Unit 14 Relationships
Mom: Today is grandma and Grandpa’s fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Dave: Wow, they go back a long way.
Mom: Yes, they do. They met in high school. But it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. When they
first met, they didn’t hit it off at all. Grandma says she didn’t think they had anything in common.
She tried to keep Grandpa at arm’s length. Then, when she turned eighteen, he just swept her off
her feet and she realized she’d fallen in love.
Go back a long way: to know someone for a long time
Hit it off: to like each other immediately
Have something in common (with someone): to have similar interests or characteristics Build bridges: to try to create relationships
Mend (your) fences: to try to repair relationships
Keep someone at arm’s length: to try to avoid becoming connected or friendly with someone Part company (with someone): to end a relationship with someone
Fall in love (with someone), / lose your heart (to someone): to begin to love someone
Love at first sight: an immediate attraction when you meet someone for the first time Sweep someone off his / her feet: to cause someone to love you suddenly and completely (be) head over heels (in love), / to have got it bad: to be very much in love
hung up on someone: to be foolishly in love with that person
on the rocks: likely to fail. Used in speaking about relationships
What’s your advice?
1. Dear editor,
Several years ago I got really mad at my sister. I stopped talking to her. She got my
e-mail address and has started writing to me regularly. She apologized for everything. Should I
reply to her e-mails or continue to keep her at arm’s length?
2. Dear editor,
An old friend of mine recently got in touch. I hadn’t heard from him in years. He wants me to go into business with him. He has not had much luck. I have the money, and we do go back
a long way. What do you think I should do?
3. Dear editor:
I’m worried about my partner. He doesn’t talk to me anymore. We don’t seem to have
any fun anymore. Should I try to build bridges?
4. Dear editor,
I met someone at a New Year’s Eve party. We really hit it off. We’ve got a lot in
common. I’m head over heels in love and I think she is, too, but I’m not sure. I’m nervous about
telling her. Should I take a chance and tell her how I feel?
Use the following idioms to complete the poem: 1. got it bad 2. hung up on 3. love at first sight
4. head over heels 5. in common 6. swept off your feet
Do you know how it feels
To be _____________?
The first time you meet
You are ________________ .
You spend years alone
Think you’re fine on your own.
Then one magic night you admit
It’s _________________ .
Then you’re _________________ someone
Who you’re hoping is fun.
You don’t know if you’ve got
Things ______________ or not.
But now you’re not sad because you’ve _________________ . And you’re wishing, my friend,
That this love will not end.