Thứ Sáu, 30 tháng 6, 2023

Talking about Broken up!

Warm-up Questions: 

  • Have you ever heard the term "broke up"? What do you think it means?
  • Can you think of a situation when two friends might decide to break up their friendship?
  • What are some common reasons why couples break up?
  • How would you feel if you had a close friend who suddenly stopped talking to you?
  • Do you think it's better to break up with someone in person or through a message? Why?
  • Have you ever experienced a breakup with a pet or a toy? How did it make you feel?
  • Can you share a story or movie that you know where characters went through a breakup?
  • What happened?
  • Do you think friends can fix their relationship after a breakup? Why or why not?
  • How would you comfort a friend who just went through a breakup?
  • Imagine you accidentally broke your favorite toy. How would you feel and what would you do?


Break up /ˈbreɪk ʌp/ (verb) - Sarah and Tom decided to break up.

Separation /ˌsɛpəˈreɪʃən/ (noun) - The couple's separation was amicable

Split /splɪt/ (verb) - They split up after years of disagreement.

Divorce /dɪˈvɔrs/ (noun) - After a long legal process, they finally got a divorce

Parting ways /ˈpɑrtɪŋ weɪz/ (phrase) - They chose to part ways and pursue different paths.

End the relationship /ɛnd ðə rɪˈleɪʃənʃɪp/ (phrase) - They decided to end the relationship due to irreconcilable


Call it quits /kɔl ɪt kwɪts/ (idiom) - They couldn't work things out and called it quits.

Break off /breɪk ɔf/ (phrasal verb) - They broke off their engagement.

Dissolution /ˌdɪsəˈluːʃən/ (noun) - The dissolution of their partnership was inevitable.

Terminate /ˈtɜrmɪneɪt/ (verb) - They agreed to terminate their contract.

Irreparable /ɪˈrɛpərəbəl/ (adjective) - Their differences were irreparable.

Heartbreak /ˈhɑrtˌbreɪk/ (noun) - Going through a breakup can cause a lot of heartbreak.

Emotional /ɪˈmoʊʃənəl/ (adjective) - Breakups can be an emotionally challenging experience.

Loneliness /ˈloʊnlinəs/ (noun) - After the breakup, she felt a deep sense of loneliness.

Grief /ɡrif/ (noun) - The end of a long relationship can bring about feelings of grief. = Sad

Resentment /rɪˈzɛntmənt/ (noun) - There was a lingering resentment between them after the breakup.

Moving on /ˈmuvɪŋ ɒn/ (phrase) - She was determined to move on after the breakup.

Rebound /rɪˈbaʊnd/ (noun) - Some people enter into rebound relationships after a breakup.

Emancipation /ɪˌmænsɪˈpeɪʃən/ (noun) - The breakup marked her emancipation from a toxic relationship.

Unresolved /ˌʌnrɪˈzɑlvd/ (adjective) - They left the breakup with many unresolved issues.

Reconciliation /ˌrɛkənˌsɪliˈeɪʃən/ (noun) - They attempted a reconciliation after their breakup.

Heartache /ˈhɑrtˌeɪk/ (noun) - The breakup caused a lot of heartache for both of them.

Bitterness /ˈbɪtərnəs/ (noun) - There was a lingering bitterness between them.

Regret /rɪˈgrɛt/ (noun) - After the breakup, he felt a deep sense of regret.

Emotionally drained /ɪˈmoʊʃənəli dreɪnd/ (phrase) - She felt emotionally drained after
the breakup.

Moving forward /ˈmuvɪŋ ˈfɔrwərd/ (phrase) - After a breakup, it's important to focus on moving forward.

Devastated /ˈdɛvəˌsteɪtɪd/ (adjective) - She was devastated by the breakup.

Rejection /rɪˈdʒɛkʃən/ (noun) - The breakup left him feeling a sense of rejection.

Healing /ˈhilɪŋ/ (noun) - The process of healing after a breakup takes time.

Breakup song /ˈbreɪkʌp sɔŋ/ (noun) - She listened to a breakup song to help her cope.

Resilience /rɪˈzɪliəns/ (noun) - She showed great resilience in recovering from the breakup.

Betrayal /bɪˈtreɪəl/ (noun) - The breakup was a result of a deep sense of betrayal.

Liberation /ˌlɪbəˈreɪʃən/ (noun) - The breakup brought her a sense of liberation.

Avoidance /əˈvɔɪdəns/ (noun) - He engaged in avoidance behaviors to deal with the pain of the


Vulnerability /ˌvʌlnərəˈbɪləti/ (noun) - Breakups can leave individuals feeling a sense of

Support system /səˈpɔrt ˈsɪstəm/ (noun) - Having a strong support system can help during a breakup.

Moving out /ˈmuvɪŋ aʊt/ (phrase) - They decided to move out after the breakup.

Fresh start /frɛʃ stɑrt/ (noun) - After the breakup, she was excited about a fresh start.


