Consumerism

Vocabulary - less common and idiomatic expressions for IELTS, CAE, CPE (TOEFL)

1 - What motivates you to acquire certain goods?
2 - How long does it take you to get used to new purchases?
3 - Do you know anyone who has an insatiable appetite for shopping?
4 - Are you better off than your peers / neighbours?
5 - Do you know anybody who neglects certain aspects of their life __ slavish overworking?
6 - How important is the quality of your social life to your well-being?
7 - Do you live beyond your means or within your means?
8 - Do you know anyone who spends money frivolously?
9 - Do you think advertising is a pernicious business?
10 - Should a sur-tax be imposed on high-end consumption?
11 - Should the government legislate a 32 hour-work week?
12 - Should we ban advertizing to children in grade school like in some Scandanavian countries?
13 - Is there something you wish you hadn't frittered your money away on when you were younger?

Exam Speaking questions (IELTS, CPE, CAE)

1 - What things do people like buying in your country? Was this different before?
2 - In some countries, values are changing from non-consumer to consumer ones.(If you need to, read a long article here for the next 3 questions)......
a - What are the consequences?
b - What role does advertizing play in increased consumerism?
c - What can be done to about it?
3 - How has the switch to the "experience" economy affected the way companies advertise themselves? (ted.com video)
4 - How can a financial crisis affect consumerism in different countries? (ted.com - America)
5 - How can consumers pool together resources to decrease overall consumption? (ted.com)
 
 
Long-Turn (IELTS part 2)
 
Talk about something expensive you plan to buy
- What is it
- Why do you plan to buy it
- Where will you buy it
How difficult will it be to save for it
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