The Reading / Listening - Nice People - Level 0

Researchers say nicer people are poorer. They are poorer than selfish people. It is more difficult for kinder people to look after their money. This is because kinder people are more "agreeable," trusting and caring. Kinder people have lower savings, higher debt, and difficulty in paying back debts.



Researchers looked at online surveys taken by 9,000 people. The data was about people's money situation, their debt, their feelings about money, and their personality. Kinder people cared less about money. They did not look after it. Being kind has "financial costs". A researcher wanted to know, "why nice guys seem to finish last".

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Sources
  • https://www.earth.com/news/nice-people-money-problems/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6265263/Agreeable-people-money-work-likely-bankrupt.html
  • https://www.newsweek.com/nice-guys-really-do-finish-last-agreeable-people-more-likely-be-broke-1162687


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Researchers say nicer
  2. poorer than
  3. It is more
  4. look after
  5. kinder people
  6. trusting
  7. Kinder people have lower
  8. difficulty in paying
  1. selfish people
  2. savings
  3. are more "agreeable"
  4. back debts
  5. people are poorer
  6. difficult
  7. their money
  8. and caring

Paragraph 2

  1. online
  2. about people's money
  3. their feelings about
  4. Kinder people cared
  5. They did not look
  6. Being kind has
  7. A researcher wanted
  8. nice guys seem to finish
  1. to know
  2. surveys
  3. "financial costs"
  4. last
  5. money
  6. less about money
  7. after it
  8. situation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers say (1) ___________________ poorer. They are (2) ___________________ people. It is more difficult for kinder people to (3) ___________________ money. This is because kinder (4) ___________________ "agreeable," trusting and caring. Kinder (5) ___________________ savings, higher debt, and difficulty in (6) ___________________.

Researchers (7) ___________________ surveys taken by 9,000 people. The (8) ___________________ people's money situation, their debt, their (9) ___________________, and their personality. Kinder people (10) ___________________ money. They did not look after it. Being kind (11) ___________________. A researcher wanted to know, "why nice guys (12) ___________________ last".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researcherssaynicerpeoplearepoorer.Theyarepoorerthanselfishpe
ople.Itismoredifficultforkinderpeopletolookaftertheirmoney.Thisisb
ecausekinderpeoplearemore"agreeable,"trustingandcaring.Kinder
peoplehavelowersavings,higherdebt,anddifficultyinpayingbackdebt
s.Researcherslookedatonlinesurveystakenby9,000people.Thedata
wasaboutpeople'smoneysituation,theirdebt,theirfeelingsaboutmon
ey,andtheirpersonality.Kinderpeoplecaredlessaboutmoney.Theydi
dnotlookafterit.Beingkindhas"financialcosts".Aresearcherwantedto
know,"whyniceguysseemtofinishlast".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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