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welcome to speak English now podcast

with your host Georgiana the podcast

that will help you to speak English

fluently with no grammar and no

textbooks hi everyone and Merry

Christmas

I'm Georgiana founder of speak English

podcast.com my mission is to help you to

speak English fluently and confidently

in today's episode I'll talk about how

Americans celebrate Christmas and how I

used to enjoy Christmas when I was a kid

later you'll practice vocabulary and

above all you'll improve your spoken

English with a funny mini story awesome

let's get started in the US every 25th

of December people celebrate Christmas

in many unique ways because of its

multicultural nature the modern

commercialized Christmas began to emerge

in the 19th centuries with a new custom

of buying gifts for children many of the

Christmas holiday activities differ from

family to family it depends on the

cultural heritage of the family members

some of the customs are like the ones in

the UK France Italy Poland and Mexico a

typical celebration of Christmas in

America combines Irish Austrian polish

and Belgian traditions despite of the

variety of cultures most Americans agree

that Christmas is a family time for many

families Christmas is the one time of

the year when all family members come

together to eat drink and spend a great

time together the Christmas tree plays a

vital part in the holiday tradition

they became popular in the United States

in the 19th century sometimes families

collect ornaments for more than one

generation the Christmas trees are

always decorate

with lights and the more the better on

the morning of December 25th Christmas

gifts appear under the tree legend tells

that Santa Claus lands his reindeer and

sleigh on the roof and comes down the

chimney food plays an essential part in

the American Christmas American families

serve a variety of menus for Christmas

dinner

a standard Christmas dinner usually

includes turkey dressing potatoes gravy

cranberry sauce veggies salad and some

dessert even weeks before Christmas Day

many people decorate their homes and

gardens with lights Christmas trees and

much more that's why Christmas shopping

became vitally significant to some

retailers in fact Christmas has expanded

to a season of its own still Christmas

season is about far more than shopping

for many Americans it's a period of

general good wheel and an occasion for

charitable and volunteer work when I was

a kid I loved the idea of receiving

gifts for Christmas just like any other

kid but what I cherish the most was

spending time with my family my cousins

and I would spend all day singing

Christmas carols and eating plenty of

delicious food how about you tell me how

you celebrated Christmas when you were a

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let's move on to the next section here

I'll use the question and answer

technique this is the perfect lesson if

you want to speak English automatically

let's see how it works

I'll give you some information a phrase

or two I'll ask simple questions after

each question there will be some seconds

of silence it's your turn to

answer the question just try to give an

easy and short answer not a complex one

after you answer I'll give you a correct

answer this process will continue and

little by little I'll be telling you a

story using questions and answers last

year shopping for Christmas presents had

become too exhausting for granny did

shopping for Christmas become exhausting

for granny yes

shopping for Christmas became exhausting

for granny last year was granny excited

or exhausted

exhausted granny wasn't excited she was

exhausted granny thought that shopping

for presents was exciting right no no

granny didn't think that shopping for

presents was exciting she thought it was

exhausting who felt exhausted

granny or mommy

granny not mommy it was granny who felt

exhausted when did shopping become

exhausting for granny yesterday not

yesterday last year

shopping became exhausting for granny

last year so she came up with an idea

she would send checks to everyone in the

family instead of buying presents what

did granny do come up with an idea or

buy presents she came up with an idea

granny didn't buy any presence would

granny send checks to her family members

yes her idea was to send checks to her

family instead of buying gifts what

would granny do instead of shopping for

Christmas presents she would send checks

to everyone who would send checks dad

no no not dad granny granny would send

checks instead of buying presents on

each card she wrote buy your own

Christmas present and mailed her family

members did granny write on each card I

wish you a Merry Christmas no no she

didn't write I wish you a Merry

Christmas

granny wrote buy your own Christmas

present was it mom who mailed the

Christmas cards no not mom granny she

mailed the Christmas cards

what did granny write on each card

she wrote buy your own Christmas present

who did granny mail her family members

or her dogs her family members not her

dogs her dogs can't read after the

holidays

granny noticed she has received very few

cards in return when did granny noticed

she had received very few cards before

or after the holidays after the holidays

granny noticed she received very few

cards after the holidays not before how

many cars did granny receive in return a

few or a lot

a few not a lot Ronny received a few

cards in return did granny receive only

a few presents

no no she received very few cards not

presents

what did granny notice after the

Christmas holidays that she got robbed

no granny didn't notice that she got

robbed she noticed that she received

very few cards in return puzzled she

went to her room and started to write to

her relatives to ask what had happened

was granny certain or was she puzzled

puzzled granny was puzzled

she was really confused not certain

where did she go to her room or the bar

to her room she went to her room not to

the bar did she write to her friends or

her relatives

not her friends granny wrote to her

relatives why did granny start to ride

to her relatives

to ask what happened she wanted to know

what had happened but as she cleared off

her cluttered desk she became aware of

something terrible did granny clear off

her cluttered desk or did she add more

things on a desk granny didn't add more

things on the desk she cleared her desk

was the desk cluttered or clean not

clean the desk was cluttered did she

become aware of something wonderful or

terrible

not wonderful she became aware of

something terrible who became aware of

something terrible granny she became

aware of something terrible it turned

out that granny forgot to include the

checks with the Christmas cards what a

disaster was it granny forget to include

together with the Christmas cards money

or checks checks not money

granny forgot to include the tax who

forgot to include the checks grandpa

not grandpa granny she forgot to include

the checks what a funny story last year

granny wanted to try something new at

Christmas she decided to send checks

instead of Christmas presents however

after the holiday she realized that she

forgot to include the checks so she

immediately said new Christmas cards and

this time she made sure to enclose the

checks okay awesome it's the end of this

short lesson can you see how many

questions you can answer it's like

talking to another person in English now

imagine a whole story told this way it's

incredible how much you can learn using

this method go to courses dot speak

English podcast.com and continue

practicing your spoken English with

stories before finishing this episode I

would like to wish you a Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year

I'll be back soon with new exciting

episodes take care bye bye did you enjoy

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