Thứ Năm, 25 tháng 2, 2021

Talking about Valentine's Day!

Warm up questions:

  1. Do you celebrate Valentine's Day in your country?

  2. When do you celebrate it?

  3. What are the most popular gifts for Valentine's Day in your country?

  4. Is Valentine’s Day more for men or women? Why?

  5. Is Valentine’s Day the most romantic day of the year? If not, what day is?

  6. Do you like this holiday? Why or why not?

  7. What do people usually do on Valentine's Day?

  8. What color is love? Do you use these colors on Valentine’s Day?

  9. What clothes do you often wear on  Valentine’s Day?

  10. Do you usually have any special plans for Valentine’s Day? What do you do?


Boyfriend - girlfriend

Fiancé - fiancée

Husband - wife

Secret Admirer /ˈsiːkrət ədˈmɑɪərər/


   I still don't know who sent me flowers last week as a Secret Admirer.

Heartthrob  /ˈhɑːrtθrɑːb/


   A heartthrob singer, Tony Paige, also known as "America's Boyfriend" decides to wed a Swedish actress.

Wooer = boyfriend  


   I heard you got yourself a new wooer.

Betrothed  /bɪˈtroʊðd/ = engaged (adj)


   He sent a dozen roses to his betrothed.

Beloved /bɪˈlʌvɪd/


   He's sending some flowers to his beloved.

Affection  /əˈfekʃən/


    He finds it difficult to show affection in public.

Appreciation /əˌpriːʃiˈeɪʃən/ = respect =  thankfulness

To appreciate


   He invited me to a restaurant to show his appreciation for my help.

Adoration /ˌædəˈreɪʃən/(noun)

To adore

Adorable (adj)


    His love to God as his Father was a passionate adoration which filled his whole heart.

Infatuation /ɪnˌfætʃuˈeɪʃən/


   It's just an infatuation. She'll get over it soon.

Passion  /ˈpæʃən/


   She is still single, because she has only two passions in life – her cats and opera.

Tenderness  /ˈtendɚnəs/


   She treated the children with great tenderness.

Romance /roʊˈmæns/


   Office romances are usually a bad idea.

Courtship /ˈkɔːrtʃɪp/


   They had a passionate courtship and a long, loving marriage.

To cherish /ˈtʃerɪʃ/


   I cherish the memories of the time we spent together.

To embrace = to hug = to cuddle  /ɪmˈbreɪs/


   She saw them embrace on the station platform.

Endearment /ɪnˈdɪrmənt/


   Between kisses, he was whispering endearments.



   Look at those two lovebirds holding hands and gazing into each other's eyes.

Unrequited love /ˌʌnrɪˈkwaɪt̬ɪd lʌv/ = unconditional love


   It's just another poem on the pain of unconditional love.

Useful phrases

To flirt with somebody  /flɝːt/


   Helen was flirting with just about every man in the room.

To be in love with


   I think I'm in love with my new classmate.

To dote on somebody = to adore


   She dotes on her grandkids.

To be crazy about


   I'm just crazy about my new dog, because it's so funny and smart.

To be interested in


   I'm interested in him, but still not sure if he is my Mr. Right.

To have a crush on somebody  /krʌʃ/


    He had a crush on his French tutor.

To go out with somebody = to date with


   I've been going out with my boyfriend since high school.

To be married to somebody 


   Even though I've been married to him for two years, I still don't know anything about his family.

To be someone's Valentine


   Will you be my Valentine?

Things you can do on Valentine's Day

To ask/ invite someone special for a date


   For single people Valentine's day is often an opportunity to ask someone special for a date.

To go on a special date


   Many people go on special dates for Valentine's Day.

Candlelit dinner /ˈkændəllɪt /ˈdɪnɚ/


   He invited me for a romantic candlelit dinner, and it was the best Valentine's Day in my life.

To have a picnic 


   We decided to have a romantic picnic outdoors, so I cooked our favourite food and found a picnic blanket.

To take romantic photos 


   I really hate all these couples who take romantic photos in our park on Valentine's Day, because they make me feel so lonely and blue.

To look at the stars together


   She didn't care that he was poor since they could look at the stars together all night long.

To watch romantic movies


   My husband and I have a tradition on Valentine's Day to drink champagne with strawberries while watching romantic movies on TV.

To make a proposal


   He plans to make a proposal to his girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

Typical Valentine Symbols and Gifts 

Cute slogan and love-heart


   I've got a teddy bear with a cute slogan and a love-heart on it from my new boyfriend on Valentine's Day.

Bow and arrow /baʊ/ /ˈeroʊ/


   I need to check my bow and arrows before the competition, because I plan to win this time no matter what.

Cupid /ˈkjuːpɪd/


   A cupid is a little angel that looks like a very young boy who makes people fall in love by shooting them with his arrows.

Cherub /ˈtʃerəb/ 


   Golden cherubs,  love-hearts and confetti are perfect for adding to wedding invitations.

Valentine's Day card


   Boyfriends and girlfriends often give a Valentine's Day card to each other, writing a poem or special note to show their appreciation.

Balloon /bəˈluːn/


   My husband decorated the house with colorful balloons to celebrate our anniversary.

Stuffed animal /ˌstʌft ˈænɪməl/ = soft toy


   Her bed is all covered with stuffed animals.

Teddy bear  /ˈtedi ˌbeər/


   I have a big collection of teddy bears at home.

Bunch of roses /bʌntʃ/


   Bunches of roses are given by hundreds of thousands of people on Valentine's Day.

Box of chocolates


   A box of chocolates is the most popular Valentine's Day gift in Asia.

Sweet bouquet /swiːt boʊˈkeɪ/


  Sweet bouquets and other edible gifts become more and more popular nowadays.

Engagement ring  /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt ˌrɪŋ/


  I was not ready to get an engagement ring as a gift on Valentine's Day, because we started dating only a few months ago.


  1. If you could change anything about Valentine’s Day, what would you change? Why? 

  2. Do you like to watch romantic movies on Valentine's Day? If yes, what is your favorite romantic movie?

  3. How can you describe a perfect Valentine's Day date?

  4. What food do you often eat when you go on a date?

  5. How do people show love and affection in your country?

  6. What symbols of Valentine's Day do you know?

  7. Have you ever received a Valentine’s Day card or gift from a secret admirer? How did it make you feel?

  8. Would you ever give an anonymous Valentine’s Day present?

  9. What do you usually receive/give to your bf/gf/friends on Valentine's Day?

  10. Is giving chocolates as a Valentine's present a sign of uncreativeness? Why or why not?

  11. What is the most romantic thing you have done for another person/ another person has done to you?

  12. Would you want to get engaged or married on a holiday? Why or why not?

  13. How should a single person spend Valentine’s Day? What do you suggest?

  14. Do you think Valentine's Day makes single people feel lonely?

  15. Do you think Valentine's Day is too commercial nowadays?

  16. Do you enjoy playing cupid? Do you try to introduce people in the hope they will make a love match?

  17. How do you deal with unwanted romantic attention?

  18. In your country do couples hold hands, kiss or hug in public? Do they allow themselves more on Valentine's Day?

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