Session 1

Time to meet three happy couples who are planning the biggest day of their lives: their wedding day! And as we hear from them, we'll look at some different ways to talk about the future.

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'We're getting married...'

Now let's look at our happy couples’ plans in a bit more detail. Here are some of things they said. Read them and decide if they are talking about the past, present or future.

Try the quiz

Past, Present or Future?

8 Questions

Move the quotes into the correct columns

እንኳን ደስ ያለዎ ሙከራውን አጠናቀዋል
Excellent! Great job! መጥፎ እድል ነጥብ አስመዝግበዋል :
x / y

Past, Present or Future?

8 Questions

Move the quotes into the correct columns

እንኳን ደስ ያለዎ ሙከራውን አጠናቀዋል
Excellent! Great job! መጥፎ እድል ነጥብ አስመዝግበዋል :
x / y

Did you notice that the present continuous is used to talk about both the present and the future?

  • We're getting married in June 2016 - future
  • We're thinking about our honeymoon - present
  • We're expecting about 100-120 guests – present and future

In Session 2 we'll explore this. You'll also learn when to use the present continuous and when to use going to to talk about the future.

Next

But first, it's time for 6 Minute Vocabulary. It's a special episode on word stress – which is really important to practise if you want to sound natural in English.

Session Vocabulary

  • to propose
    to ask someone to marry you

    to get married
    what happens on the day of your wedding

    to be married
    what you are after the wedding; having a wife or husband

    to get engaged
    to ask someone to marry you, and they say yes

    to be engaged
    what you are after asking someone to marry you, and before you get married

    venue
    a place where something happens, usually an event

    catering
    making or serving food, often for an event

    ceremony
    official set of acts as part of a social or religious event

    invitation
    formal request to go to an event

    wetsuit
    special clothing worn in the water by divers and surfers

    photographer
    someone who takes photographs for their job

    bride
    the woman who is getting married

    groom
    the man who is getting married

    bridesmaids
    the women or girls who help the woman getting married

    groomsmen
    the men who help the man getting married

    fare
    a type of food

    bridal
    the adjective related to 'bride'

    pretty much
    almost

    ongoing
    continuing

    country bumpkins
    people who live in the country, and are sometimes considered to be slow or stupid

    yurt
    a kind of tent, traditionally used by some Central Asian people

    up for (something)
    keen (to do something)

    rustic
    typical of a simple and rough, countryside style