ESL and "You Know" Phrases

Let’s Talk Wedding in English: Use “You Know” Phrases

talk about weddings in English

 

我们了来用英文讨论婚礼吧:使用“你是知道的”短句

 

Weddings are hectic to plan and execute. They are, of course, romantic and personal matters as well. You are excited about committing to someone you love for the rest of your life. But there are also practical matters to consider, things like family, who pays for what and who to invite. Attending weddings is another personal experience. We often compare it to what we would like at our own wedding—the ceremony, the vows, the music, the keepsakes and gifts for guests, etc. I remember my cousin’s wedding and it was the complete opposite of what I would want when marrying my beloved. So how do you explain your thoughts on something that is intimate and personal in English?

准备婚礼,然后按照计划安排婚礼婚宴是一件非常的繁琐的事情。当然,繁琐归繁琐,婚姻都是奔着浪漫,奔着一辈子去的。当然也有那些特别实在的事情需要考虑,比如家里人的愿望,谁支付哪一部分的钱,请哪些客人等等。那么在用英文说明这么一件特别私密、私人的事情的时候,该如何做最好呢?

 

Begin with “You Know” to Draw on Common Feelings

用“你知道的”短句开头,并引起共鸣

 

We are naturally inclined to want to find something in common with one another. Experiences—whether happy, sad or scary—are always better when shared. And with weddings, family and love, it can be a mixed bag of feelings. I mean, you are excited about getting hitched with someone you love. But weddings are hard on nerves and on pocketbooks. Fortunately, these feelings—good or bad—are relatable to most people. And we use “you know” phrases to emphasize this fact and establish common ground.

我们自然地会希望找到别人跟自己相似或是共同之处。我们所经历过的事情,不管是好的、坏的,或者是惊悚的,都是通过分享而变得更有意义。有关筹备婚礼,有关家庭,有关爱情,我们都有一堆的感想与感受。但幸好这些体验与感受,不论好坏,都能引起大家的共鸣。在用英文表达是我们可以通过使用“你知道的”短句来强调这个情感上的共鸣,随之找到相同的立场。

 

 

You know, the hardest thing was deciding who to invite to the wedding.

As you may guess, we just have to have a live band at our wedding.

Like anyone else, we would want our wedding to be a celebration of our love and commitment.

 

REMEMBER:

“You know” phrases are dependent clauses, which means that they cannot stand alone on their own. They are used at the beginning to indicate that you expect that the person would agree with what you about to say. They help you to establish rapport.

注意:“你知道的”短句是不完整句子。“你知道的”短句通常用在其他完整句子之前,用以表示你期待你的听众会将会同意你后面所说的。使用“你知道的”短句能够帮你建立情感上的共鸣。

 

Other “You Know” Phrases

– As you may know

– You may understand

– I am sure you would agree that

 

 

Conclusion

Weddings celebrate two people who love each other and who want to commit to each other for life. There is a lot to take into consideration when planning a wedding. Whether married or not, we can all understand the importance of the event in two people’s lives. For these types of discussions, where personal views, experiences and desires are expressed, it is helpful that we begin with “you know” phrases. When someone says “you know, it can be difficult”, we instinctively feel that we should understand that the speaker is having some sort of difficulty. So try using “you know” expressions to help you with finding common ground. People will tend to be more understanding when you use “you know” to lead into your opinion of something.

 

 

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