Podcast: dating vocabulary – Inglês Online

Podcast: dating vocabulary

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

Aug 10
Inglês Online dating vocabulary

Hi, all. No episódio de hoje do podcast Inglês Online, eu falo sobre blind dates (“encontros às cegas”) e aquelas ocasiões onde sua amiga quer te apresentar a alguém que ela acha que seria perfeito pra você.


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So today I’m gonna talk a little bit about dating. Dating is the activity of going on a date, or many dates. A date is when two people meet up – let’s say, for dinner and a movie, potentially to get romantically involved. People go on dates to get to know each other better, and dating does not necessarily mean being in a relationship. I don’t think we have an expression in Brazil that is the exact translation of “a date”. We could say “um encontro”, I guess, but we don’t really say that, do we?

So if two people start dating, or going on dates and if they do that regularly for a while, then they might end up having a talk about their situation and agree to be in a relationship. So that would be the moment when they start referring to each other as boyfriend and girlfriend.

OK, so there are two terms related to dating that I would like to present today. You may be familiar with them, which is good. The first one is a blind date. First, let me clarify the meaning of the word blind: a blind person would be someone that doesn’t have the ability to see. And a blind date is a date with someone you’ve never met before. I’m not talking about meeting someone in person for the first time – someone you’ve been chatting with online, from a dating site. Rather, I’m talking about going on a date with someone you’ve never met nor spoken with before.

How can someone go on a date with a stranger, you ask? That is where the second expression of our episode comes in. Let’s say you’re single and your friend Silvia thinks she knows someone who would be perfect for you: Mark. So she wants to fix you up with Mark. So if both you and Mark agree with it, she will, let’s say, give Mark your phone number, and maybe Mark will text you or give you a call and the two of you will agree to meet up for coffee. So now you’re going on a blind date with a guy named Mark. Your friend Silvia is fixing you up with Mark. Have you ever tried to fix friends up? Did it work? Are you a talented matchmaker?

I don’t think blind dates are very common in Brazil. Again, a blind date is when you meet up with someone you’ve never seen or spoken with before so you can get to know each other a little and see if the two of you click. Have you ever been on a blind date? How did it go? Now, fixing people up, or at least trying to… That’s a bit more common in Brazil I think. Do you know anyone who’s been fixed up with another person by a mutual friend, and then they ended up having a relationship?

Let me know in the comments, and talk to you next time!


Key expressions

  • dating
  • blind date
  • fix someone up with


meet up = se encontrar
matchmaker = alguém que promove/sugere encontros entre pessoas estranhas (entre si) com o objetivo de formar um casal
see if the two of you click = ver se vocês dois se dão bem, se tem algum futuro

  • André says:

    Hi Ana!
    How long I didn’t see your site
    I am so happy to check this podcast I aways learn a lot with you, thank you
    Here in Brazil there are many tv shows like that. I don’t usually watch them, but I’ve already done it sometimes
    I think I’d never participate on it, no way.
    See yah soon

  • Tiago Machado says:

    Hi Ana, how about you ?
    I know my wife in a “blind date”. I’m from São Paulo and she’s from Manaus. I know her in Orkut and we meet up here in SP when she visited her brother.

    Bye, congratulations for your podcast. It’s my first one.

    See you

  • Ricardo says:

    Hi Ana, I think blind date it is kind of risky. What if the other person is totally out of his mind? Kkk of course you have to take your friend’s word for it. But it seems more like a movie theme, speaking of which, do you remember when Chandler, from friends sitcom, thought he would go on a blind date but he ended up meeting his ex gf Janice? The was hilarious….=]

    • Ana Luiza says:

      Hahahaha! Exactly! That’s the classic blind date situation :-)
      Yes, the blind that should be set up by someone you trust, otherwise it can be a bit risky…

  • Walkiria says:

    Hi, Ana! I finished to listen this very interesting podcast about datings and would like to share my experience. I was in a kinda of “sloth times” after a divorce. So I used to go out with friends every weekend to see people and enjoy good times, but after a time it wasn’t good to me anymore. I just doesn’t want going out, rather I preferred staying home reading books. For a inexplicable reason in a boring night I decided to enter in a free chat in the internet and bumped into a lovely guy. We typed for hours, talking about life, children, marriage, divorce, books, etc. All these subjects were treated impersonally and we really enjoyed it and add each other on the social mídia in order to keep in touch. Although we realised since the start that we both live in the same city we typed for 8 months as friends,( really just as friends) and after that decided to meet up for a movie (just so much time after without any second intention). Only in the meet’s day we changed our phone number and 20 minutes before he called me asking how we could recognizing each other. So I was 50 and he was 55 and we were going to a blind date. To be honest I’ve already known some interesting things about him in our types as he was divorced, had 2 girls and was a doctor – and the his work adress, at least.
    Well… It’s all, or just the beggining or a great love. We are married for 6 years and I’ve never been so happy before in my whole life! That’s all.
    Thank you for your podcasts, I started learning English because of them.

    • Fernanda Barros de Souza says:

      Awesome!!! Great! Congratulations, Walkiria! I’ve really liked your history! Wonderful! Very special!

      • walkiria says:

        Thanks, Fernanda! I am totally against dating online and hardly agree that It’s a great risk to go to a blind meeting with someone you just typed, but in this case I checked the information about his office’s address before, of couse. And the more interesting situation was in our first public date that he invited me for, where we meet a group of friendes of him. You can’t believe…I was close friend of some of them! It was a big and nice surprise, considering that we live in a city with a million of people.

    • Ana Luiza says:

      Hi Walkiria,
      Great story!! Thanks for posting it.
      That’s so nice to hear a successful story that started out with a simple internet chat :)

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