Conversaciones en inglés. Nivel 5.
Why do people get married? - ¿Por qué la gente se casa?
Wendi: What is the point of getting married or having a wedding or? I guess there’re not really one of the same but what's the whole point?
James: Generally, I think people get married because they've been in a relationship for long time and they feel it's what society wants them to do.
James: But also I think in terms of having children, having a son and daughter, it's possibly important to have the wife and husband married, sorry, the parent married to bring up the children together, but increasingly so in England people are not seeing marriage as so important. More and more it's just, people have been together for five or six years, then, they ask, "Do you want to marry me?" cause they've been together for five or six years.
Wendi: Given the increase in divorce. It's sitting at I think 50% in Canada and where you're from, England, do you think marriage is outdated?
James: I don't think it's necessary anymore. I think people only do it because people have done it for hundreds and hundreds of years. It's not to do with religion. It's not to do with law. It's to do with just culture and yeah, perhaps it's outdated and more and more of my friends won't get married because they have a wonderful relationship and then as soon as they get married, it seems like then it is able to end. It's like marriage is split-up, whereas relationships might not have ended. There's more pressure once you’re married.
Wendi: So if you think, well if you could kind of imagine in your mind the concept of marriage and what it is, has caught up to where we are today, what would the evolution of marriage sort of become?
James: The evolution of marriage has become just living with your partner because essentially people got married so they could live with their partner right and raise a family together. Now, in today's culture, today's society you don't need to be married to do that. It's perfectly acceptable. I'm still slightly old-fashioned, I guess, in that I would want to be married before I have children, but there's no reason for that other than I'm still slightly old-fashioned and most of my friends are five years younger than me would not care, one way or the other if they are married or not before they had children.
James: And essentially, I think people like marriage because it's a nice day. It's more, I think for women. Women in England, I'm sure it's the same in Canada, dream of their wedding day, since they are little girls and they want that day to remember and they want that special day. For men, more I think, it's just about making their mothers and their wives happy and they like a nice party.
the point of > the reason for
one of the same > equal
sitting at > at the amount of
outdated? > pasado de moda
as soon as > tan pronto como
split-up > end a relationship > separarse
could kind of imagine
raise a family > formar una familia
old-fashioned > anticuado
one way or the other > de una forma u otra
Attribution (Reconocimiento) English Listening Lesson Library Online, (elllo).
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