Lesson 3: Getting Engaged
He got down on one knee and popped the question!

I can read and understand an engagement announcement.

INTRODUCE

Getting engaged is an important event in a person’s life. That’s why many people are excited to share the news with their family and friends.

PRESENT

STEP A EXPRESSIONS

Go over the expressions with your tutor and answer the questions.

    1. The one refers to the person we think is destined for us.

     

    Jason thinks Janice is the one.

     

    Q: How do you know if a person is the one?

     

     

    2. To pop the question means to ask for someone’s hand in marriage.

     

    Yesterday, Jason popped the question to Janice.

     

    Q: When is the best time to pop the question?

     

     

    3. To tie the knot means to get married.

     

    Janice said yes! They’re going to tie the knot later this year!

     

    Q: Is it a good idea to tie the knot with someone that you just met?

STEP B PRONUNCIATION

The is usually pronounced as /thuh/ when the next word starts with a consonant sound and /thee/ when the next word starts with a vowel sound.
Phrase Example

the one

/ thuh wuhn /

He thinks she’s / thuh wuhn /.

the open field

/ thee ohpuhn feeld /

He thought / thee ohpuhn feeld / was a good place to propose.

the question

/ thuh kweschuhn /

When he popped / thuh kweschuhn / to her, she said yes.

the knot

/ thuh naht /

They want to tie / thuh naht / in the fall!

UNDERSTAND

READING

Kelsie is checking out the social media page of Gracie, her old friend from high school.

Gracie Puff posted this.

11 hrs ago – Ontario, Canada

 

Yesterday was one of the most exciting days of my life! After being in a relationship for four years, Jared and I decided to tie the knot.

We were having dinner together at our favorite restaurant. Suddenly, the band started playing our favorite song, and Jared got up on the stage and sang to me. When the song ended, he asked me to join him on stage. I noticed that a lot of my friends and family were at the restaurant too, and I was really confused at first. That’s when he got down on one knee and popped the question! I was so surprised! Of course I said yes because I knew he was the one! I’m so happy. 🙂 <3

 

2 comments 


Ron Cooper: 

Congratulations! Are you guys planning to have a big wedding?


Gracie Puff: 

Thank you, @Ron! Yes, we are! I hope all of our friends—even those overseas—can come back to Canada for the wedding. 🙂


 

TRIVIA

Apart from the usual Will you marry me?, there are many ways to pop the question to someone. Other ways include asking Will you make me the happiest man/woman on earth? and Will you spend forever after with me?

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Complete the photo captions using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.

the one
tie the knot
pop the question

1.

@TyLannis I _____ and she said yes!

2.

@KylieK16 Celebrating our 3rd anniversary today. He’s definitely _____!

3.

@AllyCoop My best friend and her fiancé are _____ next month! So excited for them!

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the sentences to tell an engagement story. Use the pictures and the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.

the one
tie the knot
pop the question

1

2

3

1. Adam _____ to Erin.

2. Erin thinks Adam is _____.

3. Adam and Erin are _____ next year.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You got an email notification that your favorite blogger, Sonia Clark, posted an update. Read her new blog post. Then, talk about it with your friend.

Today's Expressions

  • the one
  • pop the question
  • tie the knot

Last weekend, Jerry (my boyfriend) and I went on a day cruise with some of our closest friends. We were celebrating our 6th anniversary.

We went inside the cabin for lunch. I thought we were just going to have a normal meal, but when we got there, the walls were decorated with pictures of me and Jerry. Our friends all yelled, “Happy anniversary!” and Jerry gave me a bouquet.

And guess what happened next! When we went back to the deck, Jerry suddenly got down on one knee and popped the question! I started crying and said yes. I always knew he was the one!

So, my dear fans, Jerry and I are finally going to tie the knot! It’s not definite, but I like the idea of a fall wedding. Stay tuned for more updates!

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

MARRIAGE PROPOSALS

2

TYING THE KNOT

3

POSTING LIFE EVENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

1

MARRIAGE PROPOSALS

  1. What was the most unique marriage proposal you’ve heard of?
  2. Does a marriage proposal have to be expensive/well-planned?
  3. Should a proposal be done in public?
  4. Is it necessary to talk to your parents before making a proposal?

2TYING THE KNOT

  1. Where do people usually tie the knot in Japan?
  2. How many years do you think a couple should be together before tying the knot?
  3. Is it expensive to get married in Japan?
  4. Would you like to have a big wedding?

3POSTING LIFE EVENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

  1. Do you post about important events in your life on social media (ex. getting engaged, winning an award)?
  2. Do you have friends who post their life events on social media?
  3. Why do you think some people post life events on social media?
  4. What should people avoid posting on social media?

FEEDBACK

I can read and understand an engagement announcement.

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

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