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Wedding Anniversary
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumanniversariesconversationman - woman01:46

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some common ways to celebrate your anniversary? What do people do, where do they go, and what gifts do they buy for their spouses?

HELPFUL TIP: For some people, wedding anniversaries are important dates to remember. Mark the date on your calendar so you don't forget and plan something special that will help make the event memorable.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions based on the information you hear. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the problem at the beginning of the conversation?
A. The man forgot to buy his wife's favorite flowers.
B. The man didn't remember their anniversary.
C. The man didn't take his wife out last week.

2. Which sentence describes the wife's ideal vacation at the beginning of the conversation?
A. a cruise to faraway exotic places
B. a week alone at a hot springs resort
C. comfortable days at high-class accommodations

3. Why does the woman want a new kitchen range?
A. Her current stove isn't working properly.
B. The kitchen stove burns the woman's meals.
C. The kitchen range is too small for the family.

4. Why does the woman want more clothing?
A. She needs smaller sizes because she has lost weight.
B. She wants more comfortable clothing for the winter.
C. She is tired of wearing old, used clothing.

5. What does the woman suggest doing before they plan their trip?
A. talk with friends about the trip
B. have a light lunch
C. buy some travel books

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

There are many different customs and traditions for celebrating (or not) wedding anniversaries around the world. Explain one or two ways in which couples celebrate their wedding anniversary, whether it be the first, tenth, or fiftieth. What do people do? Where do they go? Are their special foods or events that people organize or attend?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Imagine that you have been married exactly one year. Plan the ideal date to celebrate your wedding anniversary. Use the Internet to find the perfect gift and an expensive restaurant in your area. What if your partner forgot your wedding anniversary, how would you react? Discuss your findings with a partner.

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