To celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is a day to celebrate love and relationships, we thought we’d deal with some English vocabulary relating to love and romance!
Read this story of someone’s love life and then try to match the expressions in bold with the explanations (1-X) below. Answers at the bottom of the page.
I went on a date with a girl for the first time when I was 16 years old. It was really awkward and I think she was bored the whole time! Then I went out with another girl when I was 17 for a few months, until she broke up with me after meeting an older guy. I was devastated!
Then I met Maria while I was university. We went on a few dates and things got serious a few months afterwards. I realised I had fallen in love with her after we went to a New Year’s Eve party together.
A year later, I proposed to Maria on holiday in Spain, and she said yes! We got married a year after and went on our honeymoon to the same place I proposed to her. She got pregnant a few months afterwards. Now we have a daughter called Lily.
Unfortunately, after about 5 years, things started to go badly. She worked away a lot and there was a lot of strain on our relationship. Eventually, we decided to separate. We were both happier, and soon after that we got divorced. Now I’m free and single and looking to mingle!
- stop or end a relationship
- have a wedding and start a marriage
- meet someone to spend time with them, to pursue a romantic relationship
- basically the same as “go on a date with”
- when a relationship is no longer casual
- to become romantically and/or sexually very attracted to someone, when your feelings of love start
- when you ask someone to marry you
- an expression that single people use when they are looking to meet new people
- when a relationship (or situation) is not good
- the holiday after a wedding
- when you end your marriage
- when a baby starts growing in a woman
Which words are being defined? Try not to look back at the text!
The celebration when a couple starts their marriage.
When you meet someone you are interested in romantically.
The holiday after your wedding.
The day that is exactly one year, or a number of years, after something happens, for example your wedding.
When a couple stop their relationship.
The state when a woman is carrying a child.
- break up (with someone)
- get married (to someone)
- go on a date (with someone)
- go out (with someone)
- things get serious
- fall in love (with someone)
- propose to someone
- free, single and ready to mingle!
- things go badly
- get divorced (from someone)
- get pregnant
The celebration when a couple starts their marriage. WEDDING
When you meet someone you are interested in romantically. A DATE
The holiday after your wedding. HONEYMOON
The day that is exactly one year, or a number of years, after something happens, for example your wedding. ANNIVERSARY
When a couple stop their relationship. BREAK UP
The state when a woman is carrying a child. PREGNANT (adjective) PREGNANCY (noun)