General Listening Quiz

“Dating Problems”

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difficult pen friends, dating man 01:01

Pre-Listening Exercise

Finding pen friends (pen pals) or developing good friendships, either through online dating or talking with friends, can be an important part of a happy life. However, in dating relationships, what kinds of difficulties and problems can arise? What are the best ways to learn to solve such situations? What dating tips can you think of to ensure good relationships?

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the relationship between Greg and Cindy?

Dave: Greg, greg. Where in the world are you? Hey, man. I'm in hot water, and it's all your fault! I thought you said Cindy was single and available!! Man, were you wrong!! You should have told me that your sis had just broken up with a seven-foot gorilla named Butch.

The man first runs into trouble _____.

I mean the guy is huge, and he caught me dropping her at her place, and he nearly strangled me before I could get in my car.

As the man was trying to get away from Butch, _____.

Well, once I peeled out of the drive way, the maniac started chasing me in his monster truck and nearly ran me off the road.

The man was ______ when he made the phone call.

I'm now hiding in the men's room of the gas station.

The man should have ______ that evening.

I should have stayed home and done the laundry.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

What could or should Dave have done to avoid the dilemma he finds himself in?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find a Web site that discusses (1) common problems in dating relationships, and (2) one or two specific ideas on how to resolve these issues. What is the name of the Web site? Are there any problems that might occur in some cultures, but not others? What solutions have worked for you in your everyday relationships with others outside of dating?