UNIT 3 Every Jack has his Jill! “For every Jack there is a Jill” means every boy can find his girl. The names are from this nursery rhyme: “Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after.
I. Lead-in • Do you think marriage based on love are more successful than arranged marriages? • Do you think a girl should marry someone who is much older or younger than she is? • Do you think a girl should share the expenses or let the boy pay the bill? • What do you know about wedding ceremonies in China?
II. Create a dialog with your partner according to the given situation, referring to the useful expressions in the form if necessary. • A finds B very upset. B says he just broke up with his girlfriend Susan, because she wants to get married but he wants to have a career first. A tires to comfort her.
Useful expressions. • …What’s wrong with you? What’s the matter with you? Is there anything wrong with you? has anything gone wrong? • You look so down! You look so upset/depressed! Something’s got you down. • Nothing. Nothing serious.
Useful expressions • You must have a broken heart. You must be broken-hearted. You must be very sad. • I just broke up with Alice. I’ve just split with Alice. I just said goodbye to Alice. • I thought you two were made for each other. I thought the two of you made a good match. You seemed perfect for each other.
Useful expressions. • I want to settle down… I’m ready for marriage and a family. I’m ready for married life. • …she wants a career… For her, the job comes first. She is more interested in career success. • …it’s always difficult to choose between career and family. It’s hard to make a choice between career and family. It’s hard to decide between marriage and career.
Useful expressions. • I don’t know what to say to comfort you, but try to cheer up! I don’t know how to put it, but cheer up! Take my word for it: this is not the end of the world. Believe me, you’ll soon get over it. • …it’s hard to forget her at the moment. I simply can’t get out of my mind. I can’t help thinking about her all he time.
Sample dialog. Pay attention to the colored expressions. A: Why do you look so upset? B: I’m all right. A: I know it’s not your work. So anything wrong with Susan and you? B: Well, you’re right. I just split up with her. A: Oh I’m sorry, I thought you two made a good match. B: I think I should have a career first but she wants to get married right now. A: Well, it’s hard to make a choice between career and family. B: yeah, it’s hard. A: I know it’s difficult, but try to cheer up! B: You know, we were together for a long time. I can’t get out of my mind. A: Well, you’ll find a good match sooner or later.
III. Create a dialog with your partner according to the given situation, referring to the useful expressions in the form if necessary. • A tells B that Philip proposed to her. But Philip is much younger than A and lives in another city. A hesitates to accept the proposal.
Useful expressions. • Leo proposes to me! He made a proposal to me! He asked me to marry him! • Did you accept it? Did you say yes? • I’m really robbing the cradle here. I’m marrying a person who is too young. He’s too young for me.
Useful expressions. • …he’s mature for his age. He looks old for his age. he behaves like a mature adult in spite of his age. • I’m worried about the cultural differences.. I’m not confident we can overcome the cultural differences… • …both of you have the same interests and personalities. You two have similar interests and personalities.
Sample dialog. Pay attention to the colored expressions. A: Can you believe it? Philip made a proposal to me. B: How wonderful. Did you say yes? A: Not yet. I’m concerned about the age gap. He’s much younger than me. B: I know he’s a few years younger than you, but I think he is mature in mind. A: But you love each other. That is very important. B: Maybe you are right.
IV.Create a dialog with your partner according to the given situation, referring to the useful expressions in the form if necessary. • A and B are talking about B’s boyfriend Chris. B thinks he is handsome and hardworking. A thinks he is too old, but B doesn’t care. B also thinks love is more important than other people’s opinion.
Useful expressions. • …What do you like about him? What’s good about him? What are the good points about him? • …there’s just something about him. There’s something wonderful about him. • What is this something? What do you mean but this something?
Useful expressions. • He’s certainly mature, but don’t you think he’s a little old for you? Of course he’s mature, but isn’t he too old for you? • …age shouldn’t be something that comes in the way of a person’s marriage. Age shouldn’t be an obstacle to our marriage. • It’s true that age isn’t the most important issue… Age is, of course, not the most important issue… • I don’t care what other people think. Our getting married is nobody’s business but our own.
Sample dialog. Pay attention to the colored expressions. A: Well, you and Chris have been together for a long time. What are his good point? B: There’s something wonderful about him. A: really? What do you mean by this something? B: Well, he is handsome, humorous, and hard-working. I think he’s my perfect match. A: But I think he is too old for you. B: Well, age doesn’t matter too much for me. A: But what would your parents and friends think? B: I don’t worry too much about other people think. For me, love is the most important thing.
V. Questions for discussions. • Do you believe in love at first sight? • Do you think that one can find true love through the Internet? • Do you think a boy should pay for everything on a date? • What would you think about a marriage between two people from two different cultures? • Would you mind if your boyfriend/girlfriend went out to a party without you?