Money is the thing we use to represent the value of a person’s worth, and it’s the stuff we use when paying for things. It’s important to learn how to talk about money.
- Do you have any money?
- How much money do you have?
- What kind of money do you make? (It’s generally not polite to ask this kind of a question.)
- If you need money to do something, you have to find it.
- You can borrow money from a bank.
- A bank lends you money.
- If you want money for a future purpose, you save it.
- At work you earn money or you make it.
- If you are bad at managing money, you might lose it.
- Have you ever lost a lot of money?
- If someone takes money directly from you, the money is stolen.
There are many different ways to talk about people and their money:
- A breadwinner is the person in a household who makes most or all of the money.
- A gold digger is a person who marries someone for his or her money.
- A sugar daddy is a man who makes a lot of money and spends it lavishly on his girlfriends.
- A rich man who has a lot of money can afford a trophy wife. (trophy wife = beautiful young woman. Melania Trump is a trophy wife.)
- A miser is a person who never spends money but has a lot of it.
- A spendthrift is a person who carelessly spends money all the time.
- A person who is filthy rich has a lot of money.
- A pauper is a person who has absolutely no money.
- A person who steals money is a thief.
- A person who takes money from his or her place of employment is an embezzler.
There are some popular expressions that include the word "money."
- Money makes the world go round.
- What do you think, I’m made of money?
- Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know.
- More money, more problems.
- Money, money, money!
You can learn more about money in Red Level Lesson Twenty-one.
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Date of publication: September 19, 2016