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Talking about Marriage

The Fishers have been married for 12 years, but they are having some problems in their marriage. Mrs Fisher is talking to a marriage counsellor, Mr Stern, about their problems...

Mr Stern: Can you please tell me how you are feeling about your marriage, Mrs Fisher?

Mrs Fisher: Well, everything was like a dream at the beginning of our marriage. Although, in the last few years, the excitement has gone, and we haven’t been getting on well at all...

Mr Stern: Marriage is full of ups and downs, adventures, and incredible memories with the person we love...

Mrs Fisher: But I’m starting to think that we are very different; We have different interests and very different personalities. I find that these differences fuel arguments...

Mr Stern: A great marriage is not formed when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together; it is formed when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

Mrs Fisher: Do you mean that we shouldn’t ignore our differences?

Mr. Stern: Yes – you should try to appreciate your differences. There must be mutual understanding and respect.

Mrs Fisher: I do my best, but I feel that I’m never appreciated by my husband...

Mr Stern: Sometimes, the relationship between a husband and wife is like the relationship between Tom and Jerry. Although they’re fighting and teasing each other constantly, they can’t live without each other.

Mrs Fisher: Oh, Mr Stern, I think you are right...


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Talking about Marriage


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To let down someone

To make someone disappointed when you have not fulfilled a promise.

She promised that she would be there but she let me down.

To break down

1.  To become very upset.

2.  When something stops working

1.  She broke down when she opened her results.

2.  The lift broke down.

To bring somebody/something down

1.  To make someone lose their powerful position.

2. To make something end.

1.  He brought his boss down by exposing personal emails.

2.  The rise in export prices could bring the hospitality industry down.

To bottle something up

To refuse to talk about things when someone is worried or upset.

After his father passed away, he bottled his emotions up and wouldn’t talk to anyone.

To get something across

To make someone believe or understand something

He tried to get his point across but his manager wouldn’t listen.

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