LIVE: English Conversation Lesson: Relationships!

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Vanessa: Hello. Hello. Welcome to today’s special live English lesson
here on the Speak English with Vanessa YouTube Channel. I’m Vanessa. Dan: I’m Dan. Vanessa: And this is my husband Dan. Today, we’re going to be doing something a
little bit special. Usually we talk about specific vocabulary,
specific grammar points, but today we’re going to be having a natural conversation with some
of our top relationships, specifically romantic relationship, tips. Dan: Ooh, we’re going to talk about love today. Vanessa: Yeah. I feel like this is a really great chance
for you because we’re going to be just having a conversation together, but as we say new
vocabulary, we’re going to try to explain it as best as we can. Dan: Sure. Vanessa: This is something that doesn’t happen
when you’re having a conversation with someone in your office or maybe a friend from another
country. You’re just having a conversation, but there’s
not a chance to stop and talk about the words that you’re using. So hopefully today during our conversation,
as new vocabulary comes up, as new vocabulary arises … That’s a great phrasal verb. It comes up. We’re going to explain it as best as we can. Make sure to take some notes. Make sure to review this if you need to for
the vocabulary and also for any romantic relationship tips that we have to offer. Dan: We’re going to give some tips today. Although, these are just very personal tips,
right? Vanessa: Yeah. Dan: Every relationship is unique, right? Vanessa: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Dan: I would say we have a very unique relationship. We’re both kind of unusual people. Vanessa: So, let’s start with a couple pieces
of factual information. How long have we … This is a kind of test. How long-
Dan: Oh, it’s a test for me. Vanessa: How long have we been married? Dan: We’ve been married eight years. Vanessa: Oh, he passed the test. Dan: Woo! Vanessa: This year in August it will be nine
years. So, we’ve been married eight and a half years
or so. Dan: Which is a long time for the average
American of our age, because we’re only 30. Vanessa: One. Dan: 31. Oh, we’re 31. So, we’ve been married a little while. Vanessa: Yes. When did we meet each other? Dan: We met each other the very first day
of college. Vanessa: And I was-
Dan: Which is university in other countries. Vanessa: Yes, so I was 17 years old, but I
was almost 18. The next week was my birthday, so I was pretty
much 18 years old and you were 18, too, right? Dan: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yeah. Vanessa: So, we’ve known each other for quite
a long time from 18 to 31. What is that? 13 years? A long time. A lot has happened during that time. I think knowing someone, being in a relationship
with someone for 13 years is normal for maybe our parent’s generation, but for our generation
it’s something that’s a little bit surprising. When people meet us, they’re surprised that
we are 31 and we’ve been married for eight years. Dan: Yeah, and that we’ve only dated each
other for a really long time. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: That’s not very usual, I don’t think. Vanessa: Yeah, and that we still like each
other. I think that there’s a lot of-
Dan: Do we? Vanessa: You’ll find out today. Dan: We do. Vanessa: There’s a lot of things that we do
in our relationship or principles that we have that have really helped us to maintain
a healthy, strong relationship, and those are the two words that I want to focus on
today is having a healthy relationship, not just how to find a boyfriend. I can’t give you advice on that, but … or
find a girlfriend. But having a healthy relationship and having
a strong relationship, it means that you feel confident in your relationship. You feel confident in yourself-
Dan: Yes. Vanessa: … when you’re part of that relationship. Dan: And it means it will last a long time. If you want to have children, it will be a
good relationship to have children. Because really, if you’re going to get married,
it’s probably mostly to have children, in my personal opinion. Vanessa: So today, before we get started,
I’d like to give a couple disclaimers. First of all, we have a unique situation that
we met each other when we were young. All of these are personal tips, but that’s
all we can do is share from our personal lives. We have not been married for 50 years. I know there are plenty of people who have
been together much longer than us, so take it with a grain of salt. Dan: Yes. But, apparently it’s working. Vanessa: It’s working so far. I’m curious, can we talk about that first
expression? Because this is key for all of our tips today. Dan: Which one? Vanessa: Take it with a grain of salt. Dan: Take it with a grain of salt. Vanessa: Take it with a grain of salt. What does that mean? Dan: This is an expression that just means
don’t take everything we say word for word and believe everything. Vanessa: Yeah, it’s just-
Dan: We think you should believe it, but it’s- Vanessa: [inaudible 00:04:50]. Dan: Basically, just remember that it’s our
opinion. Vanessa: Yeah, it’s just our opinion. It’s just something that’s worked for us. So, you can use this expression if … It’s
great if you’re giving advice if you want to be humble. Because, you’re not saying … I don’t want
say, “My relationship advice is the best advice.” No, no, no. I don’t want say that because it’s just my
personal experience. So if you give someone advice, maybe you know
some things about cars and your friends asks you, “Can you look at the tires of my car? I think something’s wrong.” You could give some advice, but then you might
say, “Well, take it with a grain of salt. I’m an amateur. You should just go to a mechanic.” Dan: Yes. Vanessa: So, just please take our advice with
Take it with a grain of salt. This lovely idiom. And let’s start with our first tip today. Dan: Yeah, should we start with the first
one? Vanessa: Yeah. Dan: Sure. Vanessa: Dan gave a couple tips. I give a couple tips. Dan: My first tip is more for the beginning
of your relationship. So, it’s not even really during your relationship
at all. This is the pregame, we might say. And that is to make sure you’re a good fit
at the beginning. So, we can talk about the expression good
fit. So, it’s kind of like clothes, right? Vanessa: Yes. This shirt is a good fit for Dan. It’s not too big. It’s not too small. It fits his body. Dan: It’s a good fit. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: But, you can use that for people in relationships,
too, right? So, I would say Vanessa and I are a good fit. Vanessa: You can kind of imagine maybe a puzzle
piece that your personalities fit together. So if you meet someone and you think, “Oh,
this person is a wonderful match for my-” Dan: Good fit, not feet. Vanessa: Yeah, not your feet. Dan: Fit. Vanessa: A fit. F-I-T. You could say, “Oh, I’m so excited because
