My Best Friend, Rory GILMORE

The series has two protagonists: witty “thirty-something” mother Lorelai Gilmore and her intellectual teenage daughter Rory. Their backstory is established early in the show: Lorelai grew up in Hartford with her old moneyparents, Richard and Emily, but always felt stifled by this environment. She accidentally became pregnant at age sixteen and left home a year later to raise Rory in the close-knit town of Stars Hollow. Lorelai found work and shelter at the Independence Inn, where she eventually progressed from maid to executive manager. Lorelai and Rory develop a very close relationship, living like best friends, and Lorelai is proud of the independent life she has formed away from her parents. In the pilot episode, she is forced to go to them when Rory is admitted to Chilton Preparatory School, but she cannot afford the tuition fees. Emily and Richard agree to provide a loan, so long as the girls join them every Friday night for dinner. This sets up the show’s primary conflict, as the Gilmores are forced to face their differences and complicated past. The contrasting mother–daughter relationships of Emily–Lorelai and Lorelai–Rory become a defining theme of the show. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has summarized the core of Gilmore Girls:

“I think the theme was always family and connection. I always felt like the underlying thing about Gilmore was that, if you happened to be born into a family that doesn’t really understand you, go out and make your own. That’s what Lorelai did. She went out and she made her own family. The ironic twist in her life is that then this daughter that she created this half family for, likes the family that she left. It was a cycle of crazy family.”

The series also focuses on both girls’ ambition: Rory to attend an Ivy League college and become a journalist, and Lorelai to open an inn with her best friend Sookie St. James. The romantic relationships of the protagonists are another key feature; throughout the series Lorelai has a “will-they-won’t-they” dynamic with her friend, local diner owner Luke Danes, while also harboring unresolved feelings for Rory’s father, Christopher Hayden. Rory has three boyfriends during the run of the show – local boy Dean Forrester, mysterious, well read bad boy Jess Mariano, and wealthy charismatic Logan Huntzberger. The quirky townspeople of Stars Hollow are a constant presence. Along with series-long and season-long arcs, Gilmore Girls is also episodic in nature, with mini-plots within each episode – such as a town festival, an issue at Lorelai’s inn, or a school project of Rory’s.

Source: Wikipedia

It’s a Mother-Daughter thing…

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This show aired in October 2000 and I remember watching it when I was 15-16 years old. Rory Gilmore became my best friend at first sight. If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll probably think that I hate western series and movies, but that’s not the case. I used to love a lot of movies and shows and I will be writing about it more and more. You will then understand where I’m heading at, starting with Rory G.

Rory is a 16 year-old girl who lives with a mother and barely knows her father. She is very smart, she loves to read, she studies very hard to fulfill her dream which is studying at Harvard after finishing High School. She has a strong relationship with her mother, she trusts her, she’s her best friend.Well, when I watched the first episode, I felt I had so much in common with her. I also grew up with my mom, without a father and few friends. I was very smart, shy, I had (and still have) a strong relationship. I was literally seeing my own life on TV. Thanks to Rory, I started reading and dreaming of having my own dream to follow and work hard for. I admired her steadiness and sometimes envied her stable life. She didn’t have any major problems and she would always stay focused on her dream not matter what. When she fell in love for the first time, then broke up, I was as devastated as she was, I could feel every emotions and sometimes wished I was there with her to ease the pain. I had never felt so connected to anyone like I was with Rory Gilmore. This is the kind of show I really loved to watch from Hollywood even though they also paved the way for teenage sex (Rory did her first time with her ex-boyfriend who happened to be married at the time, but thank God she was already 18 and studying at Yale University), it was less obvious than today.

After all that’s been said, I recommend this show to anyone who’s looking for an inspiring role model especially if you have a teenage daughter. I love this show so much that I usually watch the 7 seasons every year, in September, when school is about to start. Actually, I think I will just buy the whole 7 seasons on the iTunes Store and watch it on my iPad, in English of course.

 

Because I met you 因为遇见你

Release date: 2017

Main lead: Sun Yi (Zhang Guo Guo), Deng Lun (Li Yun Kai), Wu You (Zhang Yu Xin), Dai Chao (Li Yun Zhe)

Zhang Guo Guo grew up in a Wonton shop and is also the food-delivery girl for the town. Although she did not receive high education, she is loved by her neighborhood because of her enthusiastic and sincere personality. But what people don’t know is that Guo Guo is actually a famous embroidery workshop boss‘s daughter, and an accident caused her to grow up in the small town. 

