Your friend is getting married.

Help your friend navigate newlywed life.

IN THIS LESSON, YOU WILL

1. Tell your friend how you feel about her sudden marriage.
2. Read a message from your friend complaining about her new spouse.
3. Give your friend advice on a married person’s priorities.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Read the social media posts. Then, choose T for true and F for false. If F, give the correct answer.

 

  1. For Frank, it was love at first sight. ( T / F )
  2. Liz fell head over heels for him from the very beginning. ( T / F )
  3. Their big day is going to be simple. ( T / F )
  4. Liz decided to break with tradition for her wedding gown. ( T / F )

STEP B EXERCISE

Respond to the statements using the expressions in parentheses.

1.

I have a presentation tomorrow, but I’ll finish preparing for it in the morning. I’m going out tonight!

(at the top of the list)

2.

Today is a nightmare. After I do a few hours overtime, I’m going to have to vacuum, do the laundry, and make dinner for my family.

(split the chores)

3.

Who does the food shopping at your house?

(fall on someone)

4.

Andy struggled to pay the electricity bill last week, but he bought another video game today.

(get one’s priorities straight)

MISSION

Challenge 1

Your friend is getting married to someone that she just met! Tell her your opinion about her sudden marriage.

Remember?

  • love at first sight
  • fall head over heels for someone
  • meant to be
  • one's big day
  • break with tradition
  • antiquated

Challenge 2

It’s been a month since your friend got married. She just sent you an email. Read it.

Remember?

  • couldn’t care less about something
  • at the top of the list
  • a pigsty
  • split the chores

Alex went drinking with his friends again last weekend! I’m getting tired of this. He’s acting like he’s not married! He always comes home late from work and spends most of his days off with his friends.

You know, I’m beginning to wonder if marrying him was the right decision. Right now, his friends seem to be at the top of the list. It’s like he couldn’t care less about our marriage. I do 90% of the housework too! It feels like I’m constantly cleaning because he always turns the house into a pigsty.

I wish he’d start acting more like a married man. It’d be great if he’d spend more time with me, and I’d definitely appreciate it if he split the chores with me too. I don’t know what to do anymore… I hope we can get together soon to talk.

Challenge 3

After reading your friend’s sad email, you invited her out for coffee. Give her advice on priorities.

Remember?

  • split the chores
  • fall on someone
  • couldn’t care less about something
  • at the top of the list
  • get one's priorities straight

FEEDBACK

Help your friend navigate newlywed life.

MISSION 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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