we’ve already been on three dates and we’re such a good fit for each other.” Dan: Yes. Vanessa: This is great. You complement each other. Dan: Connected to that, I would say don’t
rush. So, don’t rush into a relationship. For example, for Vanessa and I, we knew each
other for six months before we even dated. After dating, we didn’t live together for
four years? Vanessa: Yes, and I’ve, of course, this is
a little bit unusual. Dan: And we were young. We were young. Vanessa: Because we were so young. Dan: But, my point is that you don’t want
to rush into a relationship. So maybe this happens to a guy a lot. You see a girl and she’s so beautiful and
you can’t even contain yourself. You just want to go after her and talk to
her. Maybe you’re not a really good fit. You’re not a really good fit personality-wise. You can’t hold a conversation. You don’t like to go and do things together. Well, your relationship is going to be a lot
more fun and a lot more enjoyable if you know at the very beginning before you live together
if you get along, if you’re a good fit. Vanessa: Sure. The word that Dan used, one of you asked in
the chat box, is F-I-T, fit. We are a good fit for each other. Then, Dan also said, “Don’t rush.” R-U-S-H, R-U-S-H, rush. Dan: Don’t rush. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: I think this also shows confidence
in yourself because if you rush, maybe you make some fast decisions really quickly. Maybe it shows, “Oh, I need to do this or
else he won’t like me.” Well, it’s okay. Make yourself comfortable. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: Make yourself comfortable in your
relationship. That’s important. Dan: There’s another expression we can use
for this. But sometimes this is used in medicine, but-
Vanessa: Oh, yeah? Dan: … you’d say, “An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure.” Vanessa: Oh, this is a lovely … This is
a proverb, actually. Dan: It’s a proverb. Vanessa: I think Benjamin Franklin might have
said this. So here-
Dan: I bet some Chinese person said it. Vanessa: Maybe so. Everything originated in China, right? Dan: Yeah. Vanessa: So, we could say an ounce of prevention
… So, this is a small quantity. Dan: Yeah, a little bit of prevention, which
means something you do before a problem. Vanessa: Helps a lot in the future. So if you’re careful a little bit at the beginning,
it will help so much. We could say it will pay off. So, Dan’s advice here is at the beginning
to be careful. Choose the right person. I actually watched a TED Talk recently because
I was thinking about this topic, and I had a lot of doubts because we are not perfect. So, I thought, “Can we give any tips or advice? We’re just humans. How can we share information about this?” So, I did some … a little bit of research,
and I found something quite interesting. One of the marriage experts who I was listening
to, she said usually couples seek help in two situations. They seek help with marital counseling, this
is after you’re married, you’re having problems and you talk to a therapist. In that way, it’s too late. You’re already married. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: Maybe you can get divorced, but that’s
a big deal. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: The second situation is premarital
counseling. If you get married in an English-speaking
country, or at least in the US, this is so common. Premarital counseling, usually you need to
have some kind of therapy with maybe a pastor or with someone before you get married. But this, the lady that I was watching, she
said, “It’s already almost too late because you already chose the person who you’re going
to marry.” So if you have some kind of prevention in
the past, if you’ve already thought about, “Who is a good fit for me? Are we a good fit?” you really had some good
insight into your relationship, then, okay, premarital counseling is helpful, but it’s
not going to change your life because you’re already a good fit. Dan: The most important thing is having a
vision and principles for yourself and you look at your partner or your potential partner
and say, “Does this match? Will this be a good fit?” Vanessa: Yes. So, I think this is a good time to say that
for us, we are still a very normal couple in many ways. We still have difficulties. We still argue about things. Dan: We’re not perfect. Vanessa: No, we are not perfect. Dan: Are we? Vanessa: No. I think that this is something that for the
current age, when you can see things on the internet, when you can see things on social
media, it’s kind of like … At least for women, it’s kind of like watching a romantic
comedy movie. You might see this perfect image of this wonderful
couple in the movie, but that’s not reality. So when you see struggle in your own relationship,
you feel like, “It’s the end. It’s so terrible.” But really, it’s just real life. So, I think it’s really important to not compare
your relationship with something that’s not realistic, like a movie or just some kind
of social media image. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: So, that’s kind of another disclaimer. Dan: But you can compare with us because we’re
real. Vanessa: We’re pretty real. Dan: This is real advice. Vanessa: But, I think what they see of our
relationship is not every day. Dan: No. Vanessa: So, that’s what I mean. Dan: We’ll get into the other things. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: Let’s move on. Vanessa: Yes. Let’s move on to my tip. So, Dan’s tips were kind of serious. My tips are kind of light. Light. Dan: As you can tell, Vanessa’s very happy. Vanessa: Well, I wanted to share some things
that have personally really helped me in our relationship beyond the general principles,
and this is to have fun together. I think that this can apply before you are
married, but also during your marriage. I know that we have some friends who have
been together for a long time, and then, even though they both like each other, they feel
like, “Eh, there’s nothing special any more. Maybe we shouldn’t be together.” Of course, everyone has their own situation,
but for us, it’s been really helpful to have some common activities that we really like
to do together. There’s actually a bunch of studies that show
having a relationship, people who are 100 years old or pretty old and they’ve been in
a relationship for a while, something that has helped them is to have fun together, because
you’re not always going to be a honeymoon couple who just met each other. You’re going to be just normal people. So, what are some things-
Dan: And this don’t have to be everything. Vanessa: Oh, yeah. Dan: You don’t have to enjoy everything together,
right? I have a hobby. I like to watch ice hockey. She will not watch a hockey game with me at
all. That’s my thing. It’s okay. Vanessa: I occasionally ask you about it or
