General Listening Quiz

“Dating Game”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy dating and marriage men 02:20

Pre-Listening Exercise

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


break up with someone” = end a relationship with someone
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.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Ryan is _______ years old.

Ryan: Hi, Sarah. My name is Ryan, and I'm 27 years old, and I work as a doctor at City Hospital.

What does Ryan do for a living?

Ryan: Hi, Sarah. My name is Ryan, and I'm 27 years old, and I work as a doctor at City Hospital.

Ryan enjoys __________ in his free time.

Ryan: I enjoy reading books on history, hiking with my dog, Amelia, and eating Japanese food.

Nate is ______ years old.

Nate: Hi. I'm Nate. I'm 24 years old, and I am a guitar player in a rock band.

Nate enjoys ______________.

Nate: I love traveling to new countries, watching action movies, and playing video games with my friends.

Nate likes women who __________.

Nate: And I love women who like my music, don't mind loud rock music, and a person who loves a good cheeseburger over the grill. I think I'm the man for you.

Charles is _________ years old.

Charles: Hello. My name is Charles. I'm 29 years old, and I teach English at the University of Utah.

What does Contestant 3 do for a living?

Charles: I teach English at the University of Utah.

In his free time, he _________.

Charles: In my free time, I enjoy mountain biking, gardening, and raising chickens in my back yard. I also help feed the homeless once a week.

He likes women who ______.

Charles: I prefer women who have a good sense of humor, and cook all kinds of food, and who find joy in serving others.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

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)

Online Investigation

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.