Lesson 2: Dating
Just hang in there.

I can talk about dating.

INTRODUCE

Dating customs differ from culture to culture, so it’s always interesting to ask for or give dating advice to foreign friends.

PRESENT

STEP A EXPRESSIONS

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

    1. To have a crush on someone means to like a person in a romantic way.

     

    Kyle admitted that he had a crush on his best friend.

     

    Q: Do you think the man has a crush on the woman? Why or why not?

     

     

    2. To hang in there means to not give up on something.

     

    This isn’t the end of the world! Just hang in there!

     

    Q: Do you think the girl in black is hanging in there? Why or why not?

     

     

    3. To flirt means to show attraction to another person in a playful way.

     

    My friends all love to flirt.

     

    Q: Do you think the woman is flirting with the man? Why or why not?

     

     

STEP B PRONUNCIATION

When one word ends in /ng/ and the next word starts with a vowel sound, they are sometimes linked by adding an extra /g/.
Phrase Example

hang in

/ hang-gin /

Just / hang-gin / there!

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Kelsie is drinking at a bar in Paris with her French coworker, Chloe.

Chloe:

What? He broke up with you just like that?

Kelsie:

I know. I feel so awful. I thought everything was perfect between us. I don’t even know what to do when I return to Japan.

Chloe:

Just hang in there. You’ll feel better soon. You know what I recommend? Going on a few dates while you’re here. French guys are very nice. What do you say?

Kelsie:

Hmm… I’m not really sure about dating so soon… And anyway, I’m only in France for another week…

Chloe:

So you should start looking tonight! Charlie’s not the only good guy in the world, you know. There are plenty of fish in the sea! (laughs)

Kelsie:

Oh, well… You’re right. I guess flirting with someone will help me forget about him.

Chloe:

That’s the spirit! So, how about that guy from the office? The one who always brings you coffee… Ah, yes, Lucas! He definitely has a crush on you

TRIVIA

There are plenty of fish in the sea is an English expression you can say to someone to encourage them to date new people. It basically means that there are many other people for you to choose from.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Are the underlined expressions used correctly? If not, change the sentences.

  1. I have a crush on Sally. She’s so annoying and impatient!
  2. Life is tough now, but don’t lose hope. Hang in there!
  3. Paul doesn’t like Zia. That’s why he’s flirting with her.
  4. I think Zach is an amazing person. I have a crush on him.
  5. Stop trying. Hang in there, buddy!

STEP B EXERCISE

Choose the responses that best match the original sentences.

1.

Tutor: I’m having a hard time balancing work and my relationship this month.

Student: (Just hang in there! / Just try flirting!)

 

2.

Tutor: I like a girl in my class. I want to ask her on a date, but I’m a bit shy.   

Student: (Introduce yourself and flirt with her. / Introduce yourself and have a crush on her.)

 

3.

Tutor: Steve’s always telling me about how cute and smart Lilo is.   

Student: (It sounds like Steve’s flirting with Lilo! / It sounds like Steve has a crush on Lilo!)

 

4.

Tutor: I think Justin is really attractive.

Student: (You should hang in there! / You should try flirting with him!)

 

5.

Tutor: Oh, no! My boyfriend’s transferring overseas for a whole year.   

Student: (One year will pass by quickly. Hang in there! / One year will pass by quickly. He has a crush on you!)

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your friend is complaining about his/her dating life. Make your friend feel better by giving him/her some dating advice.

Today's Expressions

  • have a crush on someone
  • hang in there
  • flirt

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

DATING EXPERIENCES

2

DATING SOMEONE

3

DATING ADVICE

1

DATING EXPERIENCES

  1. What’s the best date you’ve ever had?
  2. How would you describe a good date?
  3. What would you consider a bad date?
  4. What’s the best place to go on a date?

2DATING SOMEONE

  1. What things would make you dislike your date?
  2. Which is more important, looks or personality?
  3. Would you be interested in dating a famous person?
  4. What kind of attitude should a person have on a first date?

3DATING ADVICE

  1. Have you ever given dating advice to anyone?
  2. Do you think you give good dating advice?
  3. What’s the worst/best dating advice you’ve ever heard?
  4. If you needed dating advice, who would you ask?

FEEDBACK

I can talk about dating.

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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