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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 think that is a part of the life, my parents need their own space at some point, all my brothers have leave the house and now it's my time although I don't have wife and kids, when it live with parents they in one or another way influence in your decisions and ideas. The problem is common, economic independence, it's difficult to get a decent job I mean with a good wage to pay the bills and live confortable, anyway I think that it is important for our own development and growth to be independent.

Yes, I like the idea of living on my own for many reasons but the most important gain independence because when you have responsibilities you acquire seasonal experience. Independence life has many advantages as well as disadvantages, however with the time you could become stronger and learning how to defeat some obstacles on the trail and regarding yourself. This experience boosts your stamina and acumen for making decisions and so on.

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.

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