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Money talks - 10 useful expressions about money

Esther Morales Profesora inglés Language Center Blog Love for words Published 25 July 2015

Summer holidays are here at last.

We need to make our reservations, book our room and means of transport, decide where to go and with whom... so many things and all of them with a common denominator: we need money to do them.

So let's talk about (1) dosh/ dough. We need to start checking prices in advance and start (2) putting money into a kitty with our travel companions to be ready when the time comes. If you haven't (3) nickled and dimed it during winter do not panic! There are always good bargains if you are flexible about the dates/ places and do not expect too much from your hotel. Sometimes the best prices are the very last minute ones. Forget about deciding to cross the pond on the spur of the moment though, if you are looking for far-flung destinations this late, companies will really (4) take you to the cleaners.

Do you have enough (5) readies/ cash? You will need both some(6) folding stuff and (7) coppers (UK); shrapnel (US). If you (8) haven't got a bean (UK)/ a red cent (US) please start saving up sooner next time, (9) doing over (UK) a bank is overdoing it and (10) pinching/ nicking money from your neighbours would make you lose face fast.

Glossary:
(1) dosh/ dough = pasta
(2) put money into a kitty = poner dinero en un bote común
(3) nickle and dime it = apretarse mucho el cinturón
(4) take you to the cleaners = desplumarte
(5) readies/ cash = dinero en efectivo
(6) folding stuff = billetes
(7) coppers/ shrapnel = calderilla
(8) not have a bean / a red cent = no tener un duro
(9) do over a bank = atracar un banco
(10) pinch / nick = birlar/ hurtar

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Comments (9)
Wendy (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:30 pm Reply

Great post Esther. Lots of interesting vocabulary. I tend to save my money during the academic year and then blow it when I travel. Hope you, your colleagues and students all get to go to exciting places this summer. And remember to practice you English. Wendy "blow it"- gastarlo a lo loco

Cels (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:30 pm Reply

Such a good way to learn new things and expressions that we can use on our daily basis. Can't wait for the next post!

Carolina pilar (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:30 pm Reply

Me gusta! El texto es corto, muy fácil de comprender y se aprende sin hacer mucho esfuerzo lo que hace que este blog sea muy interesante! Quiero mas textos ya!!!

keng (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:30 pm Reply

Money talks, the rest walks. Nice blog, keep it up.

Rod (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:30 pm Reply

Nice way to look at vocabulary Esther! Here are a few British expressions many of you probably know to say you haven't got any money: I'm skint, or I'm hard up! Money can also be referred to as 'bread' (US), 'dough' or 'dosh.' Keep it going!

Pam (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:30 pm Reply

Good job, well done Esther!

mari carmen (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:30 pm Reply

Excepcional blog con el cual aprender vocabulario y expresiones resulta Sencillo,útil y muy interante.100% recomendable!

Maria (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:30 pm Reply

Esther,está fenomenal!!muchas gracias!!eres una crack!

ricardo morales... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:30 pm Reply

Querida Esther, me parece muy instructiva e interesante tu aportación al lenguaje, en este caso en la reserva para las vacaciones, Siento que debido a que ahora no dedico más tiempo al inglés no te pueda aportar información adicional sobre el tema. Seguiré hojeando tus temas y te seguiré comentando.

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