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Communication Problems. According to the article, what help ed to solve the problems with relationships between Martians and Venusians?. Work in groups to answer the following questions.

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Communication problems

Communication Problems


Communication problems

According to the article, what helped to solve the problems with relationships between Martians and Venusians?

Work in groups to answer the following questions.

Both Martians and Venusians were able to solve such relationship-linked problems because they could recognize that they were different. One of the secrets of their success was good communication. According to the article, they could communicate well because, interestingly, they spoke different languages.


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Do you agree that men and women seldom mean the same things even when they use the same words? Are there any examples in the article that may support your point of view?

Yes, I agree. Male speakers are more direct, and female speakers are more indirect or tactful. For instance, when a woman says, I feel like you never listen. she does not expect the word never to be taken literally. Using the word never is just a way of expressing the frustration she is feeling at the moment. It is not to be taken as if it were factual information.


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Communication Between Martians and Venusians (Para. 13)

The author here skillfully applies analogue ()into the communication problem between men and women.

1) When they had problems,they would just go to a translator

for assistance.

2) When there was a conflict they didnt start judging or

fighting but insteadpulled out their phrase dictionaries to

understand each other more fully.

Communication Between Men and Women (Para. 49)

For example, if a woman says, I feel like you never listen, never is just a way of expressing the frustration she is feeling at the moment.

1. One of the secrets of success in dealing with relationship is

the good communication between Martians and Venusians.

(Para. 1)

2. How did they communicate well though they spoke different

languages? (Para. 2)

3. People from Mars and people from Venus experienced a

trust and acceptance that we rarely experience today. (Para.3)

1. Men and women seldom mean the same things even when

they use the same words. ( Para. 4)

2. Ten common complaints that are easily misinterpreted.

(Para. 59)


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that

  • So when communication problems emerged, they assumed it was just one of those expected misunderstandings and that with a little assistance they would surely understand each other. (Line 14)

assume it was just one of those expected misunderstandings, that with a little assistance they would surely understand each other


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  • So when communication problems emerged, they assumed it was just one of those expected misunderstandings and that with a little assistance they would surely understand each other. (Line 14)


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  • It is not to be taken as if it were factual information. (Line 22)

as if


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a) Why is she looking at me as if she knew me?

b) He behaves as if he owned the house.


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1)

  • He stood there looking at me and laughing, as ifto fool me was the best joke in the world.

  • Mr. Coleman always talked as if he knew everything.

  • ,

They talked as if they had been friends for years.


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a) It was as if he had lost his last friend.

  • I remember, she tells her children now, how wild her white hair lookedas if it had been electrified.


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  • as if

a) She looks as if she had seen a ghost.

  • He talks about Rome as if he had been there himself.


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He walks as if he is drunk.

He walks as if he were drunk.

  • as if

    feel,

    look,seem, smell, sound, taste


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  • It is not to be taken as if it were factual information. (Line 22)


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  • A mans literal translation of I dont feel heard leads him to take the womans complaint lightly. (Line 47)

take sth. lightly/seriously

/


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UN urges financial institutions to take water scarcity more seriously.

,

At a time when half of the world is suffering from starvation, poor health and a deplorably low standard of living we simply cannot take lightly the population problem.


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  • A mans literal translation of I dont feel heard leads him to take the womans complaint lightly. (Line 47)


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1.encounter( Line 1, Para. 1)

vt. find oneself faced by (danger, difficulties, etc.), meet

(an enemy or enemies); meet unexpectedly (a friend, etc.)

Describe your process of pursuing success.

Encountering difficulties in the process of pursuing success is quite normal.

That Muslim ______________________________________ on his way to Mecca to make a pilgrimage.

was encountered with an old friend from China


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n. sudden or unexpected (esp. hostile) meeting (with)

with

An encounter with a branch of Al-Qaeda

___________________________________ resulted in a serious injury in the American soldiers left arm.


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2.assistance(Line 6, Para. 2)

n. help; aid

Can I be of any assistance to you?

Chinese government is prepared to ___________________ to that quake-stricken African country.

give financial assistance

is of great assistance for

The identity of world champion _____________________

Liu Guoliang to become one of the youngest head coaches

of Chinese national table tennis team.


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assist

= help

He is willing to assist those children from the single-parent families to go back to school.


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aid, assistancehelp

  • aid

e.g.

He is willing to go to the aid of those ill-fated people.

