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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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Xue

Xue

Hongbo

Hongbo

Jason

Jason

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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Romio79

Romio79

Russian Federation

You can fall in love slowly and you can fall in love quickly. According to my experiance it can be both.

04:45 PM Feb 28 2010 |

Damian.

Damian.

China

 

 下一届还上吗?

08:59 AM Feb 28 2010 |

Vivian83

Vivian83

Taiwan

It sounds wonderful to be head over heels in love. Embarassed

12:33 AM Feb 28 2010 |

qq_baby

qq_babySuper Member!

Taiwan

i hope I can be head over heels in love with someone like Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue are! <3

08:01 AM Feb 27 2010 |

warrior13

warrior13

Syrian Arab Republic

when u r happy for no reason ,when u r sad for no reason ,when u try to fly ,swim ,walk , song , like to tolk to every body ,have desire ti luagh or cry

that'ss means   u r head over heels   in love     !!!!!!!

07:07 AM Feb 27 2010 |

kenny1990313

China

They have been skateing for such a long time. It's no doubt that they will head over hells for each other for time is the best thing which develops a romantic story!

03:13 AM Feb 27 2010 |

lovelygurl

lovelygurl

Saudi Arabia

yes,, love develops slowly but when you know that you love someone that means you are completely head over heels in love  

10:48 PM Feb 26 2010 |

Dragon25

Dragon25

China

maybe i have been head over heels with someone, but it seems this make her be in trouble. how should i deal with it? oh my god!

05:00 PM Feb 26 2010 |

Dragon25

Dragon25

China

what should i do now? sigh~ maybe i am right in the same situation, but how should i face it? sigh~

04:40 PM Feb 26 2010 |

nuna2300

nuna2300

Thailand

I am head over heel now.. It's happy and sad all time.

04:06 PM Feb 26 2010 |

Patricialli

Mexico

love works in a misterious ways ,so sometimes it develops slowly and sometimes it happen very quickly. and yes i fell head over heels ,once .Laughing

02:21 PM Feb 26 2010 |

jolefrancaisSuper Member!

France

when i was younger i fell head over heels many times but perhaps it's weird but whith my wife i haven't felt head over but it's more important that love develops slwoly.

 

11:10 AM Feb 26 2010 |

Sun Mi

Sun Mi

South Korea

Wow, They are real champion enjoying their field.  Laughing

09:30 AM Feb 26 2010 |

Sun Mi

Sun Mi

South Korea

Wow, They are real champion enjoying their field.  Laughing

09:29 AM Feb 26 2010 |

Sun Mi

Sun Mi

South Korea

Wow, They are real champion enjoying their field.  Laughing

09:29 AM Feb 26 2010 |

Sun Mi

Sun Mi

South Korea

Wow, They are real champion enjoying their field.  Laughing

09:29 AM Feb 26 2010 |

Sun Mi

Sun Mi

South Korea

Wow, They are real champion enjoying their field.  Laughing

09:29 AM Feb 26 2010 |

AgeStone

AgeStone

China

 they gained glory for china .we chinese all should pround of 'em

06:51 AM Feb 26 2010 |

magic1015

magic1015

China

 admiring your spirits !

06:41 AM Feb 26 2010 |

magic1015

magic1015

China

 admiring your spirits !

06:40 AM Feb 26 2010 |

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