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Living on my own

Listen to Jocelyn talking about her experience of moving out of her family home and living on her own in Hong Kong.

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Yes, i like the idea. even i do think most of the time moving out and live on my own. But being a part of Indian family, living away from parents is not considered a good decision. although, you have a decent job. for me, there are two main issues behind it. firstly, i am still not independent financially, who can bare all expenses on her own. secondly, might be my parents would not support my decision. but i want to be an independent lady. i know living away from my parents would make me much more responsible person.

what is the difference between proportion and portion ??? it is really confusing !!!

Hi ragamin,

A portion is a part of a whole. A pizza can be divided into slices and each slice is a portion.

A proportion is a part of the whole described relative to the whole. Proportions are generally expressed as fractions (one half) or percentages (50%).



The LearnEnglish Team

I'm still confused ... aren't they the same in some degree??
a slice of pizza is a small portion of pizza , but a slice of pizza is a fraction of that pizza too , thus it is a proportion of that food ( avoiding repetition of "pizza" ).

Hello again ragamin,

Proportion is not a physical item but a mathmatical concept expressing the size relationship of a part to the whole. As I said, it is usually expressed as a fraction or a percentage. For example:

Q: What proportion of the population is currently unemployed?

A: Around 12%.


A portion is often a physical item. It is a part of a larger whole.


Of course, it is possible to user either word in some contexts. It does not really work with pizza slices unless for some reason you wanted to mathematically measure one or more slices relative to the whole. However, you could analsye the ingredients:

What proportion of the pizza's weight do the toppings represent?

What is the proportion of flour to water in pizza dough?



The LearnEnglish Team

ahhhhhhhhhhha ...
i got it ... thanks

Yes. I like it.

Hi teacher,
The function Download doesn't work.Please fix it.

Hello David

I'm happy to report that the worksheet for this page is now available. You can download the audio from a computer by right-clicking on the audio player and choosing 'Save As'.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello David

I'm sorry about that and thank you for letting us know. We are currently revising this page, which is why the PDF is not available right now. Soon the exercises will be slightly different and then in a few weeks there should be a PDF available for download. You are welcome to copy the transcript and tasks into a document if you need them sooner, as long as it's clearly indicated that they come from the British Council.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team