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Young people in the UK are living with their parents for a long time. This is longer than in the past. It is because they cannot afford their own house. Houses cost much more now than in the past.

Today, 26% of young people between 20-34 still live with their parents. In 1998, this number was 19%. For 23-year-olds, the situation is even worse. 49% of 23-year-olds still live with their parents. In 1998, this number was 37%.

In many countries, the cost of living has been growing. However, many peoples’ income has stayed the same. The problem has gotten very bad in some countries. The yellow vest protests in France have been happening because it costs too much to live these days.

Difficult words

Afford (v): To have enough money for something.

Situation (n): What things are like around you, how things are

Cost of living (n): How much money is needed to live.

Income (n): How much money you get from your job.

Protests (n): A group of angry people loudly saying they don’t like something.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English: 

Match the Synonym!

 1. Afford A. Money from jobs.
 2. Situation B. How things are.
 3. Cost of Living C. An angry group.
 4. Income D. Have money.
 5. Protests E. How much to live.

True or False?

1. Young people do not have money to buy a house. T / F

2.  Houses are much cheaper these days. T / F

3. In 1998, fewer people lived with their parents. T / F

4. The cost of living is more these days. T / F

5. There are no protests in France. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. in / This / past / than / longer / is / the

2. more / Houses / much / cost / now

3. bad / The / has / gotten / problem / very

4. been / cost / has / growing / The / living / of

5. vest / France / yellow / protests / in / The

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English: 

Countries Worse Living
Parents Past Days

Young people in the UK are ____________ with their parents for a long time. This is longer than in the past. It is because they cannot afford their own house. Houses cost much more now than in the __________.

Today, 26% of young people between 20-34 still live with their parents. In 1998, this number was 19%. For 23-year-olds, the situation is even __________. 49% of 23-year-olds still live with their ____________. In 1998, this number was 37%.

In many countries, the cost of living has been growing. However, many peoples’ income has stayed the same. The problem has gotten very bad in some _____________. The yellow vest protests in France have been happening because it costs too much to live these _________.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Is there a problem with the cost of housing in your country?
5. What is the average age people leave their parent’s home in your country?
6. Is it easy for young people to leave their parent’s home in your country?
7. Does your government provide housing for low-income people?
8. Do you or would you like to own your own home?
9. Do you pay attention to the housing market?
10. Is there a housing shortage in your country? If not, do you think there could be in the future?
11. How can housing be made more affordable?
12. Have you noticed the cost of living rising in your country?
13. Excluding housing, is there an aspect of living that you think is too expensive in your country?
14. How old were you when you left your parent’s home?
15. Is it common for people to live alone in your country?
16. Have you ever lived alone?
17. Is it more common to live in a house or an apartment in your country?
18. Do you prefer to live in an apartment or a house? Why?
19. Do wages match the cost of living in your country?
20. Do people prefer to rent or buy in your country?