Cutting down, eating up

Cutting down, eating up - BBC Learning English 6 Minute...

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6 Minute English © bbclearningenglish.com 2009 Page 1 of 4 BBC Learning English 6 Minute English Cutting down, eating up Jackie: Hello, welcome to 6 minute English! I’m Jackie Dalton, with me is Neil Edgeller – hello! Neil: Hello! Jackie: Today we’ll be looking at how changes in the economy are affecting what people eat. As we do this, we’ll look at the language of money and economies. First, a tricky question for you Neil… The word ‘economy’ comes from the Ancient Greek word, ‘ oikonomia ’. What, literally, did the term ‘ oikonomia ’ mean? Was it a) the practice of making money and wealth move around b) management of a household c) saving as much money as possible Neil: (answers) Jackie: We’ll find out if you’re right at the end of the programme. Now, Britain is currently officially in recession – now that’s a word we’ve been hearing every day for many weeks, now… Neil: Yes, a recession is a period of reduced economic activity: often during a recession many people lose their jobs, businesses find it more difficult to survive, there’s less trade. Britain is in a recession at the moment and so the economy is suffering.
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6 Minute English © bbclearningenglish.com 2009 Page 2 of 4 Jackie: We hear other related terms like ‘economic slowdown’ which isn’t quite as serious as a recession, but it’s a time when the economy isn’t
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