25 money conversation questions

25 money conversation questions for ESL

Money conversation questions

25 discussion questions about money. Well, they say “Money makes the world go round” and all students especially older ones will have something to say on the topic.

Challenging vocabulary on this handout includes – beggar, charity, borrow, lottery, currency, purse, and wallet. It is a good idea to make sure your students are familiar with these terms before starting the discussion activity.

The money conversation questions are –

Where do you put your money? Do you think it is safe there?

What do you know about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin?

How much do you spend each day? Each week?

Are you saving up for anything at the moment? When will you buy it?

Where do you bank? Do you like your bank?

Have you ever borrowed money? What for?

Have you ever lent money to a friend? Why did they need it?

If someone gave you $10 000 USD tomorrow, what would you do?

Have you ever lost money? How did you lose it? How much did you lose?

Have you ever found money? Where did you find it?

What do you do if you run out of money?

What different ways can you pay for things? Which is easiest for you?

Which is more important – money or happiness?

What would you do if you won the lottery? Would you ever work again?

Do you think your country is rich? In what ways is it rich or poor?

How much does a bottle of water cost in your country?

What foreign currencies have you seen? Which did you like the most?

What things are cheap in your country? What things are expensive?

Do you ever give money to beggars or charity?

How much money do you need to live happily each month?

How much money should parents give school kids?

What do you think is the best way to make money?

Do you keep money in a purse or wallet? Where did you get it from?

What do you spend most of your money on?

For some related discussion activities, have a look at the bank conversation questions and the shopping discussion questions.

For further activities, you could add questions about students shopping habits or play games like “The Price is Right”. You could also do a quiz on countries and their currencies.

A man watering money plants
Useful words and phrases for talking about money

To take this lesson further you can teach and try to get students to use these phrases and idioms on the subject of money and finance.

A rip off is something that is overly expensive for its quality.

To afford is to have enough money to pay for something.

To make a killing means to make or earn a lot of money.

Money doesn’t grow on trees – this idiom simply means that money isn’t easy to come by.

The breadwinner is the person who makes the main money for a family or household.

A cheapskate is a person who is overly careful with their money and never likes to spend it.

To be broke or stone-broke is to have no money at all.

To be worth a fortune is to be very very rich.

To cost a fortune is to be very very expensive.

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