Lesson 9: Matchmaking
Who knows, you might even meet Mr. Right!

I can discuss matchmaking services.

INTRODUCE

Nowadays, a lot of people meet their romantic partners through online matchmaking services.

PRESENT

STEP A EXPRESSIONS

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

    1. To play hard to get means to pretend that you are uninterested in someone.

     

    Amanda likes to play hard to get.

     

    Q: Do you ever play hard to get? Why or why not?

     

     

    2. To have good chemistry means to share a special connection with someone.

     

    Sarah and Tim get along well. They have good chemistry.

     

    Q: How do you know if you have good chemistry with someone?

     

     

    3. To meet Mr./Ms. Right means to find the person you want to marry.

     

    I hope I meet Mr. Right before I turn 30.

     

    Q: What would you do if you met your Mr./Ms. Right today?

STEP B PRONUNCIATION

When the end of one word and the beginning of the next word are the same consonant, the two sounds are often merged.
Phrase Example

Mr. Right

/ mis-te-rahyt /

Maybe you’ll meet / mis-te-rahyt / tonight.

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Kelsie, Yuko, and Mami are going out for drinks.

Kelsie:

Girls, I’ve decided to try an online matchmaking service.

Mami:

That’s great! Who knows, you might even meet Mr. Right!

Kelsie:

Yeah, that’s what I’m excited about! What about you, Yuko? Do you want to sign up too?

Yuko:

No, I’m good.

Kelsie:

Come on! You should try it. It’s really easy. You just have to enter your preferences, and then they set up a date for you and your possible match.

Yuko:

The chances of having good chemistry are so low, though.

Kelsie:

Well, yeah, especially if you play hard to get like you always do. (laughs)

Mami:

You should try it, Yuko! It’s been a while since you last went on a date, right?

Kelsie:

You could also try it, Mami. You know, if you’re not happy with Kenta anymore. (laughs)

Mami:

No, thanks. Actually, I’ve decided to move in with him. We’re going to move to London together…next month.

Kelsie:

What?!

Mami:

I wanted to tell you sooner, but nothing was set until last night. Kenta got transferred to the London branch. I really think he’s the one, so I decided to quit my job and go with him.

TRIVIA

Did you know that there are matchmaking sites for people with food allergies, bikers, cat lovers, tall people, and even clowns? To increase the chances of finding Mr. or Ms. Right, matchmaking sites are becoming more and more specific.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Are the rephrased sentences correct? If not, correct them.

1. I think she’s playing hard to get!

→ I think she likes me, but she just doesn’t want to show it.

2. They seem to have good chemistry.

→ They seem to have good grades in chemistry class.

3. William finally met Ms. Right.

→ William met the woman he wants to marry.

4. Betty’s playing hard to get with Max.

→ Betty made it clear to Max that she really likes him.

5. Sasha joined the matchmaking site to meet Mr. Right.

→ Sasha doesn’t want to get married.

STEP B EXERCISE

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

meet Mr./Ms. Right
have good chemistry
play hard to get

1. Kylie likes Zac, but when Zac calls her, she sometimes doesn’t answer her phone. She’s _____.

2. Jenny and Ian get along really well. They look so good together. I think they _____.

3. John can’t stop looking at his beautiful customer. He thinks he may have just _____.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your friend is desperate to meet Mr./Ms. Right and asked for your help. Discuss various matchmaking services.

Today's Expressions

  • play hard to get
  • have good chemistry
  • meet Mr./Ms. Right

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

MATCHMAKING SERVICES

2

PLAYING HARD TO GET

3

MR./MS. RIGHT

1

MATCHMAKING SERVICES

  1. Are matchmaking services popular in Japan?
  2. Do you know anyone who has used a matchmaking service?
  3. Do you think matchmaking services are reliable?
  4. What kind of people do you think can be helped by matchmaking services (ex. busy people, people in the countryside)?

2PLAYING HARD TO GET

  1. How do you know if someone is playing hard to get or just not interested?
  2. Why do some people play hard to get?
  3. What do you think of people who play hard to get?
  4. If someone were playing hard to get, at what point would you stop chasing him/her?

3MR./MS. RIGHT

  1. Do you think there’s more than one Mr./Ms. Right for each person?
  2. How would your Mr./Ms. Right look?
  3. What personality would your Mr./Ms. Right have?
  4. Do you think your Mr./Ms. Right could be a foreigner?

FEEDBACK

I can discuss matchmaking services.

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

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