Talk about: Living on my own

Listen to Jocelyn talk about why she has chosen to live on her own.

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Task 1

Reorder the phrases to make complete sentences about the text.




Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


It is important to live in your own because you can improve personal skills like responsibility, planning future and objectivity, which helps the capacity of being independent. Therefore, when you remain in parents’ home, you force your relation with them. You are not a child anymore, but they will see you as one and this is not their fault. The house is the property of them and they will naturally impose this power, however, you are not just a tenant. The parental feeling my rise this relation of obedience and then a conflict could emerge.

So, yet money is key factor when you think about to rent or to buy your own home, if you have the financial capacity you should do it.

In these time of economic crisis it's difficult that youngs people can go live own. So, many people keep living with their parents. It's not better situation for both , parents and youngers, but it is necessary. So, money is crucial factor to decide to move out or not.
I'm sorry for my awful English.I'm working to improve. Especially the listening activity ( likewise the speaking) are still weak. I work, usually, 'solitary way' .Thank you for your support, opportunities and precious suggestions.

Hi everyone. I think that there are a lot of pros and cons of living on your own. What about pros& Of course if you are young you can always invite your friends for some conversations. It's not a secret that living on your own makes you more responsible and growing up person. You can also move to another city if you decide to live on your own. Let's talk about cons. I think it's hard at young ages to rent apartments because you don't get enough money for that. Also you need to waste a lot of time on such routine as washing, cleaning, cooking and so on and so on. If you live alone it's hard when you can't talk with somebody after your work. But, above all I want to say that you have enough money for living alone it's better to start doing it as soon as possible.

Hello all,
I think that this subject depend the situation of every body.
For me, i prefer to leave Alone as it will be great to take your own responsability and be free in your life style, simple example cook the food that you want to eat.
In my culture it's praticly impossible specially for single women to leave alone except if you are in another city for study or work purposes.
The money is also a part as sometimes you can't financially handle the cost of leaving alone and sometimes also your parents need your financial help.
So generally I see that the main reason of the difference between people in this point is the economical and family values points.
Kind Regards

Hi Everyone,
I would prefer to live with family instead of living alone.
All the time spending out side for office or on work places we are tired mainly mentally fatigue. As we grown up in a family and naturally we are incomplete individually. If we are living alone we will also thank about family. So, we can not get relax.This could be possible only when we live together. We can share every day whatever we see outside and discuss

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I am really interested in "Living on my own".
I have left my parents since I just was a 11 year-old girl.
During Secondary and High school, I have left my parents and stayed at the dormitory for studying.
Then, I had to go to the capital where has my dream university. I have studied there for 4 years. After graduation, I keep going to work and stay away from my parents. I go back to visit them every month. It takes about 3.5 or 4 hours by coach to get home.
Sometimes, I just wanna go home and never come back to the busy city I am staying. I have to work for living, take care everything, pay for all: rent, internet, electric bills, food....
I admire them who have chance to live with your parents.
However, thanks to living independent, I realize that I could do and solve everything on my own. I seem to be more mature and respect my parent's sacrifices.
Thanks for supporting me. You're my precious. :*

I think that nowadays young people tend to remain more time with their parents as it used to be in the past, mainly due to economic and educational reasons. People are spending more time on their education, more and more of them study to obtain a degree at the university in order to look for a better job. Generally students are supported economically by their parents if they are not living with them, but a lot of university students still live with parents during their careers. Another reason why people tend to live with their parents is becouse getting a steady job has become difficult especially in southern europe (such as in Italy,Spain or Greece). Living indipendently is unaffordable for many young workers becouse the cost of life is high copared to their salaries and in order to rent a house you have to guarantee a regular salary, which is not easy to earn if you consider that today the most common job contract is the fixed term one.

I think that move out or not is mostly a metter of money rather then of culture or tradition. I am Italian and in my country is important to stay with and to support parents, but living on your own still remains a personal choice. Personally I prefer to live on my own becouse i can have my space and managing my time indipendently. I like to visit my parents too so I am back home almost everytime I have the chance to do so.

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