English teaching resources: Money. Proverbs, sayings and slang


English teaching resources: Money. Proverbs, sayings and slang.

English level: C1

Objective: Introducing some expressions used when talking about money and related issues.


This material can be used as relaxing activities both in classes of business English and general English. .

Students may be familiar with some of these expressions as they are somewhat similar to expressions in several languages. They are mainly used in informal contexts, and students may hear them in song lyrics, movies etc.

Activity 1: Matching nouns

Give students this list of proverbs/sayings with the words in jumbled order. In pairs, they can try to put the words in the correct order.


  • In for a penny, in for a pound.
  • The love of money is the root of all evil.
  • A fool and his money are soon parted.
  • Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.
  • All that glitters is not gold.
  • Money doesn´t grow on trees.


Having reviewed the sentences and corrected any errors, the teacher should go through the meaning and usage of the expressions.

Money. Proverbs, sayings and slang

Activity 2: Writing.

Tell the students to pick one of the sayings/proverbs and write a story/experience using one of them, either as title/headline or in the story.

Activity 3: Writing sentences.

Here are some slang terms used with money. Go through the meaning and tell the students to use them in a short sentence (for each term).

  • Peanuts – very little money
  • A freebie – somethimg for free
  • Rolling in it – very wealthy (rich)
  • Skint – to have no money
  • Foot the bill – pay the bill
  • Stingy – to be mean with money
  • Small change – coins of low value

Activity 4: Oral

These slang words/expressions can be used instead of saying “money” or an amount of money.

Have the students compare them with similar expressions in their mother tongue.

-dosh – bread – wad – brass – dough – lolly – dinero – mega bucks (lots of money) – a fiver (5 pounds) – a tenner (10 pounds) – a grand (1 thousand pounds) – a ton (1 hundred pounds) – a monkey (25 pounds) – bone (dollars $)

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