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零距离美语会话[家庭]Lesson 2:Here comes the bride

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Two     Here comes the bride.
 1    Introduction
A     Some American men have this thinking - why buy the cow if you can get all your milk free? 
B     Marriage is not like having a room full of roses; you get out of it whatever you put into it.  Another way of expressing this is, you’ve made your bed now you’re going  to have to sleep in it.
C     She got the gold mine, he got the shaft1.  That means when the judge decided2 how the property would be divided in the divorce.  The woman received the biggest part of the marital3 assets4.  Most men say, “It’s not marriage that scares me; it’s the divorce court I am most afraid of.”
D     In most instances, a man who has never been married will prefer to marry a woman who has also never been married.
E     Most men prefer having a wife who is younger than them.  But it’s usual for a man to marry a woman older than himself.  Older women who like younger men are frowned upon in American culture. 

 2    Sample Sentences
1.   Brad really means a lot to me.
2.   As soon as I met her, I knew I would spend the rest of my life with her.
3.  If you love someone, set them free; if they come back to you, they’re yours; if they don't, they weren't yours in the first place.
4.   I think some people get married before the age of 20.
5.   In fact, we are planning a formal engagement5 for this Christmas, 2001, and an exchange of vows6 in spring of 2006.
6.   They are looking forward to the union of our love.
7.   I simply knew I wanted to have certain qualities in a mate and that if the right person came along, marriage was great.
8.   When we finally met in person, it was love at first sight!
9.   He is the person I will always love, without end, without bounds, and with all my heart.
10.  We sometimes struggle with being newlyweds and an instant family.  However, we wouldn't trade any of this for anything in the world.
11.  As a matter of fact, we are talking about marriage, although it is not official yet (he hasn't formally proposed).

 3     Conversations
1.  Here Comes the Bride.
At a wedding reception in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tim:  Thanks for inviting7 me to your friend’s wedding.  I was surprised to hear the bride and groom1 talking to each other that way during the marriage ceremony2.  Is that common?
Sam:  Well, some people use a standard set of words, but many couples today write their own wedding vows3.
Tim:  Your tradition of throwing rice as they got into their car was interesting, but it didn't look like real rice to me.
Sam:  It wasn't.  It was birdseed4.  We don't throw rice anymore because someone discovered that birds come along and eat the rice and have trouble digesting it.
Tim:  Oh, I didn't think of that.  Well, this reception reminds me of wedding parties back in China.  Plenty of food and drink, music and dancing, and interesting traditions.
Sam:  Wait until you see what happens next!  The bride is getting ready to throw her bouquet5.  Let's go over and watch.
Tim:  She’s got quite a crowd around her.  Oh, look!  That little girl caught it!
Sam:  She’s my friend’s ten-year-old niece.  I guess there won’t be another wedding in this family for a long time.


Additional Information:
 Most American weddings are held in churches.  The reception may take place in a rented hall such as a hotel banquet room.  Guests always give gifts at the reception.  Often the wedding reception is catered9 by the hotel or an outside catering10 service.  Alcoholic11 beverages12 are usually served including Champaign. 

2.    Living together before getting married.
Zoe:  Hey Kevin, what are you doing here?  Don't you usually spend Tuesday nights at home studying?
Kevin:  I needed to get out of the house.  My parents just went ballistic6 over something my older sister told them.
Zoe:  What did she tell them?  Is she dropping out of college?
Kevin:  Nothing that serious.  She finally told them that she moved out of the dormitory a few months ago and has been living with her boyfriend.
Zoe:  And your parents took it badly? 
Kevin:  That's putting it mildly7.  My father started shouting at my sister and my mother just glared13 at her. 
Zoe:  Ouch, that sounds bad.  What did your sister do?
Kevin:  She started arguing back to my dad that how much she loves her boyfriend, how they're in love and it's not hurting anybody, and so on.  My dad said she's too young to do this, and that she should move out right away.
Zoe:  How long has your sister been with her boyfriend?
Kevin:  Three years.  They've been dating since freshman14 year.  They're even talking about marriage.
Zoe:  Really?  Then I guess living together would be a good idea.
Kevin: What do you mean?
Zoe:  Well, these days too many people are getting divorced.  If they live together, then at least they're finding out if they're really compatible8 or not.
Kevin:  I guess so.  Better to find out now than after you're married, when it's harder to get out.
Helpful Information: 
Since the 1960’s, America has been much more tolerant16 of couples living together—like husbands and wives—without being married. The issue of sex before marriage is generally not as upsetting to parents as it was before.