  • Break someone's heart: To cause someone great emotional pain or sadness,
    usually by ending a romantic relationship.
  • Cry over spilled milk: To be upset or regretful about something that has already happened and cannot be changed, often used to imply that it's not worth dwelling on the past.
  • Bury the hatchet: To reconcile or make peace with someone after a disagreement or conflict.
  • Hit rock bottom: To reach the lowest point in a situation or experience, often used to describe emotional or financial hardship after a breakup.
  • Cut ties: To sever all connections or end a relationship with someone, often used to describe a definitive end to a friendship or partnership.
    • Wash one's hands: To disassociate oneself from a person or situation, often used to indicate a complete break or refusal to be involved further.
    • Turn a new leaf: To make a fresh start or change one's behavior or attitude for the better after a breakup or difficult period.
    • Split hairs: To argue or focus on small, insignificant details, often used to describe unnecessary nitpicking or overanalyzing during a breakup or disagreement.
    • Out of the blue: Unexpectedly or suddenly, often used to describe an unexpected breakup or the end of a relationship without warning.
      • Mend fences: To repair or rebuild relationships or bridges with someone after a falling-out or breakup.


      Part 1:

      1. Have you ever experienced a breakup? How did it affect you?

      2. Do you think it's common for couples to break up nowadays? Why or why not?

      3. How do you think a breakup can impact a person's emotional well-being?

      4. What advice would you give to someone going through a breakup?

      5. Can you think of any cultural differences in how breakups are handled?

      Part 2 (Cue Card): Describe a breakup you have witnessed or heard about. You should say:

      • Who was involved in the breakup?

      • How did you find out about the breakup?

      • How did the people involved react to the breakup?

      • Explain how the breakup affected the individuals and their relationships.

      Part 3:

      1. How do you think breakups affect children or teenagers who witness them?

      2. Are there any long-term effects of a breakup on individuals' future relationships?

      3. What role does communication play in preventing or dealing with breakups?

      4. In your opinion, should people try to fix a broken relationship or simply move on?

      5. Do you think the influence of social media has made breakups easier or more

      difficult to handle?

      Useful phrases 

      • In my opinion...: This phrase is useful for expressing your viewpoint on the topic.
      • Example: In my opinion, breakups have become more common nowadays due to various factors such as...
      • From my own experience...:Use this phrase to introduce personal experiences or anecdotes related to breakups.
      • Example: From my own experience, I went through a breakup a few years ago, and it was a difficult time for me emotionally.
      • It is widely believed that...: This phrase helps you express a commonly held belief or consensus.
      • Example: It is widely believed that breakups can have a significant impact on a person's emotional well-being.
      • According to recent studies/research...: Use this phrase to support your statements with data or findings from credible sources.
      • Example: According to recent studies, breakups can have long-term effects on individuals' future relationships.
      • On the one hand... On the other hand...: This phrase helps you present contrasting viewpoints or arguments.
      • Example: On the one hand, some people believe that couples should try to fix a broken relationship, while on the other hand, others argue that it is better to move on.
      • Furthermore, moreover: These transition words are useful for adding additional information or supporting details
      • Example: Furthermore, breakups can also have an impact on other aspects of a person's life, such as their social interactions and overall happiness.
      • In conclusion: Use this phrase to summarize your main points and provide a final thought or opinion.
      • Example: In conclusion, while breakups can be challenging, they can also provide an opportunity for personal growth and self-reflection.
      • To put it simply: This phrase helps express a concise explanation or summarize a complex idea.
      • Example: To put it simply, breakups can be emotionally devastating, but they can also lead to new beginnings and personal development.


      • Have you ever experienced a breakup? How did you feel?
      • What are some common signs that a relationship might be heading toward a breakup?
      • Can you think of any famous couples who broke up? Why do you think they ended their relationship?
      • How would you comfort a friend who just went through a breakup?
      • What advice would you give someone going through a breakup?
      • Is it better to stay friends with an ex after a breakup? Why or why not?
      • How do you think social media affects the way people handle breakups?
      • Do you think it's possible to remain friends with your ex's friends after a breakup?
      • Can a breakup sometimes be a positive thing? Why or why not?
      • How do you think a breakup can change a person's perspective on relationships?
      • What are some healthy ways to cope with a breakup?
      • In your opinion, what are the most challenging aspects of going through a breakup?
      • How can communication breakdown contribute to relationship problems and eventual breakups?
      • Do you think cultural differences can contribute to relationship difficulties and breakups? Why or why not?
      • What are some red flags that might indicate a relationship is heading toward a breakup?
      • How can self-reflection help someone heal and grow after a breakup?
      • Can you think of any movies or books that explore the theme of breakups? What lessons can be learned from them?
      • What are some effective ways to communicate your feelings during a breakup without causing unnecessary hurt?
      • Do you believe in second chances after a breakup? Why or why not?
      • How does a breakup impact other aspects of a person's life, such as their work or friendships?
      • How does attachment theory relate to breakups and the way people handle them?
      • Can you explain the concept of emotional baggage and how it can impact future relationships after a breakup?
      • What are some strategies for rebuilding self-esteem and confidence after a difficult breakup?
      • How do gender roles and societal expectations influence the experience of breakups for men and women?
        • Are there cultural or societal factors that make it more difficult for some individuals to recover from a breakup? Discuss.

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