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Mixer 93 | Intermediate B1

Should you rent or own?

Various people consider renting or owning a home.

Lindsay / United States
speakerI definitely would rather rent my own home because right now I can't imagine myself settling down and being in a permanent place for a long time. I haven't lived in one place for more than three years in the last ten years, so it's really hard for me to imagine actually owning my house and staying in there for the rest of my life.

Chris / England
speakerI think it's better to own a home. I know that it's always a big investment. You know, you have to pay a lot of money up front, but I think it's important to think of it as like a long term benefit that's going to provide you with some security when you choose to sell, or when you retire. You're gonna have somewhere to live.

Maiko / England
speakerI prefer to own a home, even though at the moment I rent an apartment, I would very much like to own a home so I can have my own garden and grow plants that I like.

Amir / Iran
speakerI believe that owning a house or owning a home is always better because land prices is something stable and most probably it will become more expensive so getting a loan and trying to own a house is much better than paying money for the rent, which goes nowhere.

Lori / Canada
speakerI would say it's better to own if you possibly can because otherwise you're just throwing money away if you're renting but I also think it's important not to tie up all your money in a home. You should enjoy yourself in other ways and not become 'house poor' as they say.

Eoin / England
speakerAt this stage in life, I think I would rather rent a home because I wouldn't want to be tied to being on one place for a long period of time. Later in life, I can imagine thought that I would like to own a property somewhere.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

settling down


I can't imagine settling down.

In most cases, 'settling down' means getting married, buying a house and starting a family.  Notice the following:

  1. It's time to think about settling down.
  2. Have you thought about settling down?

pay up front



You have to pay up front.

When we 'pay up front,' that means we pay first and then receive the service or object.  Notice the following:

  1. I prefer to pay up front.
  2. Do we need to pay up front?

goes nowhere


Paying money for rent goes nowhere.

Something that 'goes nowhere' does not benefit us in the future.  Notice the following:

  1. Arguing with the boss goes nowhere.
  2. Keeping your money in a bank goes nowhere.

throwing money away


You're just throwing money away.

'Throwing money away' means to waste it.  Notice the following:

  1. Throwing money away on rent is a bad investment.
  2. Stop throwing money away and buy a house or condo.

 tied to one place


I wouldn't want to be tied to one place.

When we are 'tied to one place,' that means we can't move or leave.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't be tied to one place.
  2. My parents have been tied to one place for 30 years.

Vocabulary Quiz

settling • up front • nowhere
throwing • tied to
  1. We had to pay for two months of rent before we could move in.
  2. People are when they are much older now.
  3. You are just money away on these stupid video games.
  4. Once you two have a child you are each other forever.
  5. I will contact him, but I feel like this idea will go .
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