How do you prepare before going abroad?
- What is acceptable and what is inappropriate in a country where you want to travel to?
- What traditional festivals and events do you know there?
- Look at the picture below. Which traditions are surprising to you?
Key audio vocabulary
You are supposed to help around the house.
The same dress/outfit
Don’t eat right away, wait for the host
Traditions listening exercises
Listen. Dan is going to China for the first time. What customs does Sarah tell him about?
Complete the gaps:
Ok. Well, you’re supposed to __ __ your shoes before you enter someone’s home.
And when you visit someone’s home, it is the __ to bring a small gift.
But in China, if someone gives you a gift, you’re __ __ to open it right away.
English listening Customs Text doc
Listen and write the three extra sentences
What are you supposed to and not supposed to do at the events below? What could be polite or impolite to do?
- a birthday
- a wedding
- a business meeting
Learn more about Chinese and Japanese cultures with listening exercises!
- Do proverbs reflect the culture and traditions of nations? What foreign proverbs and sayings do you know?
- Are there traditions or festivals connected with paranormal phenomena in your culture?
- What superstitious and unusual festivals or traditions do you know?
- Is there your favorite food connected with traditional holidays and festivals?
- What are the wedding traditions in your country?
Additional listening and reading about traditions and festivals
Hi everyone, I’m Gina. After Christmas the second biggest religious event of the year in the UK is Easter. Even for people who don’t celebrate Easter as a religious observance, it is an important time of the year. The date changes every year, but it always coincides with the start of spring. In this lesson you’re going to learn about Easter and how it is celebrated.
How many chocolate eggs are eaten in the UK at Easter? We’ll show you the answer at the end of this video. At Easter we give each other eggs. Eggs symbolize the resurrection, a new life of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion. When this tradition started, it was bird eggs painted in bright colors that were given. Now we give chocolate eggs to each other and especially to children that often have even more chocolate inside. A popular activity at Easter is to hold an Easter egg hunt. Small eggs are given in an area usually a garden or public place such as a school and then people try to find them. The eggs can be real eggs that have been hard-boiled and painted or small chocolate eggs. Schools will hold many events and competitions related to Easter and one of the most famous is the Easter Bonnet Parade. For this, hats are decorated with Easter related decorations such as eggs chicks and rabbits. There are egg rolling competitions, where hard-boiled eggs are rolled down a slide or a hill and the egg that travels the furthest without breaking apart wins. Also, there are egg decorating competitions.
At Christmas it has Santa Claus that brings the presents but at Easter it is the Easter Bunny that brings the eggs. Chocolate figures in the shape of bunnies are popular gifts at Easter, alongside the traditional eggs. And now I’ll give you the answer to the earlier quiz. How many chocolate eggs are eaten in the UK at Easter? Around 80 million eggs are eaten by Brits at Easter. This is particularly impressive for a country that has a population of only 63 million people. How was this lesson? Did you learn something interesting? Do you have any games similar to the ones I spoke about
in your country? Leave us a comment at English class 101.com and we’ll see you in the next lesson bye.
Key vocabulary Traditions and holidays
|What is acceptable and what is inappropriate in your country?|
|You are supposed to take off your shoes before you enter someone’s home.|
|It is the custom to bring a small gift.|
|the second biggest religious event of the year|
|Easter as a religious observance|
|Eggs symbolize the resurrection|
|A popular activity at Easter is to hold an Easter egg hunt.|
|Schools will hold many events and competitions related to Easter|
|hats are decorated with Easter related decorations|