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"do the dishes" = wash dishes

"If you want to earn allowance this week, you need to do the dishes everyday."

"drop in the bucket" = a very small amount

"I've been saving my allowance for two months, but it's still only a drop in the bucket, and it'll take me forever to save enough money for a new bike."

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Spending Money
I. Pre-Listening Exercises
II. Listening Exercises
III. Post-Listening Exercises

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I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
Did you receive allowance from your parents when you were child? How about now? Did you have to do household chores to earn the money? How did you spend it?

HELPFUL TIP: Many people believe that children need to be taught the value of work. Thus, instead of just giving children allowance, consider tying their allowance to their doing chores around the house. No work, no pay.

Did your parents give you money?

II. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. How much does the father owe his son in allowance?
A. three dollars
B. thirteen dollars
C. thirty dollars

2. Why hasn't the father given his son allowance?
A. because he didn't remember to do it
B. because he doesn't have any money now
C. because his son already has money

3. When does the father usually give his son money?
A. on Friday
B. on Saturday
C. on Sunday

4. Where does the man get money to pay his son?
A. in his bedroom
B. at the bank
C. from the bookstand

5. Choose one thing the boy does NOT mention about how he will spend his money.
A. He will buy some toys.
B. He will save some of it.
C. He will give part to the needy.

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III. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Some parents require their children to earn allowance by doing work in and around the house? Other parents do not give allowance at all. Still others give money to their children without requiring any work from them. Which was is best for you? Explain why.

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