M: So, dear listener, paying bills. We took this topic from IELTS Cambridge tests book, one of the official books. And it's not a current recent IELTS speaking topic. But it was in the book, in the official book from Cambridge. And we thought like, well, wow, why not? You know, it's an interesting topic, and we've never had it. So you're welcome.
R: I am not terribly happy about it, because I'm about to get in big trouble for not paying my gym membership.
M: Ay-ay-ay, Rory boy. So, a bill. We talk about electricity, gas, phone bill. So something you pay... Usually, you pay for them, right?
M: So you measure it on a monthly, yearly basis. For example, they send us a bill for electricity or for the Internet. But also in the restaurant, dear listener, you say, oh, excuse me, can I have the bill, please? So the bill, you pay the bill. Wait for the joke. Okay? The joke is coming. It's a good one.
R: People are getting a lot out of this episode. So far, we've had confessions of criminal offences taking place. Details about bills. Vocabulary is coming. And then Maria's joke. So lots to look forward to.
M: So we pay our bills. And Rory told us, I pay my most regular bills. So regular bills, Rory pays every month. So phone, the internet bill, electrical bill.
R: It can be the electricity bill too.
M: Electricity bills. Yeah. But what about utilities? Can I say utility bill?
R: That is such a good phrase. I would say pay the utilities or pay a utility bill.
M: Pay the utilities. Utilities? Well, services, like electricity, gas. So pay the utilities. Or utility bills. Also, it's possible. Like we pay $5,000 every month plus the utilities, electricity, gas.
R: Who pays $5,000 every month? What for?
M: For example. And you pay monthlyç So every month, right? You can also talk about your subscriptions. Dear listener, do you have a Netflix subscription? Yeah? Or you pay, for example, for our premium. We have our premium episodes. And maybe you are one of our premium listeners, who pays on a monthly or yearly (every year) basis for our premium. Or for example, if I have a mortgage. I took out a loan for a house. So every month, what do I do, Rory? I pay for...
R: You pay it monthly.
M: Monthly, yeah. I pay for my mortgage, right? You can pay your bills in cash. In cash or what?
R: By direct debit. You can pay them by credit card or by cash. A direct debit is a monthly or it's a regular payment that you set up on your account.
M: So you set it up, and then every month it just...
R: It just goes automatically.