Guo Guo has a unique talent when it comes to embroidery. Guo Guo is very grateful for Wang Aiyu for raising her, so she views Wang Ai Yu’s biological daughter, Zhang Yu Xin, as her own family. On the road to pursuing their dreams, the two girls meet brothers Li Yun Kai and Li Yun Zhe, and love blossoms.

Source: DramaList

My comment?

Another beautiful drama seen in 2017… I’ve already watched it twice and I might start to watch it again after writing this article… Even though it’s the typical drama story, everything was perfectly said and done, I have no major comments except that I met another great actor Deng Lun, who has been particularly popular this year with several dramas. I mentioned him in the post about “Ode to Joy”, in which he played in 2016.

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I also got to meet Sun Yi playing Zhang Guo Guo. She is extremely beautiful, I mean they’re all beautiful but she has a special beauty, she’s like no other (cf photo). I think she’s a newbie because usually when I really like an actress, I look for her previous dramas and I found none when it comes to her so let’s see if she’ll have more opportunities in the future.

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She has a strong connection with Deng Lun as they act as childhood sweethearts. The story is truly moving, I was crying at times especially when she’s rejected by her stepsister and when her foster mother never shows her any affection. One thing we can say is that she learned it the hard way and that’s why she later becomes a successful and beautiful woman; she’s humble despite the fact that she is actually from a wealthy family. I really admire this type of person whether in dramas or in real life, people with this kind of character and energy really tend to impress me. In fact, I’m not impressed by money, luxury whatsoever, and it’s a pity that people nowadays only pretend to be somebody else. Anyway, I will award a 100 points to this drama and I highly recommend it to anybody who needs to learn more about what’s truly important in Life.

iChinese

Bonjour à vous !

J’espère que vous avancez bien dans l’apprentissage de vos langues respectives. En ce qui me concerne, c’est l’extase totale parce que je viens de finir de préparer l’examen écrit du HSK 3, je vais pouvoir me concentrer sur le perfectionnement de mon écriture et aussi préparer l’examen oral HSKK niveau 1.

Pour se faire, j’aimerais aujourd’hui vous présenter une application très efficace pour vous entraîner et vous mettre en situation d’examen du HSK. Cette application s’appelle iChinese. En effet, quand je me suis inscrite l’année dernière pour passer les niveaux HSK 1 et HSK 2, le centre d’examen de Paris m’a envoyé le lien de l’application par mail. C’était une excellente idée et à force de m’entraîner, j’avais pu avoir 199/200 points au niveau HSK 2(cf photo). Pour le HSK 3 qui est sur 300 points, j’aimerais obtenir le maximum de points.

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iChinese nous donne l’opportunité de nous inscrire à des mock-exams avec les mêmes exigences que l’examen officiel, dont les questions tirées des différentes leçons du niveau, les mots de la liste du niveau à connaître par coeur, la durée. Vous passez l’examen et à la fin vous avez les résultats avec les points détaillés selon l’exercice (reading, listening, writing). Avant tout il vous faut ouvrir un compte, enfin comme toutes les applications de nos jours. En ce qui concerne celle-ci, je pense qu’il faut recevoir une invitation du centre mais bon vous pouvez toujours essayer. Quoiqu’il en soit, si vous êtes sur le point de passer cet examen, vous allez certainement recevoir ce lien.

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En tout cas, je suis plus que satisfaite de l’application et la recommande à 200% à tous ceux qui apprennent le chinois et ce à n’importe quel niveau. J’ai pu me tester dès que j’ai terminé d’étudier le niveau 3 et le résultat est:

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Je pense que mon objectif est atteint, il ne reste plus qu’à être prête pour l’oral parce que ce n’est pas tout de comprendre, lire et écrire, il faut aussi parler. Mais pour cette partie, j’ai les dramas/films, les Podcasts et les applis, croyez-moi ça fonctionne très bien. JE vais m’enregistrer à l’aide de mon dictaphone et je posterai un fichier audio de moi parlant en chinois, ça sera un exercice très intéressant!

Did the movie Pretty Woman pave the way for the “sugar daddies” of our time ?

Before I start talking about the main subject in this new article, I would like to point out that I’m trying to raise awareness about how some ideas are being implemented in our minds or in the minds of our children. Actually I’m a young adult who will turn 27 this year and because of my experience of going through so much at a young age, I want these things to be out and I don’t want to hear anyone tell me “oh, it’s okay, you know, that’s just the way it is“, NO, it’s not. I wish I had someone back then to teach me those things. Anyway, most of the time I will use movies I’ve been watching as an example. In today’s article, I will focus on Pretty Woman, famous movie released in the early 90’s about a billionaire who end up falling in love with a prostitute.

