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BBC 6 minute English-Grown up and living at home

BBC 6 minute English-Grown up and living at home

BBC 6 minute English-Grown up and living at home


Transcript of the podcast

NB: This is not a word for word transcript

Rob: Hello I’m Rob. Welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m joined today by Finn. Hi Finn

Finn: Hi Rob

Rob: Today we’re talking about a subject that many of us have experienced – it’s living at home, particularly when we’re grown up and in our twenties. Finn, what age were you when you left home

Finn: I was 18 and I’d just finished school, I was really, really excited to see the world! So I left home quite young

Rob: Well, I left home at the age of 18 too, to go to university, and I never looked back

Finn: Of course, not everyone leaves home when they’re that young and we’ll be discussing the reasons why – and discovering why more young people in the UK are staying at the hotel of mum and dad

Rob: Yes, we’ll explain some related vocabulary too but first I have a question for you Finn. According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, in 2013, what percentage of 20 to 34 year-olds were living at home with their parents? Was it

a) 16%

b) 26%

c) 36%

Finn: I’ll say 36%

Rob: I’ll tell you the answer later. Back to our discussion about living at home. Residing with – or living with – your parents is not that unusual in some countries. Economic conditions, culture, or family tradition means that some young people stay at home until they get hitched – or get married

Finn: Even then, it may be too expensive to rent or buy a house and the married couple continue to live at one of their parents’ homes. But living conditions can be a bit cramped

Rob: But in the UK, it has been more common to leave home at a fairly young age and get your own place to live – maybe sharing it with other people – like a flatshare

Finn: Many people may have to move to another city to take up a job – to get a job – or they may be going to university. But all this comes at a price – there are bills to pay, there’s food to buy, plus the cost of accommodation

Rob: That’s why there has been an increase in young people living with their parents for longer. The recent economic downturn is the biggest factor. It’s harder for them to get on the property ladder – to buy a house. But what’s it like to be 27 and still living under the same roof as mum

Finn: Luke Sibson knows. He’s 27 and still lives with his mum. What does he say is the biggest difficulty

Luke Sibson

I had set plans to own a house, and a car and have a family by the time I’m 30. I’m now 27 and I’m not any closer to achieving that. There’s something very difficult about being a 27year-old man living at home with your mum. There’s something very difficult about being an adult living in an environment where you’re still a child. It limits me socially; sometimes I feel it limits me professionally

Finn: Oh dear, he had big plans for what he wanted by the time he was 30. But he’s still at home and finds it difficult being an adult in an environment – or a place where you live – where you’re a child

Rob: So he feels like a child because he’s being looked after and doesn’t have much independence. This limits him in what he can do socially. I suppose he can’t bring lots of friends home or leave the house in a mess

Finn: He thinks it also limits him professionally – so it can affect his career. I have to admit, living at home now would drive me mad

Rob: Well not everyone has a choice and some might feel the benefits – the good things – are greater than the bad things. Alberto Baragan is 29 and lives near Madrid in Spain, a country where unemployment amongst the young is high. He says home living is not all bad. Can you hear what his reasons are

Alberto Baragan

Basically I don’t have to wash my clothes, I don’t have to make my bed, I don’t have to buy anything for me, ‘cos my mum does all these things for me. You don’t have to worry about paying taxes, or paying electricity, any bills; you are living basically for free

Finn: He says you are ‘living for free’ – that is quite a big incentive. There’s nothing to buy, no bed to make, no washing to do. You need quite a generous and kind and generous mother or father to live like that

Rob: Indeed. The type of parents you have may influence your decision to stay at home too! Alberto also mentioned there were no taxes or bills to pay, which is great if you’re not earning any money

Finn: Yes and this is of course the reality for many young people in Spain. But if you have no choice about living at home, hopefully you at least have a good relationship with your parents. This means accepting their virtues – their good points – and their faults

Rob: Yes, after all, it is their home

Finn: Spoken like a true parent Rob

Rob: Behave Finn, and let’s see if you answered today’s question correctly. I asked you according to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, in 2013, what percentage of 20 to 34 year-olds were living at home with their parents? Was it

a) 16%

b) 26%

c) 36%

Finn: I said 36%

Rob: You’re wrong. The answer is 26%. That’s 3.3 million adults. That’s an increase of about 25% since 1996. Well that’s it for this programme. Please join us again soon for 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English

Both: Bye

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