Vocabulary Lessons



Relationships are a part of everyday life, whether they be with online keypals, roommates, or co-workers. Doing things together on a regular basis can improve friendships, too. 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. You can use the Internet to find such sentences and related information.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  • friend / pal / buddy
  • keypal / penfriend
  • acquaintance
  • roommate
  • classmate
  • colleague
  • partner
  • date
  • boyfriend
  • co-worker
  • associate
  • companion
  • get together with
  • go steady / go out with
  • hang out with
  • spend time with
  • meet
  • see someone (=date)
Also, treat someone to dinner


Oh, are you talking about that guy? He's only _________ I met at a party last week. Actually, I don't even know him that well, and I can't remember his name.

I have several _______ with whom I correspond by email on a regular basis, and it's great to have things in common with friends from other cultures. I met these people online at a Website that links people together from around the world.

My girlfriend and I have been ________ for about three months, and I'm thinking about asking her to marry me.

Follow-Up Activity

Choose three people (family member, friend, classmate, roommate) with whom you have a relationship. What is your relationship like? What kinds of things do you do together? What are people like in terms of their personalities?