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Vocabulary Lessons

“Dating and Marriage”


The customs of dating and marriage vary from place to place around the globe, and in some countries, matchmakers play an important role in that process. You should be careful when looking for love online because you never know to whom you are writing. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. anniversary
  2. ask someone out
  3. blind date
  4. break up with
  5. fall in love
  6. get divorced
  7. get engaged
  8. get married
  9. go Dutch
  10. go on a date
  11. go out with someone
  12. go steady
  13. have a crush on
  14. have things in common
  15. love at first sight
  16. meet people online
  17. propose
  18. stand someone up
  19. turn someone down
  20. wedding


Follow-Up Activity

Describe a typical date in your country: Where to people meet? Does the man pick up the woman at her house? What do people usually do on a first date? Is the public show of affection (e.g., holding hands, etc.) considered appropriate in your culture? What is the average age when people get married? What are the main causes of marital problems leading to divorce? Use the Internet to find information on similarities and differences between cultures on these questions.

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