Podcast 14 No Thanksgiving For The British
Last Thursday was Thanksgiving.
You probably noticed.
Last Friday was black Friday. You know, the crazy weekend of shopping deals and discounts that occurs over the holiday weekend.
Not forgetting Cyber Monday, which is like Black Friday, but online. And on a Monday!
Do you know which country these traditions come from?
The good, old US of A of course!
Thanksgiving I’ve known about for a while. The UK and France recently copied Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Even though Thanksgiving is an American tradition, in France, people often ask me – do you celebrate thanksgiving?
The answer if of course a big, fat no!
And my reaction is – you clearly have no idea what thanksgiving is about. If you did, then you wouldn’t be asking me!
So, I thought this particular topic deserved a quick podcast to clear up the confusion.
You’ll never make the mistake of asking a British person if they celebrate thanksgiving again!
Huge disclaimer: I did actually celebrate thanksgiving last Saturday, but only because I have an American friend who organises a thanksgiving dinner every year! But, that still doesn’t make it a British holiday!
Before You Listen
Take a look at the wordcloud below.
Make a table with 3 columns. Put the words from the wordcloud into the columns.
When you’re done, it should look a bit like this.
|turkey||Pilgrim Fathers||New World|
|sweet potatoes||Puritans||Plymouth in the southwest of England|
|pumpkin pie||Indians||New England|
Listen again and make some more notes about
– Who celebrates thanksgiving
– The history of thanksgiving – who, what, when, where, why
Use the words from the table to help you.
As usual, I’ve picked out some sections for you to transcribe. Listen to them several times and write down what you hear. The answers are underneath. Good luck!
Podcast 14 Dictations
Dictation 1: So I was very happy to you know to celebrate, well basically the celebration is just eating all that food um, but yeah.
Dictation 2: but it didn’t actually become a national holiday until 1863.
Dictation 3: I don’t think it’s really a religious holiday nowadays. In any case when I researched a bit that’s yeah, it wasn’t really, it doesn’t really have a religious um, element anymore.
Over To You
Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode. I’d love to hear from you in the comments – did you know the Thanksgiving story? Did you celebrate Thanksgiving last week?
Subscribe To My Newsletter To Get Your Free Guide
Want to use your favourite movie or TV show to understand native English speakers when they talk fast? Download your free guide, Understand Movies in English.