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Argument – спор, ссора
Quarrel – ссора, перебранка, раздоры
Fight – спор, ссора, драка
Innocent – невиновный
Bystander – свидетель, наблюдатель
Dispute – спор, разногласия; пререкания, ссора
Hostility – враждебность
Barney – спор, ссора, перебранка

To battle – бороться, сражаться
To row – скандалить
To wrangle – спорить, пререкаться
To clash – сталкиваться, приходить к противоречию
To struggle – бороться
To get over it – прийти в себя
To hold a grudge – испытывать недовольство
To have a beef with someone – иметь на кого-то зуб
To hit below the belt – нанести предательский удар
To fight fair – честно бороться
To be caught in the crossfire – оказаться между двух огней
To be involved in the conflict – быть вовлеченным в конфликт

1. They were still wrangling with his mother and his many creditors.
2. My opinions clash against yours.
3. It takes two people to be involved in the conflict.
4. The opposing armies battled on until night.
5. They struggled to remain alive.
6. To hold a grudge – to dispute fair.
7. To hit below the belt – to say something that is often too personal, usually irrelevant.
8. Hostility – hostile behavior; unfriendliness or opposition.
9. Argument – an exchange of diverging or opposite views, typically a heated or angry one.
10. Innocent – not guilty of a crime or offense.


Hi. This is Cari from the online English school EnglishDom.com. Today, we’re going to talk a little about quarreling. Quarreling means arguing or fighting with somebody. Normally, it’s a verbal argument, but occasionally, a quarrel could refer to a physical argument as well.

So, what do people quarrel about? The number one reason? Money! Of course there’s other reasons but that’s number one, especially with married couples. Among children… they quarrel about anything! But there’s a difference between quarreling with adults and quarreling with children. Children tend to "get over it" very quickly and move on with their lives. Whereas adults, tend to hold a grudge and quarrel about something for a long time. There’s also differences between men and women but we won’t go there!

So, there's a saying…"It takes two to quarrel." I think this is very true because if you do not engage in the argument with someone, then they’re arguing by themselves. It takes two people to be involved in the conflict. So, that’s something to consider when you decide whether or not to get involved in a quarrel with someone.

One thing that drives me crazy about quarreling is how people in the same family tend to argue and fight with each other about things that they would never quarrel with a stranger about. I think, for me, it kind of represents a familiarity ("Okay, I feel comfortable with my family so I argue with them more; I know they’ll still love me."). But at the same time it, for me it’s kind of a lack of respect being shown because sometimes we treat strangers or co-workers better than our own family members. And, for me, that tends to be a problem. I don’t really like that very much.

Hmmm, let’s see. There’s a, a kind of a common question about arguing or fighting or quarreling. People often wonder, is it healthy? Is it good to fight sometimes? Is it good to get things off of your chest? To clear the air? I think a lot of that depends on the way people argue or fight with each other.

Um, there’s a saying that says "to have a beef with someone". I guess it’s kind of an idiom or maybe a phrasal verb that talks about "Having a beef with someone" means you have a problem with someone. You have something you want to argue with them about.

When you’re fighting with someone, do you fight fair or do you hit below the belt? If you fight fair, you’re careful about the other person’s feelings and you’re careful about arguing about a certain topic (not about everything that that person has ever made you angry about). If you hit below the belt, you often say negative things or mean things just to hurt the other person or make the other person angry.

And, one thing to be very careful about when you’re quarreling with someone is to not have other people or "innocent bystanders" caught in the crossfire, especially children.

So, I think that’s all I have to say right now about quarreling!

Please join us in our discussion group or in the forum on our Facebook page to share your opinions about quarreling. We look forward to hearing from you.

Feel English and feel free! Bye for now.




Wise men do not quarrel with each other.


A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.


A long dispute means both parties are wrong.


A couple has always been quarreling. At their 50th wedding anniversary, their children sent them to the marriage doctor. At the clinic, in front of the doctor, they were still fighting until at some point the doctor stoop up and then went to kiss the old woman in the lips. The husband was shocked. Then the doctor said "this is what you have to do everyday". Then the husband said "I will send her to you everyday".

List of questions for discussion

1. What images spring to mind when you hear the word "quarreling"?
2. Who do you quarrel with most?
3. Who is the most quarrelsome person you know?
4. What things do you quarrel over most?
5. Have you ever been caught in the middle of crossfire (i.e. parents quarreling)?
6. How can you avoid quarreling about money?
7. Do voices in your head ever quarrel with each other?
8. What are most of your family quarrels about?
9. Do men or women quarrel more?
10. When was the last time you saw a couple quarreling in public?
11. What do married couples quarrel about most?
12. Do you think children should have lessons at school on how to avoid quarrels and make up after them?
13. Is it possible for some couples, best friends, etc to never quarrel?
14. Is quarreling healthy?
15. Are there subjects you should never, ever quarrel about?

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