Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

how to express your opinion in English

Do you enjoy attending weddings?

What was the last wedding you attended as a guest?

What’s your favorite thing about attending weddings?

Is it better to be a guest or to be the bride or groom?

 If you could pay a set amount of money, maybe $50-$100 and attend a fake wedding, would you attend just for the fun of it?

In your opinion is that worth it?

Today you’ll learn how to voice your opinion on a topic like this one in English.


A new trend:

Fake weddings are a new trend that is happening now in Argentina.

It is called “La Falsa Boda.” 

It’s a business.

People pay $35.

They get dressed up, but no one is actually getting married.

Instead, they have a fake ceremony with actors and there is lots of dancing.

We want to hear from you! If you are from Argentina, what do you think about this? Have you been to a Falsa Boda?

Today we used this article from the NY Times as a starting point for this episode.


Why do they do it?

Here is a direct quote from the article: “The purpose of the ‘Falsa Boda’ is to convey joy and fun and live the happy moments related to love, without having to fall into the traditional ritual of what a marriage is,” explained Nacho Bottinelli, 30, one of the organizers.

The article also said that in Argentina real weddings are on the decline.

They are less than half as common as they were 20 years ago.

The article mentioned that it’s especially interesting in Argentina, a country that is traditionally Roman Catholic, but also currently has a divorce rate around 50%.

Apparently the entrepreneurs who came up with this are planning to expand in Uruguay, Mexico, even the US.


Why are we talking about fake weddings?

So today we’re not just touching on this because it’s interesting, but we also want to show you how to comment on a topic like this if it ever comes up in conversation.


3 ways to present your opinion:

  • “The way I see it.”
    • A: So Michelle could an event like this sell tickets in NYC?
    • B: The way I see it, there’s no harm in the idea.
  • “It strikes me as.”
    • A: What you think about it?
    • B: I don’t know. It strikes me as a crazy idea to celebrate a fake couple.
  • “I’m a bit skeptical.”
    • A: Would New Yorkers buy tickets?
    • B: I’m a bit skeptical that the idea would pick up steam in NY.


Is this mocking marriage?

Is it just an excuse to party?

What do you guys think?

Leave your opinion in the comment section below.


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