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13 - Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!
Conversation, Listening, Reading)
In this lesson It's a Sunday afternoon in Washington,
D.C. Anna is bored. She finds something interesting to
do when she hears music playing.
Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Anna: Hello! In Washington D.C. there are many things to do on a Sunday
afternoon. I like to exercise. I like to shop. I like to garden. But today I
feel bored. When I feel bored I always look for something unusual to do! I hear
music. Let’s go see! What is going on here?
Rebecca: It’s a big birthday party for the writer William Shakespeare.
Anna: This is a party for William Shakespeare?
Anna: This is a drum band. I never listen to a drum band. But today I am
listening to a drum band because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: This is a puppet show. I never watch puppet shows. But today I am watching
a puppet show because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: My clothes are usual. His clothes are unusual.
Anna: In Washington, D.C. seeing a politician or even the President is usual.
Seeing the Queen of England is very unusual! Your majesty!
Anna: This is sword fighting. I never sword fight. But today I am sword fighting
because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: There are many things to do on a Sunday in Washington, D.C. -- some usual,
Anna: Today, I am not bored because … it is William Shakespeare’s birthday!
Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to talk about cause and effect.
In this video, you learn about what happens when two words with same sound come
- band –
n. a usually small group of musicians who play
popular music together
- because –
conj. for the reason that
- birthday -
n. the day when someone was born or the
anniversary of that day
- bored –
adj. tired and annoyed by too much of the same
thing; not interested
- drum -
n. a musical instrument that is made with a
thin layer of skin or plastic stretched over the end of a round frame and
that is played by hitting the skin or plastic with sticks or with your hands
- exercise –
v. physical activity that is done in order to
become stronger and healthier
- fight -
v. to use weapons or physical force to try to
hurt someone, to defeat an enemy, etc. or to struggle in battle or physical
- party -
n. a social event in which entertainment, food,
and drinks are provided
- politician -
n. someone who is active in government usually
as an elected official
- President -
n. the head of the government in some countries
- puppet -
n. a doll that is moved by putting your hand
inside it or by pulling strings or wires that are attached to it
- Queen -
n. a woman who rules a country and who usually
inherits her position and rules for life
- shop –
v. to visit places where goods are sold in
order to look at and buy things
- show -
n. a performance in a theater that usually
includes singing and dancing
- sword -
n. a weapon with a long metal blade that has a
sharp point and edge
- unusual -
adj. different or strange in a way that
- usual –
adj. done, found, or used most of the time or
in most cases, or normal or regular
- watch -
v. to look at (someone or something) for an
amount of time and pay attention to what is happening
What do you usually do on a Sunday afternoon? (Or on
your day off.) Write about how frequently you do
different activities in the Facebook Comments section
below. Then practice with a friend.
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