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"love is death" = to have extremely strong feelings of love for someone

"I love my sister to death because she will do anything for you. She paid for my wedding dress and helped me send out all of the wedding invitations. Now, she is going to pay for the wedding photographer, too!"

"fall head over heels in love" = fall deeply in love with someone, sometimes suddenly

"Jorie fell head over heels in love with my brother the first time they met."

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[ Quiz Script ]

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

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difficultweddingsconversationman - woman02:43

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What goes into wedding in your country including activities, food, and a reception? Describe these things to someone who is not familiar with your country and culture.

HELPFUL TIP: Marriage isn't a date in time; it's a life that is made up of small acts of kindness toward your spouse.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Sarah and Ron are getting married. Listen to this conversation about their wedding plans.

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1. Where does the woman want to get married?
A. She wants to get married at a local church.
B. She wants to tie the knot at some scenic place.
C. She wants to exchange their vows at a reception hall.

2. Ron suggests getting married at his parents' house, but Sarah feels _______.
A. there is too much traffic in the area
B. their house and yard are way to small
C. they don't have enough chairs and tables

3. Sarah wants _______________ to prepare the refreshments at the reception.
A. her close friends
B. a food service company
C. her parents and family

4. While Sarah wants to go skiing on their honeymoon, Ron wants to ____________.
A. go on an exciting cruise
B. drive through the mountains
C. visit some art museums

5. Ron comes up with the idea of ______________ during their honeymoon.
A. staying with his brother
B. spending romantic nights at a hotel
C. relaxing at an exciting resort

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Marriage customs, traditions, and rituals differ from country to country and from community to community even within the same country. Discuss these questions about your culture with a partner:

  • What is the average age for a first marriage for both men and women?
  • How do people meet and court each other?
  • How long is a typical courtship?
  • Who pays for different costs with the wedding and any reception?
  • Where do people often get married?
  • What do the groom and bride wear? How about the guests?
  • What happens at a typical marriage? What activities do people do?
  • What foods are often served at such events?
  • Where do people go on a honeymoon if this is common practice?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Choose a country below. Then, use the Internet to collect information on the questions in the Post-Listening section above. Share your ideas with a partner.

  • Mexico
  • India
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Italy
  • Morocco
  • China
  • France

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