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Weekly Topics [09-07-04] Blasting bad language

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TERM  
 ☈ PART 1





▣  <This week's Expressions>      ☞     That's what friends are for.







  Jung-Ho : You look down. What's wrong?

  Sang-Heon : I don't know. Maybe I just feel lonely these days.

  Jung-Ho : Don't worry. I'll help you get a girlfriend.

  Sang-Heon : Really? Can you do it?

  Jung-Ho : Yeah. That's what friends are for.










▣  <Couple conversation>




◉ Today pop topic - " Weather "




1. How is the weather today?




2. What kind of weather do you like?




3. Can you believe weather forecasters?




4. What do you do during the long rainy season?




5. How do you think about a typhoon?

















<Dear Abby>




- Conflict ①




Layoff is a blow to man's self-esteem and marriage




DEAR ABBY: I have started a promising career I thoroughly enjoy. But my husband, "Derrick,"  has been laid off from his job due to the economy.




I love Derrick with all my heart. I hate to see him hurting. I keep reminding him that he's still a wonderful person and a great worker. I tell him God is watching over us and will help him; it seems to be doing no good. Losing his job appears to have damaged his self-esteem as a man and, with it, our ability to connect. My husband is distant all the time.




I desperately want to help, but I'm getting scared, too. I realize it is my turn to be strong for us now. Any words of advice? -- PRAYING IN NEBRASKA














※ Word check


* self-esteem: 자존심












☞ Abby's advice ☜


 DEAR PRAYING: Love him, support him and encourage him. Remind him that losing his job wasn't his fault, and all he has to do is look at the news to know that he is far from alone.




Your husband will need to network to find out what jobs are out there for people with his skills. If that doesn't pan out, he may need to explore retraining for a career other than the one he had planned. Believe me, you both have my sympathy.




There will be an end to this recession eventually, and it's important that you not lose sight of that fact. It is also important that your husband not isolate himself. The more people he is in touch with, the better his chances for hearing about an opportunity.










※ Word check


* pan out: 어떤 것이 발견되다, 사금이 나오다






- Conflict ②




Teen's pledge of love is no laughing matter






DEAR ABBY: Is 16 too young to know you're truly in love? My boyfriend, "Miles," and I both feel that we're truly in love and want to spend the rest of our lives together. We realize that it will be a few years at the least before we can marry, but we're willing to wait.


My older sister laughs at me when I say that I know I'm in love. She says I am way too young, and I need to be older and more mature _ like she is _ to understand. She's 17 1/2, so she's really not that much older.




I have a large picture of Miles in our room, and when she has friends over, she points at it and says, "That's Judy's true love forever," and they all laugh about it. Can you be truly in love at my age? -- JUDY IN BIRMINGHAM, ALA.










※ Word check


• pledge: a serious promise 맹세


• no laughing matter: serious; no joke 심각한; 장난이 아닌












☞Abby's advice☜


DEAR JUDY: Yes, it is possible to be truly in love at 16. However, at 16 you are still maturing emotionally and intellectually.




The problem with making a lifetime commitment at this age _ although some people have done it _ is that both of you are still "growing" as individuals. Not all people grow at the same rate, and their interests often diverge. Does this mean the couple is not truly in love? No. But it does mean that it's better to be older before making a promise to stay with someone "forever."




That said, your sister is wrong to belittle and ridicule your feelings. And for her to do so is a reflection of her own immaturity.










※ Word check


• commitment: a strong belief in an idea or system 약속, 의무, 책임


• diverge: become different; contradict 갈라지다, 빗나가다


• belittle: say or imply they are unimportant 과소평가하다


 



 




☈ PART 2




Blasting bad language






 Entertainers remain undaunted and fearless in continuing to spout vulgarities on television, against a flood of viewer complaints and warnings by communications authorities.




The same names appeared at the top of the list for indecency and profanity during a two-week review of late-night entertainment programs on three mainstream television broadcasting stations. The review was conducted by the Korea Communication Standards Commission over a two-week period beginning May 9.




 Comedian Kim Ku-ra was once again named the most frequent user of profane, indecent and foul language unsuitable for broadcasting. The songwriter and comedian Yoon Jong-shin also retained his second-place ranking.


 As fathers, they should both be ashamed of themselves for using such coarse language on television programs popular with teenagers, no matter what time they are run.




 Even more despicable and pitiful are the television stations for ignoring viewer complaints and failing to take disciplinary action against those accused of profanity, choosing instead to encourage and enjoy the showcase of obscenities. The broadcaster that allows the most indecent language is MBC. It is more foul-tongued than any private company, but, ironically, has been one of the most vehement opponents to the government-proposed media-related bills, claiming that changes to the broadcasting law could decrease broadcasters’ ability to serve the public.




 The public broadcaster, which filed a complaint about the court decision on its scandalous coverage of mad cow disease, as presented on the news program “PD Diary,” appears to be sailing off in a perilous direction.




 Potentially damaging language can be heard on mainstream television networks at any time of the day. An actress on a morning show calmly talked about the positive side effects of marijuana, claiming it causes no harm. On a late-night news discussion program, a defamatory comment against President Lee Myung-bak ran uncensored.




 Although the commission issued advisory warnings to three programs carried by MBC and SBS, it should also increase punitive measures for broadcasters and forbid entertainers who use foul language to appear on TV.




 Audiences should no longer be brought down by their vulgarity.


















※ Word check




* blasting: 야단


* undaunted: 겁내지 않는


* vulgarity: 무례한 언동


* profanity: 신성을 더럽히는 언행


* profane: 모독적인


* coarse: 상스러운


* despicable: 치사한, 비열한


* obscenity: 외설, 음담


* vehement: 격렬한


* defamatory: 비방하는


* uncensored: 무검열의








※ Comprehension Question




1. What is main problem in this article?  




2. Which broadcaster is blamed in the article? And why?





※ Discussion Question




1. Have you ever watched Kim Gu-ra or Yoon Jong-shin on Television? What do you think about their speech?




2. Do you think the commission should increase punitive measures for broadcasters and forbid entertainers who use foul language to appear on TV? Or should it give them freedom of expression?




3. Do you think bad languages need in daily life? Why do you think so?