Let’s have our first Critical Thinking…

I remember when I first saw this movie I thought to myself: why would I take this woman as an example? I mean there’s nothing to be proud about being a prostitute, these women are having a really hard time out there, and instead of helping them, raise awareness and protect them, this society is making money out of their misery… what was the true purpose of this movie?

Then… the sugar daddies started to become popular (or sugar mommies). At first you might think it’s nothing, but then you start to realize that these men and women are just disgusting pedophiles with pervy minds who just want to take advantage of young girls or young boys who are struggling to make ends meet…

Nowadays, you can find these kinds of movies anywhere which includes babysitters having sexual intercourses with the kids’dad for money or gifts and more. I used to watch a lot of them because I thought something was off, but I didn’t know what it was. Now, it’s obvious that they are trying to force this on us subconsciously so that when time comes with a Law, we won’t be able to do anything about it, just like some other Laws which are forced on us. 

What’s the impact in 2018?

Well, You know what they say: “(the love of) Money is the root of all evil” and 2018 (since 2007) has shown and continue to show us that some people are willing to do absolutely anything to become rich and famous.

Today, it’s particularly difficult to have a decent life when you have a child, bills to pay even more for us students. Some of us may have our parents to support us, but for those who are completely depending on themselves, life becomes unbearable. And why is that? Because we live in a consumption society and all the advertising is driving people crazy. They want new clothes, new shoes, new phones, computers, tablets etc, and if you’re not part of it you are stigmatized by everybody around you which oftentimes leads to depression, anxiety and let’s go as far as to add that some people even commit suicide because they can’t take it anymore… 

Following these situations, some young students started to look for new ways to get more money and live comfortably, like having a SUGAR DADDY. Let’s read a definition from the Urban dictionary: A Sugar Daddy is a boyfriend who comes with financial benefits. Sugar benefactors can help to cover tuition, bills, and frequently enjoy bestowing gifts upon their partners. Sugar Daddies exist on three levels. The Splenda Daddy is on the lowest end. He promises to shower a partner with cash and gifts, but often is limited by his income. Next is the Sugar Daddy who has a budgeted amount of sugar funds that he allocates to his sugar partner on a weekly or monthly basis. Last is a Honey Daddy who is the cream of the crop. His income has no bounds, and he can easily support multiple sugar partners. According to this definition, isn’t it a sort of “new age” prostitution? I think so and it would be either hypocritical or delusional to think otherwise. There is a major influence and we all dream at times of having our very own Edward Lewis. Moreover, this Society is pushing it with huge marketing campaigns, you can find Apps or websites promoting these kinds of relationships. A new kind of social platform where you sign in and you can choose the kind of men you want to date. You can find many profiles and have access to the man’s CV and yearly income. And trust me, it works! These platforms are very popular. I remember one day when I was randomly watching the news on TV, they did a little documentary presenting a man with his girlfriend, she was 22 and he was 55. They were very comfortable and open about sharing their story with us. He was paying for her school tuition, giving her money for her bills, plus gifts and in exchange she was available for him whenever, wherever. A second guest, and this one was a young boy about the same age, he was making around 1,000 euros. He had an allowance given to him by his parents but thought it wasn’t sufficient enough to meet his needs. 

Are people becoming more and more greedy? I think so too… It certainly because we are constantly comparing ourselves to others, we are not grateful for our lives. We want more and we want it NOW. Patience and hard work have become dull, we all choose the easy way out of our economic misery. I’m not trying to judge, I’m just saying that we should be aware of what kind of messages this Society is trying to convey through these movies. I will continue with another article entitled “How does the Entertainment Industry manage to shape our behavior using non-rational persuasion?” on the same subject.

Física o Química

Dans cette série, le téléspectateur assiste au quotidien d’un lycée espagnol, le lycée Zurbarán, selon le point de vue de jeunes enseignants. Les appréhensions des personnages principaux au sujet de leur nouveau travail d’éducateurs, les conflits et interactions entre les professeurs et leurs élèves, ainsi que les premières amours des étudiants sont décrits au cours des épisodes de cette série.

(Source:Wikipedia)

Un paso adelante

The show focuses on the professors and the students of “Carmen Arranz”, one of the most prestigious art schools in Spain. The school is located in Madrid. The story follows Lola, Pedro, Rober, Jero, Ingrid, Silvia and Marta. They want to be successful singers, dancers and actors but they learn as they go along that the path to fame is not an easy one.

