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"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"

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[ Quiz Script ]

Marriage Preparation
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

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?

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and answer the questions.

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1. The woman realizes that her brother is getting married _______.
A. tomorrow
B. in a week
C. next month

2. According to the conversation, what is his girlfriend like?
A. She's a compassionate person.
B. She's outgoing and friendly.
C. The woman is very honest.

3. Jasmine, the man's girlfriend, _____________.
A. has bright green hair
B. wears a lot of crazy clothes
C. has interesting body art

4. The man probably isn't ready for marriage because he __________.
A. has been in many unsuccessful relationships
B. doesn't have a good paying job to support them
C. is still financially dependent on his parents

5. The man and Jasmine _________________.
A. agree a lot on the same family size
B. have similar views on the number of kids they want
C. don't think alike at all on this subject

6. According to the man, who is going to do the housework?
A. The man is going to take care of it.
B. The man and Jasmine will do it together.
C. Jasmine will be in charge of the chores.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
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?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
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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