▣ Today's Expression ☞ No wonder.
Jong-myong : This projector doesn't seem to be working.
Eun-ju : Let me see.
Jong-myong : Oh.. no wonder!
▣ Today's pop topic - " Studying English "
1. Why do you study English?
2. What's the most difficult thing for you in your Englsih studies?
3. What do you think is the best way to study English?
4. What do you think about current English teaching methods in middle and high schools?
No wonder// 어쩐지.. (궁금해하고 있던 어떤 일에 마침내 답을 찾았을 경우 흔히 씀)
- Conflict ①
Co-workers do a double-take at woman’s radical new look
DEAR ABBY: A co-worker, " Marilyn," recently returned from time off with a noticeably different face. She said nothing about it, so we didn't either for a while. Finally, one woman remarked to her that she appeared to have had " some work done." Abby, Marilyn denied it!
What's considered proper here? Should we have said something initially about her radically changed appearance? We were afraid if we ignored it she'd be disappointed. Having spent that much money and gone through that much pain, wouldn't she have been crushed if we hadn't? -- INQUIRING MINDS IN PASADENA
※ Word check
* do a double-take: react to sth surprising or unusual only after a short delay 뒤늦게 반응을 보이다
* time off: a time period when you are not required to work 휴가
* noticeably: obviously, clearly, evidently 눈에 띄게
* radically: extremely, completely, entirely 급진적으로
* crush: squash, break, squeeze, compress, press, pulverize 뭉개다
DEAR INQUIRING: When someone has spent big bucks on plastic surgery, the one question that person does NOT want to hear is, " Have you had some work done?" If someone has a good surgeon, the results are subtle, not radical.
A more tactful way to have approached your co-worker would have been to say, " Marilyn, you look wonderful -- so RESTED. That trip took years off you ..." Then, if Marilyn wanted to share her secret, she could have -- or just said thank you.
※ Word check
* buck: dollar (미 속어) 돈, 달러
* subtle: slight, implied, delicate, understated 작은, 미묘한
* tactful: careful not to say or do anything that will annoy or upset other people 재치 있는
- Conflict ②
Man's plan for cutting costs wounds his fiancee instead
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, " Paul," and I have been dating for four years. He has recently started talking about purchasing an engagement ring for me. Paul is well-off, although very frugal, which is how he accumulated most of his wealth.
Paul has been searching online sites for a used ring. He says he " doesn't want to waste his money on a new engagement ring when he can buy a used one." This from a man who didn't think twice about spending thousands of dollars to buy his son a brand-new car or a brand-new boat for himself.
Am I wrong to feel I'm only worth a used engagement ring? This is the most precious gift he could give me -- a sign of our love and commitment -- and I would cherish it forever. I am deeply hurt and would appreciate your thoughts on how to pursue this issue. -- FEELING " USED" IN PENNSYLVANIA
※ Word check
* wound: injury, cut, hurt, trauma 상처주다
* fiancee: 약혼녀
* well-off: rich enough to have a high standard of living 부유한, 유복한
* frugal: using only as much money or food as is necessary 절약하는, 검소한
* not think twice about: not think carefully before deciding to do sth 두 번 생각해보다, 재고하다
* commitment: a promise to do sth or to behave in a particular way 위탁
DEAR FEELING " USED" : There's a difference between frugal and just plain cheap. That Paul would tell you he considers buying you a new engagement ring is a WASTE shows insensitivity to your feelings. Would he also prefer that your wedding gown come from a thrift store? I know it has been four years, but please take a moment, step back and ask yourself how stingy Paul is about other things.
Obviously, you are a romantic, and Paul is pragmatic to the core. He wants his dollar to stretch as far as it will go. But shopping online for a used ring is risky. Unless he buys from a reputable dealer, he could wind up paying the price of a diamond for a lovely zircon.
Paul may seem like a " gem," but is this the way you want to live the rest of your life? Bear in mind that while not every woman would be averse to wearing a pre-owned diamond that was recycled and reset, you do not appear to be one of them.
※ Word check
* insensitively: not realizing or caring how other people feel, and therefore likely to hurt or offend them 둔감하게
* thrift store: a shop that sells used articles, especially clothing, as to benefit a charitable organization (자선사업을 위한) 중고품 가게
* stingy: not given or giving willingly 인색한, 너무 아끼는
* pragmatic: solving problems in a practical and sensible way rather than by having fixed ideas or theories 실용적인
* to the core: in every way 철저하게
* reputable: that people consider to be honest and to provide a good service 평판이 좋은, 존경할만한
* wind up - ing: that you operate by turning a key or handle 끝장보다
* zircon: (광물) 지르콘
* gem: a person, place or thing that is especially good 보석 같은 존재, 소중한 사람
* bear in mind: not forget about sby/sth 명심하다
* averse: strongly opposed 거부감을 갖는, 싫어하는
* reset: to change a machine, an instrument or a control so that it gives a different time or number or is ready to use again 다시놓다, 마음을 고쳐먹다
☈ PART 2
Who are the Uyghurs and why do they protest?
Who are the Uyghurs?
Xinjiang is home to about 8 million Uyghurs, or almost half of the region's total population. Many Uyghurs – a Turkic, largely Islamic people who share linguistic and cultural bonds with Central Asia – resent the growing presence and economic grip of Han Chinese as well as government controls on religion and culture.
Exiled Uyghur militants have been agitating to establish an independent East Turkestan in oil-rich Xinjiang bordering Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.
China has accused Uyghur militants of staging a series of terrorist attacks on Chinese civilians since the 1990s and hinted at their links with al-Qaeda, but human-rights groups said Beijing used its support for the previous U.S. administration's anti-terrorism campaign to justify a crackdown on Uyghurs.
Why did Uyghurs riot?
Rioting on Sunday followed a protest about government handling of a June clash between Han Chinese and Uyghur factory workers in southern China, where two Uyghurs died.
The underlying cause of the unrest was probably long-standing economic, cultural and religious grievances, which have built up over decades of tight rule and periodically erupt into violence, though never before on such a deadly scale.
“In Xinjiang one of the major sources of discontent is that there is still a major gap economically between Han and Uyghurs,” said Barry Sautman, a specialist in China's ethnic politics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Will unrest spread to rest of Xinjiang?
Demonstrations and even rioting could break out in other parts of the vast region, especially in areas which are heavily populated by minority Muslim Uyghurs. Urumqi, by contrast, has a very large Han Chinese population.
Chinese state media have already reported on protests in the old Silk Road city of Kashgar and exile groups say other cities have also been affected, though those reports are hard to verify.
But after the violence in Urumqi, Chinese security forces will rush in reinforcements to all parts of Xinjiang to try to nip any new protests in the bud, making a repetition of Sunday's riots unlikely though not impossible.
Will China grant Xinjiang independence?
This is almost guaranteed never to happen, at least not while the Communist Party remains in power in Beijing. And even in the unlikely event the Party looses its grip on power, Chinese people, brought up to believe that Xinjiang is an inseparable part of China, will not let it slip away easily.
Xinjiang is also too strategic a place for China to let go. It borders Central Asia and Pakistan and is rich in natural resources.
Giving Xinjiang independence would set a dangerous precedent for other restless minorities, including Tibetans and Mongolians. No leader would want that to happen under his watch.
※ Word check
* Uyghur, Uighur, Uigur 위구르족, 위구르족 사람
* linguistic 언어의
* resent 분개하다, 원망하다, 괘씸하게 생각하다
* grip 지배력, 통제력
* exile 망명
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