Lesson 6: Buying Secondhand
Is the new bag for 90,000 yen a waste of money?

I can listen to and understand someone talking about buying things secondhand.

INTRODUCE

Buying secondhand goods is a great way to save money. Secondhand shops may also have one-of-a-kind items that you can’t find in regular stores!

PRESENT

STEP A EXPRESSIONS

Go over the expressions with your tutor and answer the questions.

    1. To spend money on something means to use money for something.

     

    I usually spend money on fancy coffee and tea.

     

    Q: What do you usually spend money on?

     

     

    2. If something is a waste of money, it means that it’s not good to spend money on it.

     

    I think the movie was a waste of money.

     

    Q: What do you think is a waste of money?

     

     

    3. To be broke means to have no money.

     

    I’ll be broke if I go drinking every night!

     

    Q: What should people do when they’re broke?

STEP B PRONUNCIATION

When one word ends in –nd and the next word starts with a consonant sound, the /d/ sound is often dropped.
Phrase Example

spend money

/ spen money /

Angelica loves to / spen money / on makeup.

UNDERSTAND

LISTENING

Yuko was having a bad day, so she decided to buy a new bag, but she found it difficult to choose. She called Kelsie for help.

TRIVIA

Secondhand shops are commonly known as recycle shops (リサイクルショップ) in Japan, but the term recycle shop is actually Japanese English. In English, secondhand shops are also commonly called thrift shops.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Rephrase the sentences using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.

spend money on something
a waste of money
be broke

ex. I can’t buy a new smartphone because I don’t have any money.

I can’t buy a new smartphone because I’m broke.

 

  1. My husband bought a secondhand computer, but I think it’s not a good thing to buy.
  2. My friend doesn’t have any money by the 20th of every month because she isn’t careful with money.
  3. I don’t think you should pay money for bottled water.

STEP B EXERCISE

Answer the questions using the pictures and expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.

spend money on something
a waste of money
be broke

ex.

Tutor: Do you think I should buy these cheap shoes?

Student: No, I think they’re a waste of money.

1.

Tutor: Let’s go to an amusement park this weekend!

Student: __________.

2.

Tutor: What kind of food do you usually buy?

Student: __________.

3.

Tutor: My car broke down again! What should I do?

Student: __________.

 

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your friend has a big company party next week. He/She left you a voicemail about it. Listen to the voicemail. Then, call your friend back and give advice.

Today's Expressions

  • spend money on something
  • a waste of money
  • be broke

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

SECONDHAND SHOPS

2

SECONDHAND GOODS

3

WISE SPENDING

1

SECONDHAND SHOPS

  1. Are there any famous secondhand shops in Japan?
  2. Would you sell some of your things to a secondhand shop?
  3. Do you think it’s okay for secondhand shops to charge high prices?
  4. If you opened a secondhand shop, what kind of items would you sell (ex. clothes, video games)?

2SECONDHAND GOODS

  1. Is it common to buy secondhand goods in Japan?
  2. Do you like buying secondhand goods?
  3. Other than secondhand shops, where can you buy secondhand goods (ex. flea markets, online)?
  4. In what situations would it be better to buy secondhand goods than brand new items?

3WISE SPENDING

  1. Do you think you spend your money wisely?
  2. What do you do to avoid wasting money?
  3. Which is more important, price or quality?
  4. What do you consider when buying something?

FEEDBACK

I can listen to and understand someone talking about buying things secondhand.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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