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Dating and Marriage

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I. Introduction:

The customs of dating and marriage vary from place to place around the globe, and in some countries, matchmakers play an important role in that process. You should be careful when looking for love online because you never know to whom you are writing. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context.

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  1. anniversary
  2. ask someone out
  3. blind date
  4. break up with
  5. fall in love
  6. get divorced
  7. get engaged
  8. get married
  9. go Dutch
  10. go on a date
  11. go out with someone
  12. go steady
  13. have a crush on
  14. have things in common
  15. love at first sight
  16. meet people online
  17. propose
  18. stand someone up
  19. turn someone down
  20. wedding

II. Practice: Top
Now, complete the sentences below with the best answer:
1. Karl and his girlfriend finally __________ after going steady for eight months. The wedding is next month.

A. got engaged B. got married C. got divorced

2. Cindy really ___________ Tim, but I don't think the feelings are mutual.

A. breaks up with B. has a crush onC. goes steady with

3. My parents are really compatible with each other because they ____________, and thus, they see eye-to-eye on most things..

A. have things in common B. go Dutch C. stand each other up


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III. Follow-Up: Top
Describe a typical date in your country: Where to people meet? Does the man pick up the woman at her house? What do people usually do on a first date? Is the public show of affection (e.g., holding hands, etc.) considered appropriate in your culture? What is the average age when people get married? What are the main causes of marital problems leading to divorce? Use the Internet to find information on similarities and differences between cultures on these questions.

Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com, www.dailyesl.com, and www.ezslang.com):


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