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express yourself with mpec: talking about age

Let’s Talk About: Ageing (BrE) and Aging (AmE)

A role play area is a fun and a ‘playful’ activity but also a key component in language learning. It is a safe space that develops speaking and listening skills, as well as giving us the opportunity to become more confident with a new topic, vocabulary item or grammar structure.

All mpec courses are based on Conversation, Communication and Interaction and our main goal is to give our students the confidence to approach any topic or idea in English. Below, you can find vocabulary and role play materials which we use during our Conversation Club sessions in Zoom, but which you can also use on your own.

For A1-A2 Levels

Please, review the vocabulary related to the topic. It will help you feel more confident when role-playing and – if you find any words that are entirely new to you, make sure you write them down and use them in the Conversation Club meeting.

PART 1: Birthdays & Siblings

  • Ask your partner the following question:
    • How old are you? (CAREFUL this question is only OK on the day a person celebrates their bday). CAREFUL! If it’s NOT your bday, do not give the exact age, answer saying one of the following:

early twenties –   a person aged 21-23; early thirties 31-33, early forties 41-43 etc.

mid-twenties –    24-26; mid thirties 34-36, etc.

late twenties –      27-29; late thirties 37-39, etc.

in his/her teens, a teenager –  aged 13-19

middle-aged –      generally, a person between 40 – 60

-ish –   an informal suffix meaning ‘approximately’, i.e. He’s fifty-ish. = aged 48-52 

Part 3: Best Age

  • What do you think is the best age to be? Explain your opinion.
  • Some people say that youth is a state of mind, do you agree?
express yourself with mpec: talking about age

  • Are there many things that the old can teach the young or are they hopelessly out of touch by the time they reach a certain age?
  • What things were you taught by your older family members?

PART 3: Do you know anybody who…

  1. … is in in her/ his early twenties. (=20-23 years old)
  2. … just turned 50.
  3. … should act their age! (use the expression: to act your age when an adult is being immature, acting like a child)
  4. … is not as young as they used to be.
  5. … is over the hill! (over the hill = an informal expression to say “old”, usually used for those over 40)
  6. … is no spring chicken. (= not young)
  7. … is wise beyond their years. (he/she is young, but has the wisdom of an older person)
  8. … is frequently having a senior moment. (= being forgetful)
  9. … lived to a ripe old age. (= a very old age)
Can you talk about age using these expressions?


All mpec students are welcome to join our Conversation Club Zoom Sessions which take place every Tuesday, 6pm to 6.30 pm and Thursday from 1 to 1.30 pm from October to June. If you are not a part of the mpec community yet, please get in touch with us and we will partner with you to create the right course for your needs and goals. Live English Courses via Streaming

Self Study Suggestions:

Here is a short video encourage you to watch. You can comment and discuss it in our Whatsapp Group!