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The Experiment is a collection of short series that are a little different to our usual programmes - but still help you improve your English.

Our fifth series, Bad Dates, helps you learn the language you need to survive in the sometimes strange world of dating. Join Daniel as he battles his way through one bad date to another. He'll teach you some useful language along the way!

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Bad Dates: Episode 6 - Valentine's date

Bad Dates - The Valentine's Date

In this episode, Daniel is on a date that actually seems to be going quite well... Is it possible he's met the woman of his dreams? Learn the phrases he uses to move the conversation along. Watch the video to discover some key dating language.

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Amanda
Hi, are you Daniel?

Daniel
Oh wow! Yes! Sorry.

Amanda
I'm Amanda.

Daniel
Amanda? Yes... Yes, I am Daniel. Sorry, you're so beautiful.

Amanda
Oh, um... Thank you.

Daniel
I was a little bit taken aback. Sorry, hi there.

Amanda
Nice to meet you.

Daniel
Lovely to meet you, too.

Amanda
Erm, a really nice guy, very attractive, very charismatic, and really easy to talk to, yeah.

Amanda
Have you... you've not been waiting too long, have you?

Daniel
No, not long at all.

Amanda
Oh good, good.

Daniel
I really like your top.

Amanda
Oh thanks. Erm...

Daniel
Such great fashion sense.

Amanda
Anyway, thank you. I mean... Sorry, compliments make me feel a little bit awkward.

Daniel
I've got a joke.

Amanda
Oh, OK, yes.

Daniel
How much do polar bears weigh?

Amanda
I don't know Daniel. How much do Polar bears weigh?

Daniel
I don't know. It's enough to break the ice.

Amanda
I've actually never heard that one before.

Daniel
I think you're the first person who's ever laughed at it.

Amanda
I had a really nice time, and it felt like he did too. I feel like we had quite a lot in common. There was a lot of common ground, and he totally made me laugh. He was really funny.

Daniel
So tell me a little bit about yourself. Do you have any hobbies?

Amanda
Erm, I do, I do. I'm quite active. I quite enjoy sports, not necessarily sitting around and watching. I like to get involved.

Daniel
Oh.

Amanda
Yes.

Daniel
What sports?

Amanda
Quite a few, but rugby's probably my main passion.

Daniel
You're kidding.

Amanda
No, do you...

Daniel
It's my favourite.

Amanda
Really?

Daniel
Yeah. I mean, I'm more of a watcher, but...

Amanda
Are you? Yeah. Well, I'm sure I can... you know, persuade you.

Daniel
What... to get involved?

Amanda
I played rugby at school, really enjoyed it. And I wouldn't mind showing you a thing or two.

Daniel
Oh some of the moves. One-on-one rugby game.

Amanda
Yeah.

Daniel
Very cheeky.

Amanda
Why not, why not, I mean if you're interested?

Daniel
I'm 100 percent interested.

Amanda
Well it did because... yeah, we kind of... The time really just ran away with us, and he just seems like a really a genuine guy. Yeah, it was really fun.

Amanda
It's yeah, it's really inspiring.

Daniel
It's brilliant. It's so refreshing to meet someone who's actually doing something they really care about.

Amanda
Yeah, but you care about your job.

Daniel
Oh yeah, but it's not like yours. Oh your phone's going off. Please, please.

Amanda
That's OK, no, no.

Daniel
Oh no, it's no bother. Answer it, I don't...

Amanda
I wouldn't dream of answering my phone. I'm here with you, like I don't need to, it's fine.

Daniel
Ah, that's made me so happy. The number of dates I've been on where people are just on their phone every...

Amanda
Really? I just don't see the point.

Daniel
Yeah, I totally agree.

Amanda
Stay at home.

Daniel
Agreed, totally agreed.

Amanda
Erm, shall we get a coffee?

Daniel
Yes, let's... ooh, here it is. Hmm...

Amanda
You've actually got a bit of erm... like not a full milk moustache, but a little, just a little...

Daniel
Oh I haven't, have I? Sorry.

Amanda
No, it's the other side.

Daniel
Where?

Amanda
I'll just...

Daniel
Oh... Ah... Thanks.

Amanda
Um... Yeah, I think so. I certainly hope so.

 

Useful dating language

Paying a compliment
You're so beautiful.
Such great fashion sense!

Greeting someone
Nice to meet you.

Asking politely if you've made someone wait
You've not been waiting too long, have you?

Changing the topic
I've got a joke.

Making small talk
Do you have any hobbies?

Making an invitation
Well, I mean if you're interested.

Telling someone your priorities
I wouldn't dream of answering my phone.

Suggesting a drink
Shall we get a coffee?

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End of Session 24

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