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

 

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Four  International Marriage.

涉外婚姻

    Introduction
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. 
同文化间人结婚也许已大大超出往常。这种同文化、同人种间婚姻在像美国、加拿大这种来自世界各地人在此生活、工作、学习国家已经变得很普遍。这些关系经常隐藏危机,也出乎意料好处。
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.
婚姻都需要承诺,都需要付出努力。由于涉外婚姻夫妻面对着很多障碍,所以需要更加用心。障碍来自家庭,朋友,还人价值观同,期待同,以及官方手续。要克服这些障碍,涉外婚姻夫妻需要解对方文化,并要接受由于这种文化根底深,人容易或者很快改变。最重要,他们需要看到那些好方面,互相商量看作为夫妻以及小孩以后想继续采用哪种传统。

 2   Sample Sentences
. I think that anyone considering marryingforeigner needslook at things very closely before doing so.
我觉得任何选择和老外结婚人都应该在此之前仔细地看清楚这件事。
2.  Marriagesomeone fromdifferent country does require some extra effort.
异国他乡人结婚真需要更多努力。
3.  It can be wortheffort however.
然而这份努力也可能很值得
4.  Couples have said thatfirst five yearsthis typemarriage arehardest.
夫妻说过这种类型婚姻前5年最难
5.  The keya successful intercultural marriageto develop understandingpatience.
成功涉外婚姻最关键要培养理解与耐心。
6.   It isn't easydeal withlegacy that we've all grown up withour ethnic, religioussocio-economic backgrounds.
要处理好我们在这种民族、信仰和社会经济环境下长大所受到影响容易
7.  Do you ever feelfearabandonment by your family, friendsyour spouse?
过怕被你家人、朋友和你配偶抛弃恐惧心理?
8.  How would you describe your intercultural marriage?
你怎么描述你涉外婚姻?
9.  Understandingdiversityculturestraditionsone another's past can enhancemarriage relationship.
理解另外人过去文化与传统可以改善你婚姻关系。
0.  Although there can be many problemsthese international marriage relationships, they can also be very successful.
尽管在这种国际婚姻关系中很多问题,但它们还可以很成功
.  I've been marriedalmost 3 years,never once regretted it.
我结婚快3年,但我从未后悔过。

 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.

【译文】
——你跟老外结婚吗?那么什么样?
——嗯,我们结婚年,我们很难相处。对我来说重要事对他来说又重要。我们过很多冲突。
——,我知道你什么意思。结婚年对任何夫妻来说都很难,更用说来自同文化人。
——而且现在我们两岁男孩。我们很高兴他很健康、很聪明。
——噢,那么他半中国血统、半美国血统。那很寻常。那他讲什么语言?
——现在他主要讲中文,他只会说几英文单词。但他会学。
——他长得怎么样?别人看得出来吗?
——能,别人当然能看出来。他比其他中国小孩白,头发点金黄。但我丈夫说他眼睛很像中国人

. 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!
【译文】
——嗯,我真敢相信你叔叔和姑妈和我们住星期,甚至他们都没提前打招呼。
——约翰,他们从中国农村来老年人。那他们习俗。
——我知道,但对我来说很难适应你亲戚来看我们,连招呼都打。
——你亲戚难道去看望其他亲戚吗?
——去啊,但美国人从事先电话就去,而且几乎都过夜。
——我觉得也许中国家庭比你们家庭要亲密很多。
——我想你说得没错!

 

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.

【译文】   
——莎利,这些西餐我真吃腻。我真想念我妈妈做四川菜。
——我知道你肯定很想念那种口味菜。但你难道能试着适应吃西餐吗?
——我都试过。但美国人太喜欢黄油、面包、白糖和奶油
——我想你说得对,李。也许那就为什么这么多西方人超重。
¬——很趣,美国人工作很卖力,白天又打盹,而他们还可以这么胖。
——你想,因为我们工作经常很忙,所以我们吃快餐吃得很多,而那些食物又很容易使人发胖。

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.

 【译文】
——加尔文,周末你花多少钱?
——莉莉,我太清楚。我算算,我想我花50美元。
——你怎么帮我省钱?你老花钱。
——我知道我应该学会节省钱,但我希望时候我们可以花点点钱在我们自己身
——对起。说起把钱存进银行,我想我太过分
——没关系。我也愧。为将来做好准备,这

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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