In this English lesson you will learn some of the key words about paying money that we use in English. This lesson is aimed at people studying B2 level English or above.
We pay money every day. We buy things that cost money.
Things can be cheap or they can be expensive.
If you borrow money from someone you may have to pay it back or repay it.
When something is expensive you pay through the nose for it.
When people have a lot of money that can throw it around, or spend it quickly.
Corrupt people will often try to grease your palm by giving you a bribe.
This is illegal in most countries but is it also quite common.
People that have a lot of money might like to throw it around. This means that they like to spend a lot of money.
Buying a house
If you decide to buy a house you usually have to save a lot of money for the deposit.
Many banks will ask you to put down a 20% deposit before they will give you a mortgage.
For many people this is a big outlay of money and not everybody can do it.
I hate paying money on bills but I cannot avoid it. Every month the bills arrive and out goes my money.
If I have some money left over after paying my bills I may treat the family to a nice meal in a restaurant.
When I pay the bill I often leave a tip for the waiter, especially if the service was good.
At the moment I am putting some money aside for my son’s education. Hopefully I will be able to put him through university.
How do you like to spend your money?
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