After a breakup, many people usually talk about their exes to let out their feelings.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
Go over the expressions with your tutor and answer the questions.
1. To dump someone means to break up with someone.
She’s thinking about dumping her boyfriend.
Q: Have you ever dumped someone?
2. To stay friends means to continue being friends after a breakup or separation.
I think it’s best for us to break up, but I hope we can stay friends.
Q: Is it possible to stay friends with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend?
3. To be on good terms means you are able to interact well and be friendly with someone.
It’s hard to be on good terms with your ex-boyfriend.
Q: Are you on good terms with all of your neighbors?
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
/ be-yon /
It’s hard to / be-yon / good terms with everyone.
Kelsie and Yuko are meeting up for drinks.
What’s the problem, Kelsie? When we were talking on the phone earlier, you sounded so sad.
I miss Charlie...
Oh, Kelsie! It’s okay to miss an ex sometimes. You were together for almost a year. I can only imagine how you’re feeling right now. It must be so hard.
Yeah. Charlie messaged me this morning. He asked if I was okay and if we could still be friends. How can we be on good terms after he broke up with me in a voicemail?! He couldn’t even do it in person!
So, you don’t want to be friends with him?
Definitely not! I can’t stay friends with him after the way he dumped me. I can’t even look at a picture of him without getting upset. It’s just too painful. And I’m actually a bit angry at him because he caused me to quit the job I loved!
You’re probably familiar with the terms ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, ex-coworker, and ex-friend, but did you know that in some cases, you can just say ex? Be careful – this shortening can only be used to refer to romantic exes.
X He’s my ex. (talking about a coworker)
O He’s my ex. (talking about an ex-boyfriend)
STEP A EXERCISE
Match the sentences on the left with the expressions on the right.
1. He told me he doesn’t like me anymore, so he broke up with me.
2. My wife interacts well with my parents.
3. I try to always keep in touch with my ex-coworkers.
a. dump someone
b. stay friends
c. be on good terms
STEP B EXERCISE
Rephrase the sentences using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
1. Annie broke up with her boyfriend last week.
2. Nana wants to continue being friends with her elementary school classmates.
3. Nobu and his neighbors are friendly to each other.
Your friend called you to talk about his/her ex. Share your opinion.
- dump someone
- stay friends
- be on good terms
Discuss your ideas.
AFTER A BREAKUP
2AFTER A BREAKUP
I can talk about exes.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to manage a conversation