3.   Talking about mother in laws.
Ned:  Hi, Becky, what's up?
Becky:  Not much, except that my mother-in-law is driving me up the wall9.
Ned:  What's the problem?
Becky:  She loves to nit-pick10 and criticizes everything that I do.  I can never do anything right when she's around.
Ned:  For example?
Becky:  Well, last week I invited her over to dinner.  My husband and I had no problem with the food, but if you listened to her, then it would seem like I fed her old meat and rotten11 vegetables.  There's just nothing can please her. 
Ned:  No, I can't see that happening.  I know you're a good cook and nothing like that would ever happen.
Becky:  It's not just that.  She also criticizes how we raise the kids.
Ned:  My mother-in-law used to do the same thing to us.  If it wasn't disciplining12 them enough, then we were disciplining them too much.  She also complained about the food we fed them, the schools we sent them too, and everything else under the sun13.
Becky:  You said she used to?  How did you stop her?
Ned:  We basically sat her down and told her how we felt about her constant14 criticizing, and how we welcomed her advice but hoped she'd let us do our things.  She understood, and now everything is a lot more peaceful.
Becky:  That sounds like a good idea.  I'll have to try that.


Additional Information:
Nowadays wives seldom live with their mother in laws.  So this doesn’t happen often. 

4.    Indiscretion.
Janice:  What's the matter, Lisa?  You don't look too good.
Lisa:  I just found out that my husband is cheating on15 me.
Janice:  You mean Mark?  He seems like such an honest guy.
Lisa:  That's what I thought.  It seems that he's been seeing someone else for about two months. 
Janice:  Two months?  How did you find out?
Lisa:  I asked for leave and was at home when the telephone rang.  I picked it up and a girl asked to talk to Mark.  She then asked if I was his sister, and I said no, I was his wife.  She hung up immediately. 
Janice:  So you asked him about the girl who called?
Lisa:  Yeah, he first said it was someone from work. He gave me a lame16 excuse, and so I pressed him on it. 
Janice:  What'd he do?
Lisa:  He kept trying to make stupid excuses, and then broke down17 and admitted to a small indiscretion18.
Janice:  Indiscretion?  How can an indiscretion last two months?  I mean, you two have been married for two years!  How can he do that to you? 
Lisa:  I told him I would divorce him if he wouldn’t tell me the truth or end the relationship with her.
Janice:  Good.  I totally agree with what you did.
——我请了假在家, 电话响了。我拿起电话,一个女孩说找马克。然后她问我是否是马克的姊妹,我说不是,我是他妻子。她立即挂了电话。

 4   Words and Expressions
1. groom  新郎
2. ceremony 仪式, 典礼
3. vow   誓,誓言,誓约
4. birdseed  鸟食, 鸟饵
5. bouquet8 花束, 一束花
6. ballistic  弹道的
7. mildly   温和地, 和善地
8. compatible15 能共处的; 可并立的
9. drive up the wall 使...大怒 
10. nit-pick 挑剔;吹毛求疵
12. discipline 惩戒,训导 
13. under the sun   世界上
14. constant 不停的,接连不断的,持续的
15. cheat on    (夫或妻)表现不忠,不贞
16. lame17 站不住脚的,无说服力的
17. break down 失败;故障
18. indiscretion 不慎重;言行失检


