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arranged marriages • declining •
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953 Arranged Marriage
Enam talks about arranged marriage in Bangladesh and how he feels about it.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

arranged marriages

notesThere are still arranged marriages in Bangladesh.

An arranged marriage is when our parents choose whom we will marry. Notice the following.

  1. Arranged marriages are not common in the west.
  2. My grand parents had an arranged marriage.


notesThe number of arranged marriages is declining.
'Decline' means to become less in amount or fewer in number. Here are two samples.

  1. The number of big families is declining in my country.
  2. Because of the internet, CD sales are declining.

fall in love

notesWhen we begin to feel love for someone or something we 'fall in love'. Notice the samples.

  1. My brother fell in love with Britney Spears when he was a kid.
  2. I fell in love with Thai food the first time I tried it.

values and perceptions

notesMatch makers study the values and perceptions of families.

'Values and perceptions' are what we believe is right and wrong in life. Here are some samples

  1. Different cultures have different values and perceptions.
  2. My best friend is Japanese. We have different values and perceptions, but get along well.

whether or not

They can't decide whether to get married or not.

'Whether or not' simply means 'yes or no'. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. I'm not sure whether or not to study abroad.
  2. She isn't sure weather or not to buy a laptop.