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Head over Heels - Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skaters Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue

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Head over Heels - Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skaters Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue English, baby! Video Lesson
坠入爱河 — 冬奥会金牌得主花滑运动员赵宏博和申雪

Date: Mar 12 2010

Themes: Celebrity, Romance, Sports

Grammar: Simple Present Tense

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There is an English expression, “Love works in mysterious ways.” It means that you never know when you are going to fall in love, or how, or with whom.

Chinese pair figure skaters Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue, who just won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics, had been skating together for 15 years before they got engaged in 2007. When you see them together now, it’s clear that they are head over heels in love with each other. But did they always know that they were meant to be? Or did love develop between them over time, as they bonded on the rink?

Jason recently talked with Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue about what it means to be head over heels. Find out how these incredible athletes fell in love.

英语中有一句话是“Love works in mysterious ways.”。意思是,你永远不知道自己会何时或者如何坠入爱河,不知道会与谁互诉衷情。
2010 年温哥华冬奥会冠军得主中国花样滑冰双人滑运动员赵宏博和申雪于 2007 年喜结连理,结婚前,他们在一起参加花滑训练和比赛长达 15 年之久。
看他们俩人现在出双入对的样子,毫无疑问,他们已经坠入爱河。但是,他们是否早就知道会走到今天这一步?或者他们因为成为冰场搭档而日久生情?
赵宏博和申雪接受了詹森的采访,谈论了坠入爱河究竟意味着什么。让我们来了解这对传奇式冰坛情侣是如何坠入爱河的。

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Jason

Jason

Hongbo

Hongbo

Xue

Xue

Xue:  Hi, everybody. I’m Xue.

Hongbo:  Hi. I’m Hongbo. We are head over heels.

Jason:  When you are head over heels in love, it means you are completely and totally in love. After skating together for more than fifteen years, Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue realized that they were head over heels in love with each other.

Jason:  They just won the gold medal in figure skating, and they also got married a little over a year ago. And we’re gonna talk to them about what it means to be head over heels in love.

Jason:  Where did you guys learn English?

Hongbo:  In school, but not too much. Yeah. Not good enough.

Jason:  And so, when did you realize that you were in love?

Xue:  In 2007.

Jason:  Oh, OK.

Hongbo:  I’m in love in 2007.

Xue:  We have been together for many years and the love developed slowly.

Jason:  It was their first Olympics as a married couple and they came in first place. But Zhao Hongbo explains that winning the gold wasn’t as important as competing one final time with his wife. It’s clear that he’s head over heels.

Hongbo:  We knew even if we didn’t get the gold medal, we would still be very happy to experience this Winter Olympics.

Jason:  We just learned from Shen Xue that being head over heels means to be in love, and that she and her husband, Zhao Hongbo, fell in love slowly, over time. There wasn’t a moment when they thought suddenly, “Wow. I’m head over heels.” It happened over a period of years and now they’re married. This is English, baby!

 

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When you fall head over heels in love with someone, you fall really deeply in love. It’s like your love is so strong that it makes you fall over and tumble upside down. It is a powerful, exciting, and overwhelming experience.

Sometimes people fall head over heels in love right away. But for Olympic gold medal figure skaters Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue of China, love developed gradually. They skated together for 15 years before they got engaged in 2007. They have now been married for one year. Zhao Hongbo says it was very special to skate in the Olympics with his wife.

Have you ever been head over heels in love with someone? Do you think love usually develops slowly, or does it happen very quickly?

 

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happyLinda

happyLinda

China

love e—baby

05:28 AM Jan 06 2014 |

heshang

heshang

China

i think sometimes love develop slowly os a good thing

08:37 AM Apr 28 2012 |

654731361

654731361

China

love can develop quickly,
i believe

12:59 AM May 19 2011 |

654731361

654731361

China

love can develop quickly,
i believe

12:59 AM May 19 2011 |

654731361

654731361

China

love can develop quickly,
i believe

12:58 AM May 19 2011 |

ammycruise

United States

ya, this can be used both in terms of adjective phrase and adverb phrase.

 

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10:36 AM Apr 14 2011 |

Honey-pig

Honey-pig

China

It seems that "head over heels" can be used both in terms of adjective phrase and adverb phrase. Am i right?

11:04 PM Feb 09 2011 |

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andrespretty2

Colombia

No, I have not still found the person that do me to fall head over heels in love, but i will continue waiting for this person.

 

I think, love develops slowly, in my case, I want to know the personality of the girl, if she worthwhile. 

08:05 PM Dec 27 2010 |

sunyu922

China

I fell head over heels in love with my boyfirend over time.

10:05 PM Dec 19 2010 |

melamarc

melamarc

Philippines

i never yet inlove with someone so deeply that makes me tumble upside down. 

some peolpe believe in love at first sight, it is happen so quikly coz u just see the good side of him and his physical appearance how good looking he is.  but to the point that when you know him better from the start and accept how good and bad he was. but u just realize that your friendship are going further. You are truly inlove with him and no one can tear you apart.

05:55 PM Oct 25 2010 |

Jib_fbk

Jib_fbk

Thailand

I love this passage so much!

i love this pair of lovers

head over heels! i get it 

08:52 PM Oct 06 2010 |

Temka

Temka

Mongolia

I think love comes quickly develops slowly.I have never been head over heals in love with someone.Laughing

04:11 AM Jul 16 2010 |

Eydo

Eydo

Turkey

AND I THINK ZEINABOU IS RIGHT U CAN FEEL IT FROM THE BOTTOM TO HEAD TOO OR VISEVERSA:))) WE SAY THE SMILIAR SAYING AS; "SOAKING LOVER"

11:52 PM Jul 07 2010 |

Eydo

Eydo

Turkey

sorry for miss spelling of "take care" as; tace care:((( love is love for all ages:)))

11:42 PM Jul 07 2010 |

Eydo

Eydo

Turkey

I think the love happens quicly and develops slowely:))))and sometimes it doesnot tace care about the age even if you are at 80:)))))Smile

11:40 PM Jul 07 2010 |

zeinabou

zeinabou

Egypt

It would be more convenient to say heels over head :}}}}}}}}}}

09:59 AM Jul 01 2010 |

Deborah Atanda

Nigeria

Happy love life

06:54 AM Jun 02 2010 |

Deborah Atanda

Nigeria

Happy love life

06:54 AM Jun 02 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Yeah of course :) To fall in love with someone is amazing and painful too…

I have already experienced both cases it is really cool ;)

12:56 PM Mar 30 2010 |

yujiabear

yujiabear

China

happy ending!

07:14 PM Mar 20 2010 |

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