General Listening Quiz

“Spending Money”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy spending money man – boy 00:52

Pre-Listening Exercise

Did you receive allowance from your parents when you were child? How about now? Did you have to do household chores to earn the money? How did you spend it?


do the dishes” = wash dishes
“If you want to earn allowance this week, you need to do the dishes everyday.”

in the bucket” = a very small amount
“I’ve been saving my allowance for two months, but it’s still only a drop in the bucket, and it’ll take me forever to save enough money for a new bike.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

How much does the father owe his son in allowance?

Father: I guess I do. How much do I owe you? Joshua: Just $13.

The father hasn't given his son allowance recently because _____.

Father: Thirteen dollars!? Why do I owe you that much? Just seems like I paid you the other day. Joshua: No. You forget every Saturday, and it has been piling up.

When does the father usually give his son money?

Joshua: No. You forget every Saturday, and it has been piling up.

Where does the man get money to pay his son?

Joshua: Then, what about your secret money jar under your bed?

The boy is going to ________.

Joshua: I'm going to put some in savings, give some to the poor people, and use the rest to buy books.

Post-Listening Exercise

Some parents require their children to earn allowance by doing work in and around the house? Other parents do not give allowance at all. Still others give money to their children without requiring any work from them. Which system do you agree with most? Explain why.