Level 3

It is common to see strange posts on Facebook, but imagine seeing a post by a man advertising his desire for a wife in your feed. A Nigerian man decided he wanted to get married and did just that. He posted on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in being his wife. He said he would be accepting applications for a spouse that week. In the post he added, “Am of age to and I am ready to say I do and am wasting no time.” The applications had to be submitted by midnight. A few women wrote to him in his inbox but only one woman got his attentionShe had commented on his post asking him to “DM” her.

Two days after their initial conversation, he traveled 500km to visit the woman in her hometown. She lived in a northern city of Nigeria but the distance did not matter to this determined man. She met him in front of a retail store and said, “It was love at first sight.”

They talked for two hours. They described it as “awkward” but fell in love nonetheless. Subsequently, they went to meet the man’s uncle who lived in the same town. He gave his approval of his nephew’s new fiancé. Then, they met the woman’s family. The woman was a tad worried they would not approve because she met him on social media. Her worry proved to be in vain as both families were fond of the new couple.

The man had recently been engaged to another woman who had called it off. He was disappointed when he made the Facebook post. People asked his new fiancé if she was worried the man was ‘on the rebound‘ but simply said, “I don’t care about that – when you see what you want, you go for it.”

The new couple got married 6 days later. A few people were skeptical of the marriage but mostly, they got a lot of support.

 

Difficult words

Feed: A collection of public posts from people online.

Spouse: A partner in marriage.

Submitted: To give

Inbox: An online folder to receive messages

Initial: The beginning

Determined: To strongly want to do something

Retail: A sales business

Nonetheless: In spite of

Subsequently:  After something happens

In vain: Without success or result

Fond: To like someone or something

Rebound: To bounce back after getting hurt

Skeptical: To unsure or doubtful

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

1. Inbox A. After
2. Determined B. Sales
3. Spouse C. Like
4. Subsequently D. Hand in
5. Submitted  E. Mailbox
6. Nonetheless F. Doubt
7. Retail  G. Motivated
8. Initial H. A husband or wife
9. Fond I. Beginning
10. Skeptical J. Even though 

True or False?

1. A man posted on Twitter that he wanted to get married.  T / F

2.  The application had to be submitted by midnight. T / F

3. The woman lived in the same town as the man. T / F

4.  The couple were married 6 months later. T / F

5. The woman’s family did not like the man. T / F

6. The uncle did not give his approval to his nephew’s new fiancé. .  T / F

7. The woman said it was love at first sight. T / F

8. The couple talked for two hours when they met. T / F

9. The woman worried about the man’s previous engagement. T / F

10. The man had never been engaged before. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. had / The / off / recently / been / called / man / another / it / who / to / engaged / had / woman

2. The / be / by / had / applications / to / midnight / submitted

3. of / gave / his / approval / his / nephew’s / fiancé / He / new

4. wife / He / anyone / on / interested / Facebook / his / asking / if / was / in / posted / being

5. couple / Both / were / the / families / fond / of

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Skeptical Nephew’s Inbox
Advertising Vain Spouse
Subsequently Initial Strange

It is common to see __________ posts on Facebook, but imagine seeing a post by a man _______________ his desire for a wife in your feed? A Nigerian man decided he wanted to get married and did just that. He posted on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in being his wife. He said he would be accepting applications for a __________ that week. In the post he added, “Am of age to and I am ready to say I do and am wasting no time.” The applications had to be submitted by midnight. A few woman wrote to him in his _____________ but only one woman got his attentionShe had commented on his post asking him to “DM” her.

Two days after their ___________ conversation, he traveled 500km to visit the woman in her home town. She lived in a northern city of Nigeria but the distance did not matter to this determined man. She met him in front of a retail store and said, “It was love at first sight.”

They talked for two hours. They described it as “awkward” but fell in love nonetheless. _________________, they went to meet the man’s uncle who lived in the same town. He gave his approval of his ___________ new fiancé. Then, they met the woman’s family. The woman was a tad worried they would not approve because she met him on social media. Her worry proved to be in __________ as both families were fond of the new couple.

The man had recently been engaged to another woman who had called it off. He was disappointed when he made the Facebook post. People asked his new fiancé if she was worried the man was ‘on the rebound‘ but simply said, “I don’t care about that – when you see what you want, you go for it.”

The new couple got married 6 days later. A few people were ____________ of the marriage but mostly, they got a lot of support.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Is marriage important in your culture?
4. What is a wedding like in your culture?
5. What is the normal age people get married in your country?
6. Is it popular to meet people online in your country?
7. How long do you think people should be together before they get married?
8. Do brides wear white in your country?
9. Have you ever made any friends online?
10. Do you use social media?
11. What kind of social media do you use?
12. What do you use social media for the most?
13. What are the positives of social media?
14. What are the negatives of social media?
15. What is the furthest you’ve ever traveled to see someone?
16. Do you think 500km is far to travel?
17. What is the longest amount of time you would travel in a car?
18. How long does it take to get from one side of your country to the other?
19. What is the most popular form of transportation in your country?
20. What is your favourite mode of transportation?