occasionally … I have enough knowledge now from living with you, but it’s not … We
don’t do everything together. Dan: No, but it’s just some things. It’s very good if you like to do some things
together. It will make your relationship more enjoyable
overall. So for example, we like to go on hikes. We’ll walk up. We’ll hike up a mountain together, and we’ll
have a conversation, and we’ll be doing something together. And it’s really-
Vanessa: Yeah, and then it’s something that later you can reflect on. “Oh, remember when we went on that hike?” You have more in common and you can talk about
other things. Dan: Yeah, or traveling, too. Many of you who are into English probably
also like to travel. So, I remember very fondly going to Europe
with my wife, because Europe is very enjoyable. There’s a lot of beautiful buildings and lots
of places to go and see. So, it’s a fun thing that you can do together. Vanessa: Yeah, I think that it could be something
simple, like hiking, even enjoying cooking meals together. We like to play games. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: We like to play board games. Dan: We play board games. Vanessa: We like to play disc golf, which
is like throwing a frisbee together. We like to run around in the park together. We like these fun things. Something that the marriage counselor who
I was watching that video about, something that she mentioned is that sometimes after
you’ve been with someone for a long time, your relationship tends to get more serious. Not just serious as in your going to stay
together, but serious as in your demeanor. Demeanor means your face, your attitude. Your attitude becomes really serious because
you’re talking about daily life, your job. Are you doing the dishes? Who’s cooking dinner? Where’s our baby? Just factual things. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: Not really fun things. So, she said it’s really important to add
fun into your life instead of just those kind of, “Okay, how much money do we have?” Dan: Busy details. Vanessa: “Can we do this?” Yeah, those kind of serious things. It’s good to insert some fun into your life. Dan: If you have time. Vanessa: Yeah. It could even be something small, like listening
to music together. Dan: Sure. Vanessa: Something that you can enjoy as a
couple. Dan: Somebody asked, “What’s a board game?” Or how to spell board game. B-O-A-R-D. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: Board game. It’s a tabletop game, a game you play on the
table. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: Like cards or Monopoly. That’s a perfect example. Vanessa: We don’t really play Monopoly, but
there are lots of great board games. Maybe we should make a video of a board game
some time. Dan: Yeah, definitely. Vanessa: It could be a fun time. All right, let’s go on to the next tip that
you have. What’s your next tip? Dan: So my next tip … Mine are all negative. Vanessa: Serious tip. Dan: It is don’t make excuses or place blame. Now, sometimes you’re going to do these things,
so let’s- Vanessa: Can you explain the word blame? Dan: Yeah. Vanessa: Because that’s kind of a complex
word. Dan: So if you place blame, which is B-L-A-M-E,
that means you are saying to somebody else, “It’s your fault.” Vanessa: You’re pointing your finger. Dan: “You did this. It’s your problem. You, you, you,” and not never yourself. Don’t make excuses would be if you do something
wrong, if you say something bad, or you make a mistake. If you make an excuse, you’re always saying
something like, “Well, I was tired,” or, “Well, I was really busy and I didn’t have time to
do this or that.” You know, this is making excuses. It’s coming up with reasons why you were bad
or you didn’t do things as good as you could. So if you do these things a lot, if you place
blame or you make excuses very frequently, then your relationship will get not very enjoyable. Vanessa: Yeah, we can even use the word crumble. Dan: Ooh, crumble. Vanessa: Crumble, we can imagine a cookie. When you break a cookie, it crumbles. It breaks into little pieces. So, we can use this figuratively to say, “Our
relationship is crumbling.” Dan: Yes, place blame. That’s right. Somebody wrote, “Place blame.” Vanessa: Yes. Don’t place blame. Dan: A lot of times, you can get into blame
games. Vanessa: Oh, this is a good idiom. Don’t play the blame game. Dan: A lot of times, if you blame somebody,
if you say, “This is your fault. Why did you do this?” Maybe they’ll say, “No, it’s your fault,”
and you’ll just go back and forth and back and forth. Vanessa: This is the blame game. It’s not good. I think that in this situation this is an
important time to have insight into yourself and insight into the other, your partner. The word insight, we can imagine, in, inside,
and sight. You’re seeing into yourself. So in this situation, let’s take a concrete
example. This is something that happens in our house. I’m sure it happens in your house, too. The dishes. We actually just got a dishwasher, so it has
been amazing. But if we had some dishes in the sink, maybe
Dan thought that I was going to do them. I thought that Dan was going to do them. Then, I say, “Ugh! Why didn’t you do the dishes?” Well, I’m blaming him. But also, I don’t have insight into why he
didn’t do them. So, maybe I say, “Why didn’t you do them?” And he says, “I’m too tired. I don’t want do them. I thought you were going to do them.” Well, here I didn’t realize, “Oh, he’s tired,”
and he didn’t realize that I thought he was going to do. We don’t have this spoken communication connection
about who should do it. So this, I feel like this kind of blame can
often be resolved with a couple deep breaths. Okay, it’s just the dishes. This is small things. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: It’s choosing your battles. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: This is a common expression that
we use in relationships, often with the word pick. Pick your battles or choose your battles. This word, B-A-T-T-L-E-S, what does it mean
to say pick your battles? Dan: Pick your battle means don’t argue about
everything. If you’re going to get angry or frustrated,
then choose something important, not lots of little problems. Vanessa: Yeah, we often call this nagging,
N-A-G-G-I-N-G. Dan: Nagging. Vanessa: We can imagine the stereotypical,
usually it’s a woman, a stereotypical woman in a movie. The wife is saying, “Hey, pick up your clothes. Why didn’t you do that? Oh, why are you still sleeping? Get out of bed. Blah, blah, blah.” This is nagging. Nobody likes nagging. No one wants to nag, and no one wants to be
nagged. Dan: I think maybe an extra bit of advice,
you said take a deep breath. This is a good idea. Take a deep breath. If you’re feeling a little angry at your partner,
before you say something, just breathe. Because, I mean, I know we look very happy
