Fun Easy English Classroom February 19


Discuss why most
couples split up
Why Most Couples Split Up

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn why most couples split up.
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Video: Why Couples Split Up
Video Script: Why Couples Split Up

Hi. In the classroom today you will think about why most couples split up.

Everyone has a reason for deciding to split up with their husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other.

These are the most common reasons.

Family which includes differences or problems which need to be dealt with.

Affair which means getting emotionally or physically involved with another person.

Sex problems which means someone in the relationship is not happy with a sex related issue.

Finances which can be about budgeting or overall spending habits.

Boredom which means there may not be enough excitement in the relationship.

No trust which means there is no reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of the other person.

No communication means there is no exchange of ideas or thoughts.

Similarities which means there is too much in common.

Differences which means there is not enough in common.

Why people decide to split up has a lot to do with culture too.

A good reason for splitting up in one country might not be a good reason for splitting up in another country.

Why do you think most couples split up?

Until next time.
From YOUR Teacher: Why Couples Split Up

Couples split up for a wide variety of reasons. When couples split up they should make every effort to stay friends, especially if there are kids involved. Many couples split up and end up hating each other. They should remember they did love each other at one time and should at least respect and continue to be there for support.
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Additional Lessons
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The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
Conversation Lesson 50 - Back to School
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna has been wanting to go back to school for a long time. In this lesson, we go to class with her at Georgetown University, where she is getting ready to give a report in her class. Did she understand the directions?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hello, and welcome to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.! I am going back to school! Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. The Jesuits are a religious order known worldwide for their many colleges and universities. Students have been studying here since 1792!
Sarah: Hey, are you finished with your report?
Taylor: Almost. I have been writing and re-writing since last night! The subject is really interesting to me.
Sarah: Me too! I have been studying this topic* for a long time.
Anna: Am I late?
Sarah: You’re a little late. But don’t worry. The professor isn’t here yet.
Anna: How long has the class been waiting?
Taylor: We’ve only been waiting for about 10 minutes.
Anna: Oh good. Oh, no! I forgot my pencil sharpener. Excuse me, do you have a pencil sharpener I can borrow?
Taylor: No, sorry.
Anna: Oh wait. I found my extra one! Whew, that was close.
Anna: So, how long have you been studying at Georgetown?
Andrew: I’ve been studying here since 2015.
Anna: Awesome. You know, I've been wanting to go back to school for a long time. So, here I am!
Andrew: Well, you picked a great school. I’ve been really happy here.
Anna: Awesome. See, I’ve been working for several years now. So, going back to school makes me a little nervous.
Randall: Don’t be nervous. Just pay attention and do your best!
Anna: That is great advice. You know, I have been paying attention. But sometimes I still feel like I don’t understand. Like last week …
Anna: What’s that?
Jada: This is my draft.
Anna: What draft?
Jada: The professor told us to bring our drafts.
Anna: I think she said “giraffe.”
Jada: No. She didn’t.
Anna: Here comes the professor.
Dr. Jones: Hello class! Sorry I'm late, but the snow storm made getting here really difficult. I see you’ve been waiting very patiently. So, let’s get started! Who wants to give their talk first?
Anna: Oh! Oh! Please, please pick me.
Dr. Jones: Anna?
Anna: Who me? Sure. Thanks.
Anna: Here is my report on “Violins in the City.”
Anna: People have been looking for a solution to the problem of violins in the city. I say stop! Stop! They are not the problem! In fact, violins are part of the solution!
Anna: Violins create beautiful music that can fill a city with hope.
Dr. Jones: Anna …
Anna: If we put a violin in the hands of every child …
Dr. Jones: Anna! The topic is “Violence in the city.” Violence. Not violins.
Anna: Until next time …Like I was saying, many people are saying that violence in the city is a problem. A very big problem.
* topic = subject
Thanks to Georgetown University for allowing us to film on their historic campus. And a special thanks to the Georgetown students and staff who appeared in this episode: Andrew Debraggio, Sarah Mucha, Taylor Soergel, Jada Bullen, and Randall-Grace Johnson.

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about the present perfect continuous verb tense.

This video teaches about how the word "for" is pronounced quickly in sentences using the present perfect continuous and a time phrase.
New Words
  • Catholic - adj. of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church
  • class - n. a group of students who meet regularly to be taught a subject or activity
  • draft - n. a version of something (such as a report) that you make before you make the final version
  • confused - adj. unable to understand or think clearly
  • giraffe - n. a very tall African animal that has an extremely long neck and legs
  • Jesuit - n. a man who is a member of a religious group called the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus
  • order - n. a religious organization whose members usually live together and promise to follow special rules and traditions
  • patient - adj. able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time
  • pay attention - phrase to listen to, watch, or consider something or someone very carefully
  • pencil - n. an instrument used for writing and drawing that has a hard outer part and a black or colored center part
  • professor - n. a teacher especially of the highest rank at a college or university
  • religious - adj. believing in a god or a group of gods and following the rules of a religion
  • report - n. a written or spoken description of a situation or event
  • sharpener - n. a tool or machine that makes something sharp
  • since - prep. in the time after (a specified time or event in the past) orfrom (a point in the past) until the present time
  • solution - n. something that is used or done to deal with and end a problem
  • study - v. to learn about something by reading, memorizing facts or attending school
  • understand - v. to know the meaning of something
  • violence - n. the use of physical force to harm someone or to damage property
  • violin - n. a musical instrument that has four strings and that you play with a bow

In this lesson, Anna goes back to school. Did you ever take a special training course or classes? What did you learn? If you have not gone back to study, do you want to study something? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice using the present perfect continuous tense and monitoring what you hear. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
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Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.