Worth

Worth: Simple English Videos Lesson

So what do you think? It’s very interesting. We bought it at a flea market. It cost a hundred dollars. Is it antique? It’s about a hundred years old. Wow! And how much is it worth? Maybe five, maybe ten… Ten thousand dollars? No, ten dollars. It’s not worth very much. Oh! Worth. It’s a word worth learning. Let’s look at what it means. Have you sold your car yet. No. Jay took it to a dealer. They offered me $8,000, but it’s worth a lot more than that. Jay thinks it’s worth $12,000. I’m going to sell it privately. Well good luck with that. We use ‘worth’ to describe the value of something in terms of money. Burglars broke into a Center City store last night and stole designer jewelry worth over a hundred thousand dollars. Have you got it ready yet? Come on! You got it? Atta boy! Oh this paper here’s worth a million dollars. A million dollars? Well I mean, after all I did it. Give me something. I’ve got to have something for it. Oh sure, sure. I intended to. Here. Here. Here’s a nickle. Thank you. Atta boy. Oooo, a nickle. But we don’t just measure worth in terms of money. We can measure value in other ways too. Z. I. P. Zips. That’s erm… fourteen points. No, the zed is on a triple letter score. It’s worth thirty. Thirty points? Yeah. Mostly we use ‘worth’ when we’re talking about the practical value of something, so how useful or enjoyable it is. We’re cleaning out the office today. It’s a lot of work. It’ll be worth it. Come on Jay. How much is it? A pound, but it’s totally worth it. Look at the view. OK, I’ll get a pound. Hi Kathy. How are you? Fine. You know we’re both flying to Frankfurt next month? Yes. Can we fly business class? Absolutely not. The tickets would cost five thousand dollars. It would be worth it for such a long flight. Business class is really comfortable. Forget it! Ah well. It was worth a try. So if something is worth it, it’s worth spending money, time or effort on. We can also say it’s worthwhile. It takes a lot of practice to learn the piano but I love it. It’s so worthwhile. Now some things require too much money, too much time or too much effort. They’re not worth it – not worth while. This is my telescope. But we’re throwing it out because he never uses it. We could try to sell it on Ebay. It’s not worth the bother. Let’s take it to the charity shop. It’s grammar time. ‘Worth’ is an adjective and it’s followed by a noun or a noun phrase. If you want to use a verb, you’ll need to use a gerund – a noun form of the verb. Let’s look at some examples. I’m just buying our flights. Oh yeah? Is it worth getting travel insurance? How much is it? Fifty dollars. It’s not worth it. Oh no Jay. There’s a long queue. Look at all these people. Yeah, but it’s worth waiting. It’s a Star Wars movie. Jay doesn’t need this anymore. It’s not worth keeping. Did you spot the gerunds. Here they are again. I’m just buying our flights. Oh yeah? Is it worth getting travel insurance? Look at all these people. Yeah, but it’s worth waiting. It’s a Star Wars movie. Jay doesn’t need this anymore. It’s not worth keeping. And now let’s finish with another bonus word. You can combine the word ‘worth’ with the word ‘trust’ to make another adjective. If someone is trustworthy they’re reliable and you can depend on them because they do what they say. When companies look for employees, they want people who are trustworthy. I need to learn to trust you more Vicki. How can I do that? Oh, we could play the trust game. The what? The trust game. Turn around. OK. That’s right. And then you fall back. And you’ll catch me. Yeah! OK. You didn’t catch me. I’m just not very trustworthy.
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8 thoughts on “Worth

  • June 3, 2015 at 9:22 am
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    It’s great to see some more extra material that you can use not only for improve your own English level but also to teach you students. Thanks a lot.

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    • June 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm
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      Thank you so much Gabriel! You’ve made our day!

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  • July 4, 2015 at 3:46 am
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    Love it! You act out very well, including the woman who pretends being your boss. I burst out laughing when you ask for a bussiness class flight and she answers you with such a face and atittude. Splendid!

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  • July 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm
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    Ah, that’s Kathy Fagan, Silvia. She’s another ESL teacher and she’s such fun to work with. She creases me up too.

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  • July 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm
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    thanks so much for this tustworthy initiative to learn english language

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    • July 5, 2015 at 2:14 pm
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      And thank you so much for taking the trouble to write. We’re so glad you like it.

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  • September 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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    Thank you very much for spending lots of time to make these video clips, it’s very useful!

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    • September 12, 2015 at 1:22 am
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      Thanks so much for the kind words Ping. So glad you like the videos.

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