🥰Practice Your English – Talking About Britains Biggest Dating Turn Offs❤️Ep 271

🥰Practice Your English – Talking About Britains Biggest Dating Turn Offs❤️Ep 271


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from Adept English. Talking in English becomes possible when you listen to lots of talking
in English. And about things which are of interest to you, then you can forget that
actually this is an English lesson. So we’ve been working hard with grammar a lot lately.
How about we do one of those more fun English conversation lessons today? So something I noticed which amused me this
week, which was to do with dating. The verb ‘to date’ in English speaking countries
means when you meet up with people with a view to romance. You might ask that woman
in the office who you like on a date – and meet up with her in the evening for a few
drinks at your local bar. Or with the popularity of online dating, you might have signed up
for one of the websites. In the UK, a popular one is called ‘Plenty of Fish’. This name
comes from the phrase in English ‘There are plenty of fish in the sea’ meaning ‘Don’t
be worried if this one relationship doesn’t work out. There are plenty of other people
to date’, ‘plenty of fish in the sea’. The other sort of date which sometimes happens
is called ‘a blind date’. The word ‘blind’, B-L-I-N-D means ‘without sight, without
seeing’. So this word could be used of someone who can’t see at all, their eyes don’t
function, they have a disability because they can’t see. But the word ‘blind’ is also
used say of things like tasting. ‘To taste’, T-A-S-T-E usually means that you put something
into your mouth to try. You might go to a wine tasting for example. So a ‘blind tasting’
would mean that you taste something without seeing what it is, or at least without seeing
the label. So that your judgement, what you think – will depend entirely on your experience
of taste. So a ‘blind date’ means that you haven’t met the person, you don’t
know a lot about them and you don’t know what they look like. Sometimes friends ‘set
you up’ with someone whom they think you will like. Sometimes this works and sometimes
it doesn’t! But dating is what you might do, if you’re looking for a relationship,
a partner perhaps, a boyfriend or girlfriend. So what did I read this week about dating?
Well, apparently there was a survey. And a ‘survey’, S-U-R-V-E-Y is when people answer
a set of questions and it gives a result, which indicates generally what people’s
opinions are. So the survey asked ‘What are the most off-putting things you might
see, when you go back to someone’s place – where they live – for the first time?’
What sorts of things put you off? ‘Put you off’ – that means change your opinion, changes
your opinion about the person you’re on the date with, making it more negative. Another
example of this modal verb, ‘to put off’ – if you noticed a fly in your soup, a dead
fly that is, that would ‘put you off’ your soup. So what sort of things put people
off the person they’re dating? An organisation in the UK called Perfect Home asked 2000 people
for answers. So just before we go into that, just a word
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You just need to sign up to receive it – and it includes video too! So back to our topic on dating. And what puts
people off their date, when they go back to their place. So for either men or women, one
of the biggest put-off factors was the presence of any naked pictures on the walls. ‘Naked’
N-A-K-E-D means nude, ‘not wearing clothes’ and a high percentage of people asked said
‘This is not OK’. In fact, people dating, didn’t want to see posters of any kinds
on the walls of their prospective partners. Perhaps posters, P-O-S-T-E-R-S, posters are
too close to how a person’s bedroom might have looked when they were a teenager! What
people also found off-putting, what they didn’t like was placards or pictures with advice,
words like ‘Live – Laugh – Love’ or ‘Home Sweet Home’, or maybe just ‘Love’
or ‘Home’. I don’t know anyone who has these, but you do see them in shops in the
UK! Another thing which was seen as off-putting for most people – any teddy bears or dolls
or what we call in English ‘cuddly toys’. Cuddly toys are the soft toys, in the form
of rabbits or dogs or bears, things that little children like. If you’re an adult – having
cuddly toys in your place is very off-puting indeed to someone you’re dating. And even
more so, if there are a lot of them, all looking at you! It could even be quite scary! What
does it mean about the person that you’re dating?! Now if you go on a date, the likelihood is
that you’ll have showered, put on clean, nice clothes, had a shave maybe, done your
hair, put on your make-up perhaps. You make sure that you look your best. But apparently
this isn’t always reflected in people’s homes. So if you invite your date back to
where you live for the first time, cleanliness – that means the state of being clean – is
really important. So especially for women, but also for men, a dirty or a messy room
is a massive off-putting factor. In particular, dirty plates, dirty dishes lying around – evidence
that the washing up hasn’t been done for a bit – these are massive off-putting factors.
Clothes all over the floor – not good. Every thing covered in dust – not nice. And the
biggest offputting factor – any suggestion of dirty sheets, dirty bedding not washed
– or any evidence of the place having a smell, not smelling very nice! That’s the
absolute worst put off. So if you’re in the habit of dating, you
have been warned! These are the things which will put off someone who could be a prospective
partner! So useful information I hope! Bear ths in mind when you go dating. If you would like to read the original article,
which inspired this podcast, working of course on the kind of English we speak, then go to
the transcript on our website at adeptenglish.com and you’ll find a link at the bottom of
the page. So there’s our English talking short podcast
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