Lesson 32: Your First Date

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: your first date. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about first dates.

Dorothy:
Kevin, do you remember your first date? I was so shy on my first date.
Kevin:
Yes, I remember it well. I went on a double date with my best friend.
Dorothy:
That’s different. Mine was a blind date.
Kevin:
I think that’s why you were nervous and shy. Who paid for the date?
Dorothy:
We decided to go dutch.
Kevin:
Was it love at first sight?
Dorothy:
No, because he had some bad manners. For example, he let the door close in my face.
Kevin:
A first impression is important. He should have tried harder!
Dorothy:
Yes, bad behavior is not a good sign.
Kevin:
Don’t worry. I will play matchmaker and find you a better boyfriend.

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

shy (adj) feeling nervous about meeting and talking to people
She’s a little shy when meeting new people.
double date (n) going out with another couple together
I’m going on a double date with my brother and his girlfriend.
blind date (n) when two people who don’t know each other go out on a date
She went out on a blind date with her cousin’s friend.
nervous (adj) feeling of being worried or afraid of what could happen
He gets nervous in elevators.
go dutch (idiom) to share the cost of something, especially a meal
Let’s go dutch tonight for dinner.
love at first sight (phrase) to fall in love with someone when you first see them
When I saw her, it was love at first sight.
bad manners (adj + n – plural) to act in a bad way with others
It’s bad manners to eat and talk at the same time.
first impression (adj + n) how you feel about someone or something at first
My first impression of my teacher was good.
behavior (n) the way a person or animal behaves or acts
The behavior of the students in class was good.
matchmaker (n) a person who tries to bring two people together
His sister likes to be a matchmaker.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Tell me something that makes a good date.
    1. In my opinion, the person has to have good manners.
    2. It’s important that we both talk. I don’t like to do all the talking.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Tell me some ways people show bad manners.
    1. One example is when people use their mobile phones while eating.
    2. In my opinion, it’s bad manners to not say “thank you” or “you are welcome.”
    3. Your answer:
  3. What things typically make people nervous?
    1. Some people get nervous when they take tests.
    2. Sometimes people get nervous in high places.
    3. Your answer:
  4. What qualities are important to you in a boyfriend or girlfriend?
    1. One important quality for me is trustworthiness.
    2. I like when we can communicate well.
    3. Your answer:
  5. What are some good things to talk about on a first date?
    1. Personally, I like to talk about family.
    2. I really enjoy talking about holidays and travel.
    3. Your answer:

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Are first impressions important to you? Why or why not?
  2. Would you go out on a blind date? Why or why not?
  3. Describe a typical first date in your country.
  4. Would you go out on a double date? Why or why not?
  5. Do you believe in love at first sight? Why or why not?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

 

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