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The Boyfriend

Tara talks about her boyfriend and what it is about him that she likes.
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Todd: OK, Tara, why don't you tell us about your first boyfriend?

Tara: OK, my first boyfriend, I met in my hometown. He's called Barry. He's my first real boyfriend. Yeah, I met him at a bar. Yeah, I had a bit of a crush on him when I was younger and then, yeah, we met a club one night and it carried on from there.

Todd: Oh, that's nice. So what was it about Barry that attracted him to you?

Tara: He's very good looking. He's tall and he had a beard. I like beard.

Todd: Beards, really!

Tara: I like beards. I don't know why.

Todd: Short beard or long beard?

Tara: No, no short. I just like stubble.

Todd: OK. Are you still in contact with him?

Tara: Yeah, yeah, yeah. At the moment he's traveling. He's in India but, we're so young, so we often like, separate to go traveling , and then get back together again, because I'm only 24 and he's twenty five, and we have a serious relationship but, we don't wanna, you know, stop doing our own things in life.

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first boyfriend

I met my first boyfriend, my first real boyfriend, in my hometown.

A 'boyfriend' is a male that you have a romantic relationship with.  A 'first boyfriend' is the initial boyfriend that you have.  Notice the following:

  1. I met my first boyfriend at a cafe.
  2. How long were you with your first boyfriend?


I had a crush on him when I was younger.

When we romantically like someone, often in a simple way when we're young, then we have a 'crush' on them. Notice the following:

  1. I don't understand why you have a crush on him.
  2. I have had a crush on him since elementary school.

carry on

We met at a club one night and we carried on from there.

To 'carry on' is to continue doing something, in this case they continued the relationship from there.  Notice the following:

  1. Why do we have to carry on with this conversation?
  2. Everyone else was tired but I wanted to carry on with the night.


I don't know why I like short beards; I like stubble.

'Stubble' is very short hair on the face that is rough if you touch it.  Notice the following:

  1. He always has a little bit of stubble on his face.
  2. You need to shave before work. You have stubble.

serious relationship

We're still young, but we have a serious relationship.

A 'serious relationship' is one that has a possible future in marriage, it is not just dating casually or for fun.  Notice the following:

  1. He isn't ready for a serious relationship right now.
  2. They were in a serious relationship all through college.

Vocabulary Quiz

first boyfriend • crush • carry on
stubble • relationship
  1. He hasn't had a serious yet.
  2. Excuse me. Please with what you were saying.
  3. on his face is part of his style.
  4. She had her in high school.
  5. My twelve year old daughter has her first on a boy.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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