Spotlight 2/2018
    Love and relationships
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    Von Dagmar Taylor

    Love is in the air! Here, we present dialogues about personal relationships and being in love.


    1. Young love

    Old friends Aimee and Priya are meeting for dinner.

    Aimee: It’s lovely to see you, Priya. You look gorgeousumwerfend, wunderschöngorgeous!
    Priya: Oh, thank you. You’re too kind! I’m so glad we’ve finally found time to go out together. I’ve missed you.
    Aimee: I’ve missed you, too. We really must make more of an effort to get together.
    Priya: I know. Life and work just take over, don’t they? How are you, though? Anything new?
    Aimee: Nothing much... Oh, Milos has a girlfriend.
    Priya: What? Wasn’t he only five years old about ten minutes ago?
    Aimee: Well, he’s 16 now, and he’s head over heels in love.
    Priya: And how is his girlfriend? Do you like her?
    Aimee: She’s lovely. She’s like the daughter I never had. But the problem is they’re so young. It’ll never last.



    You’re too kind (ifml.) can be used to thank someone in a way that is very polite, but not always really sincereehrlich, aufrichtigsincere.
    – When you make (more of) an effort, you to attemptversuchenattempt to do something, especially when it is difficult to do.
    – To get together with somebody means to meet a person socially.
    – You can describe someone who is very much in love as being head over heels in love.
    It’ll never last is used to say that something will not continue for very long.


    2. First love

    Aimee and Priya are talking over dinner.

    Priya: Oh, don’t say it won’t last. You never know.
    Aimee: Could you imagine still being together with your first boyfriend? What was his name again?
    Priya: Sonny. Well, it’s funny you should say that. He got in touch again recently. And I have to admit that I felt a bit sentimental.
    Aimee: Really? What’s he doing nowadays?
    Priya: He’s an engineer, and he lives in Manchester. He was married, but he got divorced recently. He said his wife walked out on him. She left him for another man — one of Sonny’s colleagues, in fact.
    Aimee: That’s heartbreaking. Poor Sonny!
    Priya: I feel really sorry for him, too, but there are always two sides to a story.
    Aimee: Well, yes, of course. But still...



    You never know can be used to say that something might be possible, even if it doesn’t seem likely.
    – If you get in touch with someone, you communicate with that person, especially in writing or on the phone.
    – If a person suddenly leaves somebody with whom he or she is having a relationship, that person walks out on the partner.
    – When you feel pityMitleidpity or sympathy for someone, you feel (really) sorry for that person.
    There are always two sides to a story is a way of saying that there is always more than one way of understanding a situation.


    3. What about you?

    Aimee and Priya are talking about their former boyfriends.

    Priya: Are you still in touch with any of your old boyfriends? What about Matty? He was a really nice guy.
    Aimee: Yeah, he was. It wasn’t meant to be, though. We were so young. We split up when he went to study in the States. I have no idea what he’s doing now.
    Priya: Haven’t you ever looked him up on the internet?
    Aimee: No. I’ve never thought about it, to be honest. What’s that saying? “Don’t look back. You’re not going that way” — or something like that.
    Priya: Ha! That’s a good one! Who were you with after Matty?
    Aimee: I didn’t have a serious relationship for a long time. Then I met Philippe, and the rest is history.



    – If something is not meant to be, it seems unlikely to take place because of forces beyondaußerhalbbeyond one’s control.
    – When you split up (with someone), you put an end to your relationship with that person.
    – Here, to be with someone means to be in a relationship with a person.
    – A serious relationship is one that is sincere and important, not just short-lived, convenientpraktisch, bequemconvenient or superficialoberflächlichsuperficial.
    ...and the rest is history is used to say that you do not need to tell a story to its end because it is known to people already.


    4. So awkwardpeinlich, unangenehmawkward!

    Aimee and Priya are talking about dating.

    Aimee: (phone pings) It’s from Milos. He wants to borrow money to buy his girlfriend some roses for Valentine’s Day. That’s young love for you, eh?
    Priya: How cuteniedlichcute! I can’t remember the last time anyone gave me anything for Valentine’s Day.
    Aimee: Oh, Priya! Seriously, I really don’t understand why you’re still single.
    Priya: You’re so sweet! I have no idea where to meet nice men. And I’m not trying online dating again. The last guy I went on a date with looked nothing like his profile picture. It was so awkward!
    Aimee: I can imagine. It’s easy for kids like Milos. But once you’re in your forties, it’s a whole different ball game.
    Priya: Tell me about it!



    Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14 February. It’s a day when people show their affectionZuneigung, Liebeaffection for each other by sending cards or giving flowers or chocolates with messages of love.
    Seriously can be used at the start of a sentence to show a change from a joking to a more serious mood.
    – A person who is single (not: “a single”) is not married or in a lasting relationship.
    A (whole) different ball game (ifml.) is “a completely different situation”.
    Tell me about it (ifml.) means that you understand what somebody has said and have had a similar experience.


    Now try out the exercises below.



    Would you like some more practice in the language of relationships? Then go to An exercise in love, where you'll find more exercises on this topic.


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    An exercise in love


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