all the time, but we get angry with each other, too. Vanessa: It’s true. Dan: I promise you it happens. I’ve had to learn, especially me. Sometimes I get a little bit … I have a
temper. I can get angry. Vanessa: He can get upset at times. Dan: I can get angry sometimes. Vanessa: I think everybody can get upset sometimes. Dan: So, I’ve had to learn to stop and take
a little breath before I say something. Because when you’re angry, you might say something
really mean. And if you take … If you say something really
bad, your partner is going to remember that. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: So you don’t want to let a lot of those
bad words build up over time. Vanessa: I think we’re going to talk about
this more with Dan’s third tip about how to not let things build up. Build up means your anger is growing inside
of you and you explode. In Dan’s third tip, we’re going to talk more
about that. But before we go on to my tip, I feel like
not blaming, picking your battles, all of this deals with the category of emotional
regulation. This is kind of a fancy word. I read this in one of the articles that I
was reading about this topic, relationship advice, and I feel like it covers so many
great things. Regulating yourself. Am I just lashing out? Lashing out is like a whip [inaudible 00:22:13]
with your words. Lashing out, or am I being rational? Am I being thoughtful? Also, when someone else, if Dan criticizes
me or if Dan says, “Hey, you said you were going to do the dishes and you didn’t do them. Why didn’t you do them?” I need to have emotional regulation. Personally, I don’t like it when people tell
me what to do. I’m very stubborn. Maybe you’re like this, too. So in this situation, I need to feel okay
with some uncomfortable feelings. When someone corrects me, I need to take a
deep breath. Okay, I’ll do it. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: And I can’t just yell at him immediately. I need some emotional regulation. Dan: Somebody said, “I breathe every morning
to control anger.” Vanessa: Good idea. Dan: Words show. That’s a good one. Breathe every day. Vanessa: Yes, take some deep breaths I think
in this situation, making sure that you are not immediately getting upset at the other
person and also not getting upset when people correct you. Dan: Yeah, meditation or yoga, that would
probably help with this situation. And it’s more difficult for some people than
others. Vanessa: Yeah, certainly. Dan: I know I have more trouble with emotional
regulation than Vanessa, which I think is a little unusual. Maybe the stereotype is that the woman is
usually more emotional. Vanessa is a very steady person. It’s amazing. Vanessa: We can use a great expression here,
even keel. Dan: Even keeled, yes. Vanessa: This is E-V-E-N K-E-E-L, even keel. I think this refers to a boat, like a boat
that’s flat. It’s not going one way or the other. If you are even keeled, it means that you’re
not swinging from emotional. “Oh, I’m really angry.” Dan: Happy, sad. Vanessa: “Oh, I’m really happy.” Yes, or like you’re instantly angry. You are even keeled. Dan: Yeah, steady person is another way to
put it. Steady. Vanessa: So you could say, “I would like to
marry someone who is even keeled,” or, “I need someone who’s even keeled so that they
will help me as well to manage myself.” Dan: Yes. Vanessa: This really goes with my second tip. My second tip is quite specific. It is something that’s helped us a lot, which
is- Dan: It’s even keel. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: K-E-E-L. Vanessa: Oh, great. Thank you for writing that in the live comments. That’s excellent. My second comment is to delegate chores or
specific tasks. Dan: A specific one. Vanessa: This is really specific, but I feel
like for me, maybe for me as a woman, in my experience, usually this chore … Chores
means doing the dishes, tidying up, cleaning the bathroom, sweeping the floor, household
things. This often is just what the wife does. So if the wife doesn’t want to do everything,
it’s so important to have a real conversation together about all topics, especially if this
really bugs you. Bugs you means bothers you. If it’s something that’s really important
to you, don’t be afraid to have a conversation about it. So, Dan and I have done this. We continually do this to change our roles
and to change our specific things that we’re doing. But, we say, “Okay. So, I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of laundry,
and maybe the dishes haven’t been done often. So, how can we make this more even?” Really, this delegation … Can you explain
the word delegation or to delegate. Dan: Delegate just means that you are choosing
what the different things people are doing. A lot of times, if somebody is a delegator,
like if Vanessa delegates, then she is telling everybody what to do. But if we’re delegating together, we’re both
choosing what chores we want to do. I would add to this that this definitely depends
on your relationship. So in some relationship, the man works all
day and the woman works at home. In that sense, it makes perfect sense for
the woman to do more chores. Vanessa: The woman to do more. Sure. Dan: But, in a lot of lot of relationships
nowadays, both the man and the woman work. Vanessa: So, you’ve got a lot of roles to
do. Dan: Now you have to delegate. Because if the man and the woman are both
working, then you need to decide. It’s more important today to be on a good
connect because you have to choose who is doing what in the house, because it’s not
really fair if the man and the woman and working for the woman to still do all the chores. That ain’t fair. Vanessa: Yeah. So in this situation, it’s really worked well
for us to say, “Okay, Dan always does the laundry.” And I, because we have a toddler, he’s one
and a half years old, I feed our baby. I nurse our baby a lot still. So, this takes up a lot of my time, so I … This
is my job. I feed. I nurse our toddler and Dan does the laundry. He has to go all the way to the basement. He has to wait in the middle of the night
for the laundry to be finished. This is a difficult task that I don’t want
to do. And he can’t nurse our baby. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: So here, we delegate. Dan: And we’re saying delegate, D-E-L-E-G-A-T-E,
not delicate. Vanessa: Yeah, it doesn’t have a C. It has
a G. Dan: Delegate. You can also say negotiate. Vanessa: We nee to negotiate our roles. Dan: Negotiate is, “All right, I want to do
this, but I don’t really want to do this.” So, you’re deciding and you’re giving and
you’re taking. This is for a lot of relationships as well. You have to negotiate. Vanessa: I think the general principle that
we’re talking about here is just good communication, that do not expect your partner, your husband
or your wife, to read your mind. This means reading your thoughts. I’ve noticed that for me … I think this
is maybe true. I’m making a lot of generalizations here. I think it’s general-
