Let's Learn about Relationships!

Definitions

  • to break up: to end a romantic relationship
  • to drift apart: to become less close to someone
  • to enjoy someone’s company: to like spending time with someone
  • to fall for: to fall in love
  • to fall head over heels in love: to start to love someone a lot
  • to fall out with: to have a disagreement and stop being friends
  • to get on like a house on fire: to like someone’s company very much indeed
  • to get on well with: to understand someone and enjoy similar interests
  • to get to know: to begin to know someone
  • to go back years: to have known someone for a long time
  • to have a lot in common: to share similar interests
  • to have ups and downs: to have good and bad times
  • a healthy relationship: a good, positive relationship
  • to hit it off: to quickly become good friends with
  • to be in a relationship: to be romantically involved with someone
  • to be just good friends: to not be romantically involved
  • to keep in touch with: to keep in contact with
  • to lose touch with: to not see or hear from someone any longer
  • love at first sight: to fall in love immediately you meet someone
  • to pop the question: to ask someone to marry you
  • to see eye to eye: to agree on a subject
  • to settle down: to give up the single life and start a family
  • to strike up a relationship:  to begin a friendship
  • to tie the knot: to get married
  • to be well matched: to be similar to
  • to work at a relationship: to try to maintain a positive relationship with someone

Romance - People

casual / steady date
boy/girlfriend
significant other
husband / wife
lover
mistress
unrequited love
love-interest

Examples:

My date was late for the dance!
Feel free to bring along your significant other to the party

Romance - Events

date
one night stand
fling
engagement
marriage
breakup
separation
divorce

Examples:

Tom and Betty's marriage is inspiring!
Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce.

Romance - Verbs

have a crush on
date
flirt with
go out with
break up with
live together
marry / get married

Examples:

Peter flirted with Maria during the class.
Helen went out with Andrea for more than three years.

Friends / Enemies - People

good / close / best friend
enemy
companion
acquaintance
platonic relationship
rival
nemesis

Examples:

We're not dating. We have a platonic relationship.
My rival in tennis beat me last week.

Friends / Enemies - Verbs

compete with
get along with
hit it off with
gang up on
trust / distrust
hang out with

Examples:

Peter and Alan hit it off at the meeting last week.
I like to hang out with Carl on the weekends.

 

Work - People

coworker
colleague
business partner
boss
director
customer
client
management
staff

Examples:

The director sent a memo out to staff.
My coworker got married last weekend.

Work - Events

meeting
presentation
interview
sales call
convention

Examples:

Alexander made a presentation at the convention last week.
I have a meeting at three o'clock this afternoon.

Work - Verbs

do business with
meet
schedule
contact
delegate
compete with
be responsible for
present
apologize to

Examples:

James is responsible for sales in California.
Let's schedule a meeting next week.

Family - People

mother / father / brother / sister in-law
uncle
aunt
cousin
blood / distant relatives

Examples:

I don't often see my distant relatives.
Her mother-in-law drives her crazy!

Family - Events

wedding
reunion
get together
funeral
holiday

Examples:

It's funny how we only see distant relatives at weddings and funerals.
We had a nice family get together last weekend.

Family - Verbs

get along with
rebel against
argue with
have a good relationship with
obey / disobey
punish
emulate
look up to

Examples:

She looks up to her father. The children disobeyed their parents and were punished.

Here is some vocabulary to describe some of the different stages of arelationship

 

Chat up - starting a relationship 

to chat (somebody) up
to talk to somebody in the hope of starting a romantic or sexual relationship

to flirt (with somebody)
to behave playfully towards another person who you are - or pretend to be - attracted to romantically or sexually

a flirt
a person who likes to flirt

a blind date
a meeting (arranged by a third party) with a person you might be interested in romantically but who you have never met before

lonely hearts
small ads (in newspapers, magazines or on the internet) which give a short description of a person you would like to date. To save space, some of these abbreviations are used:

WLTM - would like to meet 
GSOH - good sense of humour 
LTR - long-term relationship

 

Loved up - being in a relationship

to be smitten with somebody
to be deeply affected by your love for somebody

to fall for somebody
to fall in love with somebody

it was love at first sight
two people fell in love with each other as soon as they met

to take the plunge
to get engaged/married

I can hear wedding bells
I suspect that they are going to get married soon

terms of endearment
names people in love give each other or call each other:

darling 
sweetheart 
love 
pet 
babe/baby 
cutey pie 
honey bunny 

Break up - finishing a relationship 


they are having a domestic (informal)
they are having an argument

they have blazing rows
they have very serious, often noisy arguments

(s)he is playing away from home
(s)he is having an affair

to break up with somebody
to finish a relationship with somebody

to split up
to break up

to dump somebody
to finish a relationship with somebody without much thought for the other person

break-up lines
(fixed) expressions, often sweet or apologetic, used to tell a partner, girlfriend or boyfriend that the relationship is finished or is going to finish:

We need to talk 
I just need some space 
It's not you, it's me 
I hope that we can always be friends 
This is hurting me more than it is hurting you 
It's not enough that we love each other 
It simply wasn't meant to be


 
   

Vocabulary:

A secret admirer 
Someone who fancies someone else but keeps it a secret

CPR
Short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the technical medical term for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or the kiss of life 

 

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VOCABULARY EXERCISES

Exercise 1. - Use a word or phrase to fill in the gaps. Each word or phrase is used only once.

love-interest, blood, nemesis, friendship, love, crush, casual, distant, unrequited love, acquaintance, steady, business partner

Love is very different from _______. If you've got a _______ on someone you can't wait to see them.

 

If it's just an ________ you can probably wait until tomorrow, or the day after. One thing is for sure: You'll probably see your ______ relatives every day! Luckily, you don't need to see your _______ relatives quite as often, though. When it comes to business, you'll probably see your _________ daily, but you'll stay away from ________ as often as you can.

Let's face it: ______ is complicated. I've heard from a number of people who have experienced _____________, and they're never the same! There are also all kinds of considerations. For example, if you've had a _______ date, do you want to go out again? Are you tired of your ________ date? Well, maybe it's time for a new __________!

Exercise 2. - Use a verb to fill in the blanks in the sentences. Remember to conjugate the verb depending on the situation, and don't forget your prepositions!

  1. My nemesis and I _______________ each other on a daily basis!
  2. I can remember the first time I met my wife. We ____________ immediately and life was never the same.
  3. Students who __________________ their parents after the age of 30 are ridiculous.
  4. I __________________ my father for my whole life. He's a wonderful example of a kind-hearted person with good judgement.
  1. Yesterday, she ________________ her colleague for criticizing her work. She said she was very sorry.
  2. Ever since he ____________ Angela, he's been a changed man!
  3. Mary ________________ her boyfriend last week. She couldn't stand his complaining anymore.
  4. They _____________________ for more than twenty years. They see no reason to get married.

ANSWERS TO EXERCISES

Exercise 1

friendship
crush
acquaintance
blood
distant
business partner
nemesis
love
unrequited love
casual
steady
love-interest

Exercise 2

compete with
hit it off
live with
have looked up to
apologized to
went out with
broke up with
have lived together

 

Fuente: Created by Susan Zilberstein
Fecha: 3/9/2019 | Creado por: Susana Beatriz
Categoria: Game Time
Etiquetas: Almagro, Inglés, Teens, 5, 2018, Susan, Zilberstein