Dating Scene 2

Ashlie tries online dating and Stephen anxiously awaits the postman. How many cards will he get?

Watch the video and do the first Task. Then watch the video again and finish the Tasks. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Think about the following questions:

  • Do you think dating agencies are a good idea?
  • Would you like to try speed dating?

Watch as Ashlie tries out internet dating … and goes on a blind date.


Ashlie: Stephen! For goodness’ sake, you’ll scare the postman away. Anyway, it’s too early. The postman usually comes at 11.

Stephen: Yeah. You’re right. He’ll probably be late. He’s got to carry all those cards for me.

Ashlie: It’s Valentine’s Day today and Stephen takes it very seriously. He thinks he’s going to get a lot of cards this year.

Stephen: I sent lots of cards, so I’ll get lots of cards – simple.

Ashlie: Stephen, it doesn’t work like that. Anyway, I thought you were going to help me with my online profile.

The speed dating didn’t really work out. So now Stephen thinks I should try online dating to see if I can meet someone on the internet.

Stephen: Yeah, we’re going to try it, Ash. Come on, let’s take a picture. You’ll need one for your profile. I’m a very good photographer.

Ashlie: OK, then. Come on.


Stephen: OK, so now you have to describe yourself.

Ashlie: So, I guess we could say, tall, beautiful, funny, clever, thin, successful...

Stephen: Or maybe you could just tell the truth?

Ashlie: Stephen! OK, then. Which of these statements sounds most like me? Am I: A: Quiet and shy; B: Outgoing and chatty; C: Optimistic and confident?

Stephen: Ah, definitely optimistic and confident.

Ashlie: Quiet and shy. OK, hobbies… Tick all the boxes that are true for you. Let me see… OK, playing cards, yes, gardening, yes, walking, yes...

Stephen: Err, hang on, Ashlie. I’ve never seen you do any of those things.

Ashlie: Well, I’m trying to sound mature. You know, more grown up.

Stephen: Mature? You sound like an old lady! You’re supposed to tell the truth...


Ashlie: The postman. Just the one card, Stephen?

Stephen: It’s not how many you get, Ashlie. It’s the thought that counts. Ooh, listen to this, ‘Your eyes are like diamonds that shine in the sky...’

Ashlie: Stephen, is that your writing?

Stephen: Err, no.

Ashlie: Err… yes it is, Stephen. Did you send yourself this card?

Stephen: No, Ashlie. I notice you didn’t get any.  Anyway, how’s your profile going?

Ashlie: All finished actually. Now I just need to wait for a reply. Oh my goodness! That was quick!

Stephen: Quick. Open it, Ashlie. Let’s see who you got.

Ashlie: Strange photo...

Stephen: What’s the message? What does he say?

Ashlie: Well, his name’s Barry... He says our interests are the same – they match perfectly. He wants to meet...

Stephen: Oh, do I hear wedding bells?

Ashlie: Well, I think I should meet him. He sounds nice. But Stephen – you will come, won’t you? Just to keep me safe?

Stephen: OK. But how will you recognise each other?

Ashlie: We could wear a red flower or something?

Stephen: A red flower? That’s a silly idea. You never wear flowers. Maybe you should wear something green. I know – a green scarf.

Ashlie: OK. Let me message him. OK, done. Ooh, I’m going on a blind date!


Ashlie: Stephen! What on earth are you wearing?

Stephen: Shh – I’m in disguise.

Ashlie: Yes, but why?

Stephen: So no one recognises me.

Ashlie: Right. OK. Look, I’ll sit on that bench over there. You text me if you see him arrive. Remember, green scarf.

Ashlie texting: Green scarves everywhere – I should have worn a flower

Stephen texting: Look right – Man in hat – Green scarf – Flowers

Man: Ashlie? Ashlie Walker? Oh, no.

Stephen: Ashlie, you asked for that. I told you, you needed to tell the truth.

Ashlie: Right, that’s it, Stephen! I give up on dating.

Stephen: Come on, grandma!

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

We use 'sound' with adjectives:

  • I think I should meet him. He sounds nice.
  • I'm trying to sound mature. You know, more grown up.

We use 'sound like' with nouns and pronouns:

  • Mature? You sound like an old lady!
  • Which of these statements sounds most like me?


Language level

Average: 5 (2 votes)

Submitted by Simonjs on Wed, 06/02/2019 - 11:37

On task 2 my ipad autocorrects it to a capital because it only registers the box. Is there any way you could fix that?

Hello Simonjs

I'll mention this to our technical team, but I'd also recommend disabling the Auto-correct feature of your iPad. I believe it's under Settings > General > Keyboard.

Hope that helps you!

Best wishes


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by foofighters12 on Tue, 09/10/2018 - 20:57

Dating agencies are a waist of time they say it's free,then after the first month they take money out of your account. I did speed dating years ago only once a complete waist of time, I meet my wife in the paper we've been together 8 years december and on August just gone we've been married and living together for 6 years now were trying for a baby.
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Submitted by Kostya B on Tue, 25/09/2018 - 11:33

I did not deal with deal with dating agencies. Speed dating I think in any case useful for the experience of interlocutors and yes I would try it.