(Beginner English Learners: Definitions for This Lesson Are Inside this Blog Post.)
Hi English Language Lover,
So you are heading to the park for your next date, but you are new to the USA and want a few ideas to help you prepare. Don’t worry. In this blog post, we will talk about conversation topics, setting up a picnic, and even a few games you can play together while on your date.
Although staring into each other’s eyes could be a fun way to spend your date, talking would be a great idea too.
If you don’t know each other well, here are a few example questions you can use to get to know each other:
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
- What does your dream job look like?
- If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- What movie or television show do you love but hate at the same time?
- Do you think college is necessary to have a successful life?
If you do know each other well, here are a few example questions you can use to learn things about each other that you never knew:
- Would you leave me if I gained 300 pounds?
- What is the most special thing about your best friend?
- If you needed to move to another country for 15 years, which country would you choose?
- What is the best dream or worst nightmare that you can remember?
- If your friend won the lottery, would you ask for some money?
Unless you stop at a restaurant before or after your time at the park, it may be good to have a picnic. Anytime that you take a meal and eat it in the grass or on the ground of a park, it is usually called a picnic. Picnic tend to have more than one person at the meal, but having a picnic alone is okay too.
Picnics are usually low cost since you need to bring your own food. It’s a great way to enjoy your date without going broke.
Here are some easy snacks you could pack for your picnic:
- Bread (for sandwiches)
- Peanut Butter (for sandwiches)
- Pre-Sliced Cheese (for sandwiches)
- Bologna (for meat eaters who like sandwiches)
- Packets of Mustard or Mayonnaise (for sandwiches)
- Water Bottles with Your Favorite Drinks
Don’t forget to bring a clean blanket or beach towel to put your food on so that it doesn’t get dirty in the grass.
Even as adults, you can still play games at the park. The merry-go-round may be too childish, but there are other games you can play together to have fun on your date.
Pictionary: One person draws a picture while the other person guesses the meaning. You are not allowed to use letters or numbers to help the person guess. You can have the person to guess things such as movie titles, song titles, or even English phrases. If you need help learning and remembering English Idioms, this may be a great game to play.
FootBag (Hacky Sack): Someone will need to bring a footbag. The point of the game is to pass the footbag to each other without using your hands and without letting the footbag touch the ground. Since it will only be two of you, you two may alternate being the person who serves. (The Server is the only person who can use his or her hands to throw the ball between the two of you to start the game.) As soon as the ball is in the air, one of you needs to keep the bag from falling to the ground. Once the ball is safe from the ground (this is called a ‘stall’), that person needs to pass/toss the bag to the other person. Both of you can use any part of your body to pass or toss the bag to the other person as long as the hands aren’t used.
I would recommend watching a hacky sack video to help you to understand the game better.
Flavor Guessing Games: Bring a bag of candy such as jelly beans, gummi bears, or Skittles. Each person takes turns choosing a piece of candy while his or her eyes are closed. The person then has to eat the candy and tell the other person what he or she thinks is the flavor. The other person has had his or her eyes open the entire time and can confirm whether or not the person guessed the right flavor. The person who has the most correct guesses after 15 rounds will win the game.
Paper and Pencil Games: Games such as ‘Tic-Tac-Toe’ and ‘Dots and Boxes’ are well-known American paper and pencil games that your date will probably know. If you don’t know how to play, ask your date. I’m sure you would have fun learning and playing.
Although this lesson didn’t include special words about picnics, there were some words in this post that may have been difficult for beginner English learners. Please remember that in English, some words may have many meanings. These definitions will only apply to how the words were used in this blog post.
- Date (noun) – This word has several meanings. It could mean date as in a ‘calendar day.’ It could mean the ‘lover’ you are about to go somewhere with. It could mean the ‘place’ you and your lover have fun at.
- To spend (verb) – In this article, this verb means ‘to use’ time.
- ‘Rest of Your Life’ – A phrase speaking of the time that you have left in your life until you die.
- Necessary (adjective) – something important that you must have or must do
- Successful (adjective) – to do something well
- Nightmare (noun) – a bad dream
- Lottery (noun) – a game where a person can win a lot of money
- ‘Going Broke’ – A phrase speaking of not having any money.
- Snacks (noun) – a small meal to stop hunger for a short amount of time
- Pre-Sliced (adjective) – the state of being already sliced
- Packets (noun) – a tiny bag
- Bologna (noun) – a thinly sliced piece of meat
- Mustard (noun) – a yellow thick liquid placed on food
- Mayonnaise (noun) – a white thick liquid placed on food
- Blanket (noun) – a large, thick piece of fabric
- Merry-Go-Round (noun) – also called a carousel; a common children’s ride
- Childish (adjective) – to act as a child
- Guess/Guesses (verb) – to try to find an answer based on what one thinks rather than what knows
- Allow (verb) – to let; to be able to
- Idioms (noun) – a common phrase with a deep meaning
- Alternate (verb) – In this post, this verb means that since only one person can serve the ball at one time, you and your friend will need to change the person who serves for each game.
- Recommend (verb) – to tell a person your opinion in hope it will help him or her to do something good
- Flavor (noun) – a certain taste (it can be any taste)
- Confirm (verb) – to make sure that something is right
- Entire (adjective) – complete; all
- Round(s) (noun) – when a player or players finish taking a turn(s)
- Remember (verb) – to think about something again
- Apply (verb) – to be used during a certain time or to be used for a certain thing