Dan: You have to. Vanessa: … generally true that it’s good
to be clear and straightforward. Straightforward means-
Dan: Especially with a man. Vanessa: … very clear with your husband. That if I beat around the bush, this means
says something indirectly, sometimes Dan doesn’t get it. So, I need to be clear and say, “Oh, there’s
… ” This is beating around the bush. If I said, “Oh, I don’t have any socks,” that’s
beating around the bush. Being clear is, “Have you done the laundry? I need more socks.” Dan: Yes. Vanessa: This is very clear, so realizing
that the other person cannot read your mind. If I said, “Oh, I don’t want anything for
my birthday. You don’t need to buy me anything.” Okay. Maybe he’s going to believe that, but really
in my heart I really want a present. Just tell him. “I would like a present. Please find me something special from your
heart. Great.” Dan: Yes. Although, on the flip side, if you’re a guy,
it’s better if you know these things already. Vanessa: But, I’m saying as a couple, it’s
good to be clear and straightforward. Dan: I think more for things you want in daily
life, not gifts. Like doing the laundry, it’s better to just
say, “Hey, I need the laundry done soon, please.” Vanessa: Yeah, sure. Or to just be on top of it. Dan: That’s more direct. Vanessa: Yes, so let’s go on. We said to delegate some chores, delegate
some tasks. Recently, we just booked a special vacation,
and Dan booked our rental car, and I booked the places where we’re going to stay. Dan: Oh, yes. We delegated because I said, “I don’t want
to plan the vacation, all of the travel details where we’re going,” because I was a little
nervous about that. But, I said, “I’ll plan the transportation. I’ll do the car, and where we’re going, and
the driving, and that kind of thing.” Vanessa: Yeah, and I planned. Dan: I’m cool with that. Vanessa: I planned where we’re going to stay,
and Dan planned the car. This, for me, it split. It divided the work. I didn’t need to do everything. Dan didn’t need to do everything, but we both
did … We negotiated some kind of equal thing with each other, which is something I really
appreciate about our relationship. All right, we are going a little bit long
here, so let’s go on to- Dan: The last one. Vanessa: … the third tip, which is very
specific as well. It’s something that I think … I don’t know
many other couples who do this, but I think it’s something that’s really worked well for
us. So, what is your third, your third tip, our
fifth tip together, our final tip for the healthy-
Dan: My final tip- Vanessa: Yes. Dan: … for a good and strong relationship-
Vanessa: Yes. Dan: … is to check in regularly. Vanessa: Check in. Dan: We have check in. Vanessa: A wonderful phrasal verb. Dan: Yes, check in. This means that you are planning a day or
a date where you are going to talk about important things, or you’re going to plan a conversation. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: So if you check in with each other, maybe
you ask, “How are you feeling? How are you feeling about- ”
Vanessa: Your week. Dan: ” … the school our kid is going to,”
or, “How do you feel about … ” Yeah, how do you feel about the week? Vanessa: How was your week last week? Dan: You’re checking in. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: This is, check in can me a lot of different
things. A lot of times, if you see check in, it just
means that you are going to a hotel and they’re going to write you in to the hotel. Vanessa: I’m going to check in to the hotel
at 10 AM. But here we’re talking about emotionally. Dan: But if you emotionally check in with
each other, or it might not even be emotional. It could be the kind of things you’re doing
in the week, maybe a little more pragmatic. Vanessa: So the specific way that this plays
out … Plays out is another phrasal verbs that this goes in our relationship is we have
meetings once a week every Sunday when our baby, our toddler, our child, is taking a
nap. We have an organized meeting. Dan: We call it a meeting. It’s not really a meeting. Vanessa: It’s organized. I think that sometimes a date, you just eat
together and talk together about anything, but I really appreciate that it’s organized
because we were talking about before letting your anger build up. This is terrible thing for you. It’s terrible for your relationship. But I know every Sunday we’re going to have
a meeting. So if there’s something big that I want to
talk about, I can talk about it on … Of course I can talk about it at that moment
if I wanted to. Dan: “Would you say check in is analyze?” Somebody asked. Vanessa: Oh, we could analyze our week. Dan: If we’re checking in. Vanessa: Checking in with each other. Dan: It could have some analyzation. Analyzation? Vanessa: Sure, you can analyze each other. Dan: You can analyze. Vanessa: Or analyze your week. Dan: Yeah, it’s more just a time to really
… It’s where you say it’s okay to talk about maybe the problems of the week or how you
felt. So for example, in our check-in time, in our
meeting, we always rate the week one to five. Vanessa: Let’s talk about how do we start. So, on Sunday, our child takes a nap. We usually drink some tea or coffee, and we
sit down at the dinner table. What’s the first thing that we do? This is just what we created. Dan: This is what we do. Vanessa: Yeah. Dan: So first, we try to say two things that
we appreciate about each other. Vanessa: Something very specific. Dan: We try to say something nice about each
other. Vanessa: Because often, maybe there’s some
kind of criticism. “Oh, I was really upset because you didn’t
do the laundry for three days.” There’s can be some things that are a little
bit difficult that we talk about, so it’s always good to start with something positive. So for us, we say, “I appreciate that you
made an amazing dinner last night. I also was really thankful that you took our
car to the mechanic to get the oil changed.” Okay, simple, clear, very specific. And for me, it feels-
Dan: Women like this a lot. Vanessa: It feels really good. It feels really good because I know that I
do a lot of things, and I know that Dan doesn’t need to say, “Thank you for picking up our
baby’s toys. Thank you for doing this.” Dan: Yes. Vanessa: He doesn’t need to say thank you
for everything. Dan: I appreciate this. Vanessa: Yeah. Dan: Yeah, you don’t go through everything. Just choose two specific things. Vanessa: So it makes me feel good. Dan: “Wow. I really appreciated that you watched Theo.” Theo’s our baby. “I appreciate you watched Theo for two hours
while I went to a movie,” for example. Vanessa: “While I exercised. Thank you.” Dan: “Wow. That was really great of you.” Vanessa: And it feels good to be appreciated. So, this is what we do at the very beginning. Then, what happens next? Dan: Then we rank our week, right? One to five, how was our week? “My week was a 3.5.” Vanessa: And why. Dan: And then why. Vanessa: What happened? Dan: “Yeah, well, blah, blah, blah.” You go over what liked about the week, what
