Views #1477 | Intermediate (B1)

Price Range for Clothes

Jen and Todd compare what they pay 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.

Jen: Yes.

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.

Jen: Okay.

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?

Jen: $100.

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.

Jen: Really?

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?

Jen: Yes.

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

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Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary

price range


What is your price range?

A price range is the lowest and highest price you will pay for something. Notice the following:

  1. What is your price range for hotels?
  2. 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.

  1. My town is relatively cheap for towns in my country.
  2. 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:

  1. My shirt cost fifteen bucks.
  2. 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:

  1. I try not to follow trends. I like to be unique.
  2. 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:

  1. Politics are always controversial.
  2. The movie about teen love was very controversial.

Vocabulary Quiz

price range • relatively • bucks
follow a trend • controversial
  1. After the interview, the public did not see him for weeks.
  2. Because of my limited budget, I have to set a for every item I will purchase.
  3. Reading articles in magazines and online platforms will help you .
  4. It was easy to pass the exam given to us.
  5. I am sure that is not worth a hundred .

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