1 shaft YEtzp     
  • He was wounded by a shaft.他被箭击中受伤。
  • This is the shaft of a steam engine.这是一个蒸汽机主轴。
2 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
3 marital SBixg     
  • Her son had no marital problems.她的儿子没有婚姻问题。
  • I regret getting involved with my daughter's marital problems;all its done is to bring trouble about my ears.我后悔干涉我女儿的婚姻问题, 现在我所做的一切将给我带来无穷的烦恼。
4 assets oyEzom     
  • We capitalized our assets to avoid bankruptcy.我们把资产转作资金以避免破产。
5 engagement pZPzQ     
  • I can't see you on Monday because I have a previous engagement.星期一我不能见你,因为我有约在先。
  • It was my mother's very own engagement ring.这正是我母亲自己的订婚戒指。
6 vows c151b5e18ba22514580d36a5dcb013e5     
誓言( vow的名词复数 ); 郑重宣布,许愿
  • Matrimonial vows are to show the faithfulness of the new couple. 婚誓体现了新婚夫妇对婚姻的忠诚。
  • The nun took strait vows. 那位修女立下严格的誓愿。
7 inviting CqIzNp     
  • An inviting smell of coffee wafted into the room.一股诱人的咖啡香味飘进了房间。
  • The kitchen smelled warm and inviting and blessedly familiar.这间厨房的味道温暖诱人,使人感到亲切温馨。
8 bouquet pWEzA     
  • This wine has a rich bouquet.这种葡萄酒有浓郁的香气。
  • Her wedding bouquet consisted of roses and ivy.她的婚礼花篮包括玫瑰和长春藤。
9 catered 89d616ab59cbf00e406e8778a3dcc0fc     
提供饮食及服务( cater的过去式和过去分词 ); 满足需要,适合
  • We catered for forty but only twenty came. 我们准备了40客饭菜,但只来了20个人。
  • They catered for everyone regardless of social rank. 他们为所有人服务而不计较其社会地位。
10 catering WwtztU     
n. 给养
  • Most of our work now involves catering for weddings. 我们现在的工作多半是承办婚宴。
  • Who did the catering for your son's wedding? 你儿子的婚宴是由谁承办的?
11 alcoholic rx7zC     
  • The alcoholic strength of brandy far exceeds that of wine.白兰地的酒精浓度远远超过葡萄酒。
  • Alcoholic drinks act as a poison to a child.酒精饮料对小孩犹如毒药。
12 beverages eb693dc3e09666bb339be2c419d0478e     
n.饮料( beverage的名词复数 )
  • laws governing the sale of alcoholic beverages 控制酒类销售的法规
  • regulations governing the sale of alcoholic beverages 含酒精饮料的销售管理条例
13 glared bb8b114d908b9d05c55d49d1b1cb9b35     
怒目而视( glare的过去式和过去分词 ); 发强光
  • Two fierce eyes glared at them. 一双凶狠的眼睛对着他们怒目而视。
  • He didn't shout, he just glared at me silently. 他没有喊叫,只是默默地怒视着我。
14 freshman 1siz9r     
  • Jack decided to live in during his freshman year at college.杰克决定大一时住校。
  • He is a freshman in the show business.他在演艺界是一名新手。
15 compatible YXSyb     
  • You should choose a roommate more compatible to your tastes.你应该挑个和你意气更相投的人同住一室。
  • Health and hard work are compatible.健康与努力工作是一致的。
16 tolerant knAwy     
  • She's tolerant toward those impudent colleagues.她对那些无礼的同事采取容忍的态度。
  • A tolerant person usually has breadth of mind.有宽容精神的人通常胸襟开阔。
17 lame r9gzj     
  • The lame man needs a stick when he walks.那跛脚男子走路时需借助拐棍。
  • I don't believe his story.It'sounds a bit lame.我不信他讲的那一套。他的话听起来有些靠不住。
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