~ Dialog ~ Topic 10 ~ Dating, Marriage, and Love ~ Choose questions ~ Samples are below ~
1) Tell about your first love, first date, first relationship, or a one-sided romance.
Well¡¦ It was kind of like that song, ¡°Norwegian Wood¡±¡¦ short and sweet.
That was my first love. My first date was different. Very formal. We went to a movie,
ate popcorn, talked nonsense, but that was it. That was the first and last date for us.
2) How many people in your country participate in social media dating? Who are they?
Many. I can see them meeting in public places. It¡¯s pretty obvious. When they are
texting and looking around, they are very nervous. Then, when they finally meet, they
look like strangers to one another or just friends.
3) How did your parents meet? What did they do? If you don't know, why not?
I don¡¯t know for sure. They said they met in elementary school. But they got
Married in their twenties. It was a very long courtship, if you will.
4) Have you ever gotten advice from either parent about dating? Did it help?
Yes. My dad always said to focus on academics and not to focus on women.
My mom always said to not listen to my dad. It was confusing to say the least.
5) Do you think marriage is necessary? Explain. Is there an alternative?
Marriage is only necessary if YOU think so. Not to be callous, but the whole
ritual of marriage seems to me to be a waste of time, emotional effort, and money.
6) Do all couples need to have children to have a happy marriage? Explain.
Most couples need children. It¡¯s probably genetic. When couples raise children
they become closer emotionally and share a great amount of responsibility.
7) What are the benefits and disadvantages of international marriage in your country?
Well¡¦ People sometimes marry for citizenship. On the other hand, they may be in love.
8) Is divorce in your country prevalent? For what reasons? What problems are created?
Yes. People divorce often. The main reason is that the children have become independent.
9) Do you believe that true love or the idea of soul mates is possible? Why or why not?
Absolutely. If you don¡¯t believe this, you are depriving yourself of one of life¡¯s greatest gifts.
10) Have you ever had a heartbreak? How bad was it? Do you still think about it?
Yes. It was in middle school. The pain was severe. How can pain like that
come from emotion? It¡¯s kind of strange. There is no science to it.
~ Topic 10 ~ Dating, Marriage, and Love ~ Second Thoughts ~ Wikipedia ~
Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union between spouses ¡¦
Marriage varies around the world between cultures and religions and also throughout history.
Dowry is a transfer of parental property, gifts or money at the marriage of a daughter. Dowry is an ancient
custom, and its existence may well predate records of it. Dowries continue to be expected and demanded
as a condition to accept a marriage proposal in some parts of the world, mainly in parts of Asia,
Northern Africa, and the Balkans. In some parts of the world, disputes related to dowry sometimes
result in acts of violence against women.
Child marriage is related to child betrothal, and it includes civil cohabitation and court approved
early marriages after teenage pregnancy. In many cases, only one marriage-partner is a child,
usually the female. Causes of child marriages include poverty, bride price, dowry, cultural traditions,
laws that allow child marriages, religious and social pressures, regional customs, fear of remaining
unmarried, illiteracy, and perceived inability of women to work for money.
Dating may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic
or sexual feelings toward each other. These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may
or may not be having sexual relations. This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor
to engagement. Some cultures require people to wait until a certain age to begin dating, which
has been a source of controversy.
Ancient Greek philosophers identified five forms of love: familial love (Storge), friendly
or platonic love (Philia), romantic love (Eros), guest love (Xenia) and divine love (Agape).
Modern authors have distinguished further varieties of love: unrequited love, infatuated love,
self-love, and courtly love. Love has additional religious or spiritual meaning. This diversity of uses
and meanings combined with the complexity of the feelings involved makes love unusually difficult
to consistently define, compared to other emotional states.
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~ Discuss with a teacher, in pairs, or in groups ~ Then share your results in a classroom discussion ~
1) To begin with, in groups or in pairs, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about.
2) Then, in pairs or in groups, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations .
3) Finally, share your ideas (as a whole) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).
~ TLW ~ Conversation Questions and Shared Dialog ~