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Standards of living

Wordlist 

Income – доход, прибыль, заработок
Comparison – сопоставление, сравнение
Standard – норма, стандарт, уровень
Poverty – бедность, нищета, нужда
Means of subsistence – средства к существованию, пропитание
Inequality – неравенство, различие, разница
Necessity – необходимость, настоятельная потребность
Quality – качество
Controversial – спорный, сомнительный, дискуссионный
Safety – безопасность, надёжность

To compare – сравнивать, сличать, соответствовать (требованиям, стандартам)
To measure – измерять, мерить, отмерять
To access – иметь доступ, получить доступ (к чему-л.)
To satisfy – соответствовать, отвечать (каким-л. требованиям)
To contrast – противопоставлять, сравнивать; сопоставлять
To tend – иметь тенденцию (к чему-л.); клониться, склоняться (к чему-л.)
To disguise – искажать, представлять в ложном свете
To refer – иметь отношение, относиться, касаться
To include – включать, присоединять

You should really give yourself a wash mate, to be honest. – Вам следует завести партнера по мытью, если честно.

Standards of living

Hello! My name's Andrew and I'm a teacher with the EnglishDom and I'm here to do a podcast on standards of living. What are standards of living? Ok, the best way to explain it with regards to countries, compare and comparison. In Great Britain we have a good standard of living compared to Africa. It means we have things like toilets we can flush; we have clean water that comes from the tap; we have clean streets, good roads, good infra-structure, good buses, good trains, good trams (I'm sure you get the idea now), whereas in Africa there is areas that have no infrastructure, no drinking water, everything is of a very low standard. So when we talk about standards we talk about the low standard and the high standard and fortunately Great Britain is of a high standard of living. There is no real idioms attached to standards of living. The only way we can use it is with regards to talking about somebody. For instance, if somebody does not clean themselves very often, they have the means to do so, it means they can do this: they have water, they have soap, but they choose not to and we can just basically say about this person (and it's sarcasm), we're not actually saying "You've got a low standard or a high standard of living", we're just giving reference to standard as in sarcasm: "You should really give yourself a wash mate, to be honest".

That's all I can think of with regards to standards of living. It's all about what you have and how you live, whether it's a low standard or a high standard.

Thank you very much for listening. Feel English and feel free.

 

Curiosity

улица,

Fact

It is not the standard of living that is important, but the manner of living.

Quotation

"Once freedom is equated with a certain material standard of living, confiscation becomes the path to liberation".
James Bovard

Proverb

The full stomach does not understand the empty one.

Joke

Man visits India and meets an old man in the town square who is renowned for his elephantine memory.
He asks the old man what he had for breakfast on the same day 15 years back. "Eggs," replies the old man, the man scoffs at this saying everyone has eggs for breakfast and walks away.
Ten years later he returns to India and sees the same old man on the same spot, goes to him and asks, "How?"
The old man takes one look at his face and replies, "Scrambled."

List of questions for discussion

1. How do countries increase the standard of living for citizens?
2. Is it possible for all countries to enjoy the same standard of living?
3. Why don’t countries copy the economic policies of the countries with the highest standard of living?
4. Would you like to move to the country with the highest standard of living?
5. Is the standard of living related to the cost of living?
6. Do you think your town has a high standard of living?
7. Is the standard of living or the standard of loving most important?
8. What part does the Internet play in the standard of living?
9. Could you cope with the standard of living in the developing world?
10. An Indian spiritual leader said: "It is not the standard of living that is important, but the manner of living." Do you agree?
11. Bhutan measures Gross Domestic Happiness, pretty much all other countries measure standard of living. Which is best?
12. What do we measure to find the standard of living?
13. Would you include issues like the climate and crime in measuring the standard of living?
14. What do you think your standard of living will be like when you retire?
15. Do you think the standard of living is a cultural or economic measurement? 

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