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Bachelor Parties

Bachelor Parties

Date: Jan 09 2009

Themes: Friend

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives


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When two people marry, they celebrate their love and commitment to each other. But before the wedding, it’s common for the groom-to-be to have a big, wild party with his buddies.

The tradition of the bachelor party began over 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece, where soldiers had special meals with their friends on the night before they got married. These days, bachelor parties often involve getting wasted, going to strip clubs, and doing all the other crazy things that are supposed to stop after marriage. Listen to Marni and Jason discuss their feelings about bachelor parties.


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Marni:  I was out at the bar on Saturday night, and my absolute worst nightmare, a parade of completely wasted bachelors…

Jason:  Oh, wow.

Marni:  ...at a bachelor party. Ugh, so annoying.

Jason:  I love running into bachelorette parties. They always ask me to do funny things, like they ask for one of my chest hairs for their scavenger hunt, and things like that.

Marni:  I’ve never seen a bachelor party on a scavenger hunt. They’re just all about…

Jason:  I think they’re hunting something else.

Marni:  Yeah, exactly. It’s all about the strip clubs, and getting away from the ball and chain, and your big last night of freedom. God, it’s just so cliche.

Jason:  But it’s a rite of passage, right? Your buddies have to see you off, or whatever.

Marni:  Oh, yeah. I guess it’s a right of passage, if you’re just totally in denial that you’re committing to someone, and you feel like you have the right to have this last debaucherous evening.

Jason:  Yeah, I wonder how often the debaucherous evenings go completely overboard, you know?

Marni:  I’ve heard far too many stories of marriages canceled…

Jason:  Woah!

Marni:  But anyhow, I just think that bachelor parties…They’re just ridiculous.


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Marni’s Saturday night was ruined by a bunch of super-drunk guys having a bachelor party. Jason says he likes bachelorette parties because the women always involve him in fun games. But bachelor parties are less innocent. Usually, the guys at a bachelor party just want to get drunk and try to pick up women.

Jason thinks bachelor parties are OK, because they celebrate an important event in a man’s life. But Marni has heard about a lot of bachelor parties going overboard. If the groom-to-be acts too crazy or betrays his future wife, it can ruin the wedding or even end the relationship.

In your country, what do people do the night before their wedding? Do you think it’s a good idea to have one last, crazy party before getting married?



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Ina Wong

Ina Wong


Aweful. I think blind dates can be better if someone want to marry.

04:34 AM Jan 09 2009 |

Kyle A

Kyle A

United States

Bachelor parties are more for the best man then the groom… I think that it is supposed to be a test for the groom. If the groom enjoys the strippers then he shouldn't be getting married.

03:42 AM Jan 09 2009 |




never been in party like this)

but hope will!


03:23 AM Jan 09 2009 |




It's hard to say a thing is good or bad, especially something that spread down from one generation to another. In China, there are many kinds of traditional activity during a wedding, for example, the new couple cannot see each other before the day of wedding, the male should invite some guys to pick up the bride who is in her mother's house, the bride family or relatives will stop the groom at the door and ask for some red paper bags containing some money. All these , I think , are helpful to create a kind of happy, active, delighted atmosphere.

02:51 AM Jan 09 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

i think everyone in the bachelor parties should have fun in strange way…....

02:19 AM Jan 09 2009 |



In my town,bride and bridegroom can't meet each other the day before they marry, they just speng their time in their reapective houses. 

02:12 AM Jan 09 2009 |

Chanel Liu

Chanel Liu


I kind of quite agree with Marni's view. The guys do "commit" a lot of BAD deeds at  bachelor parties.Frown

01:42 AM Jan 09 2009 |




Yoho…..Tongue out.........

01:30 AM Jan 09 2009 |

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