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Marriage Preparation

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Woman: Hey. What's this on Facebook? It says . . . Are you getting married?

Man: Yeah. Didn't you know that?

Woman: No. Why didn't you tell me about it? (It) says you're getting married next week.

Man: Yeah, and I'm bringing her over to mom's house tomorrow. You'll love Jasmine.

Woman: Jasmine?

Man: Yeah. Here's her picture on Facebook.

Woman: Oh. Wow.

Man: What? What do you mean?

Woman: Dad is not going to be impressed.

Man: Why?

Woman: She's got, like a lot her tattoos and a nose ring, and uh, I'm sorry. The family is going to be really surprised.

Man: Ah, she's so, well, so sensitive and caring.

Woman:Um, well . . . . [ What? ] Have . . . have you taken any marriage prep classes?

Man: Ah, who needs that anyway? I know all about women.

Woman: Yeah. Right, like . . . . What have you had? Like ten girlfriends in the last six months?

Man: Well, that's different!

Woman: Uh, listen. Obviously, you need to improve your communication skills, and the best thing at this point . . . . if you're really set on marrying Jamie . . .

Man: Jasmine . . .

Woman: Okay, I'm sorry, Jasmine, anyway, um, you really should take a marriage prep class.

Man: What? What you are talking about? I know all about love and romance.

Woman: Uh. Right . . . .

Man: What? What do you mean?

Woman: Look. Okay. It's more than that. What do you know about, say, personal finance? [ Well, you know . . . ] I mean, how are you going to manage your money together? Are you going to have a joint bank account? Whose salary is going to pay the bills?

Man: Ah, no problem. No problem. We have that figured out. My paycheck is going to be automatically transfered to her overseas bank account.

Woman: Oh. [ What? ] Uh, where exactly is this account? What's the name of the bank?

Man: Ah, I don't know. Jasmine's going to take care of that.

Woman: Oh, boy. Right. Um, well, what about children? Are you guys going to have any kids?

Man: Well, I want a large family, so eight kids would be just about right.

Woman: Wow! What does Jasmine say about that?

Man: Ah, well, she doesn't want any kids, but I'll change her mind once we get married. ( Right. ) No problem.

Woman: Okay, what about housework? How are you going to handle that?

Man: Well, Jasmine won't mind doing it. ( (Did) she said that? ) Well, not exactly. We've been just so busy planning out our honeymoon, that we just haven't worked out, you know, these small details.

Woman: Great! You know what? By the time you learn her last name, I think things are going to be over between the two of you.

Man: No, you just want and see.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • sensitive (adjective): understanding the feelings of others
    - My spouse is very sensitive to our children's needs, and I love her for that.

  • caring (adjective): kind
    - If you have a caring attitude towards others, they will feel of your love for them.

  • prep (adjective): short for preparation
    - Taking a marriage prep class can help you develop better communication skills with your family.

  • obviously (adverb): in a way that is easy to see and understand
    - James obviously didn't listen to his wife's feelings because she is still very angry with him.

  • improve (verb): make better
    - How did you improve your relationship with your kids over the years?

  • at this point: at this time
    - Amanda and Brandon don't want to get married at this point, but they are talking about this in the future.

  • be set on something (verb): be determined to do something
    - Why is Jessica set on marrying Andrew so quickly? They've only known each other for three weeks.

  • joint (adjective): having something together
    - My parents have a joint savings account.

  • work out (verb): find a solution or come to an agreement on something
    - Fortunately, they are getting counseling, and their marriage is working out
    - With time and patience, things work out in the end.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]

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