The Reading / Listening - Dating App - Level 1

A dating app in China is popular with young women. They spend $30 million a month on it. It is a little different because the men on the app aren't real men. They are virtual boyfriends. Users buy "Purple Diamonds" from the app. They spend these in the app to go on dates and keep their relationships going. The app is called Love and Producer. It now makes the most money on Apple's China App Store.



The app has two million daily active users. Most users are women in their early 20s. They love the romance and fun. A 19-year-old student explained why she liked the app: "It's like a romantic novel with...voices. It's more real than reading a novel." She loved the "delicate drawings". Another young woman said: "I don't have a boyfriend, so I'm happy to have a relationship with a "paper partner". She liked getting messages from her virtual boyfriends.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dating App - Level 0 Dating App - Level 2   or  Dating App - Level 3

Sources
  • https://qz.com/1193912/love-and-producer-chinas-female-gamers-are-spending-millions-of-dollars-on-virtual-boyfriends/
  • http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2127116/chinas-women-gamers-take-centre-stage-virtual-boyfriend-game-love
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/02/02/asia-pacific/social-issues-asia-pacific/gaming-women-blooms-china-virtual-beau-captures-hearts/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. dating
  2. popular with
  3. They spend $30 million
  4. the men on the app
  5. Users buy "Purple Diamonds"
  6. go on
  7. keep their relationships
  8. It now makes the most
  1. aren't real
  2. dates
  3. money
  4. app
  5. a month
  6. going
  7. young women
  8. from the app

Paragraph 2

  1. The app has two million daily
  2. women in their
  3. They love the romance
  4. A 19-year-old student explained why
  5. It's like a romantic
  6. It's more real than reading
  7. I'm happy to
  8. She liked getting
  1. she liked the app
  2. a novel
  3. have a relationship
  4. and fun
  5. active users
  6. novel
  7. messages
  8. early 20s

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ China is popular with young women. They spend $30 million a (2) ___________________. It is a little different because the (3) ___________________ app aren't real men. They are virtual boyfriends. Users buy "Purple Diamonds" from the app. They (4) ___________________ n the app to go on dates (5) ___________________ relationships going. The app is called Love and Producer. It now makes the (6) ___________________ Apple's China App Store.

The app has two million (7) ___________________. Most users are women in their early 20s. They (8) ___________________ and fun. A 19-year-old student explained why she (9) ___________________: "It's like a romantic novel with...voices. It's more (10) ___________________ a novel." She loved the "delicate drawings". Another young woman said: "I don't have a boyfriend, so I'm (11) ___________________ a relationship with a "paper partner". She (12) ___________________ from her virtual boyfriends.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AdatingappinChinaispopularwithyoungwomen.Theyspend$30millio
namonthonit.Itisalittledifferentbecausethemenontheapparen'treal
men.Theyarevirtualboyfriends.Usersbuy"PurpleDiamonds"fromthe
app.Theyspendtheseintheapptogoondatesandkeeptheirrelationship
sgoing.TheappiscalledLoveandProducer.Itnowmakesthemostmone
yonApple'sChinaAppStore.Theapphastwomilliondailyactiveusers.M
ostusersarewomenintheirearly20s.Theylovetheromanceandfun.A1
9-year-oldstudentexplainedwhyshelikedtheapp:"It'slikearomanti
cnovelwith...voices.It'smorerealthanreadinganovel."Shelovedthe"
delicatedrawings".Anotheryoungwomansaid:"Idon'thaveaboyfrien
d,soI'mhappytohavearelationshipwitha"paperpartner".Shelikedget
tingmessagesfromhervirtualboyfriends.

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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