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

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

Discussion

Download

Language level

Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

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

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

Kirk

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

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
I appreciate you for very useful website and your endless efforts, I have suggestion in preparation parts, the words in boxes are not copy able! then it's time consuming to type them again in dictionary.
sincerely

Hello arradfar

I'm sorry for the inconvenience! I'll pass your idea on to our technical team for next time they revise the tasks.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

The troubles mentioned at the first and second paragraphs about living on somebody own is not common in HongKong are the same in our country. Some of us still live with our parents even getting married. There are 2 main reasons are high price of a new house and the one-child families.
I think most everyone want to live on their own, so they can self decide and live as they want to. I am one of them. Living alone, I won't have to feel stressful when try to strike balance between gap-year perception, different time zones, or noisy voices. My parents always want good things for me, but what they think good are not always be appropriate to me, then they try to force me use their good things which push me out of home faster.
The downside at first but bright side at last is you have to take care of all things regarding to your house: bills, furniture, landlords, thefts, house chores or so on. After some months to settle down some troublesome things of living alone, you will be getting to them and think they are worth for freedom.

This is the thing that I've always wanted: living alone, but I've never been enough determined to leave my parents. Actually I'm a bit lazy , though I bought my own apartment I' m still can't leave my parents. I stick with them.

When I was younger I have always imagined myself to live alone as a student and my friends come over to see me. So there weren't my parents around to tell what to do and what not to do.
After I bought my own apartment I was thinking of being independent and leaving my parents, but It never happened because I have never tried to get it.
Living with your parents and living alone each one has some benefits. When I live with my parents I always have hot food and I don't need to cook myself. They take care of me and I should take care of them. They interfere in my business and steadily tell me what is right and what is wrong. and never let me grow up.
On the other hand if I live alone there is no one to tell me what to do and what not to do. I can be independent . I can grow up . and stand on my own feet. It could be difficult but it totally worth it

I definetly prefer to live on my own. I had to live with my parent and an older brothe in one bedroom appartment untill 17 yers old. After that I became a stdent and lived in a dorm for 5 yers sharing a room with four other stdents. It was fun but I was waiting with anticipation that time when I could stay in peace and quiet. When I mooved home from the dorm I lived alone for two years. I didn't even have a Tv, I got a fish tank insted this is when I really striked a balance. All these house chores are nothing because when you live alone there is almost nothing to tidy up and it is very simple to be efficent.
Although money is a significant factor to consider. In my sitution I mooved in my family house which was empty at that time instead of staying in a city where I was studing exactly because I didn't need to pay rent.
Also if a size of an appartment alows you to live in with you parents so that every of you has his free space it is not a very bad idea. Living with parents can give you a really good experience.

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.

Pages