lunes, 9 de diciembre de 2013

Modern love: Falling in love at 71

Nora Johnson, long divorced, wasn't looking for love when she met George, a widowed 83-year-old. It just happened.

Watch her story in this New York Times video.

Self-study activity:
Watch the video and complete the blanks in the transcript with the missing words.

The activity is suitable for intermediate students.

Modern Love: Falling in Love at 71 from NYT Video on Vimeo.

When I met George I was not looking for anybody, and the (1) ... that I was in love was ridiculous at the age of 71, I really shouldn’t be doing this.
Getting ready to go out when I was younger was much more complicated than it had to be, ‘oh, my God these stockings have a (2) ... , girdles and garter belts’.  Much (3) ... around with make-up, which really was unnecessary when you’re 21, I mean people are so pretty at 21 they don’t need make-up.
When I’m getting ready for a date at 71 I kind of do it in five minutes. Finding things in common with somebody… I remember that was (4) ... , I would go out with a young man, and we both liked Chinese food that made me feel we were (5) ... .
Dating is different at 71 because you do have less time and we went to bed a lot faster than I would have gone (6) ... there wasn’t much time for that either.
George loved women and I was always glad I hadn’t met him thirty, forty years ago because I wouldn’t have been able to stand it. But by the time I met him he couldn’t run very far. There is a (7) ... , somebody wasn’t going to last very long, because he was older it was going to be George. I didn’t feel like I was (8) ... die if George left me. At 21 I really felt if the (9) ... turned around and left me I would just die. When it was George I knew I would survive. I have a little more (10) ... than I had before.

You can also read the related New York Times article Age is no obstacle to Love or Adventure.

1) realization 2) runner 3) fooling 4) thrilling 5) soulmates 6) ‘cause 7) sadness 8) gonna 9) guy 10) sensibility