Speaking: what is love? What do you think about these quotes.
Decide which ones are negative about love,
which are positive and which are neutral.
Discuss with other students what point you
think each quote is trying to make and whether you agree with it.
Love is a universal migraine,
A bright stain on the vision, Blotting out reason.
(Robert Graves 1895-1985)
Love is like quicksilver in the hand.
Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away. (Dorothy Parker 1893-1967).
Grammar check: gerund v. infinitive
1 Read the following article and answer these questions.
Put the marked verbs into the correct word form,
gerund or infinitive or even noun form!
Is Jin Ye married to the man she loves?
Is Lien Hua married?
The Lost World:
Where women sing to get a husband
Jin Ye, 23, sings all the time.
She sings to her children,
she sings while tending
the small vegetable path behind her house,
and singing was a crucial ingredient in the romantic 5-year courtship with her husband.
In the mountains of southern China, home to the ethnic Dong community,
people communicate largely in song.
Jin Ye tells the story she remembers her parents
(1 - tell)
on a long walk. He walked so far that he reached the Kingdom of Heaven.
The gates were opened and he saw some young girls who were singing
and dancing marvelously.
He stayed for seven days and nights and managed
a long and happy union.
Jin Ye and her husband lived apart for five years,
meeting each day to sing 'separation' songs until their songs were compatible.
"Song stirs the soul," says Jin Ye.
"When our voices harmonise well, it proves we will get along."
There is even a Dong proverb 'Whoever cannot sing cannot expect
(9 - marry)
by the decision of their elders.
"Every parent wishes an easier life for their children,
which is why I listen to them.
It was love at first sight with my boyfriend
we met at the evening singing meetings
but he came from a poor family
and my parents wouldn't accept him so I couldn't continue
different boyfriends, and having a husband chosen for them.
'Love and marriage are two different things,' she says.
Some couples rarely see each other after their marriage,
either because they live a long way apart or,
quite simply, because they are not in love.
Divorce is rare, but is accepted if a marriage fails.
Jin Ye's best friend, Lien Hua, managed
the holiday they had planned together. 'She is breaking my heart', John said.
'I'm sure she likes her MP more than she likes me'.
I racked my brain but I could not think of anything that would put his mind