Talking About Marriage in English

source: Twominute English   2013年10月24日
An engagement is a promise to marry. During this period, a couple is said to be married, or simply engaged. Future brides and grooms may be called a wife-to-be or husband-to-be, fiancée or fiancé, respectively.
In this lesson we will learn the phrases that you can use while telling people that you are engaged to be married.

# telling your friends you're engaged
--Hey John, how's it going with Karen?
--It's fantastic Dick! I wanna tell you something. I proposed to Karen!
--No way, mate! I'm happy for you. So, you're engaged now?
--Yep, I'm engaged. Soon to be married.
--And when's the wedding?
--Haven't really decided, but probably at the end of November.
--Wow, that's great news! Congratulations!
# telling your father you're going to get married
--Dad, I wanna tell you something.
--What's it, sweetheart?
--You know Tom and I have been dating for a while, right?
--Yes, dear, I know.
--Well, he proposed to me today and I said "yes."
--What? He asked you to marry him?
--Yes, Daddy! Aren't you fine with it? I thought you liked Tom.
--No. I mean yes, honey. I like him, too. It's just that I am so surprised. My little girl is getting married.
# congratulating your friend on his engagement
--Hey, John. It's me, Mark.
--Hello, Mark. What's up, buddy?
--I just got the news today, man. Rich told me you're engaged!
--So, it's making the rounds already? Yep, I'm engaged to Karen.
--I'm so happy for you, mate. I always knew you guys had something special.
--Thank you, buddy.
--Let's get together sometime. We gotta party!
--Okay. Let's plan a boys' night out.
# telling your sister
--Hey, Karen. What's up, girl?
--Susie, I can't believe it!
--What's going on? Everything alright?
--John and I are engaged!
--No way! Oh my God, that's terrific! That's wonderful news! I'm so happy for you!
--Thank you. I'm so happy!
--I'm sure you are. It's fantastic news. Did you tell Dad?
--Going to call him later today.

Picnic English Lesson - English Travel Phrases

source: Twominute English    2013年10月21日
A Picnic gives us an opportunity to enjoy our day with our loved ones in a fun filled manner. It's even more exciting to share your picnic plans and experiences with others. Let's learn some English language phrases that you can use to share the fun of going on a picnic with others.

# picnic with friends
--Hey, You looked rushed. What's the hurry?
--Well, a bunch of friends just planned a last-minute picnic. I need to rush and pack things.
--Wow! Where're you guys going?
--We plan to spend a day at Greenwich Park.
--Hey, can I join you guys?
--Why not? If you are not busy, then come along.
--Alright! This is going to be so cool!
# picnic with family
--Do you have any meetings on Sunday?
--No. Fortunately, I won't be doing any work this Sunday. Our manager has hired some part-time employees to work on weekends.
--That's great. So we can plan a family picnic for this weekend?
--Sure. Ask the kids where they want to go. I'll make the necessary arrangements.
--Awesome! I'll ask them at the dinner table tonight.
# packing the things we need
--I'm so confused! What should I pack for a one-day picnic?
--Well, you don't need much.
--I know. But, there are certain things we always need.
--Yup. Like a first-aid box, a pair of extra clothes, maybe a swimsuit.
--How about a pair of slippers?
--Yeah. In my opinion, that's a must.
--Anything else I could've missed?
--Let's ask the other guys. Let's ask them what they're packing?
--That's a good idea! I'll call Monica. She's pretty good at packing stuff.
# picnic food
--What food should I pack for the picnic?
--Anything that you can make easily.
--Make sure whatever you cook is fulfilling.
--How about pasta, fried chicken and some homemade cookies?
--I think that would be just fine. You can also bring some potato chips and sandwiches for a quick bite.
--What about dessert?
--Apple pie would be nice.
--Alright, let's do this!