"When love is not madness

it is not love."

Calderón de la Barca

To begin with, here are some questions about relationships here and in other countries.


 1. Do young men and women go to parties together? How old are they when they  can do that?

 2.In their mid-teens, do boys and girls go on dates?

 3.Do your parents choose your dates? In what countries/cultures does  this  happen?

 4.Do your parents have to approve of your dates? Do they know them?

 5.Do girls sometimes date boys a bit older? Why is that so, in your  opinion?

 6.Does your date have to collect you at home?

 7.Can women invite men to a date? is it usual?

 8.Does a couple share expenses when they go out? Does the  boy have  to  pay?

 9 Is it usual that people date other people from a different ethnic, religious,  economical or social background?

 10.Do you consider different topics or interests you can share when dating  someone?

 11. Have you ever had troubles finding a date?

 12. Do you use any special "trick" to pick up boys and girls?

 13. How would you describe your ideal partner?


Love and literature

A poem...

In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.
Dorothy Parker


Wild nights, wild nights

by Emily Dickinson


 Wild nights—wild nights!

Were I with thee

Wild nights should be

Our luxury!


Futile the winds

To a heart in port—

Done with the compass,

Done with the chart!


Rowing in Eden—

Ah, the sea!

Might I moor, tonight,

In thee! 


Love in other times and other places.

Listen to this story of a mixed-race marriage  between Ah Foo and Emily a hundred years ago in England!

Afghan women ten years after the Talibans left.

Annabel Lee-Edgar Allan Poe.

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me. 

She was a child and I was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love -
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me. 

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud by night
Chilling my Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea. 

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me:
Yes! that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud, chilling
And killing my Annabel Lee. 

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we -
Of many far wiser than we -
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee: 

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I see the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling - my darling - my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the side of the sea.

Some excerpts from a book-Maggie Cassidy- by Jack Kerouac, a famous writer from the "beat generation"
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 Canadian Jack Kerouac, who is one of the most powerful representatives of the beat generation



A song about love addiction by Robert Palmer, sung by Tina Turner.

A song about love in the distance by Marvin Gaye and Tina Terrell....Ain't no mountain

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Father and son....About the future.

This crazy little thing called LOVE is a famous song by Queen. Here are the lyrics with a few blanks, of course.

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Distinction 2.Unit 2.modal verbs. Furthe
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