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English Conversation – Money

Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 06:11 PM
posted by Jo


This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about money - earning money, losing money and spending money! There is an audio discussion to listen to, common idioms relating to money and a list of conversation questions that we might use when discussing this important subject.

Audio discussion

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Download transcript of audio discussion

Borrow vs lend money

Use 'borrow' when taking money from someone, use 'lend' when giving money to someone.

Phrasal Verbs

  • pay back - to return money owed to someone
  • pay off - to finish paying all money that is owed
  • save up - to keep money for a large expense in the future
  • put aside - to save money for a specific purpose


  • Money doesn’t grow on trees – money doesn’t come easily
  • I’m not made of money – to not have a lot of money
  • Time is money – time is valuable so do not waste it
  • Beyond one’s means – more than one can afford
  • To cost an arm and a leg – to cost a lot of money
  • Flat broke – to have no money at all
  • Foot the bill – to pay for something

Conversation questions

  • Do you think money brings happiness?
  • What would you do if you were given $1 million?
  • In what ways do people’s lives revolve around money?
  • Do you agree with the expression “money is the root of all evil”?
  • Have you ever lost a lot of money?
  • Have you ever won a lot of money?
  • Do you think children should be given pocket money / an allowance?
  • How important do you think it is to save money?
  • Do you think people behave differently when they have a credit card compared to when they have cash?
  • Do you think that money can ever buy love?
  • Have you ever had money stolen from you?
  • What qualities must a person have to make big money?
  • Why do people often want more money, no matter how much they have got?
  • Why are poor people in many cases more generous than rich people?
  • What do you like spending money on?
  • Have you ever lent money to someone?
  • Have you ever found any money on the street? If so, what did you do with it?
  • When did you open your first bank account?
  • How old were you when you earned your first salary? What did you spend it on?
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