English Conversation – 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?
Form (a relationship)
Keep (in contact with)
Make (a commitment)
has a lot in common with me
has lots of money/wealth
has a high level of education
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
has a positive outlook in life
- 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)
- 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?