Getting Married

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 1, 2020 and last updated on July 15, 2023

The topic of getting married serves as an engaging and relevant conversation topic for English learners, offering a multitude of opportunities to enhance their language skills. Discussing marriage allows learners to practice vocabulary related to relationships, ceremonies and traditions. They can explore expressions of love, commitment and wedding customs.

By delving into this topic, English learners can develop their language proficiency while also gaining insights into the diverse cultural practices and perspectives surrounding the institution of marriage.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Getting Married Review

Getting married is a significant milestone in many people’s lives, marking the beginning of a lifelong partnership and commitment. It is an occasion celebrated across cultures, symbolising love, unity and the formation of a new family.

From elaborate ceremonies to intimate gatherings, weddings are filled with traditions, rituals and customs that vary worldwide. They bring together families, friends and loved ones, creating a sense of community and shared happiness. Whether it is a grand affair or a simple affair, getting married is a deeply personal and profound experience that embraces the union of two individuals embarking on a journey of love and companionship.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • marriage (noun)
  • tie the knot (idiom)
  • marry (verb)
  • divorce (verb)
  • couple (noun)
  • skip (verb)
  • meaningless (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are your thoughts on marriage?
  • Do you believe it is important in today's society?
  • Is getting married less important now than in the past?
  • Is marriage important to you?
  • What are some traditional wedding customs in your culture?
  • Have you attended any weddings recently?
  • Do you think it is better to get married at a young age or wait until you are older?
  • How do you think marriage has changed over the years in terms of gender roles and expectations?
  • What qualities do you think are important for a successful marriage?
  • What are some common challenges that couples face after getting married?
  • Why do you think more people are deciding to skip marriage?
  • Do you believe a couple should live together before getting married? Why?
  • How do you think marriage has changed over the years in terms of gender roles and expectations?
  • Is it better to have a big, elaborate wedding or a small, intimate ceremony?
  • Should prenuptial agreements be a standard practice before getting married?
  • Should there be a minimum age requirement for getting married?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.