  • assistance

    assistance

  • help assistance aid

    help

e.g.

He has already given us a lot of help.


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3.conflict(Line 8, Para. 2)

n. 1) fight; struggle; quarrel

This is a serious dispute, and could lead to armed conflict.

There is a growing conflict of interest between her position as a politician and her business activities.


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2) (of opinion, desires, etc.) opposition; difference

vi. be in opposition or disagreement

His statement was apparently in conflictwith other evidence.

Their account of the road accident conflictswith ours.


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4.pull out(Line 8, Para.2)

1) take something out of a bag, pocket, or cupboard

pulled out all

That disarming young man ______________

____________________ to show to the two

strangers in the same carriage. (Adapted from

Feng Xiaogangs 2005 new year movie A

World Without Thieves)

his money from his bag

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2) use force to take something from where it is

fixed or held

Youd better have that bad tooth pulled out tomorrow.

Pulling outthe lid of that bottle needs great strength.


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5.emerge(Line 14, Para. 3)

vi. 1) come into view; appear

from

2) (of facts, ideas) appear; become known

The sun emerged from behind the clouds.

(interrogation)

That fact that he was just the murderer emerged from theinterrogation.

No new ideas emerged during the discussion.


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appearemerge

  • emerge from

    appear seem


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  • That man _______ to be your partner but Im investigating if he really is.

  • Eventually the truth of the matter ________.

  • A smile ________ on his face.

  • Quite a few successful businessmen _________ from poor families.

appear emerge

appears

emerged

appeared

emerged


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6.assume(Line 14, Para. 3)

vt. 1) believe something is true without definite proof

, ,

American national basketball team is not as unconquerable as you assumed it to be.

Let us first assume his statement to be believable.


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2) take up; undertake

assumption

assumes a leading position

Her father ______________________ in that state-owned enterprise.

You should ________________________ of what you have done.

assume all the responsibilities


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assume,guess,imaginesuppose

  • suppose (vt.)

    to be,

1) I suppose (that) well meet him at that hotel.

2) Few people supposed that young man (to be) innocent.

3) His brother was supposed to have already left for England.


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  • suppose guess (vt./vi.)

    guess

    answer, riddle, thought

1)Can you guess my age?

2) Guess what I am doing.

3) The little girl guessed the right answer immediately.

  • imagine (vt.)


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1)Can you imagine her becoming a famous hostess of CCTV?

2) You cannot imagine how happy I was to know that my

daughter was still alive.

  • assume (vt.)

    that

e.g. She assumes that you always get up at the same time.


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  • I failed to ________ her thought.

  • They are _________ to arrive on the six oclock

    passenger train from London.

  • He said he could _________ the scene clearly in his mind.

  • That young man _________ the girl to be a warm-hearted

    traveler, but she was in fact a thief.

  • It might be safely _________ that there are nocreatures on

    the moon.

assume, guess, imagine suppose

guess

supposed

imagine

supposed

assumed


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7. exaggerate(Line 23, Para. 5)

v. say something is better, worse or more important

than it really is

The significance of that commercial performance ___________________________.

has been obviously exaggerated

The deadly earthquake and tsunami breaking out in Southeast Asia in December 2004 was so serious that the final death toll _______________________ at first.

sounded a bit exaggerating

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8.ignore(Line 32, Para. 5)

vt. take no notice of, refuse to pay attention to

People all over the world should not ignore severe water shortage problems.

I said hello to her, but she ignored me completely.

A good driver never ignores a red light.


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9.convey(Line 42, Para. 6)

v. 1) communicate information or a message

I will have to convey that bad news to him.

conveyed their

The leaders of the local government _____________

_______________ to the relatives of that sacrificial

fireman.

deepest sympathy


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2) transport or carry

Those trucks had secretly conveyed weapons to the local anti-US forces.

A bus conveyed the passengers from the city to the airport.


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10.on the verge of(Line 53, Para. 9)

very close to, on the border of

on the verge

Her husbands death almost pushed her ___________

___________________.

of emotional collapse

()

Zhao Benshans humorous performance even made his serious-looking father _____________________.

on the verge of laughing

()

Famous singer Kris Phillips is _________________. (50)

on the verge of fifty


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go to sb. for assistance / help

Speech is a means of conveying information.

I dont feel heard.

to take his words lightly

They are on the verge of arguing.


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