mother? 

5) The advantages for Alberto Balagan in living with his parents are ... 

6)  Living at home successfully depends on ... 

Now listen to the programme, then answer the questions. Post your answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment. 

For straight questions ending in a ?, give a short answer.
For statements ending in ..., complete the sentence according to what you hear.
An underscore, or ____ , denotes one word that fills the gap.

Don't neglect the vocabulary list. You can collect a lot of useful expressions here.

Let's see how many participants we get this week! And next week, we'll choose a more cheerful topic.

Have a good weekend!
Yours,
Mike

6 comments:

Federica said...

1) 26%
2) … expensive to rent or buy a house and the married couple continue to live at one of their parents'homes. But living conditions can be a bit cramped.
3) Downtur
4) It limits his socially and professionally
5) He is living for free. He doesn't have to wash his clothes, to make his bed, He doesn't have to worry about paying taxes, or paying electricity, any bills.
6) Have a good relationship with your parents. This meansaccepting their good points and their faults.

Bye
Federica

Martina said...

1)26%
2)Expensive to rent or buy a house and the married couple continue to live at one of their parents' homes.
3)Downturn.
4)He feels socially and professionally limitated.
5)Nothing to buy, no bed to make, no washing to do, no taxes or bills to pay.
6)The relationship you have with your parents.

Arthur said...


1) a)26%

2) Even after marriage,a couple may find it too expensive to rent or buy a house,so the married couples continue to live in one of their parents homes.

3) downturn

4)He feels socially and professionally limitated.

5) He doesn't have to wash his clothes, to make his bed, to buy anything for him, because his mom does those things for him. Moreover he's not worried about paying taxes or electricity or any bills, basically he lives for free.

6) it depends on the type of parents you have, a good relationship with them.

Many thanks Mike

See you soon

Anonymous said...

1) 26℅
2) a cramped
3) economic conditions
4) because for your mother he is stili child. It limits is socially, professionally,
5) Alberto doesn't have to wash his clothes, to make his bad, he doesn't nave anything to do (paying taxes, electricity, bills)
6) good relationship with your parents

Manola


Gianluca said...


Hi! (Gianluca) my answers to "Mammni" are:

a)26%
b)Expensive
c)Conditions
d)Being an adult and living still a child
e) You don’t have to wash clothes, pay bills and taxes, buy anything else
f)Accept parent ’s Virtues and Faults
BYE!!

Lorenz D. Mene said...

1) 26%.
2) …expensive to rent or buy a house and the married couple continue to live at one of their parents houses, but a living conditions can be a bit cramped.
3) downturn.
4) Luke says: “It limits me socially and sometimes I think it can limits me professionally. That’s very difficult, about being an adult, living in an environment where you’re still a child”. He doesn’t have much independence.
5) Alberto says: “basically I don’t have to wash my clothes, I don’t have to make my bed, I don’t have to buy anything for me because my mum does this things for me. You don’t have to be worried about pay taxies or pay electricity, any bills. You’re living basically for free”.
6) …a good relationship with your parents and this means accepting their virtues that good points and their faults.

Lorenz ;)