What would you do for the right price and assuming that you really needed the money?
1. Disclose confidential company secrets.
2. Testify falsely in court while under oath.
3. Try out a drug being experimented by a pharmaceutical company.
4. Donate unnecessary parts of your body to an unknown patient.
5. Kill someone you’d never met and who you were convinced were dangerous.
Would you try and bribe someone for money in any of the following circumstances?
1. The waiter to get you and your wonderful new partner the best table in the restaurant.
2. Your teacher to let you see an examination paper in advance.
3. The tax inspector so that you don’t have to pay huge amounts of taxes.
4. A personnel manager to give you a job.
5. The police to avoid a speeding fine.
What do you think about money and happiness? Do you think that he is happy who has a lot of money? Do you believe that money can make a person happy?
Do the following puzzle and find the words of O. Wilde, a famous English writer, and his idea about money and happiness.
EH SI HYPAP OHW AHS ON NOEYM BTU SKNWO WOH OT TEG TI THLYOENS
Use the following phrases and write what you think about O.Wilde’s statement.
- I absolutely (dis)agree with the words of O. Wilde because I ...
- I also would like to say that...
- What’s more, I...
- That’s why I...
- To sum everything up I’d like to say that.
Here is the list of pecuniary difficulties. Work in pairs and try to find the way of getting money to solve the problems suggested.
1. ‘I want to find another flat. My neighbours make so much noise I can’t sleep. I’ve found a really nice place, but they want $1000 as a deposit.’
2. I’ve just seen the car of my dream. It’s a 1960 Ford, but it’s in perfect condition. The owner is leaving for Australia tomorrow and wants $ 900 cash. What can I do?
3. ‘They’ve got a sale on in the electricity showroom. There is this super vacuum for $370. It normally costs $600. The trouble is I’ve only got $170 on me.’
4. Think of something you would really like to have. Decide its price. Write your problem on a piece of paper and pass it to your neighbour to suggest a solution.
Here is a table with the information about the most popular ways to spend money. Complete it taking into consideration the interests of Ukrainian young people. Compare the Ukrainians and the British.
The ways to spend money
Cinema and concerts
Amusement parks, fairs, festivals
CDs and tapes
Magazines and newspapers
Sport and fitness
Care/support for family members
Hairdressers, beauticians, etc.
Services of other people (cleaners, gardeners, etc.)
Are these ways of spending money popular in Ukraine? Why? Find out other ways of spending money popular with your groupmates. What proportion of your income do you allocate to the things mentioned in the table? Try to give a rough percentage.
Speak about your attitude to money and the ways to earn and spend it using the expressions below.
· I think that money plays … because …
· The only source of getting money for me is…
· But sometimes I …
· I can also get money …
· I usually spend money on …
· What’s more, I …
· That’s why I …
· So …
1. Is talking about money a taboo subject in your country?
2. What things would you like to spend more/less on?
3. What’s the most expensive thing you’ve recently bought?
4. What thing do you most regret having bought?
5. Are you saving up to buy anything in particular?
6. How have your spending habits changed over the last three years?
7. Do you prefer to save or to spend money? Give your reasons.
8. What (if anything) you are saving your money for?
It is interesting to know
Read the text and tell whether you are a materialistic person. Do you want to become less materialistic?
I have never been considered a materialistic person. As a child I didn’t need expensive clothes and toys to have a good time with my friends. We used to play for hours using mostly our imagination and initiative. The ‘world of things’ was simply not able to influence our world, full of fantastic creatures and events.
As I grew older, my attitude towards material things, and money in particular, remained similar. I could live without them easily, with only one exception – books. They were my only addiction, and I spent most of my pocket money on them.
As a young girl, I valued boys with a sense of humour and sensitivity more than those who could take me to an expensive restaurant in their car.
That’s how it used to be. And now? As an adult, I’m so preoccupied with saving money for my own apartment. There are so many things I just cannot do without – books, clothes, food, and travel. Of course supporting oneself is part of being an adult, but I have a feeling that my idealistic, ‘pure’ world has been lost somewhere on the way to my adulthood.
I still believe that all the best things in life are free, but knowing that, I often repeat to myself, ‘Money cannot exactly buy you happiness, but at least it helps you suffer in comfort.’
Dominika Szmerdt, Poland.
Some international students were asked whether material things are important to them. Here are their answers. Which student is most like you?
I want to get a car. And I want to help my family get a bigger house. I have five brothers, one sister, and my mom and dad. I want to make things good for them. That’s why money is important to me.
Nancy Rascon, Mexico.
For me personally, material things are very important. I work hard for them. But health and happiness are important too. My family is the most important of all. There is nothing in the world that I would compare with the smile of my children.
Qatip Arifi, Albania.
Material things like fancy clothes and fast cars are of no importance to me. I don’t evaluate people by their appearance or possessions. For example, I can talk to a person for hours without even noticing what this person is wearing. I only notice his character.
Biljana Shopova, Macedonia.
Write your own answer to the question in exercise 1. Share your writing with classmates.