Extreme Minimalist

General English, Speaking Lessons
Life Choices
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Countable Nouns, Unountable Nouns, Plural Nouns
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students discussing minimalism and basic living in an English online class, practicing countable and uncountable nouns.

Lesson Description

Less is more! In this lesson, students will learn about minimalism and living only with the basic necessities. This lesson features a video of a man who got rid of almost everything he owns and lives with just 47 items. Students will learn and practice countable and uncountable nouns and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes discussion activities and fun tasks for adults and teenagers

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn about minimalism and only living with the basic necessities

  • To learn and review countable and uncountable nouns

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


How many possessions do you own? Would you ever consider living out of a backpack? Watch this video about an extreme minimalist who is currently living and traveling with only 47 possessions. Over the past 10 years, he has transformed his life by downsizing all of his stuff and getting rid of his bank account, his car, and many other things in order to live the way he feels is serving his purpose.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

on purpose [adverb]: not accidentally, intentionally
in alignment with [phrase]: in harmony with something
to your name [phrase]: if you have little to your name it means that you own little
question [verb]: to express your doubt in the truth or value of something
purposeful [adjective]: determined; indicating that you know what you want to achieve; not random
fluctuate [verb]: to change frequently
biodegradable [adjective]: that can break down or decay naturally and can be thrown away without causing any harm to the environment
to-go meal [noun]: take-out meal; a meal bought at a store or restaurant and taken and eaten somewhere else
multipurpose [adjective]: having many different functions; serving many different purposes
tea strainer [noun]: a tool that is used to collect the tea leaves when tea is poured through it into a cup; a kind of a small sieve
recycle [verb]: to make materials and products ready to be used again through a special industrial process
essential [adjective]: needed, or necessary
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