212 The Anniversary

Ashley talks about a special anniversary.


Jessica: So Ashley, what are you going to do this summer?

Ashley: I am really excited. This summer I'm going to my Grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. We are having a huge party and I'm really excited. My entire family is going to be there. they're renting a house in Lake Tahoe, which is where my mom grew up, and where my grandparents spent the majority of their life together. We'll be there for a week, on the lake, boating, jet skiing, that whole thing, and then this Saturday we're having a party with people I've never even met. Everyone's gonna be there. I'm really excited.

Jessica: Oh, that's wonderful. So how many of your family member will be there?

Ashley: Oh, gosh, I have no idea. Every time I speak to my mother I hear somebody knew who has been invited and somebody else is going to be there. I'm really excited. It's going to be a lot of fun. My grandparents are crazy. They actually got engaged a month after they met, and February, the shortest month of the year. My grandfather told my grandmother he loved her a week after they met, and then he proposed and then he was in service so he went away until August. They didn't see each other until they got married. Yeah, my grandmother says, "If any of you kids do this, we'll kill you. I can't believe 50 years later they're still together.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

wedding anniversary

This summer, I'm going to my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary.

A 'wedding anniversary' is like the birthday of your wedding.  You celebrate the date that you got married every year. Notice the following:

  1. Their first baby was born on their second wedding anniversary.
  2. This year we are taking a vacation to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

majority of life

Lake Tahoe is where my grandparents spent the majority of their life together.

'Majority' is similar to most.  In the case of the example, my grandparents lived most of their life together at Lake Tahoe.  Notice the following:

  1. He moved to the United States when he was young and has lived here for the majority of his life.
  2. He worked for that company the majority of his life.

somebody else

Every time I speak to my mom, I hear somebody else is going to be there.

In this case, 'somebody else' can be replaced with 'an additional person' Notice the following:

  1. She wants to find somebody else to do her office work.
  2. It seems like there is always somebody else around her.

engaged or proposed

My grandfather proposed and they got engaged in February.

When a man 'proposes' to a woman he asks her to marry him.  If she says yes then they are 'engaged.' Notice the following:

  1. He proposed to her on a hike in the mountains.
  2. They were engaged for over two years before they got married.

in service

My grandfather was in service so he went away until August.

In a person is in the military we say that he is 'in service.' Notice the following:

  1. My father was in service so we moved around a lot.
  2. He was in service for four years after high school.


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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
anniversary • majority of • somebody else
engaged • proposed • in service
  1. He with the most beautiful ring she had ever seen.
  2. I was away for the the summer.
  3. Were you for a few years?
  4. She was once before when she was 24 years old.
  5. We are having a party to celebrate our 25th wedding .
  6. Every time I go to that store there is working.