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难以启齿的"I love you"
作者:佚名 文章来源:教育资源库 点击数: 更新时间:2010-7-9

  When I was a new teacher in China, every day I taught English to my students and they taught me about China. One day the topic turned to saying: "I love you." I was shocked to learn that not one of my students had said this to their mothers, nor had their mothers said it to them

  .初来中国当老师的那会儿,我每天都会给学生上英文课,同时他们也教我了解中国。一天我们探讨的话题是“说‘我爱你’”。使我感到震惊的是,没有一个学生对妈妈讲过这句话,他们的妈妈也未曾对他们说过。

  "Does your mom love you?"

  “妈妈爱你吗?”

  "Of course," they chorused, a bit offended that I'd even asked.

  “当然,”他们异口同声,我的问题似乎冒犯了他们。

  "How do you know?" was my logical question. They responded that their moms cooked and always told them what they were doing wrong to show their caring. I was stunned. So mom's cooking and criticizing read out as "I love you".

  “你怎么知道的?”我问了一个符合自己逻辑的问题。他们回答说妈妈会做饭给他们吃,常常会告诉他们哪里出了错以示关心。我大吃一惊。这样说来妈妈的饭菜和批评就可以解读为“我爱你”。

  How do you say "I love you" to her? They agreed that getting good grades, followed by good jobs and then marrying and having that precious grandchild would be how they showed their love.

  你如何向她表达“我爱你”?他们一致表明只要取得好成绩,找到一份好工作,接下来结婚生子就是他们表达爱的方式。

  I come from a culture where most people would find that not expressive enough, so I repeated these queries in classes over time. Gradually, I began to get different responses. Some of them had exchanged those sentiments with their moms.

  在我们的文化观念中,大部分人会觉得仅仅这些表达是不够的。所以我时常会在课堂上重复这些问题。渐渐地,同学们有了一些不同的回应。一些人同母亲进行了情感沟通。

  One of my favorite stories of change came from a young woman. When she came home from university, her mother met her at the door and hugged her. This had never happened before, but her mom said: "Now that you have gone I have more time to myself and I watch TV more. I noticed that in some places mothers and children hug each other and I decided it was a good idea and that I would begin hugging you."

  在这些转变的故事中,我最喜爱的一则发生在一位年轻女士身上。当她从学校回到家中时,妈妈在门口迎接并拥抱了她。这是以前从未有过的事,但妈妈说:“现在你离家在外,我有了更多的时间来看电视节目。我注意到一些地方的妈妈会和子女相互拥抱。这好极了,我决定要开始拥抱你。”

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