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Marriage Anyway


Title: You're a Pain, But Let's Get Married Anyway

Source: Reuters / Singapore Window

Date: Friday, March 4, 2005

Level: Intermediate


Excerpt

SINGAPOREAN couples may not be happy with their partners but they will still marry them anyway,
a global survey on relationships shows.
The poll of 716 couples who planned to wed showed that 39 percent were unhappy in their relationships, the highest proportion of nine societies surveyed by a US-based marriage and family therapy organisation.
The poll is the latest unflattering survey of ardour in a wealthy population that chases what is known in local parlance as the Five C's: career, condominium, club, credit cards and cars.
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Vocabulary

New words you will see in this article:

ardor

blissful

cite(d)

condominium

confrontation

evaluation

issue(s)

parlance

poll(s)

premarital

proportion

region

reluctance

survey(ed)

therapy

(un)flattering

wed

Try to guess what these words mean from reading the article.
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Expressions

hit a record low

paint a ... picture

speak (one's) mind

stand/stood out

tie the knot


Talking Points

With your tutor, conversation partners, or classmates, you may wish to discuss the following:

1. What are some reasons people get married?
(Romantic love, arrangement by parents, financial security, nothing else to do, other reasons)

2. What do you think is/are the best reason(s) for couples to "tie the knot?"

3. Would you recommend marrying for reasons other than "love?" Why or why not?

4. If a couple is not happy before marriage, do you think they will be happy together after marriage?

5. If you were a therapist, what would you suggest for people who aren't happy
with their partners but want to get married anyway?

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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16