1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
Some people just can’t be faithful in relationships. They can’t love just one person. They give into temptation.
And some people suffer being betrayed by a lover. Whether their lover confesses to the crime, or they find out another way, one thing is for sure: It hurts.
This lesson is Part 1 of two lessons in which Mason and Emily talk about cheating. This week, they talk about whether they have ever cheated or been cheated on. Listen up.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Mason: Uh, so Emily, you’re in a committed relationship, right?
Emily: I am.
Mason: And have you ever cheated on the guy?
Emily: I have never cheated on my boyfriend and I’m not just saying that because he’s sitting just ten feet away from me.
Mason: Uh-huh. Have you cheated on anyone ever?
Emily: Um, I’ve never cheated on anyone, but my ex-boyfriend, uh… We were younger, we were in high school, and he cheated on me quite a bit.
Mason: Quite a bit?
Emily: Quite a bit.
Mason: That’s a bummer.
Emily: ‘Cause high school relationships… It was very emotionally damaging to me.
Mason: Oh, God. You’re, like, gonna cry now.
Emily: Have you been cheated on or have you… Don’t tell me you’re a cheater.
Mason: Not to my knowledge. I have, I have been a party to cheating a few times.
Mason: Um, in no prolonged sense.
Emily: Shame on you.
Mason: It’s usually been while I’m traveling, uh, you know…
Emily: So do you abide by these rules that, like, if you’re in a different country it doesn’t count as cheating…
Mason: No, no, no. It counts. It just… I somehow kinda… I rationalized it…
Emily has never cheated, but she’s been cheated on. She said it really hurt.
Mason has cheated on his girlfriends. Next week he’ll talk about how he handled it.
Have you ever cheated or been cheated on?
Check out next week’s Eavesdropping lesson when Mason talks about whether to confess your betrayal to your lover.