Learn New English Vocabulary – Love, Dating & Relationships



Today’s episode is about the typical phrases you would hear about Love, Dating and Relationships. Listen to find out more! And of course – Happy Valentine’s day for those who are lucky in love! Enjoy :)



Today’s topic is l’amour, el amor, amore, love… and I am not talking about love that we all have for the English grammar and phrasal verbs. Haha no, no, no – this is a different kind of love… keep listening!

Hey amigos y amigas, you are listening to the English Made Simple show, this is episode number 1-7-0, number one hundred and seventy, numero ciento setenta!

Welcome amigos y amigas, welcome to the EMS show my name is Milena from Englishmadesimple.net, www.englishmadesimple.net. How you doing? How’s it?

Do you know that famous line from the TV series the Friends, when that character Joey asks a beautiful girl – How you doin’? That line became a popular catchphrase with the fans of the show.

So today’s episode is about looooove. For those of you who are listening to this show in Real Time meaning you are listening to it in February of 2018, you will know that on the 14th February we have the St Valentine’s Day. This is not a public holiday, it is a commercial holiday.

[This is the busiest day for the shops selling flowers, bouquet of flowers (in Spanish this is ramo de flores) and also for shops selling chocolates, selling boxes of chocolates.]

Oki doki. Having said this, today we are going to learn some vocabulary related to Love, Dating and Relationships. So today, I am going to share 7 phrases.

By the way, we are not going to learn this typical phrase ‘I love you’ – nah, that’s boring! We are not going to learn how to say ‘I love you…’

Actually this is a big topic. So I have decided to call this episode Part 1 and next week we are going to cover more cool stuff about Love, Dating and Relationships.

Today, I just want to share the most commonly used phrasal verbs and the most commonly used vocabulary for when a guy likes a girl – (maybe he likes 2 girls), or a girl likes a guy, or a guy likes a guy and a girl and so on. There is a lot of variations to this nowadays, ok haha

You cannot choose who you fall in love with, it just happens. So let it happen.

Let me, quote someone, there are many quotes on Love….let me see, there is a quote by…. Oh it’s by Brad Pitt, the famous actor, Brad Pitt. He is like a good vintage bottle of wine right? haha

Ok behave now Milena, calm down.

So what did Brad Pitt say? He said: You don’t really get to choose who you fall in love with. Love chooses you.

Spot on Brad! You got it. Hi – five!

Righto, enough of this gibberish. Let’s carry on with the show.

So amigos y amigas, let me ask you this question: Are you currently single or are you in a relationship?

If you are single – this means that you don’t have a partner at the moment. Maybe you are just not interested in dating anyone, just want to spend time travelling without being attached to someone.

When we say that we are “in a relationship” – this means you have a partner, a boyfriend or a girlfriend, a husband or a wife.

The phrase is: ‘in a relationship’ – so we say are you in a relationship?

Just earlier I mentioned another phrase – to fall in love with someone.

The past tense of this phrase is FELL. I fell in love with someone. And participle: I have fallen in love with someone.

To fall is an irregular verb. The verb to FALL in Spanish means caer.

There is another expression you can learn using the verb FALL.

– To fall for someone.

If you are falling for someone, it means you have just started to develop feelings for this person. You are not in love yet, but you began to like them.

For example, John is falling for Alicia. He can’t stop thinking about her.
So John is not in love yet – he hasn’t professed his love for Alicia, he simply likes her and he wants to be more than friends with Alicia.

Ok? Does this make sense? Cool bananas!

What about if you like someone but are too scared to approach them? Maybe you are too shy to talk to them or you haven’t built up enough courage to talk this person?

[OMG when I was a teenager I was so shy and was scared to chat to guys I liked. It’s normal when you are teenager. You end up having a lot of crushes. I had a crush on Brad Pitt when I was 16.]

Ok so you guessed what your next phrase is:

– To have a crush on someone

The past tense of this phrase is: had a crush on someone. Like in my example, I had a crush on Brad Pitt.

