The topic for Unit 1 is MARRIAGE AND LOVE AFFAIRS
You can read this unit first or you can write right now some lines about your ideas on this subject.
Are there too many clichés about love and marriage?
What do you think ?
What would you like to say?
To break the ice, here you have a couple of funny jokes or anecdotes which probably follow those cliches we all have heard sometimes...
Oh, and don't miss our next post on Valentine´s Day...really involved with love and marriage!
A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, "Please wake me at 5:00 AM." He left it where he knew she would find it.The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.The paper said, "It is 5:00 AM. Wake up."
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.


  1. Sandra Johansen2/18/10, 7:48 PM

    Very funny!

    I'm enjoying very much with this blog. I have seen link nº 1, 2 and "aren't they sweet?" and they are really really sweets these children.
    I want to congratulate you for this. Now Inglés Instrumental II is much funny and interactive.


    Sandra Johansen.

  2. Yes, definitely a funny way to learn.I love that joke of the silent treatment....wise woman...bye

  3. Well, well, well I do love to see this enthusiasm!!
    It's very rewarding to see our students are happy with our work.
    Thanks a lot!

  4. Very good links to BBC. I used to enjoy it last summer and I really love it. Kisses.

  5. I think that nowadays speaking about marriage imply other values that some years ago. I see the wedding as a profitable business for certain people since the percentage of divorces is very high. First the expenses are for the banquet, the photographer, the flowers, the suits... afterwords for the lawyers...

    Cristina González Angós

  6. Warenka Mora2/21/10, 8:04 PM

    I think that love and marriage can be separate concepts, you can have marriage without love (sad but true) and love without marriage; however I like thinking in marriage as something very romantic. I once heard that marriage is making public your love for someone and sapecially making a promise to someone that you will do your best in order to stay together forever.

    On the other hand, I also think that divorce is a search for happiness and that's something everybody has the right to do.

    So... what do you think?

  7. Of course that everybody is entitle to get divorced from her partner but I think that in some cases that isn't the solution to the problem. The vast majority of couples get divorced during their first year of marriage and you have to think that in that time, the couple are knowning each other and that your partner isn't the only person that has faults, you have faults, too.

    Cristina González Angós

  8. Cristina and Warenka have asked very good questions for all of you to answer, so in the meantime, while you are thinking how to express yourselves, you can listen to this song called as well "Love and marriage" (lyrics included, what a deal!!)
    by the voice...


    Have you ever heard it?
    Any comments on it??
    " you can't have one without the other...!"

  9. Hi Lucía,

    I have never heard about this song but I really liked a lot. Many people will think that what this song says to us throug its liryc is gone out of fashion but for me the marriage is something very special and important.

    Cristina González Angós

  10. I'm George.

    special and important!!. Sure. However, there are lots of special and importnat things. What we need should be unique. What do you thing?

  11. Hello George,

    Yes, I said "special and important", special because you share your live with another person that feel in the same way to you and "important" because the marriage is a vital institution to our society. I feel safe knowing that if I have a problem I can count on my husband.

    I don't know, maybe I tell you all this because I feel very happy with my live. I am 33 years, a wonderful husband and three lovely children. What more could I ask? I would like that everybody feel in the same way.

    Cristina González Angós

  12. L. Borreguero2/24/10, 7:26 PM

    Thank you for your views George and Cristina.
    Has anyone listened to Mr. F.S. song? A bit old fashioned may be?

  13. Yes Lucía,

    I said to you in other post. It's really a very good song and I think that in essential isn't old-fashioned. I have never heard that song before.

  14. L. Borreguero2/26/10, 9:36 AM

    Thanks Cristina but the rest of the students are too shy to write or are too busy or am I wrong? May be they did not like the song...

  15. Hi everybody!
    Yeah! Sinatra's song is really old fashioned! It's like the music in one of those Rock Hudson and Doris Day's films. But I think lots of people (specially women) still have these ideas. I would like to get married, specially in an original way, in the beach or in a forest, but priority for me is to enjoy love not to formalize it.

  16. Hi Belén,

    I understand then that, if you formalize your relationship you cannot enjoy it?



  17. Patricia Conde2/27/10, 8:29 PM

    Hi everybody,
    I've joined quite late. You've written lot of great stuff here.
    I've heard both songs you've been talking about and I must say Mr Frank Sinatra's is my favourite. I have almost every song by him. Have you listened to Michael Bublé? You should, believe me!
    About "Love and Marriage", it is the Theme Song of a USA series called "Married...with children".

    I want you to read sthg I found on a website. It's about definitions of "LOVE" given by children. Here you go two of them I like:

    "Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."

    "Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."

  18. L. Borreguero2/28/10, 6:58 PM

    Hi Cristina and Patricia,
    Cristina has made a good question, may be some of you want to give your views?
    Patricia, children as always great at definitions!
    Have you listened to those on the last link on Valentine's? Great!

  19. Marisa Gordillo3/8/10, 2:49 PM

    Wouuu, I like this new way of learning, quite practical. However I must up date myself in how to do my homework in a blog!!! I am useless with TICs.

  20. Hi Marisa!

    I am glad you like it! Welcome to CALL (Computer learning Assisted Languages)

    Kind regards,

    María Jordano

  21. Hello:

    A few days ago I had the opportunity to go to “María Guerrero Theatre" for enjoying a play calls "Realidades". This play treats a really interesting theme about the marriage, couples... For everyone, it’s really nice and the actors are brilliants!!


    Begoña Fernández

  22. Theatre...sigh!
    Welcome Begoña!

  23. I don't know if this has anything to do with the subject, but I love the song "Words don't come easy" by F.R. David. It's a very nice and sweet love song. I'm sure everyone knows it... it used to be so famous in the eighties!

