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Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn about two common superstitions in the U.S.. The first superstition is about bad luck. What are we going to talk about?
Eric: First we’re going to talk about spilling salt.
Becky: So, some people in the U.S. believe that if you spill salt, you’ll have bad luck.
Eric: Right, that’s why if I spill salt, I throw some more salt over my left shoulder.
Becky: This way, you won’t have bad luck. Any idea where this superstition came from, Eric?
Eric: Well, some people say that Judas spilled salt at the Last Supper before betraying Jesus Christ.
Becky: But, more likely, it’s because salt was once an expensive commodity. People wanted to discourage others from wasting it and so it was bad luck to spill it.
Eric: Like most superstitions, it originally had a practical purpose.
Becky: Let’s now talk about something that brings good luck...
Eric: like a lucky penny.
Becky: In the U.S., it's believed that if you find a penny faceup on the ground, you should pick it up.
Eric: So if you see a penny with Abraham Lincoln’s face pointing up, pick it up and all day long, you’ll have good luck.
Becky: Right! Most people say a lucky penny means that a guardian angel is protecting you and watching over you.
Eric: Traditionally, metal is believed to bring wealth. So that’s probably why people believe a penny, even though it’s not a lot of money, can bring good luck.
Becky: And if you see a penny that is face-down, flip it over.
Eric: That way, the next person who finds it can have good luck!


Becky: There you have it - two American superstitions! Are they similar to any of your country’s superstitions? Let us know in the comments!
Eric: Bye!