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What class are you?

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What social class are you? Hundreds of millions of people around the world are escaping poverty and becoming middle class.

In Asia, there's a huge increase in the number of consumers - people with more money to spend. What does this mean for the future?

In 6 Minute English, Rob and Neil discuss the language behind being middle class.

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What class are you?

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Vocabulary

obsession

something or someone you think about all the time

possessions

things/objects you own

privileged

having opportunities and advantages that some other people do not have

disposable income

money that is left after paying for everyday things like bills

well-off

having enough money to live well

consumers

people who buy things

income

money someone gets for working or from investing money

industrialisation

changing to an economy based on industry

credit crunch

economic problem where banks don't lend much money

upgrading

improving/making more advanced

consumer society

a place where people think that buying and owning things is very important

upbringing

how someone is treated and educated when they are young - and how this affects their life

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