ELLLO Views #912 Speed Dating
Views #912 | Intermediate 5

Speed Dating

Jonathan explains to Jeff the idea of speed dating and how it works.
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Jonathan: Have you ever heard about speed dating?

Jeff: Speed dating? No. I have no idea. Fast....?

Jonathan: This is a kind of thing that started up in the last number of years, and what happens is it there's an organizer and you go to some dates in a two hour period.

Jeff: So this is an organized... it's organized and it's... what do you do? Like what do you do?

Jonathan: Well, you'll have a number and a little name tag and maybe you'll be Jeff number 7 and you'll meet and talk to these ladies. Those five minutes are yours to talk about whatever you like. Perhaps you're interested finding out what the girls enjoy doing in their free time, their hobbies, what their background is. I'm sure they'll have questions for you, as well, and if for example out of those twenty dates, there are four or five that you would be interested in seeing again, you put a little check next to their name on your check list. If any of those same ladies put a check next to your name, then you have a match, and you're able to contact those ladies. You are given their e-mail addresses and you can continue to be in contact with them and find out if someone might be right for you.

Jeff: So that sounds great. Have you ever done it before?

Jonathan: Yes, I have.

Jeff: And any luck?

Jonathan: A little bit of luck. You know hard it is. People are looking for sorts of different things, so maybe my lifestyle isn't really suitable for a lot of people I meet and vice-versa.

Jeff: Well, sounds good. I'm in.

Jonathan: OK, I'll sign you up.Jonathan: Have you ever heard about speed dating?

Jeff: Speed dating? No. I have no idea. Fast....?

Jonathan: This is a kind of thing that started up in the last number of years, and what happens is it there's an organizer and you go to some dates in a two hour period.

Jeff: So this is an organized... it's organized and it's... what do you do? Like what do you do?

Jonathan: Well, you'll have a number and a little name tag and maybe you'll be Jeff number 7 and you'll meet and talk to these ladies. Those five minutes are yours to talk about whatever you like. Perhaps you're interested finding out what the girls enjoy doing in their free time, their hobbies, what their background is. I'm sure they'll have questions for you, as well, and if for example out of those twenty dates, there are four or five that you would be interested in seeing again, you put a little check next to their name on your check list. If any of those same ladies put a check next to your name, then you have a match, and you're able to contact those ladies. You are given their e-mail addresses and you can continue to be in contact with them and find out if someone might be right for you.

Jeff: So that sounds great. Have you ever done it before?

Jonathan: Yes, I have.

Jeff: And any luck?

Jonathan: A little bit of luck. You know hard it is. People are looking for sorts of different things, so maybe my lifestyle isn't really suitable for a lot of people I meet and vice-versa.

Jeff: Well, sounds good. I'm in.

Jonathan: OK, I'll sign you up.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson

in the last number of years

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It started up in the last number of years.

Usually we say 'in the last [few] years'.  That talks about something that started maybe two or three years ago.  Note the following:

  1. There's been an increase in crime in the last few years.
  2. I have not had time to travel in the last few of years.

background

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We want to know what their background is.

When we ask about someone's background that means we want to know about their history. Note the following:

  1. She has a background in construction.
  2. He was not hired because of his background.

luck

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And any luck?

When good things happen by chance we call that luck.  Note the following:

  1. To succeed you need hardwork, intelligence and luck.
  2. I have not had any luck finding a roommate.

vice-versa

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My lifestyle isn't suitable for most people I meet and vice-versa.

The phrase 'vice-versa' simply means that the opposite is true.  Note the following:

  1. Cats do not like dogs and vice-versa.
  2. People have money, but no free time and vice-versa.

sign up

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I'll sign you up.

When we sign up for something that means we agree to join or participate.  Note the following:

  1. I just signed up for a free credit card.
  2. You need to sign up for your classes before the deadline.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
last few years • background • luck
 vice-versa • signed up
  1. She doesn't like me and .
  2. I don't know why I for all those online newsletters.
  3. She has traveled a lot in the .
  4. Did you have any finding your purse?
  5. Although his is in science he has a job working with computers.