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"break up with someone" = end a relationship with somone

"Jacob feels terrible because his girlfriend broke up with him last night."

"tie the knot" = get married

"When are you going to tie the knot? You and Sarah have been engaged for two years."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Dating Game
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
easydating and marriagegame showmen02:20

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What things are most important to you in a date or marriage partner? Rank the top four ideas in order of importance to you.

  • ___ his or her job
  • ___ age
  • ___ hobbies
  • ___ physical appearance or looks
  • ___ money
  • ___ religion
  • ___ honesty
  • ___ sense of humor
  • ___ family background
  • ___ the person's past life

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and answer the questions. You will hear introductions on a dating game show. The men are introducing themselves to a woman named Sarah. People on game shows are called contestants.

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Contestant 1

1. Ryan is _______ years old.
A. 25
B. 26
C. 27

2. What does Ryan do for a living?
A. He works as a doctor.
B. He's a hospital manager.
C. He is a nurse.

3. Ryan enjoys __________ in his free time.
A. hiking
B. biking
C. swimming

Contestant 2

4. Nate is ______ years old.
A. 23
B. 24
C. 25

5. Nate enjoys ______________.
A. reading books on rock music
B. playing soccer with his friends
C. visiting new places

6. Nate likes women who __________.
A. listen to classical music
B. visit art museums
C. eat cheeseburgers

Contestant 3

7. Charles is _________ years old.
A. 27
B. 28
C. 29

8. What does Contestant 3 do for a living?
A. He is an office manager.
B. He works as a teacher.
C. He is a university student.

9. In his free time, he ________________.
A. goes hiking in the mountains
B. reads many types of books
C. takes care of animals

10. He likes women who _________.
A. speak different languages
B. enjoy sports and exercise
C. are good in the kitchen

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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]
Ask your parents about their dating and marriage using some of these questions:

  1. Where did you first meet?
  2. Was your marriage arranged by a family member, friend, or marriage specialist?
  3. Was it love at first sight or did it take time to fall in love? (Or have you?)
  4. How long was your engagement?
  5. Did you go on dates with each other, or did you just meet together at one of your homes?
  6. What was the most important point in getting married to each other? (job security, personality, religion, family ties, or other)

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Interview a teacher, friend, or other family member on the questions in the Post-Listening Exercise. You can use Facebook or an online survey Web site service to collect this information. Then, discuss your results with a partner or your class.

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