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Learn Every Day American English: American Thanksgiving

Cassie Brenn, Creative Person

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Learn Every Day English

      1:33
    • 2. Monday Language in Action

      0:47
    • 3. Tuesday American Culture

      2:22
    • 4. Wednesday Idioms and Sayings

      0:31
    • 5. Thursday Study Tip

      2:27
    • 6. Friday Review

      3:14

About This Class

Welcome to Every Day English for the week of November 20, 2016

In this lesson you will learn about -

  • American Thanksgiving
  • The Contraction y’all
  • The saying  To Go Cold Turkey
  • plus how to expand your English vocabulary

In this class I present you with a lesson for every day of the work week.  Start by downloading and filling out the warm up exercise on the project resource page.  Then Spend a few minutes listening to the day's lesson and before you know it your English will improve.

My name is Cassie Brenn and I've worked with people trying to learn English in other countries.  One thing I've noticed is that sometimes students know all of the words and still don't understand the meaning.  Why is that?  I believe It's because language is deeply connected to culture.  And this is especially true of American English. So, if you did not grow up in the United States there is cultural information that you don't have that can make it harder to understand American English.    

In this series I will present you with short helpful lessons on things related to American culture and language.  I'll also include common sayings and idioms, grammar points and study tips.

Transcripts

1. Learn Every Day English: welcome to every day, English for the week of November 20th 2016. In this class, you will learn about American Thanksgiving, the contraction y'all, the saying to go cold turkey, plus how to expand your English vocabulary. In this class, I present you with a lesson for every day of the work week. Spend a few minutes listening to the day's lesson, and before you know it, your English will improve. My name is Cassie Bread, and I've worked with people trying to learn English and other countries. One thing I've noticed is that sometimes students know all the words and still don't understand the meaning. Why is that? I believe it's because language is deeply connected to culture, and this is especially true of American English. So if you did not grow up in the United States, there is a lot of cultural information that you don't have that can make it harder to understand. In this class, I hope to fill in that missing information and help make learning English more fun and productive. So if you're ready to make the connection between American culture and English, click and roll and let's get started 2. Monday Language in Action: Let's get started with language in action. AOL Let's talk about the word. Yeah, it's probably not a word you will want to use yourself, but you will hear it spoken in the US It's a contraction of the words you and all. It's used as a plural form of the second person pronoun you. You are more likely to hear y'all spoken by someone who has a Southern accent from one of the southern states of the US It's considered informal speech, and you will definitely hear it in everyday conversation Now that you know about y'all try to listen for and conversations and on TV shows notice when it's being used and by whom. 3. Tuesday American Culture: today. Let's learn about American culture This Thursday, November 24th 2016 is American Thanksgiving. It's a holiday celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday in November. Most schools and businesses will be closed for the day, and people will gather with their family and friends to share special meal, and also to give thanks for the good things in their life. The Thanksgiving meal typically consists of turkey, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top and for dessert. Pumpkin pie. The first Thanksgiving in the United States was held in 16 21 to celebrate the Pilgrim's first harvest in the New World. The Native Americans taught the pilgrims how to hunt and farm in this new land, helping them to survive, so they all gathered for a shared feast. That is why you will see pilgrims and Native American Indians used a symbols for the holiday. Other traditional activities include watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, which is held in New York City, includes celebrities riding on floats, giant helium balloons and performances from Broadway musicals. Another tradition is American football. Most Americans will watch the professionals play on TV, but some families like to go outside in their backyard and play a game. Thanksgiving also kicks off the beginning of the Christmas season. The day after the holiday is called Black Friday, which is the busiest shopping day of the year. Many stores have big sales, and people will go to the malls and fight the crowds to get some savings. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about American Thanksgiving. 4. Wednesday Idioms and Sayings: welcome to common sayings and idioms. This week's idiom is to go cold turkey. It means to stop something at once, not slowly reducing over time but stopping abruptly. It usually is associated with a bad habits, such as smoking or drinking. Example. Jones stop smoking by slowly reducing the number of cigarettes she smoked each day, but Bill quit smoking cold turkey. 5. Thursday Study Tip: and now for today's study tip. Here's one mistake I see ah lot with people trying to learn English when you want to expand your vocabulary. Ah, lot of people will subscribe to a word of the day newsletter or calendar, such as the one on dictionary dot com. The problem is, these words are not typical every day. English words. For example, today's November 11th Sward is Exumas. I was born in the United States, and I consider myself a typical American, and I have no idea what this word means. So the chances that you will hear me using this word in everyday conversation is zero. So what benefit do you get from studying this word to me? Not very much. There is a chance that it would come upon a standardized test, and if that is your goal to pass attacks who get into college or something like that, then it might be of benefit. But if your goal is to learn everyday conversational English, this won't help you. A better way to expand your vocabulary is to use the thesaurus, take a word that you already know and type it into the thesaurus and find synonyms are other words that mean the same or nearly the same. For example, let us go with the word holiday. So now we have a list of words that mean nearly the same thing or the same thing as holiday . So we have anniversary break, celebration, feast festival and so on. If you want to expand your vocabulary, a better use of your time would be studying synonyms and building off of the knowledge you already have. So forget about the word of the day in focus on that the Saurus. 6. Friday Review: and now it's time to review spent all week learning bite size lessons. So let's see what you've learned. On Monday, you learned about the contraction y'all. Now let's test your memory. Where is the word used the most in the United States? In the north, south, east or west? It's mostly used in the South. On Tuesday, you learned about Thanksgiving in the United States. One common tradition is to say something you're thankful for, such as I am thankful for all the students who have taken my class. Now it's your turn. What are you thankful for? Share it with us in the project gallery. Let's try something fun. Can you unscramble this sentence? Put the words in the correct order. Go ahead. Always. Did you get pumpkin pie is my favorite dessert or my favorite dessert is pumpkin pie. On Wednesday, you learn the saying to go cold turkey, which of these sentences uses that idiom correctly? Number one. I never wear a jacket when it's snowing because I like to go cold turkey to I can only have one piece of candy because I'm going cold Turkey. Three. Jim doesn't drink beer anymore because he quit cold turkey. Four. Mom says we should go cold turkey for dinner. If you said number three, you are correct. On Thursday, we talked about why using a word a day website is not the best way to expand your vocabulary. Instead, try using the thesaurus and build on words you already know. Try it with this sentence. Let's say you go to someone's house for dinner and you want to give them a compliment. So you say the food looks good. What are some other words you could use instead of good to describe the food? You could also say it looks yummy or appetizing or delicious. What else did you come up with? Add it to your project board, and that brings us back to Friday. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about American culture and how it connects to English . If you found this class helpful, please leave a review. Also feel free to leave any comments or suggestions on the community board. If there's enough interest in this class, I will make it into a Siri's. So let me know if you're interested. And if there are any topics related to American culture and language that you would like to learn about, thank you and I hope to see you again soon