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22 / 05 / 2006

WEDDINGS (1): meaning and examples

Good morning, everyone. I hope you had a good weekend!

Many people choose to get married (casarse) in the spring or summer, so this week we are going to look at vocabulary related to this topic.

The first step is when a couple gets engaged. This means, to promise to marry someone (prometerse).

If a man or women asks someone to marry them, they propose.

Example 1:
Speaker 1: Mike's taking me somewhere expensive and special for dinner tonight, but he won't tell me where.
Speaker 2: How exciting! Do you think he's going to propose to you?
Speaker 1: Maybe! Perhaps he'll get down on one knee!

In some cultures it is traditional for a man to ask a woman's father for his approval (aprobación) or blessing (bendición) to marry his daughter. This is to ask for someone's hand in marriage.

Example 2:
Even though he is a prince, he asked Sarah's father for his daughter's hand in marriage

Example 3:
Speaker 1: I'm so surprised you've got engaged, a feminist like you! When did Jim propose
Speaker 2: Well, we just decided together; but he didn't ask for my hand in marriage or anything.

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