you didn’t like, how it could be better. So if you do this every week, then you’re
kind of … You’re checking in with each other. Then, you’re thinking, “Well, what could make
the next week a little better.” Vanessa: And you used a great phrasal verb
here. You go over the week. Go over doesn’t mean literally over. Here, it means you’re just discussing. You’re going in detail about the week. “I rate this past week a 3.8 because this
happened, but also this happened.” It helps you to kind of review the week. Then, if something made you feel negative,
it’s a good time to say, “Oh, but I didn’t sleep enough. I felt so tired all week. So, maybe this week I’m going to try to do
something better.” And that’s kind of the next part, is we talk
about the details of … “Next week, here’s our plans. Next week, I’m going to try to go to bed at
this time. I have a lot of work to do, so I’m going to
try to do it in the morning. How can we work together?” It’s like a meeting. I feel like it’s like a meeting. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: It’s pretty organized, but-
Dan: And again, another … One more disclaimer is this is very important for us because we
have a very open schedule. We don’t have traditional jobs. So if you don’t have a traditional job, if
you’re an entrepreneur, if you spend a lot of time working together, like we have to
work together- Vanessa: A lot for everything. Dan: So, we’re almost like business partners,
really. So, it’s important to do this. Some other people, I think you could do this
maybe once a month because maybe the man is working here and the woman’s here, and they’re
a little more separate. You know, that’s okay, too. You don’t have to do everything together. Vanessa: Something that we often do during
this meeting, we’ve missed a little bit, but for about three maybe four years, once a month
during that meeting, we keep track of our budget. I know that money fights are often the biggest
problems in relationships. Dan: You should talk about money. If you’re married, you got to talk about money
[inaudible 00:37:29]. Vanessa: Something that has been good for
us is we have an Excel spreadsheet. This is quite detailed into our personal life,
but we have an Excel spreadsheet and at the end of the month we look at our bank account. “Okay, here’s a grocery store purchase,” and
we put it in the Excel spreadsheet and we add up. We spent this much money for groceries. We add up. We spent this much money for car gas. When you can look at the numbers, it helps
you together to see the facts. It’s not me being upset because we spent too
much money, Dan being upset because I bought something. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: No, we just see the facts. Dan: And this would be a situation where you
can’t blame or make excuses. Vanessa: Yeah, because there’s the facts. So, I feel like for me, I love to save money. Dan does not spend very much money, but he
doesn’t- Dan: I spend more money than you. Vanessa: He spends a little bit more than
me. We’re quite similar that we don’t spend a
lot of money. But for me, it feels so nice to see our money
on a paper and to know, “Okay, we can … ” It gives me permission to … We can go out to
a restaurant. It’s fine. It gives me permission to relax a little bit. Or maybe for you, if your finances are tight,
I talked about this in a recent YouTube video about learning English for free, you can know,
“Okay, maybe we need to not go out to a restaurant.” If one of you, your husband or your wife spends
a lot of money, this is a good way to be clear and honest in your relationship and look at
your finances together. I know that a lot of people don’t do this
and that when they do this, it gives so much relaxation. It relieves so much stress because usually
one person in your relationship feels more stress about money than the other person. So, it’s really nice to be on the same page. This is a great expression. You are on the same, like a piece of paper. On the same page. Dan: We’re on the same page. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: We agree. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: That’s basically what it means. Vanessa: It just means you both agree. I want to be on the same page with you, so
let’s check in with each other once a week. Let’s do some fun activity together. Let’s go hiking together and try to have fun
and relieve our stresses. So, these are our general tips. Dan: These are our tips. I would just say remember number one. That’s the most important. Vanessa: Make sure you’re a good fit. Dan: Get in the relationship with the right
person. Because let’s say you want to talk about money. It’s going to be very hard to talk about money
with somebody who is irresponsible with money. You have to make sure the person you’re getting
in a relationship with is already good money. Otherwise, it’s going to be-
Vanessa: Quite difficult. Dan: … even more challenging. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: But, that to say it’s not impossible. You might be in a relationship with somebody
who’s not good with money. You can still work something out. Vanessa: I think that something for us, if
we have … Let’s imagine, hypothetically, that I’m really bad with money and Dan is
really good with money. If Dan is really concerned about this, it’s
probably a problem anyway. But if Dan is concerned about it, he can’t
… Maybe I’m looking at my phone. He can’t say to me all of a sudden, “Hey! Why did we have this purchase? What are you doing?” I’m not in the right mindset to discuss this. So, I feel like something that’s worked for
us when there’s a problem that’s really important to one of us, saying, “Hey, when you have
a moment, can we talk about something really important,” or, “I saw this purchase here
and it’s really important to me that we talk about it.” Be serious. It’s important to you, so don’t just have
… Make sure you have emotional regulation. Don’t just explode about it, but say, “Hey,
this is really important. Can we talk about?” And look at each other’s eyes. Look at each other and say, “Hey, this is
really important to me. Can we please go through our finances? Let’s go through our bank account and make
a list and see how much we’re spending. This would really be important to me.” Try to appeal to their care for you. Dan cares for me. I care for him. So if he says, “This is so important to me. Let’s please talk about it,” of course. I want to Dan to be not stressed. So when you take the time to talk about something
important like that, it means so much more. If you just said, “Hey, what are you doing?”
and then I’m doing something else, it’s just going to create an argument because my mind
is not there. Dan’s emotional regulation is everywhere. So, talking a moment, “Can we really talk