  24. Why not, Vicente? Another part of our topic!

  25. A nice love story:
    Six years ago while living in Madrid I met the most extraordinary person in the world. He was a quiet and intelligent boy from Argentina who arrived into my life by destiny.
    I was sharing a flat with and argentinean girl and he came home to stay for a few days. I fell madly in love, however it wasn´t love at first sight but quite close. A few days after the first day we met we went together to the Escorial for a day trip. On the way back to Madrid I realised that I was beginning to have feelings for him and I felt incredible.
    I knew at that very same moment that he was the one, he was so clever and open minded that we could have long and interesting conversations, he was easy going, everything suited him fine, he was happy doing anything that I proposed to do, things like going to the theatre, to the parks, going for drinks and “tapas”, going clubbing... I decided to pull out all my charm and to capture his heart.
    Six years have passed and we are still together, moreover, we are getting married this summer and thinking about having children next year.
    I think I am very lucky for having him into my life.
    Marisa Gordillo Cavacasillas. Uned Merida.

  26. Sigh!!!
    How romantic! I guess there is a nice script out there to be written there for a romantic comedy... much better than the rest as this one is true! Congratulations Marisa.

  27. have a look at this article from The Guardian about blind dates...


  28. Well, personally, when was younger I didn't believe in marriage, since my parents divorced when I was little and my idea of marriage had always been two people yelling at each other. However, now that I am a little bit more grown up, I have met more people and I have definitely seen some marriages that work.

    I have found the jokes quite funny, but somehow I can't help but thinking that usually women are the "evil" or "crazy" ones when people talk about stereotypes about marriage or relationships. It's something to think about...

    María Badía Santiago

  29. Hi! I'm Isa and I recently saw about this blog in the virtual course. But, as I'm reading the comments right now, I guess this blog have been here since last course, is that right? I hope new students of Inglés Instrumental II will take a look at this, so we can keep discussing about some topics in English, so practise some writing.

    Well, I'm stuyding Unit 1 and I've just watched Two Days in Paris trailer. I've already seen that film and really liked it. As L.Borreguero was talking about romantic comedies, this is good one. Well, would someone like to discuss about what the movie is about?

    I would say that the movie is about what love means indeed. I mean, I think when you love someone, you love his/her world: family, friends, way of life, etc. I think that is when you can name it LOVE. Love implies the aviability of complementing each other, not projecting your own wills over your partner.


  30. Hi,
    I`ve just listened to the song "Love and Marriage" and this is not the first time I`m listening to it. If I`m not wrong there was a Tv series called "Love and Marriage" which had the song as its presentation. Anyway the series had nothing to do with what the lyrics of our song mean.
    I must say that I like a lot "Love and Marriage"

  31. Hello. I am also studying the Unit 1 and it is a pleasure to be here. Talking about love, marriage and things like that,I agree with who thinks that is not essencial to get married to be happy. I think that when women get married, men treat us in a different way. They think that we belong to them and we can not feel free like we were before. I agree to that sort of people that think that a piece of paper do not keep people closer. I am happy for living together. We are very close to ourself.

  32. Mariano García3/7/12, 11:32 PM

    The guide to wife translations
    The wife says: You want
    The wife means: You want

    The wife says: We need
    The wife means: I want

    The wife says: It's your decision
    The wife means: The correct decision should be obvious

    The wife says: Do what you want
    The wife means: You'll pay for this later

    The wife says: We need to talk
    The wife means: I need to complain

    The wife says: Sure... go ahead
    The wife means: I don't want you to

    The wife says: I'n not upset
    The wife means: Of course I'm upset you moron

    The wife says: You're ... so manly
    The wife means: You need a shave and sweat a lot

    The wife says: Be romantic, turn out the lights
    The wife means: I have flabby thighs.

    The wife says: This kitchen is so inconvenient
    The wife means: I want a new house.

    The wife says: I want new curtains.
    The wife means: Also carpeting, furniture, and wallpaper!

    The wife says: I need wedding shoes.
    The wife means: The other forty pairs are the wrong shade of white.

    The wife says: Hang the picture there
    The wife means: No, I mean hang it there!

    The wife says: I heard a noise
    The wife means: I noticed you were almost asleep.

    The wife says: Do you love me?
    The wife means: I'm going to ask for something expensive.

    The wife says: How much do you love me?
    The wife means: I did something today you're not going to like.

    The wife says: I'll be ready in a minute.
    The wife means: Kick off your shoes and take an hour nap.

    The wife says: Am I fat?
    The wife means: Tell me I'm beautiful.

    The wife says: You have to learn to communicate.
    The wife means: Just agree with me.

    The wife says: Are you listening to me?
    The wife means: [Too late, your doomed.]

    The wife says: Yes
    The wife means: No

    The wife says: No
    The wife means: No

    The wife says: Maybe
    The wife means: No

    The wife says: I'm sorry
    The wife means: You'll be sorry

    The wife says: Do you like this recipe?
    The wife means: You better get used to it

    The wife says: All we're going to buy is a soap dish
    The wife means: I'm coming back with enough to fill this place.

    The wife says: Was that the baby?
    The wife means: Get out of bed and walk him

    The wife says: I'm not yelling!
    The wife means: Yes I am! I think this is important!

    In answer to the question "What's wrong?"

    The wife says: The same old thing.
    The wife means: Nothing.

    The wife says: Nothing.
    The wife means: Everything.

    The wife says: Nothing, really.
    The wife means: It's just that you're an idiot.

    The wife says: I don't want to talk about it.
    The wife means: I'm still building up steam.