The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A woman went on her honeymoon alone because her husband could not get a visa. Newlyweds Huma Mobin and Arsalaan Sever from Pakistan got married earlier this year. They paid for a 10-day trip to Greece for their second honeymoon. They went to the Maldives for their first honeymoon. They were shocked when the Greek embassy in Pakistan did not issue a visa for Arsalaan. They decided that because the trip was already paid for, Huma should go to Greece alone. A few weeks later, Huma's in-laws (Arsalaan's parents) decided to go with her.



Huma's honeymoon photos have gone viral on the Internet. She took photos everywhere she went. In each picture, she stretched her arm out around her missing husband and showed a sad face. Huma said it was difficult knowing her husband was in Pakistan. She said: "He's the life of the party; my better half. I wouldn't have gone without him but he forced me to." She added that her mother-in-law really comforted her and told her to have a good time. Huma is now back with Arsalaan in Pakistan. They are hoping to go away together to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36777060
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/07/11/this-newlywed-pakistani-bride-went-on-her-honeymoon-alone/
  • http://www.indiatimes.com/lifestyle/self/after-her-husband-was-denied-a-visa-this-lady-pulled-off-a-queen-went-on-a-vacation-anyway-258180.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A woman went on her honeymoon
  2. her husband could not
  3. got married earlier
  4. second
  5. the Greek
  6. the trip was already
  7. A few
  8. Huma's in-laws
  1. embassy
  2. this year
  3. weeks later
  4. get a visa
  5. (Arsalaan's parents)
  6. honeymoon
  7. alone
  8. paid for

Paragraph 2

  1. Huma's honeymoon photos have
  2. She took photos
  3. she stretched her arm
  4. a sad
  5. He's the life
  6. he forced
  7. her mother-in-law really
  8. celebrate their first wedding
  1. me to
  2. face
  3. of the party
  4. out
  5. gone viral
  6. comforted her
  7. anniversary
  8. everywhere she went

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A woman (1) ___________________ honeymoon alone because her husband could (2) ___________________. Newlyweds Huma Mobin and Arsalaan Sever from Pakistan got married (3) ___________________. They paid for a 10-day trip to Greece for their second honeymoon. They went to the Maldives for their first honeymoon. They (4) ___________________ the Greek embassy in Pakistan did (5) ___________________ for Arsalaan. They decided that because the trip was already paid for, Huma should go to Greece alone. A few weeks later, Huma's in-laws (Arsalaan's parents) (6) ___________________ her.

Huma's honeymoon photos (7) ___________________ on the Internet. She took photos everywhere she went. In each picture, she (8) ___________________ out around her missing husband and showed a sad face. Huma said it was difficult knowing her husband was in Pakistan. She said: "He's the (9) ___________________; my better half. I wouldn't have gone without him (10) ___________________ to." She added that her mother-in-law really comforted her and (11) ___________________ a good time. Huma is now back with Arsalaan in Pakistan. They are hoping to go away together to (12) ___________________ wedding anniversary.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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etavisa.NewlywedsHumaMobinandArsalaanSeverfromPakistangot
marriedearlierthisyear.Theypaidfora10-daytriptoGreecefortheirsec
ondhoneymoon.TheywenttotheMaldivesfortheirfirsthoneymoon.Th
eywereshockedwhentheGreekembassyinPakistandidnotissueavisaf
orArsalaan.Theydecidedthatbecausethetripwasalreadypaidfor,Hum
ashouldgotoGreecealone.Afewweekslater,Huma'sin-laws(Arsal
aan'sparents)decidedtogowithher.Huma'shoneymoonphotoshaveg
oneviralontheInternet.Shetookphotoseverywhereshewent.Ineachp
icture,shestretchedherarmoutaroundhermissinghusbandandshowe
dasadface.HumasaiditwasdifficultknowingherhusbandwasinPakista
n.Shesaid:"He'sthelifeoftheparty;mybetterhalf.Iwouldn'thavegone
withouthimbutheforcedmeto."Sheaddedthathermother-in-lawreall
ycomfortedherandtoldhertohaveagoodtime.HumaisnowbackwithAr
salaaninPakistan.Theyarehopingtogoawaytogethertocelebratetheir
firstweddinganniversary.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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