English break, Lesson 11 : Thanksgiving

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Hello and welcome back to your 2-minute English Break.

It’s Harvest season in the US…

… and along comes Thanksgiving.

Ready to “gobble up” some American Culture?

Thanksgiving is an National American Holiday celebrated every year on the 4th Thursday of November. On this holiday, Americans “give thanks” for many things.

But, how did it all come about? What were the Americans so thankful for in the first place?

The first thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims and the Native Americans by getting together for a feast to celebrate and thank for the good harvest.

The pilgrims were a group of people who left England and sailed to the US in search of religious freedom. The Natives helped them by teaching them how to use the natural resources of the land.

Today, Americans still commemorate this first fruitful harvest by getting together with their families for big dinners, parades, football games and, of course, for saying what their thankful for.

For most Americans, it is a day spent cooking and the food is definitely “king”.

Let’s explore what it’s like to be at an American dinner table at this time of the year.

The star of the Thanksgiving meal is the turkey which is stuffedwith a bread-and-vegetable mixture and then roasted for hours in the Oven. Can you imagine the smell of celery, onion and herbs?

Two traditional side dishes are mashed potatoes and sweet potato casseroles.

And of course, a lot of sweets, the most popular being the Pumpkin pie.

Now that we know how to celebrate thanksgiving, let’s look into how to thank by learning a few functions:

Thank you so much

Thanks a bunch/ a million

Thank you, you really brightened up my day

I can’t really thank you enough

That’s so nice of you

You’re so kind to offer your help/umbrella/advice

You’re my hero/my saviour

You’re an angel

I appreciate your kindness

I’m grateful

I owe you one

What would I do without you?

You’re too kind

 

Now you’re up, what are you grateful for?

Additional exercise for more advanced students: Look up the words in bold in a monolingual dictionary, write the definitions down and come up with your own example sentences.

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