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General Listening Quiz

“Holiday Traditions”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy holidays man and interviewees 01:32

Pre-Listening Exercise

Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day are some of the major holidays in the United States. From what you understand, how are these holidays celebrated (food, family activities, local celebrations, games and recreation, etc.)?


see eye to eye” = agree on this, have the same opinion
Even though we come from different countries, we see eye to eye on many different issues.”

stick out like a sore thumb” = very visible because something is different
If we don’t follow the traditions, language, and body language of the culture, our actions might stick out like a sore thumb.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Imagine an international exchange student is coming to live with you for a year. Talk about one holiday in your country, its meaning and significance, and what activities are held on that day. 

Online Investigation

What are the three most important holidays in your country? What are three Web sites in English that can explain these holidays to others? Use the Internet to find this information.

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