about this? This is so important to me.” Dan: Yeah, or, “Can we talk about this later?” Vanessa: Yeah, yeah. That’s really-
Dan: That [inaudible 00:42:26] that can help, too. You don’t want to talk. You want to bring up stuff in the moment all
of the sudden. That really helps. Somebody said they’re confused about which
number we’re on. I don’t think we’ve been organized. Sorry, everybody. Vanessa: Dan wrote three tips. I wrote two tips. So, we had one tip, one tip, one tip, one
tip, one tip, one tip, one tip. So, Dan has three. I know we said we have five tips. There’s five total. Dan: But, we’ve been adding a lot of stuff,
so … Vanessa: Yes. We’re talking about now the conclusion. So, the reason why I wanted to talk about
this kind of unusual topic today, giving just our personal relationship advice, is for two
reasons. Number one, Valentine’s Day is coming quite
soon, so you might be preparing for your relationship, something for your relationship, maybe thinking
about relationships a little bit more. Valentine’s Day is coming up in February. And number two is in our monthly English course,
the Fearless Fluency Club, we have a special set in February. This is where I interview a therapist. Dan: Ooh. Vanessa: She’s not a relationship therapist. She is an eating disorder therapist. Dan: Very different. Vanessa: But, she is a therapist and she deals
with people who are coming to her with problems. So, I kind of wanted to imitate that a little
bit. So, what I’d like to do now is I would like
to share my screen with you to show you if you would like to continue to learn with us,
if you would like to continue this idea of deepening your English through real English
conversations- Dan: Yes, and in a more organized fashion. This is more a causal conversation-
Vanessa: This is a casual chitchat. Dan: … we’re having with you today. Vanessa: Yes. So, I would like to share my screen with you
to show you. Let’s take a look here. You can see this is our Fearless Fluency Club
page where you can click the link in the description and join our course. You can find out much more information about
each of the lessons here. But what I’d like to do is give you a little
sneak preview into the February lesson set. Here you can see February 2019. We have each month there is a special … This
is a course guide in general for how to use the course. This is a monthly lesson set guide. We’re going to be talking about therapy with
Elaine. Elaine is a professional counselor or therapist. In this lesson set, we talk about a lot of
vocabulary that she used in our conversation. Dan: Hey look. There’s blame. Vanessa: Oh, we talked about blame. Wonderful. Oh, you’re already ahead of the game. Then, we talk about grammar. Oh, we’re going to be talking about really,
so, too, these kind of intensifiers, at all. I noticed we used at all in our conversation,
actually. Then, we talk about some specific pronunciation. So, let’s take a look. Here you can see the vocabulary lesson with
Dan and I. There’s two parts to this vocabulary lesson. The grammar lesson where I explain these important
expressions for intensifying your conversation. There’s an MP3. You can download it. Also, the transcript of the full lesson so
that you can follow word for word. This is helpful for everyone, but it’s especially
helpful if you are maybe a high beginning, low intermediate, because it’s good to catch
every single word. Then, we have the pronunciation lesson so
you can learn some specific pronunciation tips. If you have watched any of my pronunciation
lessons here on YouTube, this lesson is quite similar. We shadow, and repeat, and practice individual
sounds. Then, we have the special conversation with
my friend Elaine, who is an eating disorder therapist. She talks about going to therapy, this process
of helping people with something that’s really personal, really personal, and sharing that
with a stranger and how she helps people, especially she helps young people in her field. But, she goes through this and talks about
it in detail. It’s quite interesting to see the insight
into her job. Then, in the course, we have the story. The story is a unique thing here. We have different audio recordings of the
story. This is a combination of all the vocabulary,
grammar, pronunciation, plus some extra vocabulary from the full lesson set. This is about going to therapy. It’s kind of a fiction story. But, you can use and see all of the vocabulary
in a different context. So, I hope that this will help to just add
to your knowledge of the vocabulary and grammar and see it in a different context. There are questions so you can practice answering
questions. It’s kind of a controlled speaking practice
and also different verb tenses so that you can practice different verb tenses. All right, I’m going to bring back our video
here. So if you would like to join us monthly in
the Fearless Fluency Club and to practice these conversations together with us, you
are welcome to join the Fearless Fluency Club now in January or in February. If you join in January, you’ll get the January
lesson set immediately. Then, in the month of February, February 1st,
you’ll get access to this special lesson set with Elaine. It is $35 per month, but please use the coupon
code new. If you use the coupon code new, N-E-W, you
only get it for $5. Dan: $5. Vanessa: You have a $30 discount, which is
great for the first month. Try the course. You pay $5. If you don’t like it, cancel. If it’s a good fit for you, you can continue
in the course and your English will grow day by day. You’re welcome to join us. Many members speak together on Skype and Google
Hangouts weekly, daily. They practice speaking together. This is a great way to meet friends from around
the world. Dan: Yes. Vanessa: Also, you’re not paying for expensive
Skype lessons. Instead, you’re speaking with other people
who are also learning, who are like you. Dan: It’s a community. Vanessa: Yes, so you can feel comfortable
speaking with them. And at the end of each month, we have a group
Google Hangout with me so you’ll be able to chat with me in this group Google Hangout. It’s super fun. We have a good time together and you get just
a chance to meet each other and also meet me and practice speaking a bit. But, thank you so much for joining me. I want to know in the comments, what is your
number one relationship tips? Dan: Yeah, share your tips. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: Tell us. Vanessa: Yes. Dan: How can we have a better relationship? Vanessa: Yes, of course. We are always open to expanding, and growing,
and strengthening our relationship, but also for other people. It’s interesting to see what worked for you,
maybe what didn’t work for you. Give us some things not to do. So, I hope that this lesson has been useful
to you and we’ll see you again next Friday for a new lesson here on my YouTube channel. I’ll see you again the next time. Dan: Bye, everybody. Vanessa: Bye.

