Hi. In the classroom today you will think about why most couples
Everyone has a reason for deciding to split up with their husband,
wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other.
These are the most common reasons.
Family which includes differences or problems which need to be dealt
Affair which means getting emotionally or physically involved with
Sex problems which means someone in the relationship is not happy
with a sex related issue.
Finances which can be about budgeting or overall spending habits.
Boredom which means there may not be enough excitement in the
No trust which means there is no reliance on the integrity, ability,
or character of the other person.
No communication means there is no exchange of ideas or thoughts.
Similarities which means there is too much in common.
Differences which means there is not enough in common.
Why people decide to split up has a lot to do with culture too.
A good reason for splitting up in one country might not be a good
reason for splitting up in another country.
Why do you think most couples split up?
Until next time.
Why Couples Split Up
Couples split up for a wide variety of reasons. When
couples split up they should make every effort to stay
friends, especially if there are kids involved. Many
couples split up and end up hating each other. They
should remember they did love each other at one time and
should at least respect and continue to be there for
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Couples split for many reasons.
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50 - Back to School
Conversation, Listening, Reading)
In this lesson Anna has been wanting to go back to
school for a long time. In this lesson, we go to class
with her at Georgetown University, where she is getting
ready to give a report in her class. Did she understand
Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Anna: Hello, and welcome to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.! I am
going back to school! Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in
the United States. The Jesuits are a religious order known worldwide for their
many colleges and universities. Students have been studying here since 1792!
Sarah: Hey, are you finished with your report?
Taylor: Almost. I have been writing and re-writing since last night! The subject
is really interesting to me.
Sarah: Me too! I have been studying this topic* for a long time.
Anna: Am I late?
Sarah: You’re a little late. But don’t worry. The professor isn’t here yet.
Anna: How long has the class been waiting?
Taylor: We’ve only been waiting for about 10 minutes.
Anna: Oh good. Oh, no! I forgot my pencil sharpener. Excuse me, do you have a
pencil sharpener I can borrow?
Taylor: No, sorry.
Anna: Oh wait. I found my extra one! Whew, that was close.
Anna: So, how long have you been studying at Georgetown?
Andrew: I’ve been studying here since 2015.
Anna: Awesome. You know, I've been wanting to go back to school for a long time.
So, here I am!
Andrew: Well, you picked a great school. I’ve been really happy here.
Anna: Awesome. See, I’ve been working for several years now. So, going back to
school makes me a little nervous.
Randall: Don’t be nervous. Just pay attention and do your best!
Anna: That is great advice. You know, I have been paying attention. But
sometimes I still feel like I don’t understand. Like last week …
Anna: What’s that?
Jada: This is my draft.
Anna: What draft?
Jada: The professor told us to bring our drafts.
Anna: I think she said “giraffe.”
Jada: No. She didn’t.
Anna: Here comes the professor.
Dr. Jones: Hello class! Sorry I'm late, but the snow storm made getting here
really difficult. I see you’ve been waiting very patiently. So, let’s get
started! Who wants to give their talk first?
Anna: Oh! Oh! Please, please pick me.
Dr. Jones: Anna?
Anna: Who me? Sure. Thanks.
Anna: Here is my report on “Violins in the City.”
Anna: People have been looking for a solution to the problem of violins in the
city. I say stop! Stop! They are not the problem! In fact, violins are part of
Anna: Violins create beautiful music that can fill a city with hope.
Dr. Jones: Anna …
Anna: If we put a violin in the hands of every child …
Dr. Jones: Anna! The topic is “Violence in the city.” Violence. Not violins.
Anna: Until next time …Like I was saying, many people are saying that violence
in the city is a problem. A very big problem.
* topic = subject
Thanks to Georgetown University for allowing us to film on their historic
campus. And a special thanks to the Georgetown students and staff who appeared
in this episode: Andrew Debraggio, Sarah Mucha, Taylor Soergel, Jada Bullen, and
Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about the present
perfect continuous verb tense.
This video teaches about how the word "for" is pronounced quickly in sentences
using the present perfect continuous and a time phrase.
adj. of or relating to the Roman Catholic
n. a group of students who meet regularly to be
taught a subject or activity
n. a version of something (such as a report)
that you make before you make the final version
adj. unable to understand or think clearly
n. a very tall African animal that has an
extremely long neck and legs
n. a man who is a member of a religious group
called the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus
n. a religious organization whose members
usually live together and promise to follow special rules and traditions
adj. able to remain calm and not become annoyed
when waiting for a long time
pay attention -
phrase to listen to, watch, or consider
something or someone very carefully
n. an instrument used for writing and drawing
that has a hard outer part and a black or colored center part
n. a teacher especially of the highest rank at
a college or university
in a god or a group of gods and following the rules of a religion
n. a written or
spoken description of a situation or event
n. a tool or
machine that makes something sharp
prep. in the time
after (a specified time or event in the past) orfrom (a point in the past)
until the present time
that is used or done to deal with and end a problem
v. to learn about
something by reading, memorizing facts or attending school
v. to know
the meaning of something
n. the use of
physical force to harm someone or to damage property
n. a musical
instrument that has four strings and that you play with a bow
In this lesson, Anna goes back to school. Did you ever
take a special training course or classes? What did you
learn? If you have not gone back to study, do you want
to study something? Write about it in the Facebook
Comments section below. Then practice using the present
perfect continuous tense and monitoring what you hear.
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