That’s in the past tense. I don’t have a crush on Brad Pitt anymore. I moved on.

You can have a crush on a friend not just on a celebrity.

To have a crush on someone means: to have strong feelings of love for someone, it lasts for a short time and it often doesn’t bring any results.

What this means is that you can have a crush on someone but it doesn’t mean you will end up in a relationship together.

And if you are lucky to talk to the person you have a crush on, your face might go red in colour. You might start blushing. Your face, your cheeks will blush.

Blush is a good word to know!

To blush is a regular verb – blush, blushed – the past tense sounds like Blush(t)

People who are shy or timid, they can blush.

You don’t have to blush when you talk to a person you like, it could be something you did or you said that made you embarrassed.

I blush when I make a mistake. Sometimes I say something on the show that makes me blush.

Women blush when they receive a compliment from someone, or they receive a bouquet of flowers from a guy. This will make them blush. And that’s a good thing!

So let’s define blush.

Where is weon inteligente… right.. by the way did you know weon inteligente has his own hashtag on Insta haha #weoninteligente. I spell weon with a W.

Ok so, according to Weon Inteligente or the Online dictionary to blush means: show shyness, embarrassment, or shame by becoming red in the face.

How are we going so far amigos y amigas? Are you with me? Hope so!

Let’s imagine your crush asked you out on a date? Let’s imagine Brad Pitt asked you out on a date…

To ask someone out on a date – means to go out with that person, have a coffee or dinner or a drink somewhere so that you can talk with each other, get to know one another better, find out more about each other, what music do they like, what food do they like and so on. Find out if you like each other and maybe you want to go on a second date. A second meeting. A second rendezvous perhaps… (Pronounced, ron-de-vu)

To ask someone out is a phrasal verb – and it means just that. To ask someone out on a date.

Alright? Have you asked someone out on a date before?

Ok moving on now.

If you are currently in a relationship, listen up, I am going to share more new vocabulary for you.

What do you call your significant other? When I say your significant other, I mean your partner. Your husband or your wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, your partner basically.

Here are some words you could call them: honey, baby, sweetie, sweetheart, darling, my love, my dear, my sweetie-pie

I don’t call my husband any of those things. I just call him by his name.

Ok, I hope that was useful amigos y amigas. I hope you learnt a few new words and expressions.

If you are planning to celebrate the St Valentine’s Day with your significant other, I do wish you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day!

So, before I finish today’s show, I just want to say hello to a few people who had the time to email me and share their stories with me. We’ve got Volkan from Ukraine – privet and zdrastvuyte Volkan, that’s Hello in Ukranian and Russian, then we have Grazia Domini from Italy, Ciao, come stai? Grazia has been living in Italy for a long time, but she is originally from Venezuela. So she is multi-lingual. Thank you so much for your kind donation, it means a lot to me, I can buy myself coffee and deliver even more awesome episodes for you.

And lastly I want to say Hola, como e’htai(?) to my student Mauricio who just completed the Speak Easy program. Mauricio is from Santiago de Chile but lives on the Gold Coast in Australia – he is visiting Australia for a bit. Lucky him to be on the Gold Coast!

Remember, guys and girls, you can read transcripts to this show on my website, www.englishmadesimple.net. Please contact me when you are ready to start learning English!

And that’s it amigos y amigas!

Thank you for listening to yet another awesome episode of the English Made Simple show, you’ve been an amazing audience, and you’ve been jamming with Milena from English Made Simple. Have a great rest of the week. Until next time. Hasta la proxima!

Milena Vujnic

Milena Vujnic

Podcast Host at English Made Simple Podcast


Milena is the host of the English Made Simple Podcast and is passionate about helping English learners break their fear of speaking English so they can confidently make conversation and be understood by other English-speakers.

Milena lives in Australia with her Chileno husband and loves anything podcasting and online coaching and is honoured to be supporting and guiding immigrants from all over the world with her products, programs and coaching services.

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