Conversación Real 11: Matrimonio y Divorcio – Marriage & Divorce

by Mark on October 20, 2010

in Audio/Mp3, Conversaciones en inglés, Conversaciones Reales 1, Inglés Avanzado, Inglés Intermedio, Listening en Inglés, Podcasts

Conversación en inglés: Matrimonio y Divorcio

En esta conversación en inglés (el final de la serie) Tom y Mark empiezan con una charla sobre los orígenes del matrimonio en nuestra cultura, las diferencias en el matrimonio en diferentes culturas y conceptos como la “monogamia” (unión entre un hombre y una mujer).

Luego comentan varios datos estadísticos sobre el matrimonio y las leyes que lo regulan en Inglaterra y España, el divorcio (con muchos datos estadísticos sobre el porcentaje de divorcios en todo el mundo) y terminan contestando a la pregunta “¿Crees en la monogamia?”.

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Conversacion en inglés: Matrimonio y divorcio

Conversacion en inglés: Matrimonio y divorcio

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Fragmento de la transcripción de la conversación

TOM: Hi and welcome back! My name’s Tom and I’m sitting here with Mark again…hi Mark!
MARK: Hi Tom!
TOM: Today we’re back in Park Miro…and…we’re surrounded by parrots[1]…that you might be able to hear in the background and…there’s lots of pink flowers and palm trees around us. It’s a hot day; the sun’s just come out…and we’re gonna talk all about Marriage and Divorce. This is the last in the series, so thanks for joining us. Anyway Mark, we’ll begin…can you explain what a definition is of marriage?
MARK: Marriage is defined as ‘a social union or legal contract between individuals’.
TOM: OK! And where did it originate – how did marriage originate?
MARK: I think marriage originated when human societies began to settle[2], rather than leading ‘nomadic existences[3]’, and women were exchanged between groups to expand gene pools[4] and often to form alliances between groups.
TOM: So we traded[5] women?
MARK: Yes, and also there are different levels of social, economic, emotional, religious reasons for people getting married but it originated when human societies began to become more settled.
TOM: OK…so now looking a little bit at…uh…marriage across cultures, what are some of the different views o…on marriage.
MARK: Well most societies are based on moniga…monigamous marriage which is…between two people…
TOM: “Monogamous[6]“.
MARK: Monoga…
TOM: Ha ha ha! No that’s alright carry on…!
MARK: Normally a man and a woman, but there are other cultures where there is often one woman and several men or one man and several women which is known as polygamy[7].

Sobre la conversación en inglés…

In this English conversation (the final of the series) Tom & Mark begin with a chat about the origins of marriage in human culture, the difference with marriages across cultures and concepts such as “monogamy” (one man – one woman).

They then talk about marriage statistics and laws in England and Spain, divorce (including lots of interesting statistics on divorce rates around the world) and finish by answering the question “Do you believe in monogamy?”.

As this is the last in the series, don’t forget to subscribe to our iTunes channel so you automatically get the next series free when we release it shortly! Thanks for listening (we love you all!)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Carmen Elisa October 22, 2010 at 1:09 am

hello I was listening to the dialogues and It was a very good exercise to improve my prononctiation.Thank you.


Tom November 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Thank you Carmen…we are glad you find the audio useful!


Tina November 21, 2010 at 4:16 am

Very nice podcast. You cover the issue of gay marriages well and then moves on to talk about divorce rates. Good composition.

I wish you would talk a bit more about marriage – e.g. reasons to get married in the past and the present, ideas about what makes a good marriage etc.

Have a lovely day.


Tom November 22, 2010 at 10:33 am

Thanks Tina…!


Orlando DIAz November 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Hi Tom.! I have a question.! why all your files are in british english? I’d like download some of these in american english…!


Mark November 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Hi Orlando and thank you for your nice comments.
Tom and I are English, so the 2 Conversaciones Reales series were recorded and feature the two of us.
Our new Zapp! audio products (Listening, Colloquial and Vocabulary & Pronunciation) contain lots of different – English, Scottish, American and Canadian – accents to give our listeners a little more variety and to help them improve understanding


Orlando DIAz November 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

thank you mark that is very useful..!


Angel Mares January 6, 2013 at 6:56 am

this is really great, im a student of english from mexico and i think that this is the best web page of e-learning ty.


Mark January 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Thank you Angel!
We’re really glad you like our materials – you can also follow us, and receive free English audio at
Good luck with your English


Carla February 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Hi! My name is Carla, I´m from Argentina and I´m learning to speak English. I have been doing an English course and I reached the advanced level. I really would like to learn to speak english and I recently found this web page. I really like your materials, especially listening audios because we don´t do it enough.


Tom February 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thanks Carla – we’re very glad you like the podcasts!! Good luck with your English…!


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