Conversation Lesson 24
 
 
 
 
Lesson 24 - Yesterday Was Amazing!

In this lesson Anna discovers a festival - the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. What does she learn there about Basque culture?
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Lesson Video

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Video Script

Anna: Yesterday was the most amazing day. I want to tell my friend back home about it. So, I am writing her a letter!
Anna: Dear Penelope,
Life in Washington, D.C. is interesting. I see something new every day -- like yesterday. Yesterday started like a usual work day.
Anna: I said, "Yesterday started like a usual work day."
Anna's voice: I was at work. And I wanted a break. So, I walked and walked … and walked. Then, I saw something! It was a festival -- a big festival!
Anna: It is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Anna's voice: Yes. It was the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Every year the festival shows different cultures. This year one of the cultures was the Basque culture.
There was dancing and food and games!”
Anna: I am dancing a traditional Basque dance.
Anna's voice: At the festival, I danced a traditional Basque dance!
Anna: They are cooking traditional Basque food.
Anna's voice: They cooked a lot of traditional Basque food.
Anna: They are playing a game. It’s a kind of handball. What do they call it? They call it pilota!
Anna's voice: They played a game with their hands and a small ball. It’s a kind of handball. But this game is called pilota.
Anna: This is beautiful! This is traditional Basque art.
Anna: They are making a traditional Basque ship. This festival is a lot of fun!
Anna's voice: The whole day was a lot of fun!
Anna: Who said that? I want to write my friends and tell them about my day!
Anna: … So, I wanted to tell you about my day! Please, my friend, come visit Washington, D.C. soon. There is a lot to do! Until next time … Anna.
Listening

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Speaking

Learn to pronounce the new words for this lesson. You also learn about the words people use in English when they cannot remember a word, or they do not know a word.
Pronunciation

Use this video to learn about three ways to pronounce the past tense ending of regular verbs.
New Words
  • was - v. past tense of the verb "be" in first or third person (I was; he/she/it was)
  • Basque Country - n. region of Spain
  • culture - n. the beliefs, customs, or arts of a particular society
  • festival - n. an organized series of performances
  • handball - n. a game for two or four players who use their hands to hit a ball against a wall
  • interesting - adj. attracting your attention and making you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something
  • said - v. past tense of the verb "say"
  • traditional - adj. following the tradition of a certain group or culture
Past tense verbs
  • start - started
  • want - wanted
  • walk - walked
  • dance - danced
  • play - played
  • call - called
Activity

Tell about a party or festival in your town. Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice using the past tense with a friend. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
 
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