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Topic : Ukrainian Man, Woman Tie Themselves Together to Get Closer
2021호 4면
 
TITLE : Ukrainian Man, Woman Tie Themselves Together to Get Closer

Ukrainian Man, Woman Tie Themselves Together to Get Closer
 


Ukrainian Man, Woman Tie Themselves Together to Get Closer

 

 

 

A Ukrainian couple who grew tired of arguing are trying to repair their relationship by tying their hands together for three months. 

 

Thirty-three-year-old Alexandr Kudlay and 28-year-old Viktoria Pustovitova began what they call their “experiment” on Valentine’s Day in February. Since that time they have gained thousands of followers on Instagram. They tied themselves together with handcuffs - a set of two metal rings that are joined together and locked around their wrists.

 

Kudlay recently told Reuters reporters, “In terms of physical comfort, with every day passing, we are getting used to it more and more. It gets easier.”

 

He came up with the idea after Pustovitova said she wanted to break up with him.

 

“We used to break up once or twice a week. When during another fight Vika once again said that we had to break up, I replied: ‘Then I will attach you to myself.’”

Pustovitova refused his idea at first. She hung up the telephone on him the first time he suggested it. But, after a while, she changed her mind. For nearly a month, neither of them has had any personal space. They do everything together, from food shopping to taking a break to smoke.
As for their relationship, “some tension has come up”, but the couple say they have found new ways of dealing with disagreements.

“Fights between us did not disappear, we still fight,” Kudlay said. “But when we approach a dead end and there is no understanding between us, we simply stop talking instead of packing up our things and walking away.

 

Public opinion about their decision has been a mix of praise, doubt, and curiosity.

 

Among the most important questions is how the couple goes to the toilet. The answer: The other has to wait outside with a hand remaining inside the bathroom. They take turns showering.

 

 

Source: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/

 

Comprehension

What did a Ukrainian couple do?
Why did they tie their hands together?
When did they begin this "experiment"?
Why did Alexandr Kudlay come up with this idea?
What was the first reaction of Pustovitova about his idea?
What's the public opinion regarding about their decision?

Discussion

What do you think about this article?
What do you think about this couple's experiment?
What are the pros and cons of this idea?
How do you avoid arguments with your love ones?
What's the best way to resolve disagreement?
What are the ways to lessen the tension in our relationship?
What advise can you give this couple on how to repair their relationship?

Vocabulary

comfort a state in which you do not have bad feelings, pain or extreme conditions
reply – to say, write, or do something as an answer or response
tension – a state in which people, groups, countries, etc., disagree with and feel anger toward each other
curiosity – a desire to learn or know more about something or someone