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General Listening Quiz

“Marriage Preparation”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate marriage preparation man – woman 02:39

Pre-Listening Exercise

Marriage customs and traditions are different around the world, but developing good communication skills and expectations before marriage can help you resolve problems you encounter in a relationship. So, what are three problems or issues that can come up in a relationship and what are the keys to working through them in a positive way? In what way can a marriage preparation class help in some cases?


tie the knot” = get married
Ryan and Ashley are going to tie the knot this summer.”

be on the rocks” = have serious problems in a relationship
Their relationship has been on the rocks for a long time.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Think of a couple you know (your friends, parents, grandparents). Describe their relationship. How do (or don’t they) show compassion and understand towards one another? What experiences in life have tested their relationship? How did they deal with these challenges?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to learn about the marriage customs in these countries. In what ways are these customs similar or different from those you find in your own country or family?

  • India
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Sweden
  • Morocco
  • Scotland
  • Thailand
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