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Date: Dec 20 2018

Themes: Celebrity, Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“Ray is… functioning in a world that no longer appreciates men as breadwinners and warriors.”

Actor Liev Schreiber, talking about his character in the Showtime series Ray Donovan


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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person who earns money

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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All around the world, bread is familiar. It’s a simple food that is delicious and nutritious. Because bread is so common, we often talk about all our food as bread. For example, expressions like “daily bread” and “putting bread on the table” don’t only mean actual bread but all the food necessary to stay alive.

We need food in order to live, but food is definitely not free. Somebody has to work so that there’s enough money to buy food. Traditionally, men were seen as the family providers or the breadwinners. They went to work, while women stayed home to cook, clean, and care for children. Today, women can be breadwinners, too. In fact, many families now need two breadwinners in order to pay all the bills.

Talking about his character in the Showtime series Ray Donovan, actor Liev Schreiber said Ray lives in a world where men are not the main breadwinners. As a man, Ray is having a hard time finding purpose for his life. If he’s not a breadwinner, what is he?

Are you the breadwinner in your family, or is it someone else? Do you think that men or women should be breadwinners?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“My mother has a part-time job, but my father is the real breadwinner in our family.”

“In many households, it takes two breadwinners to pay all the bills.”

“Since I am the family breadwinner, I get to make the rules for this house.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

GWTA Person who fed the family, main earner
by GWTASuper Member!
ortiz2037 The one who earns the money in the family
by ortiz2037
a2020 Responsible for the family.
by a2020
the person who earns the money to support a family
by studentgirl1992
someone who works and earns money to support a family (bread is main meal of lot of families)
by mahdi_asadi
Manu4 Hard workers
by Manu4

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scheyllaSuper Member!


I’m actually the breadwinner at home once I live on my own,   but it’s something that I do like. Now, in a marriage I think both man and woman should be breadwinner  because this way they might get a better life.           

12:28 AM Apr 28 2019 |

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nice topic! I really like it)

05:43 AM Jan 29 2019 |

fxarrufatSuper Member!


In my family my wife and I are breadwinners. Both of us have amazing jobs. But regarding chores at home my wife do more than me.

03:05 PM Jan 19 2019 |




I am breadwinner, my wife too. In my family, we both hard work, to earn more money to pay our bills, we spend too much money for our child to learn knowledge.

06:55 AM Dec 21 2018 |

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I am the bread Winner for myself because I earn money not for my family .I haven’t got the family yet. But i know that now days both woman andan are earning money to provide all the family needs. Everything need money so iur life. So people… Keep earning to support what you need. You gotta support your family needs right! Fighting!!

03:24 PM Dec 20 2018 |

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Russian Federation

In my family is important that both work. My housband has to work so that there is enogh to by food, healthcare and pay of the bills. But if we want to travel, buy fashion clothes, have a good time in club, restorante i must to have to work.

So if you want to eat bread, butter and caviar (on holidays)))) – to have more to work)))

08:21 AM May 19 2014 |



Russian Federation

I think that everyone should have a work that can help to realize your professional traits . And this thing both relates to men and women . Of course a lot of women consider that their main realization is in family and children, it’s not bad, it’s also some kind of work. But it’s very important that men understand that keeping the house, children upbringing , cooking and so on is very difficult job. Because in our country it’s considered that if women doesn’t work she is nobody and she means nothing and man is the main breadwinner and his wife can’t solve anything .
I think that both man and woman should work, but of course man should earn more.

08:27 AM May 18 2014 |


Dominican Republic

a breadwinner can be a man or a woman. come on we are century twenty-one.

05:43 PM May 17 2014 |

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Are you “serious” about Liev or kidding ?

cant imagine even in dreams, a star to be a breadwinner, who doesnt even know how many kids he or she could have had from daily relations.

The answer is that my dad is the breadwinner, i am actually the breadkeeper and breadeater, and will soon be the breadproducer/winner/maker. 

09:25 PM May 15 2014 |




I am the breadwinner in my home because I have to provide maney, food and house for my family.

06:04 PM May 15 2014 |




In our country should be a breadwinner both husbund and wife so that they can pay bills, can buy everything what their children need for. But unfortunately unimployment is big enough here, and if wives get a job they earn much fewer money than men even when they have a same qualification. (:

11:08 AM May 15 2014 |

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There is just one breadwinner,and it shoul be the man i mean “Father”,because his  second role after being a father is a breadwinner,and he have to Take responsibility of his wife and his children,and that even the woman works ,she can just help her hasband but not to be the breadwinner,So that’s in our religion”Islam”,and i don’t know  about others.

07:00 AM May 15 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

As expenses are going through the roof, expecting men to be the only breadwinner of the family doesn’t cover all the areas so It’s inevitable that other members have to be the breadwinners too otherwise life gets more difficult as time goes by.

06:43 AM May 15 2014 |


Russian Federation

I think ofcourse a man should be a breadwinner in a family. But if the both earn good money it is really good. Certainly it depends on who are they, I mean what job do they have.

06:38 AM May 15 2014 |



There are two breadwinners in my family, My husband and me. I think that more and more women become breadwinners in my country.

06:19 AM May 15 2014 |

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