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First Dates
First Dates

Learn English: Meaning of First Dates

Date: Feb 01 2019

Themes: Romance

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense

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To do anything for the first time can be scary. Going on a first date can make you feel even more nervous because you want to make a good first impression. You’re also trying to figure out if your date will be a good match for you. At the same time, you’re wondering if they like you back.

When two people are just getting to know one another, it can be difficult to decide where to go and what to do. Hopefully, the pair on the date will have something in common and can find an activity that they will both enjoy. A classic first date is to go out to eat so they can chat and learn more about each other while enjoying a good meal.

Jessica is worried because she doesn’t know what she’ll be doing on her first date. Find out more in today’s English lesson about finding love.

Dialog

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Jessica

Jessica

Lily

Lily

Jessica:  You’re not going to believe what I’m going to do this week.

Lily:  What are you doing?

Jessica:  I am going on a first date!

Lily:  That’s so exciting.

Jessica:  No, it’s not. Oh my gosh. The anticipation is giving me butterflies.

Lily:  It’s OK. It’s so fun. You get to meet someone new. It can be awkward, that’s true. But it’s anyone’s guess what’s going to happen. And that’s kind of exciting.

Jessica:  But I’m dealing with so much indecision. I just don’t know what I’m going to wear or where we should go. And I’m feeling really self-conscious about it all.

Lily:  But you’re going to be awesome. This person wanted to go on a date with you, anyway. Feel confident in that and just put your best foot forward and you’ll be fine.

Jessica:  Thanks, Lily. I’m starting to feel better already.

Lily:  Good.

 

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Discussion

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It’s normal to be nervous about going on a first date. Jessica has butterflies just from thinking about it. The anticipation of not knowing what will happen makes her nervous. What will they do? Where will they go? There are so many questions!

Lily is very excited for Jessica, and thinks that this is a great chance to meet someone new. She thinks Jessica will be awesome and will have a fun date if she has a positive attitude. A first date can lead to a second date, and it’s anyone’s guess what will happen after that.

Have you been on a first date? What did you do and how did it go?

 

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tar1ta

tar1ta

Antarctica

Gordafarid,


I seem to have an obsession with this website :)


I registered three days ago and have been learning enthusiastically ever since.



This will pass too  ;-)

08:45 PM Feb 03 2015 |

Gordafarid

Gordafarid

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

@tar1ta, agree with you dear ;) but I’m not sure about my answer, if everyone knows better please help :D  you know, it’s better not to be so sensitive about articles, they are dangerous, they can cause obsession!! believe me!! :D

08:27 PM Feb 03 2015 |

tar1ta

tar1ta

Antarctica

@Gordafarid


thanks, I’ll chew on your answer for a while.


Those awful articles are much more difficult than going to dates (


08:18 PM Feb 03 2015 |

Gordafarid

Gordafarid

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

@tar1ta, I think because we talk about dates generally, we talk about every experience that everyone might have before. So because these dates are not specific type or they aren’t belonging to a spoecial person, we can say “first dates”(in plural form) after first or we can say ” a first date”. BUT, if you want to express your experiences, you should use THE as a definite article for it, because you talk about a definite and particular subject and it belongs you.

08:12 PM Feb 03 2015 |

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tar1ta

tar1ta

Antarctica

As for me I have the firsthand knowledge that a first date and even a second date can be scary.


“What to wear” is not a problem. I suppose when somebody wanted to date you, you wore something and that person liked it :)


Where to go? I think you should go to some place like a stadium or a gallery to have something to say. Dating in the cafeteria seems to me not very good idea. For example I was very so nervous that I nearly choked with ice cream while “enjoying a good meal.”


?!


Can somebody please explain me why “first” and “second” are used with an indefinite article?

07:40 PM Feb 03 2015 |

Gordafarid

Gordafarid

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

@Shoba, it’s kind of you dear ;)

07:34 PM Feb 03 2015 |

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tar1ta

tar1ta

Antarctica

@Seiyf_khawas


I hope your comment about the last date wasn’t about you and was added only to practice English :D

07:27 PM Feb 03 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka



Hello dear Gordafarid,


I really didn’t find anything silly in your question. Please do not apologize.


Best regards. 



04:18 PM Feb 03 2015 |

Gordafarid

Gordafarid

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

“sometimes first date can be last date too”  @Seiyf_Khawas, I like those “Sometimes” ;) Thanks for the point :)


01:35 PM Feb 03 2015 |

Gordafarid

Gordafarid

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

@Shoba, Thank you dear for your explanation :) Just after putting the comment here, I understood how silly my question was!! sorry for that and thanks for your wise answer! ;)

01:32 PM Feb 03 2015 |

Gordafarid

Gordafarid

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

WOW!! How much ” LIKE ” people give to each other!! People seems really friendly here!! Thanks all for those LIKEs you gave to my comments and I’m also thankful of those people who prefer to think about my comments instead of giving LIKEs…lol!! :)) By the way, I’m so happy that I’m here with all kind and friendly English penpals ;)

01:28 PM Feb 03 2015 |

macielmarcel

Brazil

Definitely I’ve been on some first dates, not all of them ended up in relationships, or even a remarkable moment out with that person, although all of them played an important role in forging the man I turned into, and were a significant way of getting to know different behaviors, cultural remarks and other people’s feelings, as well as mine towards them.


All in all, being awkward or awesome we need to face that experience, as we were not meant to be alone!


12:10 AM Feb 03 2015 |

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

ı forgat to say something, 


sometimes first date can be last date too :))) 

09:05 PM Feb 02 2015 |

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

first date can be first step of happiness …but it wont be easy for new encounters ..they can be very stressful ,nervous ,self-conscious at first date..they will want to affect each other with sweet words and behaviors..it can be unbelievable moment for them with sweats on the palms and back ,red -pink colors on the cheeks..sometimes they will use body language for expressing their feelings..probably they wont remember many things about first date..


after first date ,they will ask theirselves ” did he/she like me ?” after butterflies they will take breath with new and fresh hopes :) maybe they will smile for getting second date from each other :)


05:03 PM Feb 02 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka




Hi dear Gordafarid, 


Thank you very much for your reply. 


I do have a 8-month-old son, but the baby in my profile picture is not mine. I have a 7-year-old daughter too. 


Take care. 




03:31 PM Feb 02 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka




Thank you, dear Julito, for your funny comment.


Now I understand why my husband took me out to watch a horror movie.




03:26 PM Feb 02 2015 |

S&W

S&W

China

@julito,Girls always feeling insecure.It may have big differences between the insecure come from girls with boys.Insecure girl often need more caring from her boyfriend.What does a inseure boy mostly need?


 

03:21 PM Feb 02 2015 |

oguzzugo

oguzzugo

Turkey

very boring just ordinary day for me 

02:19 PM Feb 02 2015 |

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rindasafitri

Indonesia

i remember at my first date, i don’t know what will i say and nervous

02:10 PM Feb 02 2015 |

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ola33

ola33

Japan

Julito, your love story reminded me another one. One guy was very much in love with a girl, but it wasn’t quite responsive. The guy had two options – to turn away and find another more mutual relationship, but instead, he was always there with the girl, never losing her out of sight:). Eventually, they got married.

12:46 PM Feb 02 2015 |

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