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Dating at Harvard in the 1960's: An English Listening Lesson

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 08:04 AM

English listening lesson about Harvard UniversityHave you ever wondered what it was like to be a college student in the United States in the 1960's?

Are you curious about college life, dating, and the culture at American universities like Harvard?

Check out today's lesson and practice your English listening while you learn about the dating scene and college life in the 1960's at Harvard University.




Key vocabulary

  • To hang out (phrasal verb): To spend casual leisure time with friends, for example: “Hey do you want to hang out on Saturday afternoon at my house?”

  • "What was that about?” (expression): This expression can also be used in the present tense, “What is that about?”= If you ask this question, you are looking for more of a description of an experience or a situation. You want details or an explanation. For example,  we can say,  “The rent has gone up 50% in Cambridge over the past ten years, what is that about?”

  • Underclassman (noun): A word used to describe students who are in their first (freshman) or second (sophomore) year in college

  • Upperclassman (noun): A word used to describe students who are in their third (junior) or fourth (senior) year in college

  • To get fixed up (phrasal verb)= To get set up (phrasal verb)= To go on a blind date or to have a date arranged for you by a mutual friend

  • Mixer (noun)= An older way of saying a “dance” or a “get together” where guys and girls in college can meet each other and socialize

  • Crowd/crowd of friends (noun)= a group of people that spend time together

  • Scene (noun)= a type of setting, “college scene”  or "dating scene" -example- “The party scene at UNH is crazy.”

  • To dress up (phrasal verb): To put on nice clothing such as a dress or a suit and attend an event

  • Take-out (noun): Food that can be taken out of the restaurant. “Let’s get some Chinese take-out for dinner.”

  • To take out (phrasal verb): To physically take your food out of a restaurant instead of eating it in the restaurant, “Can we take food out at that place?”




Want to learn more about the education system in the United States? Check out this article to learn the vocabulary that you need to have a conversation:  How to Talk About Education in English



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