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Young people in the UK are living with their parents for longer than in the past. It is because they cannot afford to leave their parent’s house. House and rent prices have been increasing very quickly in the UK. Many young people cannot afford to rent a house like their parents could. So, they are staying at home for longer.

According to recent research, 26% of young people between 20-34 years old still live with their parents. This is compared to 19% in 1998. For 23-year-olds, the situation is even worse. 49% of 23-year-olds still live with their parents but in 1998 this number was 37%. The severity of the problem changes around the UK; however, one thing stays the same. In places where housing costs more, there are more young people living with their parents.

In many countries, the cost of living has been increasing, especially the cost of housing. However, many peoples’ income has stayed the same compared to the past. 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. Now, the French government is trying to fix the cost of living in France. The UK government has not said if they will do something similar.

Difficult words

Afford (v): To have enough money to pay.

Rent (v/n): To pay money to use something you don’t own.

Severity (n): How bad something is.

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

Income (n): Money that you earn from a job.

Protests (n): A group of angry people getting together to say 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 needed to live.
 2. Severity  B. Fighting against.
 3. Cost of Living  C. Have enough money.
 4. Income  D. Money from a job.
 5. Protests  E. How bad something is.

True or False?

1. People in the UK are leaving home at younger ages.  T / F

2. Housing in the UK is too expensive. T / F

3. The level of the problem is the same all around the UK. T / F

4. The cost of living has been decreasing in most places. T / F

5. Income has not risen with the cost of living. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. been / increasing / and / prices / rent / have / House

2. young / people / cannot / afford / Many / to / rent

3. been / has / of / living / The / increasing / cost

4. same / peoples’ / income / the / has / stayed / Many

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

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English:

American English: 

Income Parents Situation
Problem Prices Vests

Young people in the UK are living with their parents for longer than in the past. It is because they cannot afford to leave their parent’s house. House and rent (1)__________ have been increasing very quickly in the UK. Many young people cannot afford to rent a house like their (2)_____________ could. So, they are staying at home for longer.

According to recent research, 26% of young people between 20-34 years old still live with their parents. This is compared to 19% in 1998. For 23-year-olds, the (3)______________ is even worse. 49% of 23-year-olds still live with their parents but in 1998 this number was 37%. The severity of the (4)___________ changes around the UK; however, one thing stays the same. In places where housing costs more, there are more young people living with their parents.

In many countries, the cost of living has been increasing, especially the cost of housing. However, many peoples’ (5)______________ has stayed the same compared to the past. The problem has gotten very bad in some countries.

The yellow (6)______ protests in France have been happening because it costs too much to live these days. Now, the French government is trying to fix the cost of living in France. The UK government has not said if they will do something similar.

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?