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Vocabulary: rich or poor
This lesson will study the different steps of a financial progression and will give you the verbs and expressions which will enable you to take part in conversations dealing with this topic. Let's remember that money is not at all the taboo subject it is often in Europe. Do not hesitate...
I) MONEY... LOTS OF MONEY...
|The rich||Rich/ wealthy|
|To become/ get rich|
|Prosperous/ prosperité||To have means|
|Wages||To be affluent|
|The affluent society||Wealth|
|Riches (plural)||A fortune|
|An income||To have a large income|
Wealth may (or may not...) bring... a life of luxury...
If you have a lot of money, you may be ...
- a millionaire= one whose wealth amounts to a million or more in currency.
- a multimillionaire (GB) = a billionaire (US) = a person with money, property, or other things of value worth a billion or more dollars, francs, pounds, etc.
II) or ... LACK OF MONEY...
To pawn => to go to a pawnbroker's (GB) or a pawnshop (US)
|Poor=> the poor||a poor man|
|poverty||the poverty line|
|in need||to be broke|
|to live in poverty||grinding poverty|
|in debt||a beggar/ to beg for stg|
|to go bankrupt/ bankruptcy||insolvent / insolvency|
|a money lender / a pawnbroker||to pawn|
"FAUX AMI"! misery: sadness, sharp or strong anxiety, pain, or sorrow.
to go to my uncle's: slang for: to go to a pawnbroker's... and what's funny is that the French expression is "To go to my aunt's"!
To be broke To beg=> a beggar A destitute
III) AND ... A FEW IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS:
- to lead a life of luxury
- to be short of money
- to make a fortune
- to live from hand-to-mouth
- to be in straightened circumstances
- to have difficulty in making ends meet
- to have a small income/ a low income
- to run up enormous debts
- to go from rags to riches
As you can see, there are many words and expressions linked to money and daily consumption. You don't have to remember them all, but should make your choice depending on your future conversations or interests.
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