The American Way of Marriage-美国的婚姻方式

“I do.” To Americans, those two words carry great meaning. They can even change your life. Especially if you say them at your own wedding. Making wedding vows is like signing a contract, Now Americans don’t really think marriage is a business deal. But marriage is serious business.

本段重点:

  1. those 用来对已经提及的事物作补充说明。(指代已经提及的人或物)那些
  2. business deal 商务交易

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翻译:

「我愿意」这句话对美国人而言具有重大意义,它甚至可以改变你的生命,特别是当你在自己的婚礼上说出这句话时,在婚礼中所发的誓言就如同签订契约一样,美国人并不是真把婚姻当作商业交易,但是,结婚确实是件严肃的事情。

It all begins with engagement. Traditionally, a young man asks the father of his sweetheart for permission to marry her. If the father agrees, the man later proposes to her. Often he tries to surprise her by “popping the question” in a romantic way. Sometimes the couple just decides together that the time is right to get married. The man usually gives his fiance a diamond ring as a symbol of their engagement. They may be engaged for weeks, months, or even years.

本段重点:

  1. diamond ring 钻戒

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翻译:

结婚是从订婚开始,在传统上,年轻人会请求他的女朋友的父亲允许他娶她,如果女方的父亲答应,之后方可向女方求婚。通常男方会试着以罗曼蒂克的方式.「提出这个问题」以带给女方惊喜.有时候双方会觉得现在结婚正是时候,于是男方通常会送女方钻戒作为互订终身的象征。他们可能订婚几个星期、几个月,甚至几年。

As the big day approaches, bridal showers and bachelor’s parties provide many useful gifts. Today many couples also receive counseling during the engagement. This prepares them for the challenges of married life.

本段重点:

  1. big day 大喜的日子;重要日子
  2. married life 婚后生活

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翻译:

当大喜的日子接近时,贺 礼赠送会和单身汉俱乐部都会赠送许多实用的礼物。今天有许多订婚的男女在订婚期间接受咨询服务,这是为了让他们有准备接受婚姻生活的挑战。

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