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Lesson 2: Blind Dates
I like both.

I can answer questions about my preferences.

INTRODUCE

Talking about preferences can help you understand what you have in common with someone.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

a [sports team] fan

an animal lover

a coffee drinker

a tea drinker

be into music

be interested in manga

II. Which of the things above describe these people? Choose two for each person.

  • your best friend

  • you

III. Practice reading the words.

/t/

/ð/

tea

these

toes

those

ten

then

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use both and neither to talk about two choices. You can use them to give one-word answers to questions.

Use both to show that you like choice one and choice two.

  • Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker?
    1. Both.
  • Do you like coffee or tea?
    1. I like both.

Use neither to show that you don’t like choice one or choice two.

  • Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker?
    1. Neither.
  • Do you like coffee or tea?
    1. I like neither.

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Haru and Sofia are chatting outside.

Sofia:

I really think you need a boyfriend, Haru. Do you want to go on a blind date with my friend Lorenzo? He’s really nice.

Haru:

I don’t know… Do we have anything in common?

Sofia:

Well, he’s really into music. How about you?

Haru:

Yeah, I listen to music a lot.

Sofia:

Great! Are you into rock or jazz?

Haru:

Neither. I only like J-pop.

Sofia:

Oh, you two like different kinds of music. Um, how about animals? Lorenzo is an animal lover.

Haru:

Is he a dog person or a cat person?

Sofia:

Both. He has two dogs and three cats.

Haru:

Oh, good! I like both, too.

Sofia:

So, do you want to meet him?

Haru:

Sure!

TRIVIA

To ask about someone’s personality, you can use the pattern Are you a ___ person or a ___ person? Other examples include Are you a night person or a morning person? and Are you an indoor person or an outdoor person?

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Use both or neither to answer the questions. Use the pictures and other sentences as clues.

ex.

Tutor: Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Student: Neither.

1.

Tutor: Do you like ice cream or cake?

Student: _____. I love sweets.

2.

Tutor: Do you like coffee or tea?

Student: _____. I only drink water.

3.

Tutor: Do you like cats or dogs?

Student: _____.

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the conversation using the information in the profile.

Name: Brian

Likes: Football! I’m a big fan of the Great Spartans and Mighty Warriors!

Dislikes: Animals. I’m scared of all animals.

Other Info: I’m going on a trip to Canada from the 10th to the 12th.

Amanda:

Nice to meet you, Brian. So, what are you like? Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Brian:

_____.

Amanda:

Oh, too bad. I like dogs. How about sports? Do you like any sports?

Brian:

I love football.

Amanda:

Oh, me too! Are you a Great Spartans fan or a Mighty Warriors fan?

Brian:

_____.

Amanda:

Me too! We should go to a game together. Are you free on the 10th or 11th?

Brian:

_____. Sorry, I’m going on a trip that weekend. But how about the 17th?

Amanda:

Sounds good to me!

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You are on a blind date.


Answer questions about your likes and dislikes to find out what you have in common. Ask your date about his/her preferences, too.

Today's grammar tip

  • both
  • neither

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

DATING EXPERIENCES

2

DATING PREFERENCES

3

OVERALL PREFERENCES

1

DATING EXPERIENCES

  1. When did you last go on a date?
  2. What was the best date you ever had?
  3. What was the worst date you ever had?
  4. Have you ever gone on a blind date?

2DATING PREFERENCES

  1. Do you prefer wearing casual clothes or formal clothes on a date?
  2. Do you prefer lunch or dinner for a first date?
  3. Do you prefer to date someone who is similar to you or someone who is different from you?
  4. Do you want to date a foreigner?

3OVERALL PREFERENCES

  1. Do you prefer sweets or alcohol?
  2. Do you prefer singing or dancing?
  3. Do you prefer Japanese food or foreign food?
  4. Do you prefer reading a book or watching TV?

FEEDBACK

I can answer questions about my preferences.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

NEXT LESSON

Chapter 1 Lesson 3 (Reading) - Your family sounds really nice.