Dating Vocabulary Part 4

Dating Vocabulary for English Learners 4

Dating Vocabulary for English Learners 4

Welcome to our Daily English Listening Practice with this week’s series:

Dating Vocabulary

Time to settle down! Part 4 in our Dating Vocabulary series will include some new and interesting phrases for getting engaged and getting married.

Please listen to the audio files for explanations.
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Notes from the Audio Files

Settle Down

  • USA: ‘seddle’ down
  • UK: settle down
  • A mortgage: monthly payments on a house with the aim to eventually own the property
  • Drastic: a big or surprising change  
  • Roped someone in: caught a man **informal

How to use it:
“We both moved out to the suburbs, bought a house and started to settle down.”
“I’m surprised he finally settled down and got married, he couldn’t keep a girlfriend more than a few weeks in college.”

Put a Ring on It

  • Partner: another word for boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Significant other: long term partner
  • Step up: do the right thing

How to use it:
“He cooks, he cleans, he’s great with kids. You better put a ring on it before I do!”
“Guess what ladies? He put a ring on it! We’re getting married!”


  • The moment you get engaged is when s/he proposes
  • The time period that you’re engaged is called ‘the engagement’
  • During your engagement, you’re planning your wedding or the day you get married.
  • Long engagement, short engagement
  • To propose, the proposal: to ask someone to marry you, asking someone to marry you
  • The day they proposed: you got engaged
  • Fiance: future husband or wife

How to use it:
“We got engaged in Spain, it was so romantic. And when we got back my best friends threw a surprise engagement party for me as well!”
“Well we got engaged in August, but we wanted a long engagement so the wedding isn’t until late next year.”

Get Married

How to use it:
“I can’t believe we got married 10 years ago, I don’t know where the time has gone.”
“I’m so excited you’re getting married! Have you set a date yet?”

Become (a) Part of the Family

  • Married in(to): You’ve married someone and have become part of their family
  • Side note: My in-laws are only the parents of your spouse  
    • My in-laws are visiting this weekend = My partner’s parents are visiting this weekend

How to use it:
“I’ve always gotten along well with my wife’s parents, but now we’re married I really feel like a part of the family.”
“I don’t know, my in-laws are so distant which is so strange, because my wife has become such a big part of the family on my side.”

Congrats, now you can ask and answer questions about married couples – and couples-to-be! If you’re still unsure about any of the phrases above, leave a comment below, and we’ll put down our second-helping of wedding cake and help you.



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