Price Range for Clothes
Todd: Okay, so I'm here with Jen and we're talking about clothing. Now, Jen, I'm a bit older than you, so I probably don't really care about what I wear so much. I always kind of pay the same price for my clothing. So I'm wondering, what's it like for a younger person? How much are you willing to pay? What is your price range?
Jen: It depends upon like what you're buying. For example, if it's a pair of jeans then I would pay around 4,000 yen, that's Japanese yen. $40?
Todd: Oh really? That's still relatively cheap. Like some people pay like $100, right? Or $200.
Jen: I don't think I would ever pay that much because I'm a student right now,so paying more than that would be something I wouldn't do.
Todd: Well what about in your home country of Nepal? How much would people pay for pants there?
Jen: In Nepal, like compared to Japan, it's really cheap there. You can actually get a really decent pant in 1,500 yen.
Todd: That's like $15.
Todd: Around. Oh that's good. What's the cheapest you would pay? I mean, I guess you could get stuff for free, but what's the lowest you pay for clothes? Or for pants? For pants?
Jen: Okay, so sometimes when there's a sale and especially if there's shorts then you can just get it for like 500 yen.
Todd: Oh wow. Five bucks.
Jen: Like five bucks, yeah.
Todd: That's good. Now what about shoes? Do you have a lot of shoes?
Jen: Yes I do.
Todd: Okay, for some people like shoes they spend a lot of money on shoes. I have a rule, unless it's dress shoes for work, I don't like to spend anything over $100. If it's athletic shoes, like sneakers, never more than $50. Ever.
Todd: Like how much do you on average pay for shoes?
Jen: I think it's different for girls, because our shoes range from $10 to, you know, a lot of money.
Todd: What's the most you've ever paid for a pair of shoes?
Todd: Oh really? That's not too bad.
Jen: Yeah, it's not bad at all.
Todd: Yeah, no, that's good. Kind of good range. How about the cheapest? Five bucks?
Jen: Not five bucks, maybe 10 bucks, yeah.
Todd: 10 bucks, yeah. All right. I don't even know if I could find shoes for five dollars. They'd fall apart, right?
Jen: You can, though.
Todd: Oh yeah?
Jen: Yeah. On sale you can even get it in like three bucks.
Todd: Okay. That brings up a good question because we're talking about shoes. How important is fashion for you? Are you willing to wear uncomfortable clothing to look good?
Jen: Not always, because I really like comfort. I would rather wear pajamas and go out than, like you know, wear something really uncomfortable. But it depends, like if you're going to a party then you would obviously want to look good and wouldn't really care about comfort much. But in a daily basis, I would go for comfort always.
Todd: Okay. Nice. How about for example, jewelry? Do you like to wear necklaces, earrings, rings, things like that?
Jen: No, I'm not much of an accessories person.
Todd: Okay. Now in your home country, Nepal, is it common for people to wear a lot of jewelry?
Jen: Yes, they do.
Todd: Oh yeah? Oh, okay. What do people like to wear?
Jen: Everyone prefers gold I guess, because it's like people think that if you wear gold then you are rich. And yeah, gold, silver, and some wear diamonds.
Todd: Okay, nice. Nice. I don't have any jewelry, I don't think. Oh wow, I didn't even realize that. I don't have one piece of jewelry.
Todd: Yeah, I have no rings. No necklaces. I have a broken watch. But yeah.
Jen: Don't you ever feel like buying one though? Don't you ever follow a trend and thought about piercing your ears or something?
Todd: That would be interesting, piercing my ears. You know, when I was your age, which was about over 20 years ago, it was just starting to happen that boys or men would pierce their ears. But it was a bit controversial, it wasn't like it's common now. So yeah.
Jen: What about necklaces?
Todd: Yeah, I used to have a necklace, yeah. And I just stopped wearing them, it's just not a thing. Yeah. How about you? Would you like to have piercings? Like do you have, you have earrings, right?
Jen: Yes, I do, but I rarely use them because at some point it's just hurts and you just feel like you don't really need it, so yeah.
Todd: What about in your country, do people have piercings in different places like eyelids or lips or ... ? Like a nose ring?
Jen: Yeah, they have nose ring and then they also pierce their ears, like in so many different places. But I've never really seen anyone really piercing their eyelids or stuff. I would want to pierce my-
Todd: Belly button? The belly button?
Todd: Oh my gosh, that looks like it would hurt.
Jen: I know-
Todd: So much.
Jen: -but I really want to do it.
Todd: Really? All right, well, just be careful.
Jen: Okay, I will
What is your price range?
A price range is the lowest and highest price you will pay for something. Notice the following:
- What is your price range for hotels?
- My price range is 50 to 100 dollars.
That's still relatively cheap.
When something is relatively cheap, that means it is cheap compared to other things.
- My town is relatively cheap for towns in my country.
- My university was relatively cheap compared to others.
How about the cheapest? Five bucks?
Bucks is a slang term for American dollars. Notice the following:
- My shirt cost fifteen bucks.
- I only have about three bucks in my wallet.
follow a trend
Don't you ever follow a trend?
When you follow a trend, you do what is popular at that time. Notice the following:
- I try not to follow trends. I like to be unique.
- Everyone is following the trend of not wearing socks.
It is a bit controversial.
When something is controversial, people have opposing views about it. Notice the following:
- Politics are always controversial.
- The movie about teen love was very controversial.