"break up with someone" = end a relationship with somone

"Jacob feels terrible because his girlfriend broke up with him last night."

"tie the knot" = get married

"When are you going to tie the knot ? You and Sarah have been engaged for two years."

Dating Game

Want to Tell People About This Listening Activity?

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

What things are most important to you in a date or marriage partner? Rank the top four ideas in order of importance to you.

  • ___ his or her job
  • ___ age
  • ___ hobbies
  • ___ physical appearance or looks
  • ___ money
  • ___ religion
  • ___ honesty
  • ___ sense of humor
  • ___ family background
  • ___ the person's past life

2. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation and answer the questions. You will hear introductions on a dating game show. The men are introducing themselves to a woman named Sarah. People on game shows are called contestants .

Contestant 1

1. Ryan is _______ years old.
A. 25
B. 26
C. 27

2. What does Ryan do for a living?
A. He works as a doctor.
B. He's a hospital manager.
C. He is a nurse.

3. Ryan enjoys __________ in his free time.
A. hiking
B. biking
C. swimming

Contestant 2

4. Nate is ______ years old.
A. 23
B. 24
C. 25

5. Nate enjoys ______________.
A. reading books on rock music
B. playing soccer with his friends
C. visiting new places

6. Nate likes women who __________.
A. listen to classical music
B. visit art museums
C. eat cheeseburgers

Contestant 3

7. Charles is _________ years old.
A. 27
B. 28
C. 29

8. What does Contestant 3 do for a living?
A. He is an office manager.
B. He works as a teacher.
C. He is a university student.

9. In his free time, he ________________.
A. goes hiking in the mountains
B. reads many types of books
C. takes care of animals

10. He likes women who _________.
A. speak different languages
B. enjoy sports and exercise
C. are good in the kitchen


1. 27

2. He works as a doctor.

3. hiking

4. 24

5. visiting new places
6. eat cheeseburgers
7. 29
8. He works as a teacher.
9. takes care of animals
10. are good in the kitchen


Game Show Host: Hello, everyone and welcome to the Dating Game, where men and women meet the people of their dreams. Now, let's have ourcontestants introduce themselves, and then Sarah can ask some questions. Here we go. Contestant number one.

Ryan: Hi, Sarah. My name is Ryan, nd I'm 27 years old, and I work as a doctor at City Hospital. I enjoy reading books on history, hiking with my dog, Amelia, and eating Japanese food. I also like a woman who loves adventure, is open to new ideas, and likes discussing world politics and government.

Game Show Host: Okay. Well, thank you, Ryan. Let's go on to Contestant Number 2.

Nate: Hi. I'm Nate. I'm 24 years old, and I am a guitar player in a rock band. I love traveling to new countries, watching action movies, and playing video games with my friends. And I love women who like my music, don't mind loud rock music, and a person who loves a good cheeseburger over the grill. I think I'm the man for you.

Game Show Host: Well, thank you Nate. That's Contestant Number 2. Let's go on to Contestant Number 3.

Charles: Hello. My name is Charles. I'm 29 years old, and I teach English at the University of Utah. In my free time, I enjoy mountain biking, gardening, and raising chickens in my back yard. I also help feed the homeless once a week. I also speak three languages, and I prefer women who have a good sense of humor, and cook all kinds of food, and who find joy inserving others.

Game Show Host: Well, there we have it. Three contestants. And we will have Sarah ask these contestants questions after right after this commercial break.

3. Post-Listening Exercises
Ask your parents about their dating and marriage using some of these questions:

  1. Where did you first meet?
  2. Was your marriage arranged by a family member, friend, or marriage specialist?
  3. Was it love at first sight or did it take time to fall in love? (Or have you?)
  4. How long was your engagement?
  5. Did you go on dates with each other, or did you just meet together at one of your homes?
  6. What was the most important point in getting married to each other? (job security, personality, religion, family ties, or other)

4. Online Investigations

Interview a teacher, friend, or other family member on the questions in the Post-Listening Exercise. You can use Facebook or an online survey Web site service to collect this information. Then, discuss your results with a partner or your class.

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