Unit 15: Youth culture | Vocabulary | A2
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Unit 15: Youth culture | Vocabulary | A2


People say that young people have more money to spend and more freedom these days than ever before. Do you agree?


Do your parents give you ‘pocket money’ each week or do they just give you money when you need it?


On average, how much money do you spend on the following each month?



socialising (going out with your friends)  
hobbies (e.g. sports)  

Name three things you bought for yourself in the last month:

1 _______________________________________

2 _______________________________________

3 ________________________________________


Fill the gaps to complete this paragraph about your likes:

I don’t have a lot of money to spend, but I like to buy 1._______________ every week.

Sometimes I save up to buy something expensive like 2._______________ and I also spend money going  3.____________ with my friends.

My hobbies are 4.____________ and I spend 5.____________ on these each month.


Entertainment for young people

Below are a number of things which interest young people. Sort the items into five categories:

jazz      MTV      problem page      cafe      sportswear      video      articles
rock      designers      pop      films      stories      jeans      cartoons
blues      pop news      visiting friends      trainers      rap      programmes
sweatshirt      fast food joint      horoscopes      shopping      bar


Vocabulary connected with age

Use this vocabulary to complete the following sentences:

maturity      adults      youth      teenagers      growing up

1. A lot of __________ like to wear fashionable clothes.

2. Most people would agree that ________ to be what your parents want isn't easy.

3. This film isn't suitable for children; it's for _________ only.

4. When you reach _________ you become responsible for yourself.

5. Enjoy your ________ because it should be the best time of your life!


Fashion and young people

The following is a short quiz to gauge your interest in fashion, or perhaps its power over you!

Answer all questions with:

A. agree      B. disagree     C. don’t know

1. Clothes are important because they reflect your personality,

2. It’s important to wear fashionable clothes.

3. It’s not the clothes that matter; it’s the person.

4. If I wear old or worn-out clothes, they make me feel miserable.

5. If I know I look good, I feel more confident.

6. Fashion is only for young people.

7. I copy a look I see in a magazine if I like it.

8. The best clothes are the most expensive.

9. I'd rather spend my money on things other than clothes.

10. I'd buy a new outfit for a special occasion.

Did you have mostly ‘agree’, ‘disagree’ or ‘don’t know’?


You’re a true fashion victim! You keep changing your style with every new trend. People never see you in the same outfit twice — it must be a very expensive way of life.


You don’t put a lot of emphasis on appearance. Personality seems to be more important to you and your life doesn't depend on shopping for new outfits!


You like to keep up to date with the latest fashions and adapt your style to suit your mood, your pocket and the changing trends. However, you like classic clothes that last longer than each new fashion. You realise there are more important things in life besides clothes!



Below are choices of activities for an evening's entertainment. You and a friend have £5.00 each and are going to decide how you would like to spend your evening.



£2.00 entry, 50p a drink
Open 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fast food joint Burger and fries £2.50, Coke 65p
Open all day, closes 12:00 midnight
Cinema £2.20 entry
Showings 6:00 - 8:00 pm, 9:00 - 11:00 pm
Rock concert £4.50 entry
10:00-12:00 pm

The last bus to your house leaves town at 10:30 and tickets cost 35p. If you go home later, you will have to take a taxi which costs £1.00 for both of you.

Choice of entertainment Cost