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零距离美语会话[家庭]Lesson 4:International Marriage


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Four  International Marriage.


A  Perhaps more than ever before, people from very different cultures marry each other. Such intercultural interracial marriages have been more commoncountries like AmericaCanada where people from all overworld live, work,study together. These relationships often have hidden problemssurprising benefits. 
B Every marriage requires commitment, dedicationwork. An international / intercultural marriage requires even more attention becausethe many obstacles thatcouple faces.  The obstacles come from family, friends, personal values, expectations,bureaucratic procedures.  To overcome these barriers, intercultural couples needlearn about one another's cultures, accept that cultural roots go deepthat people don't change easily or quickly.  And most important, they needfocusthe positivestalk with one another about which traditions they wantcarryascouplewith their children.

 2   Sample Sentences
. I think that anyone considering marryingforeigner needslook at things very closely before doing so.
2.  Marriagesomeone fromdifferent country does require some extra effort.
3.  It can be wortheffort however.
4.  Couples have said thatfirst five yearsthis typemarriage arehardest.
5.  The keya successful intercultural marriageto develop understandingpatience.
6.   It isn't easydeal withlegacy that we've all grown up withour ethnic, religioussocio-economic backgrounds.
7.  Do you ever feelfearabandonment by your family, friendsyour spouse?
8.  How would you describe your intercultural marriage?
9.  Understandingdiversityculturestraditionsone another's past can enhancemarriage relationship.
0.  Although there can be many problemsthese international marriage relationships, they can also be very successful.
.  I've been marriedalmost 3 years,never once regretted it.

 3   Conversations
.   Two women are talking about intercultural marriage.
A.  You are marrieda foreigner, huh?  So what’slike?
B.  Well,first yearour marriage, we had great difficulty getting along.  The things that are importantme are not importanthim. We hadlotconflicts.
A.  Yeah,know what you mean.  The first yearany marriagedifficultall couples, notmention two people from different cultures. 
B. And now we havetwo-year-old boy.  We’re very happy that he’s healthysmart.
A. Oh, so he’s half Chinesehalf American.  That’s unusual.  What languages does he speak, then?
B. Right now he speaks mostly Chinese,he can sayfew English words.  But he will learn.
A.  What does he look like?  Can people tell?
B.  Yes, people surely can.  He’s whiter thanChinese kids, andhaira little blonde.  My husband sayseyes are very Chinese though.


. An interculture couple are talking about relatives visiting without warning.
A:  Well,can’t believe your uncleaunt camestay with us forweek,they did not even call usadvance2.
B:  John, they are old-fashioned people fromChinese countryside. That’s their custom.
A: know, but ithardmeget usedyour relatives comingvisit us,without warning.
B:  Don’t your relatives visit other relatives?
A:  Yes, but Americans never visit without callingadvance,they almost never stay overnight.
B: think that maybe Chinese families are closer than your families.
A: think you’re right!


3.  TiredWestern food.
A:  Sally, I’m tiredthis Western food.really miss my mother’s Sichuan cooking.
B:  I’m sure you do miss that typecooking. But can’t you tryget usedWestern food?
A: have tried. But Americans like butter, bread, sugar,cream too much.
B: suppose you’re right, Lee. Maybe that’s why so many Westerners are overweight3.
A:  It’s interesting that Americans work very hard at their jobs, do not take naps4 duringday,yet they can be so heavy.
B:  You see, because we are often busy working, we eat too much fast food,that foodvery fattening5.


4.  Money problems.
A:  Calvin, how much money did you spend last weekend?
B:  Lily, I’m not sure. Let me check,thinkspent $50.
A:  Why don’t you help me save money? You are always spending money.
B: know thatshould learn howsave more, buthope that we can spendlittleourselves sometimes.
A:  I’m sorry.guess I’m too extreme whencomes putting moneythe bank.
B:  That’s okay. I’m sorry, too. It’sgood ideapreparethe future possibilities.


4    WordsExpressions 
. conflict   冲突, 抵触
2.advance  事先; 预先
3. overweight  超重; 过重
4. nap  打盹儿, 小睡
5. fattening   用于养肥



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