B1 Dialog #47 Talking about dating

Today we are going to talk about dating. As always you can find the PDF transcript below in the description. Follow our podcasts on iTunes and Yandex Music. For more new dialogs subscribe to our channel.

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Talking about dating (B1 English)

(1) What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘dating’?

I think about relationships between people. Dating is an important part of it.

(2) What are the good things and bad things about dating?

Dating helps people to know more about each other. So you can understand if a person fits you or not. I think there is nothing bad about dating. It’s always good.

(3) What can you remember about your first date?

I can’t remember if the date was good or not. It was a long time ago. 

(4) How do you feel before you go on a first date with someone?

A first date is always exciting. You never know what is going to happen, because you don’t know your partner well enough. But it’s a normal thing. A first date is always about getting to know each other.

(5) What is your idea of a great first date?

I am not a romantic person. So for me it’s important just to feel comfortable with a woman. That’s it.

(6) What is the most disastrous date you’ve been on?

I think I’ve never had a date like this. All the dates I had were good.

(7) If you could go on a date with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

I don’t know. I am married. I think I am not allowed to go out with anybody 😀

(8) Would you ever use a dating service (online or otherwise)?

I think I wouldn’t. It is not bad, but I would prefer to find someone in real life.

(9) Would you ever go on a blind date?

I don’t think so. It’s weird. 

(10) Who pays on a first date?

Men are supposed to pay of course.

Rinat —-> Anya

(1) Do you think dating today is any different from dating 50 years ago?

I don’t think so. The only difference is that now everyone has a mobile phone. So it’s easier to contact each other.

(2) From what age is it OK to start dating?

16-17 years old teenagers are old enough to start dating I think.

(3) Isn’t it better to go for an arranged marriage and do away with the hassles of dating?

Everyone decides it for himself, but I’d never do so.

(4) Is it OK for older men / women to date very young partners?

If people really like each other, why not? 

(5) What do you think parents worry about when their kids start dating?

I think that they worry about unexpected kids. So parents should talk to their children and explain some important things about it. 

(6) Is it a better idea to date someone from your own race, religion, social status, etc.?

It’s a good question. I don’t think that things like that are important nowadays. The most important thing is to love and respect each other. 

(7) What are the best ways of making sure a first date leads to a second date?

Just try to be yourself and don’t worry too much about it. Nature will do everything for you.

(8) What should you never do on a first date?

Unappropriate behavior is the worst thing. It’s important to be polite and attentive to your partner.

(9) Is dating someone after two years still as exciting as the first date?

Of course it’s not. The first date is the most exciting. But if you are still together after two years, it’s a good sign. It’s not so easy to find the right person. 

(10) Is dating a waste of time?

No, dating is an important part of relationships. People should never forget about it.