MARRIAGE IN BRITAIN
You will hear part of a radio discussion about marriage in Britain. For questions 1-6, choose the answer (A, B, C, D) which fits best according to what you hear.
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1. According to Julie, why did she and Peter get married?
- They both felt pressured to do so by their parents.
- She felt morally obliged to accept Peter’s proposal.
- It seemed an appropriate course of action to take.
- They hoped to inject more romance into their relationship.
2. What does Julie say was Peter’s initial attitude towards the wedding?
- He did not want a religious service.
- He was more enthusiastic than Julie.
- He was concerned about the expense.
- He wanted it to be a small-scale event.
3. Bryan and Chrissie both felt that their relationship
- did not meet with their parents’ approval.
- might have ended if they had not got married.
- suffered as a result of financial problems.
- could become stronger with time.
4. What does Julie say about arguments with her husband?
- They do not have long-lasting effects.
- They nearly ruined their honeymoon.
- They can become quite violent.
- They tend to go on for quite some time.
5. According to Bryan, what has created most problems in his current marriage?
- working long hours.
- selling his business
- living in a small flat.
- having three children.
6. For a marriage to survive, Julie believes that couples need to be
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Hasten: /ˈheɪsən/ to say or do sth without delay: E.g. He has been described as a ‘charmless bore’—not by me, I hasten to add. Apresurarse.
Turn down: to reject or refuse. Rechazar.
The whole works: everything available. The whole thing. The whole shebang /ʃɪˈbæŋ/.
Lavish: large in amount, or impressive, and usually costing a lot of money. Extravagant. E.g. lavish gifts / celebrations. They lived a very lavish lifestyle.
Allowance: an amount of money that is given to sb regularly or for a particular purpose.
Besotted:/biˈsɒtɪd/ besotted (by / with sb/sth) loving sb/sth so much that you do not behave in a sensible way: E.g. He is completely besotted with his new girlfriend. Locamente enamorado. Chiflado.
Strain: pressure, tension, worry, anxiety.
Prove to be: turn out: resultar.
Stick at sth:to continue to work in a serious and determined way to achieve sth:
If you want to play an instrument well, you’ve got to stick at it. Persevere /ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪə/. Perseverar.