My name is Ashley. I am from the United States. I am born and raised in Las Vegas and spent 6 years in Houston Texas after getting a post bacc in communication disorders at the University of Houston.I have been in Shanghai for 6 months and fall in love with it more and more everyday. I love reading, binge watching Netflix- I love pretty much everything but lately have been drawn to anything with crime, mystery or murder. Shopping and trying new foods. I’m always up for an adventure. I look forward to talking to you and answering your questions in the group.
Q: Where did you and your family live when you were young?
Ashley: “Me and My family lived in Las Vegas Nevada when I was growing up, that’s where I was born and raised. ”
raise: to bring up or rear (a child)
She was raised by her grandparents.
My dad was raised on a farm.
The baby was born on July 31st.
Q: Do you often argue with your mother or father?
Ashley: “No, not at all. I was the quiet one in the family. I didn’t argue if I had a different opinion. I kept it to myself. My sister, though is an arguer. ”
the quiet one: to not say anything about (something); not talking
Can I have some quiet here? I'm trying to study.
She has a quiet temperament.
She suddenly turned quiet.
argue: to give reasons for or against something;
He's always willing to argue for what is right.
Their neighbors argued with each other all the time.
The arguer may be right about that.
Q: Which do you think is more important: following the dreams your parents want for you or following your own dreams?
Ashley: “I think that following your own dreams is more important. It’s nice that your parents have dreams for you, they want you to do certain things, but I feel that if you don’t follow your own dreams, you’ll never be truly happy.”
follow: to be guided by (something)
truly: in an honest manner; really;
I truly believe they can do it.
This is truly a different situation.
He truly enjoyed the concert.
Q: What was the most important thing your parents taught you?
Ashley: “The most important thing that my parents taught me was to travel, to go out, learn something, do something different. I was 16 when I took my first international trip, my best friend at the time was going to Thailand to visit her family, and she invited me. I remember being so nervous to ask my mom, even though we travel on family trips, this was going to be something completely different, and when I asked her, my mom said Yes, Let’s go, We’ll get you your passport, we will do …. from that moment on, she will always tell me, and my sister, the world is big, go and explore it..You are never wasting your time when you travel, go and explore something new… ”
I was 16 when I first did ...
something completely different
I'm going to learn something completely different.
We are talking about something completely different.
Let's do something completely different.
比如最后的那个问题，What was the most important thing your parents taught you? 父母教你的最重要的东西是什么？他举了一个例子，第一次出国旅游，是跟朋友一起去泰国看家人，当时自己16岁，跟妈妈说这个事的时候，还很紧张，觉得妈妈可能不会同意，结果妈妈二话没说就答应了，还积极的帮着办出国的手续，之后，妈妈跟她和姐姐说，世界很大，比拉斯维加斯大很多，有机会要多出去看看，旅行的时候从来不会浪费时间。中国家长可能未必能做到这样，我们也未必需要完全模仿西方教育，但这些实例，多少能有一些参考价值。不同国家的文化习惯不一样，不能说哪个好哪个不好，应该说都有好都有坏，对于我们来说，只需要了解各个国家跟中国不一样的地方，尤其是发达国家跟我们的区别，我们才能更客观地看待一切，站在一个更高的角度去审视世界审视自己，有一个更国际化的人生和视野， 或许，这才是学英文最终的收获。
她一周会花多少小时读书？她最喜欢在什么地方读书？图书馆还是咖啡厅？How many hours do you spend reading in a week? Where is your favorite place to read? Libarary or coffee shop? 她们国家是怎么庆祝生日的？她怎么庆祝生日？How are birthdays celebrated in your country? How do you like to celebrate your birthday? 美国人约会的时候会AA制吗？她相信一见钟情吗？Do you "go Dutch" when dating? Do you believe in love at first sight? 美国人学外语吗？教的好不好？是不是像中国教的英文这样？ Did you study a foreign language in school? Was it taught well? 她的父母严厉吗？她跟家人相处的怎么样？Are your parents strict? Do you get along well with your family? 她业余时间会做什么？如果她有更多的业余时间，她会做什么？How do you like to spend your free time? If you had more free time, what would you do with it? 她交过网友吗？她是怎么交朋友的？ Have you made any friends over the Internet? How do you make new friends? 做一个同性恋在美国是怎么样的？她觉得同性恋需要去改变吗？How is it being gay in your country? Do you think they should try to change? 她有什么坏习惯？她会吃夜宵吗？Do you have any bad habits? Do you eat late at night? 通过这些问题，我们不仅能了解到她的看法和美国人的一些不同，也能引起我们自己的思考，我自己聊到这些话题的时候，我们会怎么回答？ 这才是关键点。