(Source:Wikipedia)

Trad. Version ES>FR

Hola amigos !

Para este post de hoy, voy a traducir del español al francés, un articulo del periódico español El Pais. Se trata de la próxima junta que tendrá lugar entre el presidente surcoreano Moon Jae-in y el del norte, Kim Jong-un. El articulo se titula “Kim y Moon se reunirán en Pyongyang entre el 18 y el 20 de septiembre” y data del 6 de septiembre. Pueden leer el articulo original en español haciendo clic aquí.

 

Traducción

 

Réunion de Kim et Moon à Pyongyang entre le 18 et le 20 septembre/Kim et Moon se réuniront à Pyongyang entre le 18 et le 20 septembre. (deux choix possibles)

Le leader nord-coréen “maintien son engagement en faveur de la dénucléarisation”, assure l’agence de presse nord-coréenne.

Les 18 et 20 septembre sont les dates qui ont été choisies pour le troisième sommet coréen durant lequel le leader du Nord, Kim Jong-un et le président du Sud, Moon-Jae-in se retrouveront face à face pour la troisième fois cette année. L’objectif est de relancer le processus de normalisation dans la péninsule; processus menacé par les désaccords grandissants/par le ton qui monte entre Pyongyang et la Maison Blanche.

La date tant attendue a été annoncée ce jeudi à Séoul par le conseiller sud-coréen à la Sécurité Nationale, Chung Eui-yong, après qu’une délégation du sud dirigée par lui-même, s’est rendue à Pyongyang ce mercredi pour une réunion avec Kim.

L’annonce a été faite quelques jours seulement avant que le régime nord-coréen ne célèbre son 70ème anniversaire ce dimanche avec un grand défilé militaire et en grande pompe. Ce défilé inclura également la célébration des “jeux massifs”, un spectacle de gymnastique auquel participent des dizaines de milliers de personnes. Le président chinois Xi Jinping enverra comme émissaire son “numéro trois”, Li Zhanshu, en tant que représentant de la Chine.

Selon Chung, le sommet coréen sera centré sur l’examination de décisions concrètes devant être prises pour arriver à une dénucléarisation de la péninsule. Kim a assuré et réaffirmé son engagement dans ce sens. L’agence de presse nord-coréenne a également répété que les deux Corées doivent accroître leurs efforts pour atteindre cet objectif, a assuré Kim, selon la même source. Un objectif pour lequel les deux pays ont exprimé leur engagement, mais chaque partie ne l’entend pas de la même façon. Pour Pyongyang, cela implique que les Etats-Unis retirent leur bouclier nucléaire qui protège le sud et menace le nord; une chose que le sud a du mal à accepter du moins jusqu’à ce que son voisin ne se débarrasse entièrement de son arsenal nucléaire.

Après le sommet historique qui avait réuni Trump et Kim à Singapour en juin, le premier entre les deux leaders, le processus se retrouve actuellement au point mort. La Corée du Nord exige que les Etats-Unis posent des actes concrets en réponse à ceux de Pyongyang. Le régime de la famille Kim a annoncé ce printemps, l’arrêt de ses essais de missiles et le démantèlement de son centre d’essais nucléaires, et estime que Washington n’a fait preuve d’aucun geste similaire. Selon Chung, le leader nord-coréen a fait savoir que la suspension des essais de missiles à longue portée sera permanente car la base qui était utilisée à cet effet à Tongchang-ri, a été démantelé. Il a également “exprimé sa frustration parce que le monde ne reconnaît pas ses marques de bonne volonté”.

Les Etats-Unis esquivent la question par l’assouplissement des sanctions internationales et considèrent que Pyongyang n’avance pas assez rapidement dans le processus de désarmement. Le mois dernier, Trump a annulé le voyage de son secrétaire d’état Mike Pompeo à la capitale nord-coréenne, et ce à la dernière minute; la raison étant que Pyongyang n’avait pas fait de gestes significatifs.

Le haut responsable sud-coréen a exclu une réunion trilatérale entre les deux Corées et les Etats-Unis en marge de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies à New York à la fin du mois de septembre, comme l’avait prédit certains experts. Les conditions, a-t-il soutenu, ne sont pour le moment pas favorables à une rencontre de ce type/de la sorte.

Avant le sommet de Pyongyang, de hauts fonctionnaires des deux Corées se réuniront la semaine prochaine pour discuter des détails concernant la sécurité, la communication et la couverture médiatique, a souligné Mr Chung.