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Wedding Review

Nathan talks about how his wedding went and things that make the event fun and stressful.

Julia: So we're talking about your wedding, Nathan. Was it a stressful experience for you?

Nathan: Yes, I think you could say that it was pretty stressful in several ways. The first one was a kind of stupid thing was that a long time ago I'd broken a tooth and a couple of days before I got married, the tooth got stuck in a chocolate bar and broke again. So I'd been to an emergency...

Julia: You looked pretty then?

Nathan: Yeah, I'd been to an emergency dentist session to have a new cap stuck on but I was really worried that (a) I couldn't speak properly because my mouth was still a bit getting used to the shape of the tooth and I was worried that the tooth was going to fall off but also I'm not very good in front of large groups of people and I had to, I had to do some speeches and I hadn't really...

Julia: You made a speech?

Nathan: Yeah, I didn't really memorize the speeches properly and so I really struggled with the speeches but I think the other thing was that I couldn't relax because everybody was taking photos and every time I wanted to have a drink of beer or have a mouthful of food, someone was like just one more photo, just one more photo and so I kept on saying to people like I'm really tired, you know, I'd really like to eat my food and everybody kept on coming up and taking photos and I actually got a bit frustrated and a bit...

Julia: You were grumpy on your wedding day?

Nathan: Well, I get grumpy everywhere. We had three parties so the first party was...

Julia: Three parties?

Nathan: Yeah, we had the wedding ceremony and then we had the meal and then we had like a second party where we did some games and then we had a third party at a karaoke booth which was fantastic.

Julia: Right and were you still in your wedding gear for all those parties?

Nathan: Yeah. Actually I said to you some time before that my wife had two wedding dresses but by the time we went to karaoke she was on her third wedding dress.

Julia: Oh, wow.

Nathan: So she had a pretty good time getting changed.

Julia: It was a huge event then?

Nathan: It was.

Julia: How long did it take to plan this wedding?

Nathan: I think it took only two months. My wife's pretty organized so she's like this is going to happen, this is going to happen, boom, boom, boom.

Julia: So she made most of the important stressful decisions?

Nathan: Oh yeah. The planning was easy for me. I just said yes to everything.

Julia: And did you go on a honeymoon?

Nathan: That's a major bone of contention. That's, I've never been forgiven for this because we, I guess we really didn't have a huge amount of money and afterwards my wife wanted to take...

Julia: You spent a lot on the wedding.

Nathan: Yeah, she wanted to have a really romantic honeymoon in the Maldives and I'd actually put the idea of the Maldives into her head when I was drinking one time and afterwards, we didn't do anything after the wedding because we'd been really busy during the wedding getting friends and family to fly in.

Julia: You needed a break?

Nathan: Yeah, but then about a month later we went to Thailand and then we went to Singapore and we did lots of small trips in Malaysia and different things but they weren't really romantic and so my wife is still waiting for her romantic honeymoon.

Julia: You went travelling, well that's nice.

Nathan: Yeah, well.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

fall off


I was worried that the tooth was going to fall off.

Here, Nathan is talking about having a cap or cover on one if his teeth. When he talks about being worried that it was going to 'fall off,' he means fall out of the position that the dentist put it in around his tooth. Notice the following:

  1. His shoe fell off when he was trying to get on the bus.
  2. This hat keeps falling off my head.



You were grumpy on your wedding day?

When you are 'grumpy,' you are not in a good mood. Maybe you are a little bit sad or angry. Notice the following:

  1. I didn't sleep well last night, so I'm a little grumpy today.
  2. You seem kind of grumpy. Is something wrong?

bone of contention


That's a major bone of contention.

A 'bone of contention' is an issue that has caused many disputes. Notice the following:

  1. We know this is a bone of contention between us, so let's not talk about it.
  2. Sorry. This is clearly a bone of contention for you. I didn't mean to upset you.

fly in


Friends and family intend to fly in.

Used like this, 'fly in' means to travel by plane to get to a place. Notice the following:

  1. What time are you flying in on Saturday?
  2. My parents are going to fly in early tomorrow.

Vocabulary Quiz

fall off • let her down • tails
get away • converts
  1. That machine water power into energy.
  2. The men looked so nice in their tops and .
  3. He's a bad liar, so it's pretty easy to tell when he is trying to with something.
  4. She gets really sad if her friends .
  5. He doesn't have kids of his own, but he's good a playing the of a father.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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