sexta-feira, 10 de setembro de 2010


"New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I'll buy me a football team"
(Pink Floyd)

Hello Students!
Today's lesson is about money.  Do you like it? Where does the money come from? Trees?

You probably have heard that "Money doesn't grow on trees",  we need to work hard to get enough money to have a confortable life, and in some countries as in Brazil (unfortunately) most people need to work hard and all the time to meet basic needs such as food and shelter. 
Money can buy you many things: book, cars, houses, airplanes, football teams, people (yes), trips (all kinds), ships, etc. 
But money can't buy you LOVE ... No matter, because "The best things in life are for free".
There are different words for money, one of them is cash. 


Click on the link bellow, and study the vocabulary related to MONEY 

Do Your parents give you an allowance?

Allowance  = fixed sum or quantity regularly:  His father made him an allowance of $ 20 a month.

Now, click on the link bellow and answer the questions: 

Choose your music and click on the link:

Money Talks (AC/DC)

Money (Pink Floyd)

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits)

Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles)

Material Girl (Madonna)

Opportunities - Let's make lots of money (Pet Shop Boys)

God Bless the Child (Billie Holiday)

Money Changes Everything (Cyndi Lauper)

MONEY - Etymology

According to wikipedia, the word "money" is believed to originate from a temple of Hera, located on Capitoline, one of Rome's seven hills. In the ancient world Hera was often associated with money. The temple of Juno Moneta at Rome was the place where the mint of Ancient Rome was located. The name "Juno" may derive from the Etruscan goddess Uni (which means "the one", "unique", "unit", "union", "united") and Moneta either from the Latin word "monere" (remind, warn or instruct) or the Greek word "moneres" (alone, unique).
In the Western world, a prevalent term for coin-money has been specie, stemming from Latin in specie, meaning "in kind".

In Portugues the word "Monetário" comes from the Latin word "monere". That's it!

Now, let's watch a video by Marina Orlova. She explains why the world MINT has 5 different meanings: 1) a plant, 2) breath mint, 3) a place where money is made, 4) the condition of an item, 5) wealth, as in "She is worth a mint". 


History of Money

Click on the link bellow and learn a lot about the history of money: 


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