911 Online Dating

Jonathan explains to Jeff how online dating works and why he should try it.


Jonathan: So, Jeff, you know, I don't know if I want go out to the pub again on Saturday. LIke the music is a little bit too loud. It's hard to meet people and so on. I don't know. I've been thinking, we should do like some online dating. You know, try to meet some women that way.

Jeff: What do you mean? We just sit at home and through the computer. Or how do you do that?

Jonathan: No, you don't have a date through the computer. That would be awful. But, you know, in the modern world people are rushed. They always don't have time to go out and meet people. If you only go to bars, to try to meet people, you're only meeting a small percentage of the population: the people who do like to go out and drink and have fun, and so on. You're cutting yourself off from a lot of people.

Jeff: So how does this work, this online dating? Do I have to pay to use this site?

Jonathan: Oh, there are some sites where you pay and some where you don't. You can put up a profile of yourself, you know, with a picture if you like, or perhaps you would like to stay more anonymous and not put your picture up. You can see a lot of basic information about people even before you're ever in contact with them.

Jeff: So, if I'm living in a city, do I look for dates or women only in that city?

Jonathan: Well, most of them have search critereas. You can choose within say twenty kilometers or a hundred kilometers. Anyway where in the world if you like? You don't always find love just around the corner. You might find you have a heck of a lot in common with somebody on the other side of the world. But with online dating, people put up some information that they are comfortable sharing, so you can see what somebody does in their free time, what somebody's beliefs are, what somebody is interested in finding, so you may find by doing the search that you meet someone that really matches up with you that you would be interested in contacting without ever going out to the bar, or if you just go out and hit the bar, you may feel a one in a million shot to meet the right person, whereas online, maybe you can search a million people and you find that right one.

Jeff: Online dating. That sounds great. I'm gonna give it a go.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


In the modern world people are rushed.

When we are rushed that means we feel we must do things fast.  Note the following:

  1. I hate to feel rushed when I am eating.
  2. When students are rushed they make more mistakes.

cut ... off from

If you never go out, you're cutting yourself off from a lot of people.

To be cut off means that we are unable to make contact with others.  Note the following:

  1. Living on an island, he was cut off from the mainland.
  2. At night, he goes home and cuts himself off from the rest of the world.


Some people like to stay more anonymous.

When we are anonymous that means no one knows our name or has any information about us.  Note the following:

  1. We recieved a letter from an anonymous sender.
  2. It is impossible to be anonymous on Facebook.

just around the corner

You don't always find love just around the corner.

'Just around the corner' is an idiom that means near or coming soon.  Note the following:

  1. There is a great coffee shop just around the corner.
  2. This area is getting really dangerous. A man was just murdered just around the corner.

on the other side of

You might find you have lot in common with people on the other side of the world.

Here, the word 'other' is similar in meaning to 'opposite'.  Note the following:

  1. Prices are cheaper on the other side of town.
  2. If you are a good swimmer you might be able to swim to the other side of the lake.
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Complete the sentences with the words below.
rushed • cut off • anonymous
 around the corner • other side
  1. The book was written by an author.
  2. When he lost his cell phone he felt very the world.
  3. He always sleeps late and is very in the morning.
  4. Your birthday is just .
  5. I don't want to drive to the of town right now.  The traffic is terrible.