 

100 Responses

  1. ola al nasser

    June 24, 2019 5:45 am

    The proverb you talked about at the beginning of the video is originally from Arabi which is : درهم وقاية خير من قنطار علاج
    And you can search about that if you want.
    Thanks!

    Reply
  2. Jae gwan Bang

    June 25, 2019 11:01 pm

    I always watch this channel when i go to my office. It's very useful video. And Vanessa and den seem like to my friend🤗

    Reply
  3. I'm so happy thankyou God for everything

    June 29, 2019 10:57 am

    Oh this your husband wow useful this is channel I always watching I'm so happy see you xx

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  4. 석현서

    June 30, 2019 3:55 pm

    Hello Vanessa! I ve been listening to your channel for about a year and it is very helpful. I appreciate to your effort for the video. And you and your husband look so cute!

    Reply
  5. Amanda Lira

    July 1, 2019 8:14 pm

    You guys are perfect!!! I REALLY enjoyed this casual conversation! Thank you! Best regards from Brazil! =)

    Reply
  6. Amine Arabi

    July 6, 2019 10:05 pm

    you know I really appreciate your style of life and all your advises and tips for maintain a solid relationship between couples , I especially like the way of each of you when you give his opinion with mutual respect , by the way our couple is in risk I will share your video to my wife , god bless you and I wish you a lot of babies lol …

    Reply
  7. Action Consistent Clear

    July 10, 2019 2:01 pm

    I really appreciate your sharing, extremely helpful especially for young peoples

    Reply
  8. pheng sity

    July 18, 2019 3:35 am

    im great to watch your videos. please speaking english slowly for another practise speaking and listening and writing

    Reply
  9. Soomin Park

    July 24, 2019 4:45 am

    Thanks for the video. It really helps me improve listening skills. Speed and clear pronunciation are perfect for me.
    And even the talk for relationship bw husband and wife was really good. 🙂
    Thanks.

    Reply
  10. Arturo Martínez

    July 24, 2019 10:59 pm

    Hey, You are a nice couple. Thanks a lot for the advices. I joined your channel yesterday and recived the 5 steps e-book. One more time thank you.

    Reply
  11. クランク

    July 29, 2019 8:56 am

    She is boasting things. And looks down on others.
    Do not advise so much please.
    As if you are knowing everything.

    Reply
  12. Enoque Alencar

    July 30, 2019 9:59 am

    Hello vanessa.i am brasilian but i live in Lisbon for Long time.almost 20 years. O have company but i need speak english fluentily.i became your student .give me answer.kissis.

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  13. Saleh Yahyayev

    August 2, 2019 12:25 pm

    Hey guys.I am looking for someone to speak or chat with me to improve our english level.if someone interested my fb account is Saleh Yehyayev.Regards )

    Reply
  14. JOHN JBCK

    August 4, 2019 8:43 pm

    Wooww…I’m speechless… I have never thought that I could meet a couple like you…Love all your advices…one advice for me : TRUST… due to bad ramifications my wife works in Columbus OH , me in the EU…so trust is the key for us…spending our free time on FaceTime and meeting each other every 3 weeks… I hope the next year things to roll out better for us living together in the USA or EU… proud of you … 👍👏👪

    Reply
  15. Norela Valencia

    August 9, 2019 3:33 pm

    I like your didatic, you are patient and special. thank you very much. I have listening to you several times.
    I liked very much this video. It was clear and excellent tips. I love you.

    Reply
  16. ꧁༒•IYED•༒꧂ ꧁༺HAMDI༻꧂

    August 17, 2019 11:37 am

    I started loving english after watching your videos, I hope you all succes, from Tunisia

    Reply
  17. Turi Saab

    August 25, 2019 2:20 pm

    Hi always have noticed that s experience language better results with Vanessa teacher training reading solutions transaction so much that s amusing to discuss events believed writing this lesson plan good conversation with him because I like 2,

    Reply
  18. Minati Vishwakarma

    August 27, 2019 9:41 am

    Even if you hadn't told us, I would have taken whatever you've said with a grain of salt…
    Because I know, today's world is extremely exaggerating and showing-off type…😄
    Actually I came here to learn some English and not for any counselling ot advice on relationship…
    Whatever, Vanessa's acting and giggling makes the video too irritating…..

    Reply
  19. kevin nguyen

    August 30, 2019 2:36 pm

    OMG, this video helping alot for English learners and young couples include myself Thank you so much.

    Reply
  20. Bodia Bobo

    September 4, 2019 6:16 am

    Hi , I'm from Ukraine , I adore your videos , your channel. You are wonderful couple! Your videos make me grow up 🙏

    Reply
  21. nina Zhang

    September 6, 2019 5:44 pm

    Such a lovely couple! You two are definitely a fit for each other. I am a big fan of you guys and your videos!

    Reply
  22. منوعات حول العالم

    September 27, 2019 11:38 am

    Dan never deserve your love vanasa you're beautiful but he is not please divorce him as much as you can vanasa you can find a very handsome man and he will love you more than Dan

    Reply
  23. danteymaryuri

    September 27, 2019 4:12 pm

    Hola Vanessa, te propongo preparar vídeos PARALELOS AL CONTENIDO NECESARIO PARA LA OBTENCIÓN DE LA certificación oficial B2 DE LAS ESCUELAS OFICIALES DE IDIOMAS EN ESPAÑA. EN MI CASO ESTOY INTERESADO EN EL B2 Y EN POCO TIEMPO. YO MISMO PODRÍA AYUDARTE. SALUDOS.

    Reply
  24. Zsolt Kovács

    October 13, 2019 11:01 am

    The secret of the long married is:
    "You have to call to home always, before you will arrive to home!" 😁😂

    Reply
  25. Diovana Rodrigues

    October 16, 2019 9:27 pm

    Oh! I love listening your English course, you have a good diction, speak so clearly and understandable. I’m restarting learn English and it’s so helpful to me. Keep doing like this❤️ good job

    Reply

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