Getting engaged—Culips English Podcast

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A big “Congratulations!” from all of us here at Culips to Hasan and Gulustan from Azerbaijan on your recent engagement! We wish you all the best in your new lives together.

In honour of Hasan’s recent proposal to Gulustan, he asked us to do an episode all about getting engaged. What a romantic idea!

In this episode, Harp and Maura chat about some of the traditions, activities, and vocabulary associated with getting engaged, and about some of what happens during the engagement period. In Canada, there’s a lot of variation in how people get engaged, but there are definitely some classic, traditional aspects.

Thanks again for the great episode suggestion, Hasan. Let us know when you’re ready to hear an episode about weddings!

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Maura: So, first, we’re gonna talk about how people propose. So, you have a couple, they’ve been dating for a while, and then they want to get married.
Harp: Yeah. And I would say it’s usually at least one year that they’re together.
Maura: Yeah, I would say that too. Sometimes I’ve even heard of people proposing on their one-year anniversary.
Harp: Yeah. There’s no set time that people are together before they propose or before they get engaged.
Maura: So, there’s been a couple that’s been dating for a long time and one person asks the other to get married, so one person proposes. And after the proposal, and once the other person, of course, agrees, they are engaged. So that’s the period of time after the marriage proposal and before the wedding.

Expressions included from this episode in Learning Materials:

To propose An ultimatum
Will you marry me? Traditional proposals
Cultural weddings To get down on one knee
Wedding bells To tie the knot
To elope To say “I do”
The wedding party A stag/stagette
A stag and doe/buck and doe A hall
To settle down Fiancé/Fiancée
To drop someone a line

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Andrew Abogado

Posted in Chatterbox


  1.' Tuyet says:

    Thank you for the podcast: getting engaged.:)
    It’s an informative and interesting podcast. Hope you all the best.:)

  2. Maura says:

    Congratulations to you Tuyet! We’re glad you enjoyed it :)

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  3.' Nashmil says:

    Hello there! Good job! I’m a Persian English teacher and of course a true English lover. Thanks a million for your great and enjoyable podcasts; you rock! Actually I’m also about to make some English teaching audio CDs here for my own students so that might be a good idea if we could help each other in some way or another! Wish you all the best!

    P.S: I can’t wait to hear your podcast about wedding

    P.S.S: You are the best 😉


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