Sunday, April 27, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Marriage or wedlock is an interpersonal relationship (usually intimate and sexual) with governmental, social, or religious recognition. It is often created by a contract or through civil processes. Civil marriage is the legal concept of marriage as a governmental institution.
The most common form of marriage unites one man and one woman as husband and wife. Other forms of marriage also exist: for example, polygamy—in which a person takes more than one spouse (marriage partner)—is common in many societies. In some jurisdictions civil marriage has been expanded to include same-sex marriage.
People marry for many reasons, but usually one or more of the following: legal, social and economic stability; the formation of a family unit; procreation and the education and nurturing of children; legitimizing sexual relations; public declaration of love; or to obtain citizenship.
A marriage is often declared by a wedding ceremony, which may be performed either by a religious officiant, by a secular government-sanctioned officiator, or (in weddings that have no church or state affiliation) by a trusted friend of the wedding participants. The act of marriage usually creates obligations between the individuals involved, and in many societies, their extended families.
1.) What is civil marriage?
2.) Describe the most common form of marriage.
3.) What is polygamy?
4.) A marriage is often declared by what?
Vocabulary Words: Break each vocabulary word up into syllables: 名 音节;一言
intimate: 形 亲切的;亲密的;直接的 process: 名 进行;方法;工程;制作;传票
recognition: 名 认知;承认;表彰 concept: 名 概念
civil: 形 市民的;文职的;凡俗的;文明的 legitimize: 动 使合法
institution: 名 公共团体 名 惯例;制度;设置;制定圣餐式;授任圣职
form: 名 形状;表格纸;仪式;姿势;种类 动 养成;组织;明白发音;形成;作成队行
unite: 动 弄成一体;结合;使联合;使合 exist: 动 实在;存在;现存;生存;活著
jurisdiction: 名 裁判权;各种权 expand: 动 使膨大.扩张;详述;使发展
reason: 名 理由;理智;前提;思考;推论 stability: 名 安定;复原力;坚固
procreation: 名 生产;生殖 nurture: 名 养育;教育;营养物;后天性的
declaration: 名 宣告;宣言书;公布 obtain: 动 得到;获得;达到;实行;流行
citizenship: 名 市民身份;国籍 secular: 形 现世的.非宗教性的
obligation: 名 义务;约束;契约 extended: 形 广大的;长期的;扩大的
Firstly, I'm making more than double what I made the first year I worked here (2003-2004) and secondly, the strength of the RMB has increased.
When I first came here in 2003 8 RMB was equal to $ 1 USD but now 7 RMB is worth $1 USD.
That may not sound like much but it actually adds up and even though I'm making less than I would in the US I'm still living in a rent-free apartment and not having to do any office hours.
I teach 13 different classes a week but I pretty much only have to plan about 2 different lessons a week and just deliver both multiple times.
Each class is 2 "academic" hours long and one "academic" hour is 45 minutes so I'm actually working less than 26 hours a week.
However, I do usually spend a few hours (or more) preparing each lesson. There are times when I'm feeling a bit lazy or am just busy doing Visa-type stuff and I just follow the textbook but I prefer to come up with my own material or find something interesting on-line to talk about. (I also spend a LOT of time GRADING papers....and I have something like 200-300 students so do the math).
I just did a lesson on Basketball (with a few classes, kind of an experiement) this week and got a pretty good response from my classes because Chinese people LOVE basketball which I don't think many people in the West realize. I definetly never realized it until about 5 years ago.
Anyway, I have one class a week where I teach English to Chinese Teachers and I asked them if there were any topics they wanted to discuss for the next class and one of them said "Marriage" (something I know little about...I'm a 28 year-old bachelor!) so I guess that's what I'll be doing next week.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Slav, another teacher at my school, I and two Chinese guys we met are giving (another) performance at school this week and since we are pressed for time we just decided to do a couple of covers.
Here we are rehearsing "Song 2" by Blur. It's definetly not perfect and could be better but it's a start.
Regardless, it feels good to be playing music again.