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English Conversation – Relationships

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 09:05 AM
posted by Jo

Relationships

This is the preparation material for an English Conversation Lesson about friendships, marriage and other relationships. Watch a video outlining tips for successful relationships; learn useful vocabulary; discover some common phrasal verbs that we use when discussing relationships and learn how to answer the most commonly asked questions on this subject.

Video about Relationships

  • What do you think about Randall’s tips for a successful relationship?
  • What did he mean by thinking outside the box?

Relationships Vocabulary

Nouns

Acquaintance

Adulthood

Character

Childhood

Conflict

Connection

Friendship

Interaction

Relationship

Personality

Relative

Resemblance

Sibling

Temperament

Upbringing

Spouse

Adjectives

Close

Close-knit

Maternal

Parental

Rewarding

Stable

Verbs

Accommodate

Adopt

Break down

Develop

Endure

Establish

Inherit

Interact

Nurture

Relate to

Form (a relationship)

Keep (in contact with)

Make (a commitment)

Describing people

is attractive

has a lot in common with me

has lots of money/wealth

has a high level of education

is interesting/creative

is patient

has good communication skills

has a sense of humour

has a good family background

has the same ethnic background

is open with his/her feelings

has a good sense of fashion

is outgoing/sociable

has a positive outlook in life

is open-minded

is easy-going

Phrasal Verbs

  • Get on with – to have a good relationship
  • Get along – to be friendly with one another
  • Split up / Break up – to end a relationship
  • Get back together – to renew a romantic relationship that had ended
  • Ask out – invite someone to go with you somewhere (usually on a date)

Conversation Questions

  • What are some of the way that people can make friends?
  • How do you like to spend time with your friends?
  • Do you have a best friend?
  • Do you have any lifelong friends?
  • Is the time you spend with your friends as much as that you spend with your family?
  • Are people in your country generally close to their families?
  • What is the difference between neighbours and friends?
  • Do you get on well with your neighbours?
  • What are the differences between adults and children in terms of making friends?
  • Is it common for couples to live together before marriage in your country?
  • Do you know anyone who has had an arranged marriage?
  • Do you think that Internet relationships can be successful? Why or why not?
  • The divorce rate around the world is increasing. Why do you think this is?
  • Do you believe that true love exists? Why/not?
  • Do you think there is one true, perfect partner out there for each person?
  • Is romance dead in the modern, fast-paced world of today?
  • Why are people getting married later and later nowadays?
  • Is it possible for long-distance relationships to ever work? If yes, what do you consider essential requirements for their success?
  • Does love get stronger as the relationship continues? How about after many years?
  • If you and your partner spoke different mother-tongues, would the relationship be easier or more difficult?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight?
  • Do you know what a 'blind date' is? Do you think a blind date could be successful?
  • What do you think are some things that contribute to a successful marriage?
  • What do you think is the most important ingredient in a good marriage?
  • What are the qualities of a true friend?
  • What are the characteristics of a good family?
  • Do you think family relationships have changed over the years?
  • What do you think about relationships formed on the internet?
  • What do you think are the most important factors when making friends?
  • What are the possible factors that cause the break-up of friendship?
  • Do you like to work alone or with colleagues?
  • What do you think of teamwork and team spirit?
  • What kinds of people are good to work with?
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